Radio Health Journal

Radio Health Journal

Each week, Radio Health Journal breaks down important news in medicine, science and technology with the help of world-renowned experts. Our three weekly segments will help guide you to a happier, healthier life – with some fun facts to share at dinner parties. Can magic mushrooms cure your depression? Have we outrun natural selection? Hosted by Elizabeth Westfield, Greg Johnson and Maayan Voss de Bettancourt and produced by Kristen Farrah and Amirah Zaveri. New shows posted each Sunday by 5 a.m. EST. Subscribe, listen, and rate. If you’re looking for older episodes, you can find our entire segment catalog on our website radiohealthjournal.org. Also, check out the latest on Facebook and Instagram @radiohealthjournal and on X @RadioHealthJrnl.

Episodes

July 10, 2024 2 mins
Being placed in foster care can be traumatic – but getting out isn’t much better. More and more babies are being born prematurely, and climate change might have something to do with it. We know that babies like to move their hands, but it turns out they might not just be playing. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-how-climate-change-may-be-affecting-pregnancies-aging-out-of-foster-care-and-how-babies-develop-a...
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Experts are predicting at least five major storms this year, and communities need to be prepared to focus on more than just rebuilding. Natural disasters are a hotbed for human traffickers to exploit both the affected families and contracted workers. Our expert explains this connection and how we can reduce the prevalence of sex and labor trafficking in the wake of increasing natural disasters. Learn More: https://radiohealthjourna...
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There’s a lot of misconceptions about the homeless population, from rates of addiction to employment opportunities. Dr. Deborah Padgett, a professor of social work, explains the real causes of homelessness and how many Americans are one crisis away from finding themselves in a similar situation. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/more-than-mental-illness-the-truth-about-homelessness Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...
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Should you use ice or heat on an injury? If you have breast cancer you may want to go vegan. Plus, will drinking alcohol ever be healthy? Studies cited: https://now.tufts.edu/2024/05/15/are-you-using-heat-and-ice-properly https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10549-024-07266-1 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41565-024-01657-7 Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-dont-ice-an-injury-the-new-gel-that-co...
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Food insecurity in America is back on the rise after a decade of downward trends. Dr. Sara Bleich, a public health policy expert, reveals the top contributing factors and which communities are most at-risk. She also discusses federal programs that are making a positive impact to reverse this concerning uptick in food insecurity. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/child-hunger-in-america-rising-rates-and-promising-solutions ...
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Why do black women develop more aggressive cancers? That’s a question that a new, 30-year-long study is setting out to answer – among other disparity concerns. Dr. Lauren McCullough, a principal investigator for the research, discusses the importance of this study and how listeners can get involved. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/voices-of-black-women-long-term-cancer-research-for-the-next-generation Learn more about yo...
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Bad night of sleep? It could be signaling an autoimmune disease. Older women may want to consider a vegetarian diet. It’s recently been discovered that a small part of the population has no inner voice. Can magic mushrooms cure a stutter? Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-nightmares-may-be-signaling-a-deeper-illness-why-older-women-should-go-vegan-and-some-people-dont-have-an-inner-voice Learn more about your...
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Where do the homeless go to recover after being discharged from the hospital? For many, the only option is back out to the street. Hope Has A Home is a medical respite center for women in D.C. and serves as an example for other operations around the country. Our experts explain why this care is needed and what’s next for the residents once they leave this temporary housing. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/homeless-health...
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The CDC estimates that stillbirth affects nearly 21,000 babies each year in America, but we can reduce these deaths through education and awareness. Dr. Steve Rad, OB/GYN to the stars, explains the warning signs every mother and physician should know. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/stillbirths-can-be-prevented-what-every-pregnant-woman-should-know Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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What you need to know before quitting birth control. Protein is an essential nutrient, but are you eating too much of it? Why you should be juicing your produce. Plus, why are we always blinking? Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-what-you-should-know-before-quitting-birth-control-the-benefits-of-red-cabbage-juice-and-are-you-eating-too-much-protein Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...
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Scarring is an evolutionary trait that’s helped us survive this long, but they can come with some downsides. Aside from the visible scar, the healed tissue no longer functions like normal skin. Dr. Michael Longaker, a plastic surgeon, explains the purpose of scarring and new technology that could completely reverse the damage. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/scarring-you-die-from-a-burn-or-you-live-with-pain-and-disfigur...
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Maternal instinct has always been expected of women, but new research shows that these natural responses are also hardwired into men. Dr. Sarah Hrdy, an anthropologist, reveals the biological evidence of involved fathers – even before humans existed – and the natural origins of fatherhood. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/the-modern-father-a-history-of-men-and-babies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...
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Sorry kids, homework is here to stay. The best defense against disease may start with your teeth. Plus, is it safe to smoke weed while pregnant? Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-why-kids-need-homework-the-immune-benefits-of-brushing-your-teeth-and-is-thc-a-safe-cure-for-morning-sickness Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Manifestation may seem like a cool magic trick, but Dr. James R. Doty, a neurosurgeon, says there’s nothing supernatural about it. The mindfulness practice is all about positive self-talk and extreme focus on your deepest desires. Doty explains how to properly manifest in order to reach your fullest potential. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/manifestation-the-scientific-path-to-creating-your-dream-life Learn more about y...
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Britney Spears’ fight for autonomy in 2021 was the first time many people realized that forced sterilization still exists in America. Our experts explain how this practice has been used throughout history and discuss the debate of outlawing forced sterilization.  Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/why-is-forced-sterilization-still-legal-in-america Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Is intermittent fasting as beneficial as we think? Why older adults should take caution this summer. We now have better drug tests. Plus, are parents too trusting of virtual reality? Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-dangerous-heatwaves-this-summer-new-devices-for-fentanyl-testing-and-is-intermittent-fasting-as-helpful-as-we-think Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Clinical trials can be lifesaving for many cancer patients, so why are participation rates so low? Obstacles like the cost of travel and childcare keep too many patients from receiving experimental care. Our experts explain how the system needs to be restructured to increase access and save lives. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/cancer-clinical-trials-the-harsh-reality-of-potentially-lifesaving-care Learn more about your...
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A woman’s menstrual blood has always been regarded as a waste product – until now. Dr. Sara Naseri, co-founder of Qvin, has completely changed how science thinks about period blood. She’s pioneered research on just how useful this fluid is at managing so many aspects of female health. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/taboo-or-liquid-gold-period-blood-is-the-key-to-managing-womens-health Learn more about your ad choices. V...
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We may be able to reverse antibiotic resistance. Is 2024 the year of natural disasters? New mothers should think twice before using cannabis. Do you need to take a cold shower? Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/medical-notes-cold-plunge-for-your-heart-health-why-new-mothers-shouldnt-use-thc-and-this-years-historic-hurricane-season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Your gut issues may be all in your head – literally. Dr. Megan Riehl specializes in using hypnotherapy to treat irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is often a disorder of gut-brain interaction, meaning that mental factors like stress can cause physical issues. Riehl explains the science behind gut hypnotherapy and who can benefit. Learn More: https://radiohealthjournal.org/how-hypnosis-can-fix-your-irritable-bowel-syndrome Learn more abo...
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