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March 24, 2021 32 min
In mid-March 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that nearly 536,000 Americans had died as a result of COVID-19. This statistic was followed by another one, … one that confirmed that since the COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the United States on December 14, 2020, more than 130 million doses have been administered.

However, the grim reality is that nearly 1 in 3 Americans say that they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus. The data highlights the division between heartache and hope – hope that we are slowly recovering and may get back to normal, and, on the other side the heartache of loss and grief.

In a year that noting was ‘normal,’ how do people cope with the loss of a loved one… Paul Smidt spoke with Matt Bitsko, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, about the psychological effect of COVID-19 on adults and children.

Also, in this episode of Physician’s Weekly, the case of a Long Island doctor, accused of writing prescriptions for 'massive quantities of opioids.' He was indicted on murder charges in the first case of its kind in New York State in early March 2021. Bryant Reyes spoke with Dr. Medlaw, one of our Physician’s Weekly’s contributors, about the case.

And finally, Rachel Giles, MD talks with Christie A. Befort, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, KU Cancer Center; Co-leader, Cancer Control and Population Health Program, KU Cancer Center at the Department of Population Health in Kansas City, Kansas, about the higher prevalence of obesity and poor access to weight loss programs for rural populations and how effective models for treating obesity in rural clinical practice are needed.
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