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Assorted stories from Reachout Radio

Episodes

  • Sound Body #2108: Breath Taking 02/19/21

    Sound Body #2108: Breath Taking 02/19/21

    15/02/2021 Duration: 27min

    Our lungs are fragile organs open to the outside world that guard us against pathogens, allergens and pollutants. But even with their ultimate importance to provide the breath of life - it is still public health initiatives that protect our lungs more than any medicine or treatment yet available. The novel coronavirus is only the latest challenge after many outbreaks of tuberculosis.

  • Sound Body #2107: Hip Hip Hooray 02/12/21

    Sound Body #2107: Hip Hip Hooray 02/12/21

    08/02/2021 Duration: 27min

    With better pain relief, customized ball-and-socket joints, refined scanning tools and increased use of robotic surgery - replacing a hip is not the fearsome thing it was once, or even what it was 10 years ago. Also, an article outlining what happens on the day of hip replacement surgery, and in the recovery period after surgery.

  • Sound Body #2106: Eleanor Rigby 02/05/21

    Sound Body #2106: Eleanor Rigby 02/05/21

    01/02/2021 Duration: 27min

    The elderly aren’t the people who feel the most isolated, especially during a pandemic. Five myths about loneliness, tips on how to stay connected while social distancing, and how social isolation is very hard on people with dementia.

  • Sound Body #2105: Vaccine Virtue 01/29/21

    Sound Body #2105: Vaccine Virtue 01/29/21

    25/01/2021 Duration: 27min

    As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, adults need to be aware of other vaccinations to keep up to date. Herd immunity protects those who aren’t able to take a vaccine for health reasons, but only when the vaccination rate is at or above 95%. Also, a surprising link between tattoos and immunity.

  • Sound Body #2104: Medical Breakthroughs 2020, 01/22/21

    Sound Body #2104: Medical Breakthroughs 2020, 01/22/21

    18/01/2021 Duration: 27min

    While 2020 exposed plenty of cracks in our national health care system, there were lots of other medical breakthroughs to recognize that may pave the way for a healthier future for all of us. AARP Magazine looks at a number of breakthroughs in treating diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, vision loss, heart disease and lung disease.

  • Sound Body #2103: Ringing In the New Year the Wrong Way 01/15/21

    Sound Body #2103: Ringing In the New Year the Wrong Way 01/15/21

    11/01/2021 Duration: 27min

    Constant noise in the head - such as a ringing in the ears not associated with any external source, is called tinnitus. This my be caused by loud noise, medications that damage the nerves in the ear, impacted earwax, middle ear problems, and aging. There are strategies for managing tinnitus, but there are not drugs or herbal supplements to treat it. A new device that applies a technique known as bimodal neuromodulation is available in Ireland and Germany

  • Sound Body #2102: The Mysterious Link Between Covid-19  Sleep 01/08/21

    Sound Body #2102: The Mysterious Link Between Covid-19 & Sleep 01/08/21

    04/01/2021 Duration: 27min

    The Coronavirus can cause insomnia, nightmares, and long-term changes in our nervous systems. But, an article in The Atlantic magazine suggests, sleep could also be a key to ending the pandemic.

  • Sound Body #2101: Covid Care 01/01/21

    Sound Body #2101: Covid Care 01/01/21

    28/12/2020 Duration: 27min

    Researchers are discovering why many people with Covid-SARS-2 lose their sense of smell - some for the duration of symptoms, while others experience this loss for 6 months or more. Also, the Mayo Clinic offers advice on how to care for yourself or a loved one at home while recovering from Covid-19 symptoms, and what symptoms suggest the need for hospitalization.

  • Sound Body #2052: Toxic Positivity, 12/25/20

    Sound Body #2052: Toxic Positivity, 12/25/20

    21/12/2020 Duration: 27min

    Toxic positivity, or the idea that we should only focus on positive emotions and the positive aspects of life can be detrimental to our mental health. Toxic positivity can encourage people to stay silent about their struggles, and foster more loneliness by preventing someone from connecting authentically about the ups and downs of their life. Ignoring our collective trauma from the coronavirus pandemic, does not take away the anxiety and loneliness, it just prevents us from creating meaningful actions to help deal with our isolation and fear. Also, how to deal with quarantine-induced social anxiety.

  • Sound Body #2051: Gout Is Not For Sissies 12/18/20

    Sound Body #2051: Gout Is Not For Sissies 12/18/20

    14/12/2020 Duration: 27min

    Once thought to be a disease only for gluttonous aristocrats, gout is now tormenting the masses. A historical context of the diagnosis and treatment of gout, as well as the role it has played in some notable historical events. Also, what to eat, and what not to eat if you suffer from gout.

  • Sound Body #2050: No Time Like The Future 12/11/20

    Sound Body #2050: No Time Like The Future 12/11/20

    07/12/2020 Duration: 27min

    Decades into his fight with Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox has been doing the magazine and talk show rounds talking about his newest memoir “No Time Like The Future”. In it he writes about how he lost his usual hope and optimism a couple of years ago during his “darkest moment”. In a People magazine he article he talks about this dark time, and what his life is like living with Parkinson’s. Also, a medical mystery from the Washington Post about a woman who fell 30 times in three years.

  • Sound Body #2049: Essential Medicare 12/04/20

    Sound Body #2049: Essential Medicare 12/04/20

    30/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    The Essential Guide to Medicare is a consumer guide to Medicare. It includes sections on the history of this single-payer government program, how and when to apply for Medicare, what is included in the different parts of Medicare, decisions for choosing the correct plans, how Medicare compares to other plans around the world, and links to government help services.

  • Sound Body #2048: Technical Help 11/27/20

    Sound Body #2048: Technical Help 11/27/20

    23/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    Artificial Intelligence applications are creating algorithms for detecting eye diseases, detecting a cough from someone who has Covid-19 but is asymptomatic, and for other health-related diagnosis. Smart health devices have come a long way from just counting steps - they now can track sleep cycles, monitor EKG, oxygen saturation, and blood glucose levels, as well as providing many other fitness and health related data. Also, an article on the veracity and usefulness of Covid-19 testing.

  • Sound Body #2047: Autism  Microbiomes 11/20/20

    Sound Body #2047: Autism & Microbiomes 11/20/20

    16/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    Researchers are finding that Autism Spectrum Disorder may be linked to - or even cause by - irregularities in the microbiome found in the human digestive tract. The microbiome may also play a role in all kinds of brain disorders, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

  • Sound Body #2046: Immunity 11/13/20

    Sound Body #2046: Immunity 11/13/20

    09/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    The human immune system might be better at fighting off Covid-19 than some studies may lead us to believe. Also, a look at how nanoscopic pathogens other than the coronavirus can make you sick.

  • Sound Body #2045: Bill of the Month, 11/06/20

    Sound Body #2045: Bill of the Month, 11/06/20

    02/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    The Bill of the Month is an ongoing collaboration between Kaiser Health News and NPR. This crowdsourced investigation dissects and explains medical bills every month in order to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.

  • Sound Body #2044: Ancient Plagues 10/30/20

    Sound Body #2044: Ancient Plagues 10/30/20

    26/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    Medieval Europeans didn’t understand how the plague spread. Their response to this threat wasn’t so different from our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, an article from Scientific American on how Covid-19 death counts are tabulated.

  • Sound Body #2043: The Meaning of Clean 10/23/20

    Sound Body #2043: The Meaning of Clean 10/23/20

    19/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    Soap and water are good at destroying the coronavirus, but also destroy microorganisms that are beneficial to humans. In this book review from the New Yorker magazine, two books about the living and permeable ecosystem of our skin are explored in a way that could make some people a little squeamish.

  • Sound Body #2042: Diabetes Self-Management 10/16/20

    Sound Body #2042: Diabetes Self-Management 10/16/20

    12/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    People with poorly controlled diabetes are more susceptible to more severe infection, whether it’s Covid-19, influenza, or tuberculosis. Elevated blood sugar directly impairs immune function. Also, going for regular eye exams is important for people with diabetes. Articles from the October 2020 issue of Diabetes Self-Management magazine.

  • Sound Body #2041: Bridging the Covid Divide, 10/09/20

    Sound Body #2041: Bridging the Covid Divide, 10/09/20

    05/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    Human behavior, including the wearing or shunning of masks, will determine the Covid-19 pandemic’s ultimate toll. To understand different behavioral choices a New England Journal of Medicine article looks at scientific mistrust and free-market principles, the polluted information environment, how beliefs shape our personal identity, the health fallout of economic devastation, and tribal norms. Also, an article on how the pandemic has changed our beauty habits in ways that can be better for skin, hair and nails.