The Joys of Caring for Older Adults with Dr. Laura Mosqueda

Older adults often have a more holistic perspective on the world than younger people. In today’s episode, Geriatrician Dr. Laura Mosqueda – a Professor of Family Medicine and the former Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC – talks about why she loves caring for older adults. She also discusses policy changes thatContinue reading “The Joys of Caring for Older Adults with Dr. Laura Mosqueda”

Can We Effectively House those Experiencing Homelessness without Addressing their Health?

Policymakers across the nation have recently pledged billions to fund housing for the homeless. In Los Angeles, a federal judge even ordered city and county officials to offer all homeless individuals in the Skid Row neighborhood shelter by October. But will these “housing first” efforts work? Or will it prove necessary to concurrently address theContinue reading “Can We Effectively House those Experiencing Homelessness without Addressing their Health?”

Editing the DNA of Real Patients with Dr. Mark Walters

This year, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to two scientists – Jeniffer Doudna at Berkley and French Scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier – who played key roles in developing a gene editing tool known as CRISPR. Just a few years later, gene editing – with the aid of the CRISPR tool – began being used forContinue reading “Editing the DNA of Real Patients with Dr. Mark Walters”

Children and the Pesky COVID Variants with Dr. Jessica Hochman

Just when we thought the end was in sight, there are signs that COVID-19 variants – such as the B117 strain first found in the UK – are popping up across the U.S. Worryingly, this B117 strain appears to be more contagious among children. But according to today’s guest, Pediatrician Dr. Jessica Hochman, we shouldContinue reading “Children and the Pesky COVID Variants with Dr. Jessica Hochman”

How to Ensure Dietary Supplements are Safe with Dr. Pieter Cohen

Many of us assume that the dietary supplement products that we purchase in pharmacies, grocery stores and nutrition outlets – as well as on the internet – are carefully regulated for safety. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. In today’s episode, supplement expert Dr. Pieter Cohen from Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge HealthContinue reading “How to Ensure Dietary Supplements are Safe with Dr. Pieter Cohen”

Simplifying Healthcare Through National Health Insurance with Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Him

Some may dismiss the idea of a national health insurance program due to concerns and skepticism about “big government.” But as Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein from Hunter College explain, a national health insurance program could greatly simplify health insurance for patients and doctors, while ensuring that everyone in the U.S. is covered. TheirContinue reading “Simplifying Healthcare Through National Health Insurance with Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Him”

Do Patients with Heart Disease Get Too Many Stents?

For patients experiencing a heart attack, stents can be lifesaving, restoring blood flow to a blocked coronary artery feeding the heart. But hundreds of thousands of cardiac stents (as well as cardiac bypass surgeries) are performed in the U.S. each year for patients with stable blockages. According to Dr. David Maron, the Director of PreventiveContinue reading “Do Patients with Heart Disease Get Too Many Stents?”

How One School Leader Kept Her School Safely Open During the Pandemic with Dalia Hochman

The question of whether or not schools should reopen this spring has taken center stage. Proponents argue that the benefits of reopening outweigh the risks while opponents fear it could trigger another surge. Today, we hear from Dalia Hochman, PhD, the Head of School at Gann Academy, a Massachusetts high school, which has remained openContinue reading “How One School Leader Kept Her School Safely Open During the Pandemic with Dalia Hochman”

Finding the “Sweet Spot” for Controlling Pain in Children with Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon

Opioid overdoses lead to nearly 70,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and for this reason the medical community has significantly curtailed their use for treating pain in adults. But what about in children? In today’s episode, Pediatric surgeon and researcher Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, explains that treating pain in childrenContinue reading “Finding the “Sweet Spot” for Controlling Pain in Children with Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon”