Posted by: yourhealthradio | October 17, 2018

Oral Historians Collect “Stories to Save Lives”

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH®, Adam and guest co-host Dr. Jamila Battle talk with Dr. Rachel Seidman—director of UNC’s Southern Oral History Program—and Joanna Ramirez—a master’s student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health—about the “Stories to Save Lives” project, documenting North Carolinians’ beliefs about healthcare.

You can catch the episode on:

97.9 FM The Hill

  • Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 21 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 22 at 6 p.m.

KKAG Retro Radio 88.3 FM

  • Sunday, October 21 at 7 a.m.
Posted by: richarlm | October 17, 2018

Diet and Depression: What You Eat Affects Your Mental Health

Fruits and vegetables

The following is a transcript of a Research that Matters piece from A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity, YOUR HEALTH Radio October 12, 2018

Dr. Adam Goldstein: A recent study in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, that was looking at junk food and mental health. Do those foods actually increase the level of inflammation in the body? And this is what this particular study was looking at. Eating the junk food appeared to increase the risk of becoming depressed and the reason they thought that might occur is because these types of foods actually lead to inflammation. Foods that contain a lot of fat, sugar, processed foods. Systemic inflammation and in that case they argued that these types of foods are very similar to what you might from smoking, obesity, lack of exercise; things we talk a lot about on Your Health. And the question was, was this a causal relation or an association? And they looked at actually multiple studies, we call these sometimes systematic reviews, they put all these things together including reviewing five studies that looked over periods of time almost 33,000 adults from five different countries including the United States. They believe that these results are causal. So it wasn’t like, that people were depressed and then they started eating these foods, which one could see. But that the eating of these foods occurred before people became depressed and the more one ate of these foods the more one became depressed. This is certainly food for thought, pun intended. But it also suggests, perhaps as doctors and patients come together and mental health providers and really talk about depression, that maybe, diet becomes an important consideration. Maybe we talk about and share data that one of the ways to cut down on chances of depression or to get over depression is by eating foods that do not cause systemic inflammation. I’d encourage Your Health listeners to talk with your doctor about this type of research and what it may mean for your health.


Posted by: yourhealthradio | October 12, 2018

A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH®, Adam talks with  Dr. Michael Kinch—associate vice chancellor and director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery at Washington University in St. Louis—about his new book Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity.

You can catch the episode on:

97.9 FM The Hill

  • Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 14 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m.

KKAG Retro Radio 88.3 FM

  • Sunday, October 14 at 7 a.m.

Listen to the show!

You may also like:

Fighting Future Flu Outbreaks (YOUR HEALTH Radio August 2018)

The Changing Laws of Vaccines with Dr. Michelle Mello (YOUR HEALTH Radio October 2015)

Posted by: richarlm | October 11, 2018

Fatty Liver Disease and Cirrhosis

Liver and Nearby Organs

Don Bliss, illustrator

The following is a transcript of a House Calls from The Role of the Community Pharmacy, YOUR HEALTH Radio October 6, 2018

House Calls Question: My mother has suffered from fatty liver disease and cirrhosis for 10 years. She will probably pass away in the next few years because of the liver problems. Am I at risk of these same problems and if so, what can I do to prevent it from ever happening to me?

Dr. Adam Goldberg: You know, fatty liver disease, such a difficult disease, it’s really one of the top causes of cirrhosis or really end stage, ultimately, liver disease in the United States and worldwide. And you know, we are beginning to know more than we ever have known about it and it is strongly associated with obesity. Its associated with inflammation in the liver and just as obesity has lots of genetic causes, so that if you are obese and your parents are obese, it’s a good chance that your children will be obese and we have to intervene and really work at kind of changing some of those underlying genetic tendencies. Fatty liver disease has very similar, but again a lot of it may well be due to obesity, so how we can intervene to prevent the obesity or to lose weight would really be one of the most important things. I think talking with your doctor, getting tested to see, do you have any inflammation in your liver that could cause these kinds of problems, that would be something that would be really important to try to pick up on at the earliest as possible and do your best to prevent it. Medications that could cause liver disease, you’d probably be more likely to want to avoid those.


Posted by: richarlm | October 9, 2018

Happy Physician Assistants Week

Paul ChelminskiOctober 6-12 is Physician Assistant Week. Listen to Dr. Paul Chelminski talk about the UNC Physician Assistant Studies Program and learn more about what physician assistants do.

Posted by: yourhealthradio | October 5, 2018

The Role of the Community Pharmacy

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam talks with David Smithwick—pharmacist and owner of Southern Village Pharmacy in Chapel Hill—about the role of the community pharmacy.

You can catch the episode on:Pic 2

97.9 FM The Hill

  • Saturday, October 6 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

KKAG Retro Radio 88.3 FM

  • Sunday, October 7 at 7 a.m.


Listen to the show!


You may also like:

Top 10 Recommendations of a Pharmacist with Dr. Emily Hawes (YOUR HEALTH Radio January 2015)

Posted by: richarlm | October 3, 2018

Marijuana and Mental Illness


The following is a transcript of a Research that Matters piece from How Childhood Trauma Can Alter DNA, YOUR HEALTH Radio September 29, 2018

Adam Goldstein: Legalized marijuana and rates of mental illness. This is an interesting and important study done, actually, by our colleagues at Research Triangle Institute. What do we see?

Jamila Battle: What do we see? So it looks like they discovered a relationship between marijuana legislation, marijuana use and mental health. And that the risk of certain mental health problems is higher if you use marijuana, particularly heavy marijuana use.

Adam Goldstein: Yeah, and on the face of it that shouldn’t necessarily, shouldn’t really be too surprising because we know that heavy marijuana use can lead to psychosis and schizophrenia. But we also know that increasingly, a lot of states have both legalized marijuana recreational use but even more so have legalized medical marijuana. And they’re starting to now look at how are those legalized marijuana, both recreational and medicinal, relate to any changes in perhaps mental health. And this is some associations that they were looking at.

Jamila Battle: And they said that that relationship between marijuana use and mental illness is not really well understood and maybe it could be that people with mental illness are self-medicating or in some cases, marijuana exacerbating some latent condition.

Adam Goldstein: And so, again, this is not cause and effect and a lot of people didn’t like this particular study. Twenty nine states have legalized medical marijuana and eight states have legalized recreational marijuana and the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) study only looked at the medical marijuana law without regard to recreational use. So, to my way of looking at it, if that had been much smaller numbers would have been involved than using the medical marijuana. So I found it interesting that they found an association. It may be important it may be real. This, if true, would be some serious cause for concern. If true.

Jamila Battle: I certainly think that there’s some truth to this. As an addiction physician, there’s no free ride in the brain and certainly over time, particularly with heavy use, we develop tolerance, we have a down regulation of receptors and particularly there is some dependence issues that occur as well as withdrawal phenomenon. So, we may feel really great initially but then there’s that anti-reward, withdrawal that can look worse than anxiety, insomnia. So when we seek out the effect, it turns out we actually get the opposite of what we’re looking for.

Adam Goldstein: Yeah. So this will need a lot more research and following because, again, I think you’ve hit it on the nail that there is no free ride and there may be really positive aspects in some cases or people, but there may be some other negative aspects as well. We should understand both fully as we move forward.

You may also like:

Monitoring Marijuana Use as Attitudes, Behaviors and Legislation Change (YOUR HEALTH Radio January 2017)

New Narratives in the Field of Mental Health (YOUR HEALTH Radio May 2017)

The Media’s Portrayal of Mental Illness (YOUR HEALTH Radio October 2016)

Combining Mental Health and Primary Care (YOUR HEALTH Radio August 2015)

Posted by: yourhealthradio | September 26, 2018

How Childhood Trauma Can Alter DNA

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam and guest co-host Dr. Jamila Battle talk with Dr. Daniel Weinberger—director and CEO of the Lieber Institute of Brain Development and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine—about how childhood trauma can alter DNA.

You can catch the episode on: DRW_headshot

WCHL 97.9 FM

  • Saturday, September 29 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 30 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m.

KKAG Retro Radio 88.3 FM

  • Sunday, September 30 at 7 a.m.


Listen to the show!


Posted by: yourhealthradio | September 20, 2018

North Carolina’s Country Doctor Museum

country doctor museum logo

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam and guest co-host Dr. Jamila Battle talk with Anne Anderson—director and curator of The Country Doctor Museum in North Carolina—about her work preserving the daily lives of doctors past.

You can catch the episode on:

WCHL 97.9 FM

  • Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 23 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 24 at 6 p.m.

KKAG Retro Radio 88.3 FM

  • Sunday, September 23 at 7 a.m.

Listen to the show!

Posted by: richarlm | September 19, 2018

Teens, Vaping and E-cigarettes

Man Vaping

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The following is a transcript of a House Calls question from Chronic Illness Care: Principles and Practice, YOUR HEALTH Radio September 15, 2018

House Calls Question: A few weeks ago, I happened to see my nephew hanging out with some friends and they were all vaping. I have a feeling that my brother has no idea that my nephew has tried this. Is vaping habit-forming and should I talk to my nephew or my brother about what I saw?

Adam Goldstein: The vaping police. This is a real important question and it’s one that Laurel and I actually deal with daily through the work we do with adolescents and adults who are using electronic cigarettes or vaping other products.

Laurel Sisler: Yeah and it’s on the rise. Vaping and electronic cigarette use is rapidly increasing among our young teenagers and young adults. It’s an important topic. A couple of things I think of, and you probably have some to add, Adam, is A, if they’re vaping they may also be experimenting with cigarette use which we know is very harmful. That vaping in and of itself can be, if it has nicotine, which the vast majority of them do, can be really damaging to the adolescent brain. So those are some of the concerns that I have right off the bat.

Adam Goldstein: I think kids will not necessarily believe that vaping is harmful. Whether it’s less harmful than cigarette smoking really isn’t the question because for a lot of them, it may be a gateway, as you indicated, Laurel, to using combustible tobacco or they may put marijuana in as a vaping, or they may even be vaping opiates and that becomes a whole different issue. There are toxic metals that they are going to be exposed to. There are burns that they can be exposed to; the batteries from these products. There’s a whole host of things and we just don’t know. The biggest thing is really talk with them talk with the child, let them know the data . Open up the conversation. I think it’s an open conversation, it’s not a police conversation. We don’t want to criminalize this habit. We do want to let the kids know and the nephew know that this could be the prelude to a nicotine addiction. Not a good thing is it?

Laurel Sisler: No and I agree. Have an open conversation and asking questions, getting them to think about the potential risks and starting the conversation that way.


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