Nov 12, 2020
Holidays During the Pandemic: What's Safe, What's Not
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are almost here. Will you travel or stay home? Gather with loved ones in person or on a screen? Line up for Black Friday deals and go to holiday parties -- or feel lonely if you don't? Plus, how to handle feeling burned out by it all -- and what helps if you'll be seeing someone whose pandemic habits are different from yours. Erin Bromage, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth shares ideas for keeping the season's joys and traditions, while staying safe.
Oct 29, 2020
Why We Love Fear
From books to TV shows to podcasts, it seems we can’t get enough of ghost stories, ghost hunters, murder mysteries, and serial killers. We asked psychologist Seth Gillihan just what it is that makes us seek out a good scare. We also talked to WebMD Senior Medical Director Hansa Bhargava about what we can do to keep our kids -- and ourselves -- safe this Halloween.
Oct 8, 2020
The Truth About Your Immune System
Your body's natural defenses have never been more important. Can you boost your immune system -- or accidentally hamper it? How does it handle the new coronavirus or other threats -- and how is it also a key to a groundbreaking group of cancer treatments? Listen in as James Crowe, Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, explains.
Sep 24, 2020
Dating, Sex, and the Pandemic
Has your love life taken a hit or taken off during the pandemic? Andrea Gunning and Ben Fetterman, hosts of the podcast “Dating Diaries: Questions and Confessions" talk to us about the effects of COVID-19 on the dating process. When do you know if it's time to meet in person? What happens if you get ghosted? We'll also hear from Justin Lehmiller, PhD, a social psychologist and research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, who says we may be in the midst of a sexual revolution.
Sep 10, 2020
The COVID Mental Health Crisis
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on your mental health, you’re definitely not alone -- 1 in 3 U.S. adults reported signs of depression and anxiety in the early months of the crisis. Whether you’re struggling for the first time or you’ve been living with those conditions for years, clinical psychologist Seth Gillihan, PhD, covers how pandemic stress has caused mental and emotional strain for so many and what can help.
Aug 27, 2020
COVID Plus Flu: What to Know
The last thing you need during a pandemic is another virus to worry about. But flu season is just around the corner. Listen in as WebMD Chief Medical Director Michael Smith, MD, tells us what we need to do to take care of ourselves as flu season nears. Also, can you really get coronavirus twice -- and are we any closer to herd immunity?
Jul 30, 2020
What's It Like to Recover From COVID-19?
Most people who get the disease recover. But what does recovery feel like, and what does having COVID-19 mean for your health down the road? Michael Saag, MD, has a unique perspective on these questions -- he's an infectious disease expert and a COVID-19 survivor. He shares how he thinks the disease is still affecting him months after his diagnosis and what the pandemic can teach us about future outbreaks.
Jun 18, 2020
The Toxic Trauma of Racism
The toll is shocking and ever present, from the daily stress of microaggressions to the fear of a violent encounter -- or witnessing one in person or on social media. Listen in as Amani Allen, PhD, MPH, executive associate dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public health, describes the many ways racism burdens health -- and the power in how we respond to that.
Jun 4, 2020
COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines: How Soon?
America is opening back up. With more people heading outdoors or back to work, we thought it was time to get an update on the development of treatments and tests we’ve heard so much about. Infectious disease expert William Schaffner, MD, has the answers, along with insight into what life might be like while we wait for them to hit the market.
May 21, 2020
What's Safe? What's Risky? Tips for Our New Normal
Everyone wants to avoid the coronavirus. But are you worried about things that you might not need to be -- and are there creative ways to do the things you need and want to do? Infectious disease expert Erin Bromage, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth helps sort it all out. If you're working from home, try our Tweak of the Week to make your space more comfortable.
May 6, 2020
Reopening After Coronavirus: Are We Ready?
Is it safe to emerge from COVID-19 isolation? WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, talks to two experts -- former CDC Director Richard Besser, MD, and Vincent Racaniello, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University -- about antibody tests and other first steps. Plus, is a 4-second workout all you need?
Apr 23, 2020
Pregnancy in a Pandemic
COVID-19 has seriously shifted the way most pregnant women thought they’d deliver their babies, get prenatal care, and care for their newborns. WebMD medical editor (and expecting mom) Neha Pathak, MD, tells us what new parents should know about delivery in a hospital or other setting, what happens if you or your birth partner test positive for coronavirus, and how to keep your newborn safe.
Apr 9, 2020
Coronavirus Check-in: How Are You Holding Up?
Whether you're worried about your health or that of a loved one, grieving losses, or are finding it hard to stay at home all the time, it's a lot to handle. We talk with clinical psychologist Seth Gillihan, PhD, about how to take care of your mental and emotional health during this trying time.
Mar 26, 2020
Your Top Coronavirus Questions Answered
Who really needs a test? What can you do to stay safe if you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions? How can you be physically active when you’re stuck at home? WebMD’s Chief Medical Editor, Michael Smith, MD, takes a deep dive into the latest COVID-19 issues and what everyone should do to protect themselves. Plus, a way for healthy people to make a difference.
Mar 12, 2020
Coronavirus: What You Must Know
Infectious diseases expert William Schaffner, MD, tells us what to do, and NOT do, to guard against COVID-19. Plus, clinical psychologist Seth Gillihan, PhD, shares tip to help tame anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic.
Feb 27, 2020
How a New Heart Changed This Doctor's Life
We talk with Dr. Alin Gragossian, a young ER doctor who needed an emergency heart transplant. The author of A Change of Heart blog, Dr. Gragossian tells us what happened, from becoming a patient in her own ER to the peace she felt in the middle of the chaos. Plus, learn about the key step you may have overlooked if you want to be an organ donor.
Feb 13, 2020
Why Does Good Sex Matter?
Nan Wise, PhD, author of the new book, Why Good Sex Matters, shares why we all need "healthy hedonism" in our lives. Listen in on our conversation. And, why a good hug can make a bad day a bit better.
Jan 30, 2020
How (and Why) to Protect Your Hearing
Most of us give little thought to preventing hearing loss -- until it's too late. David Owen, author of Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World, tells us about the social and emotional toll of hearing loss, the latest in hearing technologies, and how everyone can protect their ears. Also, how to clean those nasty earbuds.
Jan 16, 2020
Should You Break Up With Your Phone?
Or at least put it in check? Catherine Price, author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, tells us when we might need to outsmart our smartphone habits -- and how to override the urge to keep checking it "just in case."
Jan 2, 2020
Can the Anti-Diet Reboot Your Relationship with Food?
Is weight loss one of your goals for the new year? Check out our conversation with nutritionist Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, author of Anti-Diet. She tells us why diet culture is toxic for so many people, what intuitive eating is (and isn't), and what the "health at every size" movement is all about. Plus a tweak of the week to kick off 2020 with good health in mind.
Dec 19, 2019
Does Art Have the Power to Help Us Heal?
The folks at the Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute think it does. Executive Director Joanne Cohen and Medical Director Francois Bethoux tell us how their efforts to fill the facility with art and use it as a form of treatment are benefitting patients, families, and staff alike. Plus, a tweak of the week to help you avoid a post-holiday letdown.
Dec 5, 2019
How to Be Happier, Starting Now
Nataly Kogan, founder of The Happier Method, tells us the skills that put happiness within reach, no matter what’s going on in your life. Plus, WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, talks to Men’s Health editor-in-chief, Richard Dorment.
Nov 21, 2019
American Medical Association President Patrice Harris, MD
Dr. Harris is the current president of the American Medical Association (AMA). She tells us about the group's role in confronting opioid abuse, encouraging diversity among doctors, and why it's important to focus on the effects of childhood trauma. Also, she tells us what it's meant to be the first African American woman to lead the AMA. Then, our Tweak of the Week can make time with your own doctor a little more efficient.
Nov 7, 2019
Sailing the South Pacific With Muscular Dystrophy
Ryan Levinson and his wife, Nicole, are on the journey of their lives, sailing the South Pacific. They decided to set sail after Ryan, an athlete, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called FSH muscular dystrophy, which weakens his muscles over time. Five years into their adventure, they join us from Tahiti to talk about the disease -- and about living life to the fullest, even in the face of illness and fear.
Oct 24, 2019
How Medicine's Technology Revolution Can Help You -- Now
New innovations are reshaping medical care -- and you can start to tap into that today. Daniel Kraft, MD, gives us the inside scoop on that, the upcoming Exponential Medicine, and how he juggles being a doctor, researcher, entrepreneur, academic, and parent.
Oct 10, 2019
Living With Depression: An Insider's Guide
How can you live well, or even thrive, when you have depression? Halley Cornell, a mental health advocate and WebMD editor, describes what she's learned from living with the condition, including her tricks for getting through even the worst days. Read Halley's latest WebMD blogs on life with depression.
Sep 26, 2019
Could You Save Your Pet's Life?
What would you do if your dog had a bloody paw or your cat needed CPR? Arden Moore, host of the Oh Behave! podcast and founder of Pet First Aid 4U offers tips about emergency care for our furry friends and does some pet health care myth-busting to boot! Plus, what to put in your own pet first aid kit.
Sep 12, 2019
What Opioid Dependence Is Really Like
Travis Rieder, PhD, author of In Pain, tells us how a motorcycle crash led to him becoming dependent on opioid pain medications – and why it was so hard to get good advice to come off the drugs. Also, if you one day have to take opioids, you’ll want to know what to ask your doctor to help prevent problems when it’s time to stop the meds.
Aug 29, 2019
Self-Help Books: Are They Really Worth It?
Meet Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer, hosts of By the Book. These podcasters check out all the latest and greatest self-help books so you don’t have to. They live the book to the letter for two weeks, then share everything they learned along the way on their weekly show. We get their take on why we need self-help books, the best ones they've tried and some red flags to watch for.
Aug 15, 2019
Kara Swisher on her Mini-Stroke, Tech, and Health
Kara Swisher, writer and host of the Recode Decode podcast, tells WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, about her transient ischemic attack (TIA, often called a mini-stroke) and how technology is changing health. Plus, what to do -- and what not to do -- if you think someone may be having a stroke.
Aug 13, 2019
What Is the Pandemic Doing to Our Children?
From school to friends, the changes have been drastic. Will resiliency overcome it, and are there things that parents can do to help them make it through this time -- and perhaps even thrive? Listen in as we talk with pediatrician Hansa Bhargava, MD, WebMD Senior Medical Director, and Johns Hopkins University professor Christina Bethell, PhD.
Aug 1, 2019
Bombing Survivor to Marathon Runner: Adrianne Haslet
Nothing stops Adrianne Haslet. She was a bystander when bombs went off at the Boston marathon in 2013. After losing a leg that day, she vowed to run the race herself -- and she did in 2016. But first, she had to learn how to walk again. As she was training for the 2019 marathon, she was struck by a car and injured her shoulder. But Haslet didn’t let that keep her down. She shares her thoughts on resilience, and what it is that motivates her to keep on going.
Jul 20, 2019
Special Episode: Anthony Fauci, MD
We’re bringing you a conversation with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He spoke with WebMD about what’s behind the U.S.’s soaring COVID-19 case numbers, his thoughts on reopening schools, and a bit of optimism about coronavirus vaccines.
Jul 18, 2019
The Ways We Grieve
Most of us will experience grief, but the process and its effects are different for everyone. We explore various sources of grief, and WebMD's chief medical editor, Michael Smith, MD, describes how it can affect your body.
Jul 16, 2019
Pandemic Parenting: How to Keep It Together
Between working, doing chores, and taking charge of kids' education, health, and emotions, parents have been stretched to the breaking point during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura Markham, PhD, says it's more important than ever for them to find ways to take care of themselves, too. She shares advice on how to handle "mom rage," the prospect of going back to school, and what to think about before you form a quarantine pod.
Jul 4, 2019
Surprising Signs of Drowning; The Truth About Beauty Trends
If someone near you at the pool or on the lake or beach were drowning, would you know it? WebMD's chief medical editor, Michael Smith, MD, tells us what to watch for. It might help you save a life. Then, we talk with dermatologist Laurel Geraghty, MD, about microblading, jade rollers, K-beauty, preventative Botox, microneedling, and more skin care trends.
Jul 2, 2019
Coronavirus Update: How Safe Is It Out There?
With many states in some phase of re-opening, the coronavirus is still around and COVID-19 cases are rising in a lot of places. WebMD’s Chief Medical Editor Michael Smith, MD, shares advice on how to protect yourself and others everywhere from the gym to the nail salon to your next doctor's appointment. And don't miss his suggestions for getting your mindset, habits, and health goals back on track after a long time in quarantine.
Jun 20, 2019
All About Empathy, Feel the BRRRN, Where Do Restaurant Germs Hide?
What is empathy? Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, WebMD’s senior medical director, asks Helen Riess, MD, co-author of The Empathy Effect, about the ability to understand how others truly feel. Next, WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, chats with Jimmy T. Martin and Johnny Adamic, founders of New York City’s BRRN gym, about the benefits of exercise in cold temperatures. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered where germs lurk in your favorite restaurant, we have the answers.
Jun 6, 2019
Filing for a "Sleep Divorce;" Does Your Child Need an ADHD Drug Holiday?
Would sleeping away from your partner let you get better rest? Journalist Karen Asp tells us why she decided a separate bedroom was a must for her health. Then, what common plant oils can (and can't) do for you. And could kids with ADHD benefit from a break from their meds over the summer? Child psychiatrist Smitha Bhandari, MD, tells us what to expect. Plus, pasta, red meat, and other foods get a bad rap, but they can have good qualities, too.
May 23, 2019
Will A.I. Change Your Doctor Visits; The Buzz on Caffeine; How to Get Over Your FOMO
Will artificial intelligence make your doctor visits better? WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, MPH, interviews Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric Topol, MD, about the future of health care. Then, do you lean on caffeine to power through your day? Find out how it affects your body. Plus, what you can do about your fear of missing out (FOMO).
May 9, 2019
Mother's Day: Brunch Dos and Dont's; Why Are the Measles Back?; The Truth About Face Masks
It’s Mother’s Day and brunch is on the calendar. How do your favorite dishes stack up when it comes to eating healthy? Next, we talk to Michael Smith, MD, WebMD’s chief medical editor, about the measles. The US declared this highly contagious disease eradicated in 2000, but now it’s back. The good news: A simple vaccine can keep your kids safe. Finally, we take a look at one of hottest self-care trends around -- face masks. Dermatologist Laurel Geraghty, MD, weighs in on the safety and usefulness of these super-trendy products.
Apr 25, 2019
What Happens When You Quit Sugar for 30 Days; Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times; Surprising Things That Raise Your Blood Pressure
Could you stop sugar for 30 days? What would you crave most? We find out. Plus, WebMD's chief medical officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, interviews Anahad O'Connor, a reporter covering health, fitness, and nutrition for The New York Times. Then, learn about things that you wouldn't expect to raise your blood pressure -- but they can.
Apr 11, 2019
Sanjay Gupta, MD, on Health, Happiness Around the Globe; Medication Mistakes; Health Benefits of Martial Arts
What can other cultures teach us about living a longer, healthier, happier life? CNN's Sanjay Gupta, MD, tells us what he learned from traveling the world. Plus, how to avoid common mistakes when taking medicines. Then, WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, MPH, talks to actor Michael Jai White about the health benefits of martial arts.
Mar 28, 2019
All About Endometriosis; Is there a Right Way to Apologize; How Well Do You Know Your Thyroid?
Karli Goldstein, DO, a gynecologic surgeon with endometriosis, tells us what it’s really like to live with this painful condition. Seth Gillihan, PhD, lists the do’s and don’ts of saying you’re sorry. Take our thyroid quiz to learn more about this powerful gland. Plus, we have timely tips to help keep pollen and other sneeze-makers out of your home this allergy season.
Mar 14, 2019
Dean Ornish on 4 Changes That Undo Disease; Do You Really Have a Food Allergy; Truth About Hangover Cures
Who wouldn't want to "undo" conditions like heart disease? WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, MPH, interviews Dean Ornish, MD, on what changes to make. Then, food allergies vs. intolerances -- we break down the difference. Plus, how to stop a hangover before it starts.
Feb 28, 2019
Why You Need to Control Clutter; Surprising Reasons You Feel Angry; Why Colonoscopies Aren’t That Bad
Cleaning out your home can “spark joy,” but it can also be really hard. Dr. Seth Gillihan talks about why clutter can weigh on your mind, and the benefits of letting it go. Then, learn about some surprising reasons you might feel angry. And is it time for you to schedule a colonoscopy? WebMD chief medical editor, Dr. Michael Smith, explains why they’re so important – and what his own colonoscopy was like. We also cover a few unexpected things that can put your heart at risk. Plus, a good way to watch your salt intake.
Feb 14, 2019
Surviving a Heart Attack at 38; Heart-Smart Quiz; Must-Know Heart News
Award-winning MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee tells us about his heart attack at 38. Then, take our cardio quiz. Plus, will aspirin help your heart, should you test your blood pressure at home, and what helps with cholesterol? Cardiologist R. Todd Hurst, MD, weighs in. And do you know where the nearest AED is?
Jan 31, 2019
The Truth About CBD Oil, Super Bowl Health Trivia, How to Clean When Your Whole Family Is Sick.
CBD oil is trendy, but is it really a miracle cure for, well, everything? WebMD's Chief Medical Editor Dr. Michael Smith has the answers. Do the short winter days get you down? You might have seasonal affective disorder. Learn what it is and what to do about it. Ready for the big game? We found some Super Bowl stats that will blow your mind. Got a house full of sick people? Medical Editor Dr. Neha Pathak explains how to keep it clean -- and keep yourself well. Plus, why you should swap juice for a smoothie.
Jan 17, 2019
Meet Our Health Heroes, The Truth About At-Home DNA Tests, Do You Need a Skincare Reboot?
Hear how Kathy Bates, Rufus Wainwright, and other WebMD Health Heroes are making a difference in health and wellness in 2019. Then, are you thinking of mailing in your DNA to learn more about your health and ancestry? Listen to these facts first. And, dermatologist Dr. Laurel Geraghty tells us why January is a great time to think about some changes to your skincare routine.
Jan 3, 2019
Weight Loss Myths Busted, Habit Hacks, Should You Try Dry January?
Did you set a goal to lose weight in the new year? WebMD's Chief Medical Editor, Michael Smith, tells us the truth about common weight loss myths. Then James Clear, author of the best-selling book Atomic Habits, shares the four things that you should do to make a new habit stick. Plus, check out our list of the biggest workout mistakes. And are you ready to quit alcohol for Dry January?
Jan 2, 2019
Should You Quit Diets Forever?
Is weight loss one of your goals for the new year? Check out our conversation with nutritionist Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, author of the new book, Anti-Diet. She tells us why diet culture is toxic for so many people, what intuitive eating is (and isn't), and what the "health at every size" movement is all about. Plus, our tweak of the week will help you kick off 2020 with good health in mind.
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