June 29, 2021
In this episode, an Israeli virologist discusses how her country handled the pandemic and what the world could learn from their response.
This interview was conducted on March 23, 2021. Dr. Dana Wolf is Director of the Clinical Virology Unit at Hadassah University Medical Center in Israel. She’s also done research on giving vaccine to pregnant women and discusses her findings.
Israel managed to get nearly 70 percent of citizens vaccinated, she explains how they managed to do that and how transparency with the public and media was critical as well as a unified message.
WEBSITES: State of Israel Ministry of Health https://www.health.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx
June 22, 2021
Over 700,000 Americans are living with a brain tumor today and more than 84,000 people will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor in 2021. All brain tumors are not alike - there are more than 120 different types of brain tumors.
Only about 1/3 of brain tumors are cancerous. But whether they are cancerous or not, brain tumors can impair brain function and potentially be deadly if they grow large enough to press on surrounding nerves, blood vessels and tissue.
Glioblastoma, the most prevalent primary malignant brain tumor, is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite aggressive treatment strategies combining radiation and chemotherapy with surgery, prognosis for GBM patients remains poor. The average person lives just 15 months after diagnosis.
Meningiomas are typically benign tumors arising from the coverings of the brain and spinal cord. They represent about 1/3 of all primary brain tumors and occur most frequently in middle-aged women.
Meningiomas usually grow inward, causing pressure on the brain or spinal cord. They also can grow outward toward the skull, causing it to thicken. Most meningiomas are noncancerous, slow-growing tumors. Some contain sacs of fluid (cysts), mineral deposits (calcifications), or tightly packed bunches of blood vessels.
Meningiomas account for about 36% of all primary brain tumors. They are most likely to be found in adults older than 60; the incidence appears to increase with age. They occur about twice as often in women as in men.
Monica Robins is a brain tumor survivor, and this episode is dedicated to brain tumor education. Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon, Pablo Recinos, M.D. will discuss the latest in treatments and what future research hopes to bring us. Dr. Recinos is also the surgeon who operated on Monica’s tumor.
WEBSITES: American Brain Tumor Association www.abta.org
June 15, 2021
It's a billion dollar industry and only expected to grow even bigger. CBD is being sold in nearly every pharmacy, grocery store and even convenience stores. But what is it, how is it used, what's it for and does it get you high? Why do so many people think CBD is marijuana? In this episode I talk to Meredith Farrow, Founder and CEO of Avon, Ohio based Clean Remedies. She explains the uses of CBD, laws and misconceptions from an industry insider point of view.