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Insights That Matter: Podcasts

A monthly podcast about women's health group of women of different ethnicities
 

20-30 minute podcasts with a Johns Hopkins physician. 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Available on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Complimentary.

Atrial Fibrillation

Hugh Calkins, M.D.

September 3, 2019
Hugh Calkins, M.D.

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.


Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Dementias

Constantine Lyketsos, M.D.

June 5, 2019
Constantine Lyketsos, M.D.

June is Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month. In honor of the estimated 5.7M Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today and an estimated 14 million by 2050, Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center and director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Bayview discusses the difference between Alzheimer’s and other dementias, recent research to uncover the causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, efforts to intervene in the progression of changes in the brain, and progress in diagnosing Alzheimer’s earlier in life.


Bladder Cancer Awareness

Jean Hoffman-Censits, M.D.

May 2, 2019
Jean Hoffman-Censits, M.D.

May is Bladder Cancer Month.

Did you know that bladder cancer is one of the most common genitourinary cancers in adults worldwide, and it is the fourth most common cancer in men? Women should be aware than although less common in women, women tend to have a worse prognosis if diagnosed.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates in 2019:

About 80,470 new cases of bladder cancer (about 61,700 in men and 18,770 in women) will be diagnosed and about 17,670 deaths from bladder cancer (about 12,870 in men and 4,800 in women) will occur.


The Brain: New Discoveries

Justin McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

June 10, 2019
Justin McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

The number of individuals being diagnosed with brain disorders is increasing: Alzheimer’s disease: 5.4M Americans and 24M globally; Parkinson’s: 630,000 Americans; Dementias: 46.8M globally; and Stroke: 795,000 Americans. Learn about new research shedding light onto the mysteries of the brain with Dr. Justin McArthur, neurologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology.


Breast Cancer Awareness

Vered Stearns, M.D.

October 1, 2019
Vered Stearns, M.D.

According to breastcancer.org, about 12% of American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2019, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancer. About 85% of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that can happen as a result of the aging process, rather than inherited mutations. In the latest Insights that Matter podcast, breast cancer researcher Vered Stearns discusses new science about breast cancer.


Colorectal Cancer

Vered Stearns, M.D.

September 14, 2020
Nilo Azad, M.D.

The tragic early death of Chadwick Boseman has brought to everyone's attention colon and colorectal cancer. In this special podcast issue, moderator Lillie Shockney talks to oncologist Nilo Azad about colorectal cancer. Early warning signs of colon cancer are discussed along with health disparities.


COVID-19: A Child's Perspective

Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D. and Hal Kronsberg, M.D.

April 17, 2020
Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D. and Hal Kronsberg, M.D.

Pediatrician Rachel Thornton reviews the vulnerability of children and symptoms of COVID-19 in children and adolescents and when parents should contact their doctor. In the second half of the webcast, pediatric psychiatrist, Hal Kronsberg, shares strategies to discuss COVID with children and adolescents and considers ways in which anxiety and stress may manifest in children.


COVID-19 Health Disparities

Sherita Golden, MD, MPH

May 11, 2020
Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S.

Endocrinologist and chief diversity officer Sherita Golden documents the number of elevated confirmed cases of COVID-19 among black and brown communities and explores the underlying social and historical issues placing underrepresented minorities at increased risk.


COVID-19 | Mindfulness & Meditation

Neda F Gould, Ph.D.

Mindfulness & Meditation

May 7, 2020
Neda Gould, Ph.D.

Director of Mindfulness Programs at Johns Hopkins, psychologist Neda Gould unleashes the power of mindfulness and meditation to help participants manage stress, anxiety, and the challenges of uncertainty during this time, and leads a guided meditation for participants.


COVID-19: Stress and Social Isolation

Karen Swartz, M.D.

April 15, 2020
Karen Swartz, M.D.

A Woman’s Journey: Insights that Matter is devoting this time to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer audio transcripts of a series of webcasts where Johns Hopkins experts focus on a number of pertinent topics.

What follows is the audio of the first of six webcasts featuring Johns Hopkins Medicine psychiatrist Karen Swartz who talks about coping with stress and social isolation during the pandemic.


COVID-19 Update

Lisa Maragakis M.D., M.P.H.

April 23, 2020
Lisa Maragakis M.D., M.P.H.

Everyone’s world has changed since we first heard the word “coronavirus.” Hear the latest about the COVID19 pandemic from Johns Hopkins Medicine epidemiologist and Senior Director of Infection Prevention, Dr. Lisa Maragakis. Dr. Maragakis offers updates on what has been learned about the virus, how it invades a patients lungs, the potential of new treatments and a vaccine, and the threat of return.


GERD: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Olaya Brewer, MBBS

August 4, 2020
Olaya Brewer, M.B.B.S.

Gastroenterologist Olaya Brewer, clinical associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and moderator Lillie Shockney discuss the causes and treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease otherwise known as GERD.

 

Gynecological Cancers

Anna Beavis, M.D., M.P.H.

January 2, 2020
Anna Beavis, M.D., M.P.H.

In the United States alone, approximately 100,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Listen as GYN oncologist Anna Beavis, an assistant professor of gynecological cancer at The Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service in the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins discusses cervical cancer as well as ovarian and uterine cancer.


Hearing Loss

Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

March 1, 2021
Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

According to the National Institutes of Health: About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64. In the latest Insight that Matter podcast moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by otolaryngologist Frank Lin to discuss hearing loss and its possible connection to dementia.


Heart Disease and Women

Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

February 4, 2020
Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death for women in the U.S. Preventative cardiologist Erin Michos discusses risk factors for women, cardiovascular prevention methods and finally, the 2019 primary prevention cardiovascular guidelines and topics such as Vitamin D, daily aspirin to prevent heart attack, hormone replacement and statin therapy.


Intermittent Fasting: What it is and Surprising Health Benefits

Mark Mattson, Ph.D.

December 1, 2020
Mark Mattson, Ph.D.

Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by neuroscientist Mark Mattson to discuss intermittent fasting: what it is and the health impact of intermittent fasting on chronic health issues, the brain and certain neurologic diseases.


Kidney Disease Awareness

Deidra Crews, M.D.

April 4, 2019
Deidra Crews, M.D.

Did you know that kidney disease is a serious disease affecting >30 million Americans and >700,000 have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)? Nephrologist and epidemiologist Deidra Crews provides background on who is at risk, the causes and treatment for kidney disease and what can be done to prevent developing kidney disease.


Menopause

Mindy Christianson, M.D.

April 2, 2020
Mindy Christianson, M.D.

Menopause is a monumental moment in a woman’s life that typically occurs around 50 years of age. Why would a woman decide to delay menopause? This month’s podcast features reproductive endocrinologist Mindy Christianson, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center, and host Lillie Shockney discussing the various reasons why a woman might make that decision.

 

Microbiome and its Connection to Disease Development

Cynthia Sears, M.D.

May 7, 2019
Cynthia Sears, M.D.

Colon cancer researcher Cynthia Sears defines what the microbiome is and how it contributes to disease, like heart, cancer, weight/obesity and mental health. Also discussed is the role of probiotics, yogurt, Kefir and fermented foods.


Mindfulness Benefits

Neda F Gould, Ph.D.

December 2, 2019
Neda Gould, Ph.D.

The practice of staying present in the moment benefits individuals by lowering chronic stress, anxiety, blood pressure and pain intensity while also improving focus, memory and even immune function. Listen as clinical psychologist and director of the mindfulness program at Johns Hopkins Dr. Neda Gould discusses the importance of a mindfulness practice.


New Findings from the American Heart Association

Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

February 1, 2021
Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

Heart disease consistently remains the #1 killer of women! Listen to preventive cardiologist and women’s heart health expert Erin Michos review new findings on heart disease released at the most recent annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.


Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women

Marisa Clifton, M.D.

September 1, 2020
Marisa Clifton, M.D.

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently projected that the number of surgical patients for pelvic floor disorders will increase by 47%—from about 210,000 in 2010 to 310,000 by 2050. Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by urologist and the Director of Women’s Health at the Brady Urological Institute, Dr. Marisa Clifton to discuss in detail pelvic floor disorders and what can be done to insure the best quality of life.


Proton Beam Therapy for the Treatment of Tumors

Akila Viswanathan, M.D., M.H.S.

October 29, 2019
Akila Viswanathan, M.D., M.H.S.

Lillie Shockney interviews radiation oncologist Akila Viswanathan, who is the interim director for Johns Hopkins Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, the director for the National Capital Region for radiation oncology, and a professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

depressed woman outside

January 1, 2021
Lindsay Standeven, M.D.

Listen as moderator Lillie Shockney discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with psychiatrist Lindsay Standeven. Dr. Standeven discusses the typically signs and symptoms someone might experience with seasonal affective disorder, who is most likely to be affected and why, and how it differs from clinical depression or holiday blues.


Sex Through A Woman’s Lifetime

Kate Thomas, PhD

June 1, 2020
Kate Thomas, Ph.D.

A woman's sex drive changes throughout her lifetime. Sex therapist Kate Thomas discusses the various factors that can cause changes in the desire for sexual intimacy and what can be done to address this issue.


Sleep: The Connection between Sleep and Disease Development

Charlene Gamaldo, M.D.

The Connection between Sleep and Disease Development

August 1, 2019
Charlene Gamaldo, M.D.

Sleep is a vital part of our lives. Without quality sleep we have no energy and cannot perform 100%. With 50 to 70 million people in the US suffering from one or several sleep disorders and 30% of adult U.S. population suffering from insomnia and 10% from chronic insomnia, getting quality sleep is a topic no one can ignore.


Spine Issues: Neck and Back Pain

Ali Bydon, M.D.

November 3, 2020
Ali Bydon, M.D.

Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Johns Hopkins Medicine neurosurgeon Ali Bydon to discuss spinal surgery to alleviate back and neck pain. Also discussed are various degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal tumors, and complex reconstruction and restoration of the spine.

 

Stroke: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Risk Factors

Mona Bahouth, M.D., Ph.D.

May 3, 2021
Mona Bahouth, M.D., Ph.D.

According to the CDC, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Listen as moderator Lillie Shockney discusses diagnosis, symptoms and risk factors of stroke with stroke neurologist Dr. Mona Bahouth.

 

Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Anne Marie O'Broin Lennon, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.

February 7, 2019
Anne-Marie Lennon, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.

Lillie Shockney talks with gastroenterologist and director of the Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Anne-Marie Lennon about general symptoms that women sometimes ignore that may indicate a potential underlying condition.

 

Unconscious Bias in Medicine

Cheri Wilson, M.A., M.H.S., C.P.H.Q.

October 1, 2020
Cheri Wilson, M.A., M.H.S., C.P.H.Q.

No one can argue that the world the last six months has upended our lives. The disproportionate number of Black and Latino deaths caused by COVID-19 created an awareness of health disparities among these communities.

Lillie Shockney is joined by Cheri Wilson, Education and Training Manager for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity. They discuss the role that unconscious bias may play in medicine.

 

Uterine Fibroids: Diagnosis, Causes, Treatments & Health Disparities

Khara Simpson, M.D.

March 3, 2020
Khara Simpson, M.D.

According to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation, it is estimated that as many as 80% of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.


Vision: High Sights for Low Vision

Bonnie Swenor, M.P.H., Ph.D.

March 3, 2020
Bonnie Swenor, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Low vision affects approximately 2.9 million Americans age 40 and older. This month’s guest is researcher Bonnielin Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and an assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discusses her personal experience and research that focuses on the impact of and eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration, on aging. She also shares her personal connection to her research.

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