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Health and Home with the Hippocratic Hosts
24 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
#31: Joy Story: Why Joy is Good For Your Health and How to Find More Of It
Today, we’re talking about joy. We all want it. But what does it really mean? What are the health effects of having joy? And the $64,000 question: how do we get more of it? Join us to find out!
21 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#30: Keep Your Skin in the Game: Choosing the Right Sunscreen and Insect Repellent
On this episode, we're going skin deep -- literally. We're talking about how to take care of your skin during the summer months. Can you moisturize less in the summer? What are the best ways to prevent sunburns in kids? And how do we choose the best options in a drugstore aisle containing dozens of sunscreens and bug repellents? Listen in, because we've got you covered!
21 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
#29: Walking Through the Rain: Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
On this episode, we're talking about some sensitive topics that aren't talked about often enough: infertility and pregnancy loss. What can increase a person's risk? How do you know when to seek medical help? And how can we support the people in our lives who are going through these painful experiences? Join us as we pull back the curtain and bring this discussion into the light.
39 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#28: Mothers in Politics with Vote Run Lead's Chief Program Officer Pakou Hang
In this episode, we’re continuing our series on Mothers in Politics! As physicians, getting regular women and parents in office is important to us because so much legislation affects public health: not just in the time of a pandemic, but also via laws surrounding issues like parental leave, health insurance coverage, pre-existing conditions, and access to medical and specialty care. Have you wondered what makes people decide to run for office? And how on earth they do it? Do you think it can’t be you? Listen to our discussion with Pakou Hang, Chief Program Officer of Vote Run Lead, to find out how it can. Pakou Hang holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University and a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. She successfully ran the 2002 campaign of Mee Moua -- the very first Hmong American elected to a state legislature in America -- and thereafter served as the Deputy Political Director to Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign. Pakou has also served as the Election Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party and the National Field Director for the Children's Defense Fund. She co-founded and spent eight years as the Executive Director of the Hmong American Farmers Association, a nonprofit committed to building intergenerational and community wealth for Hmong farmers and their families. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Bush Leadership Fellowship, and most recently, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which strives to bolster trans-Atlantic relations. She is a co-founder and Chief Program Officer for Vote Run Lead.Vote Run Lead is a national non-partisan organization that trains women to run for office and win, reaching over 36,000 women all across America. Vote Run Lead alumni are serving on city councils, county boards, state houses, supreme courts, and in Congress.
17 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#27: Food Swings: Demystifying the Buzziest Diet Plans
On this episode, we’re explaining the ins and outs of the most popular eating plans out there. Many of us want to eat healthier, but how do we know where to start? Do the words keto, paleo, Atkins and Whole30 have your head spinning? Should we trust that celebrity endorsement? Should we throw out everything currently in our refrigerators? And should we really eat only steak and chewing gum for 14 days? Join us to find out the facts!
24 minutes | May 25, 2021
#26: Let There Be Flight: Travel in the Time of COVID Vaccines
It's our Season 2 premiere! To kick off, we're talking about travel in 2021. What are the current recommendations for staying safe while traveling, whether you're vaccinated or not? What are the different things to be aware of for domestic travel vs. international? How should you travel with kids? And, with changing mandates, when do you need to wear that mask? We have answers to all this and more!While things may be opening up in the United States, our thoughts and prayers are with those still suffering with COVID around the world, especially the crisis in India. For ways you can help, visit our show notes at hippocratichosts.com.
30 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#25: Seeking Mary Poppins: How to Find the Right Childcare
In our Season 1 finale, we’re talking about that massive parenting decision for many of us: finding childcare. Whether you are a new parent trying to decide among the options, or you’re working from home and your kids’ Zoom-bombing is getting a bit too distracting, or you're an essential worker who can't work from home, we are here to help. We share our own experiences with childcare, questions to ask any type of caregiver, and resources for finding quality, affordable options. And also: how you figure all of this out during a pandemic!Thanks so much to every one of you for your fantastic support during Season 1 -- what a ride it's been! We will return with Season 2 in May. In the meantime, stay in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news. Stay safe, stay healthy, and see you soon!
30 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
#24: Mothers in Politics with Pediatrician and Congresswoman Kim Schrier
In the second of our ongoing series on mothers in politics, we're talking to Dr. Kim Schrier, the first pediatrician in Congress, who represents Washington's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She's telling us how she pivoted from a medical career to a political one, what it's like to sponsor a bill on vaccines that ends up taking on new meaning when a pandemic hits, and why it's important for other parents to seek elected office.Congresswoman Kim Schrier, MD represents Washington State’s 8th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress on November 6, 2018, she spent her career as a pediatrician in Issaquah, WA, working with children and helping families navigate the health care system. As the first pediatrician in Congress, Rep. Schrier brings a critical voice to issues related to health care. Through her own experience as a patient living with Type 1 diabetes, she understands the very real fear of health care costs and access for people living with pre-existing conditions. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Astrophysics, Rep. Schrier spent a year working at the EPA before attending medical school at U.C. Davis School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. In 2013, she was named Best Pediatrician in the Greater Seattle Area by Parents Map Magazine. Rep. Schrier lives in Sammamish, WA with her husband, David, and son, Sam.
45 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
#23: The COVID Vaccine Rollout and Health Equity with Dr. Lauren Smith and Dr. Letitia Dzirasa
We're excited to share a joint episode in collaboration with the What is Black? and Flesh 'N Bold podcasts in which we're discussing everything you need to know about the COVID vaccines. Joining us are Dr. Lauren Smith, Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation, and Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Commissioner of Health for the Baltimore City Health Department, who talk about the launch of the COVID vaccine, the COVID vaccine and children, health inequities, and the vaccine rollout in communities of color. Listen in now!Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH is the Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation. In this role, she partners with the CDC Foundation’s other senior leaders to develop and drive strategic efforts to embed health equity across the Foundation’s COVID-19 response activities with an explicit focus on addressing systemic racism and its impact on vulnerable populations’ resiliency amidst the pandemic. Her previous leadership roles have included serving as co-CEO of FSG, one of the world’s leading social impact consulting firms; as medical director and then interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; as senior strategic advisor for a national innovation and improvement network focused on reducing infant mortality; as national medical director of the Medical Legal Partnership for Children; and as the medical director of the pediatric inpatient service at Boston Medical Center, where she was on faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She currently serves on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Health Law Advocates, Tobacco Free Mass and Zero to Three. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature on health equity and the implication of social policies on child and family wellbeing. Dr. Smith holds a BA with honors in biology from Harvard College, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. She completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Boston and her general pediatrics fellowship at Boston Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics.Letitia Dzirasa, MD joined the Baltimore City government as the Commissioner of Health in March 2019. Her special interests include obesity management and prevention, trauma-informed care in children and adolescents, and expanded use of technology to improve health outcomes. Prior to joining the Health Department, she worked at Fearless Solutions (Fearless), a Baltimore-based digital services firm that builds custom software solutions for local and federal government clients. In her role at Fearless as Health Innovation Officer, Dr. Dzirasa was responsible for managing the Healthcare IT portfolio for the company and provided clinical subject matter expertise to HIT projects. Dr. Dzirasa also has close clinical ties to the Baltimore community, having trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in pediatrics and having worked as medical director for school-based health and quality at the Baltimore Medical System from 2013-2016. In addition to holding a BS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in biological sciences, Dr. Dzirasa graduated from Meharry Medical College summa cum laude in 2007. She lives in downtown Baltimore with her husband and son.
32 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
#22: Mothers in Politics with Physician, Author, and Georgia State Senator Michelle Au
On this episode, we’re introducing the first of our new ongoing series on mothers in politics. Today we’re talking to Dr. Michelle Au, the author and anesthesiologist who was just elected to Georgia’s state senate. She’s telling us how a busy mom with no prior political experience became a state senator, what her goals are for her time in office, and why other moms should consider throwing their hats in the ring.Dr. Michelle Au, MD, MPH is an anesthesiologist at Emory-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She received her MD from Columbia University and completed her residency training there in 2008. A decade later, she returned to Columbia to study at the Mailman School of Public Health, focusing on healthcare management and policy, and graduated with a Masters of Public Health in 2019. During her third year of medical school, Dr. Au started penning the “Scutmonkey” comic series, inspired by the absurdity of medical training. During her final year of residency training, Dr. Au wrote a medical memoir entitled This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood, which was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2011. She has been a featured writer for The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Slate, Medium, KevinMD, and Psychology Today. In November 2020, she was elected to the Georgia State Senate for District 48, running on a platform of improving access to care and health outcomes in Georgia. Dr. Au lives in Johns Creek, GA with her husband and three children.
26 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
#21: When the Ball Drops, Don't Drop the Ball: New Year's Resolutions and Wellness
On our first episode of the new year, we’re talking about New Year’s resolutions. Did you have a few too many treats over the holidays? Are you looking to finally break that habit or find that new job? Or are you resolution-averse but ready to make wellness a priority? We’re here to join you in your fresh start!
21 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
#20: Everyone Romaine Calm: Getting Kids to Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Fruits, vegetables, and kids: that important but elusive combo! Why are fruits and vegetables especially important for kids, and how much should they eat each day? We share a dozen of the best tips from experts and our own experiences for getting kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Grab an apple (or an onion, we don't judge) and enjoy the episode!
25 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
#19: Blame It On the Pain: An Intro to Pain Management
On this episode, we're talking about that universal experience: pain. Nobody likes to hurt. So what are the options for treating pain when we have it? What is the opioid crisis, and how does it affect us? And when is it time to call in a specialist? Join us to find out!
32 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
#18: Sleep Child O' Mine: Teaching Healthy Sleep Habits to Babies, Kids and Teens
Today, we're diving in to the holy grail: training your baby to fall asleep and teaching older kids healthy sleep habits. Also, what's the latest on sleep safety for infants, and how can you know if you child has a medical problem affecting her sleep? Plus, we share a simple hack of the week to help keep your toddler in bed, using just duct tape - but it’s not what you’re thinking! Listen in to find out!
19 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
#17: It's Not Easy Being Green: Health and Environmental Justice
On this episode, we’re talking about environmental justice. What is it? Why does it matter? And why are we talking about it on a podcast about health? Join us for the lowdown on what it means and what you can do to help.
34 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
#16: Love 'Em and Don't Leave 'Em: Our Top Product Recommendations to Make Your Life Easier
Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite products that make our lives easier and more fun. We're talking electronics, games, home goods and even food. From gadgets that save us time, to items that keep our kids occupied or help them learn, to things that just plain make us laugh, listen in for our best recommendations, and check out our show notes at hippocratichosts.com for all the links!
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
#15: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Zzzzzs: Sleep and How to Get More of It
On this episode we're talking about sleep! The majority of us could use more or better sleep. How does sleep (or the lack of it) impact our health, and how has COVID-19 affected our ability to rest? How can you know if you're just tired or if you have an actual sleep disorder? And we share some great tips on how to successfully drift off to dreamland every night. Listen in!
25 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
#14: Eat at Mom's: The Joys and Challenges of Breastfeeding
Today we're talking about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. Why is breastmilk important for babies and moms? What's the latest on COVID-19 and breastfeeding recommendations? And we get real about the obstacles many women face, and how we can advocate for better laws to support nursing moms.
19 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
#13: Birth Order in the Court: How Birth Order Does (or Doesn't) Affect Us
On this episode, we’re talking about birth order. Firstborns, middle children, babies of the family, or onlies … how do these family positions affect your children’s personalities? How do they affect our own personalities as adults? And, really, does the science support any of this? Listen in for the scoop!
28 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
#12: All By My Self ... Care: Self-Care During a Pandemic and Otherwise
On this episode, we talk about the people we most often forget to care for: ourselves. Why is self-care important? Can it really affect our health? And what are some easy ways we can fit it into our crazy lives? Tune in to find out!
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