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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease With Dr. Michael Okun (Ep. 36)

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease With Dr. Michael Okun (Ep. 36)

Millions of people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. Yet, despite its prevalence, there’s a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding it.

In this installment of Keeping the Well in Well-thy, Barbara Archer, and renowned neurologist Dr. Michael Okun, discuss the intricacies of Parkinson’s disease. They explore the wide range of symptoms, patients’ experiences, the journey to a proper diagnosis, and the latest strategies for managing the disease effectively. By addressing common misconceptions and highlighting the importance of comprehensive care, this podcast serves as a beacon of knowledge and support for patients, families, and caregivers alike. Dr. Okun sheds light on the nuances of treatment and the critical role of maintaining joy and passion in life, despite the challenges posed by Parkinson’s.

Dr. Michael Okun discusses: 

  • Understanding Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms
  • The influence of genetics and environmental factors on Parkinson’s
  • The importance of personalized care, recent research, and advancements
  • Myths and misconceptions surrounding Parkinson’s
  • And more

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About Dr. Michael Okun: 

Dr. Michael Okun is a board-certified neurologist, movement disorders specialist, neuroscientist, and author who practices with the philosophy that ‘the patient is the sun’ and should be at the center of all care decisions. As a care provider, he strives to translate physiological principles underpinning neurological disorders into real-world therapies to improve patient’s lives.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to podcasts, reading history, going on walks with the family dog, and watching baseball.

 

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Valuable Insights on Diabetes Care and Management with Dr. Kevin Peterson (Ep.35)

Valuable Insights on Diabetes Care and Management with Dr. Kevin Peterson (Ep.35)

Why is early detection and prevention crucial in managing diabetes? What proactive measures can we take to prevent complications associated with the disease?

Let’s discuss this topic with the professional insight of Dr. Peterson.

In this release, Barbara Archer and Dr. Kevin Peterson, Vice President of Primary Care, at the American Diabetes Association, explore the differences between type one and type two diabetes, the importance of early detection, and the role of lifestyle changes in disease management. 

Dr. Peterson highlights advancements in treatment, the impact of diabetes on mental and sexual health, and the importance of exercise. He shares optimism for future treatments and stresses the value of resources like the ADA for support! 

This episode is a highly resourceful guide for you if you are affected by or interested in preventing diabetes!

Dr. Peterson discusses: 

  • The complexities of diabetes including types, risks, and symptoms
  • His recommended lifestyle modifications & the key to diabetes management
  • Some recent advancements in diabetes treatment & the impact of the disease on mental health
  • His optimism for the future of diabetes treatment including a potential cure for Type 1 
  • And more

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About Our Guest: 

Kevin is the Vice President of Primary Care and Quality at the American Diabetes Association or a DA and Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to this position at the A DA, Dr. Peterson directed the Center of Excellence in Primary Care with additional appointments in the Institute for Health Informatics and the Institute for Engineering and Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr. Peterson has published hundreds of scientific articles and publications focusing on diabetes care, clinical trials, and medical engineering. 

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Pathways to Hope: Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey with Victoria Smart (Ep. 34)

Pathways to Hope: Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey with Victoria Smart (Ep. 34)

Breast cancer remains a significant health challenge facing millions of women today, with early detection and access to quality care being crucial in the fight against this pervasive disease.

Let’s tackle the tough conversations and navigate the journey together.

In this episode, Barbara Archer speaks with Victoria Smart, Senior Vice President of Mission for the Susan G. Komen organization, the world’s largest breast cancer organization with over $3 billion in investments in breast cancer research, advocacy, and patient support to date. They have an insightful discussion on the different types of breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment choices, emotional and psychological impact, and post-recovery options and challenges.

Victoria Smart discusses: 

  • Best practices to improve the chance of early detection
  • What patients may expect while undergoing treatment and navigating various options
  • Effective coping strategies and lifestyle changes to aid the fight against breast cancer
  • How friends and family of a breast cancer patient can build a strong support system
  • Advancements in breast cancer research (including the advocacy and efforts of Susan G. Komen)
  • And more

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About Our Guest: 

Victoria Smart is the Senior Vice President of Mission for the Susan G. Komen organization, the world’s largest breast cancer organization with over $3 billion in investments in breast cancer research, advocacy, and patient support to date. 

Victoria leads Komen’s research and scientific strategies, including the Big Data for Breast Cancer program, which seeks to bring innovation to patients faster, the Komen Patient Care Center serving over 55,0000 annually and Komen’s Center for Public Policy advocating for patient protection and access to care.

Victoria has been working in the fight against cancer for nearly 25 years, beginning her career with the American Association for Cancer Research. 

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The DNA Dialogue: Testing, Traits, and Truth with Dr. Neil Lamb (Ep. 33)

The DNA Dialogue: Testing, Traits, and Truth with Dr. Neil Lamb (Ep. 33)

Are you curious about what makes up your DNA? Where did your great-grandparents originate from? Have you ever done one of those swab tests or spit in a test tube to find out your ancestry?

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Dr. Neil Lamb, President of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, about genetics and genomics. They discuss the differences between genetics and genomics, the importance of genetic testing, the protection of genetic data, and the potential benefits and limitations of ancestry testing. Dr. Lamb also shares his personal experience with genetic testing and emphasizes the need for better integration of genetic information into healthcare decision-making. 

Dr. Neil Lamb discusses: 

  • Power of genetic information in medical treatment and prevention strategies
  • Protection of genetic data and risks of posting on open-access websites
  • Pharmacogenetics and its role in determining medication response
  • Reasons for taking ancestry tests and the limitations of genetic information in identity and cultural connections
  • Resources for understanding genetics and genomics
  • And more

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About Our Guest: 

Dr. Neil Lamb, president of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit research institute located in Huntsville, Alabama, that leverages the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe.

Before being named president, Dr. Lamb served as the Institute’s Vice President for Educational Outreach, where his team reached more than a million learners of all ages each year across the nation. For this, he has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the field of science education, being recognized most recently with an award for Excellence in Human Genetics genomics.

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Supporting a Loved One Diagnosed with Dementia with Susy Murphy, BA, CMC (Ep. 32)

Supporting a Loved One Diagnosed with Dementia with Susy Murphy, BA, CMC (Ep. 32)

Dementia manifests in a variety of ways. In its early stages, it can be easily mistaken for mere forgetfulness or the natural aging process. However, understanding its root causes can empower you to better support your loved ones should they face this challenging diagnosis.

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Susy Murphy, a renowned expert in dementia care. Susy overviews the different types of dementia, challenges faced by individuals with dementia, and strategies for effective communication and engagement. They also emphasize the importance of patience, understanding, and normalizing behaviors associated with dementia.

Barbara and Susy discuss: 

  • The significance of legal documentation, the value of professional care, and the importance of self-care for caregivers
  • Strategies for navigating situations with those living with dementia and identifying early warning signs
  • Holistic approaches to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients
  • The emotional and psychological impact on families and how they can find support.
  • Misconceptions surrounding dementia and ways to raise awareness in the community
  • Technological advancements aiding in dementia care and patient monitoring
  • The role of diet, exercise, and lifestyle in potentially slowing the progression of the disease
  • And much more.

 

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Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC graduated from the University of Michigan and is the owner of Aging Well Eldercare located in Maryland after having been the Director of Care Management for 20 years.

Susy is a Certified Care Manager, accredited by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She is member and past- president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Aging Life Care™ Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Aging Life Care Association and of the American Geriatric Society and co-chair of programming for the metro Washington, DC chapter.

 

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Skin Cancer: Protect, Deflect and Reflect with Dr. Rizzo, MD, PhD (Ep. 29)

Skin Cancer: Protect, Deflect and Reflect with Dr. Rizzo, MD, PhD (Ep. 29)

Are you living a well balanced lifestyle that goes beyond healthy eating habits and staying active? Do you know how you can elevate your day to day to improve your overall well-being?

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Dr. Rizzo, a board-certified dermatologist who provides expert insights on the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer. This insightful conversation also covers genetic factors, risks associated with indoor tanning, and misconceptions about skin cancer.

Dr. Rizzo discusses:

  • Insights into skin cancer: Why does it become more common as we age?
  • The intricate journey of diagnosing and confronting skin cancer
  • Exploring cutting-edge treatments specifically for non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Plus, additional riveting insights

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About our Guest:

Dr. Rizzo was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He attended Syracuse University, earning a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, earning dual doctoral degrees in medicine and biochemistry (MD and PhD). After medical school, he completed dermatology residency and micrographic surgery (Mohs)/dermatologic oncology fellowship training programs at the University of Michigan, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the world. At Michigan, Dr. Rizzo received comprehensive, rigorous and multidisciplinary training in the fields of general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and other rare cancers. He has performed thousands of Mohs and melanoma surgery cases, including a wide breadth of complex surgical reconstructions. Dr. Rizzo is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He looks forward to working closely with patients in south west Florida to service their general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology needs.

This podcast is for medical education and awareness. If you have a need for medical advice, you should seek a consultation with your physician. You can find a board-certified dermatologist in your area through the American Academy of Dermatology.  

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Exploring the Transformative Power of Journaling with Jo Franco (Ep. 28)

Exploring the Transformative Power of Journaling with Jo Franco (Ep. 28)

Have you ever journalled your day and looked back to those great moments with fond memories?

Health, wealth and prosperity are all intertwined in our day to day lives and these can be linked to improved mental and physical health and an overall better quality of life. 

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Jo Franco, CEO of JoClub, a journaling company fostering clarity, connection & community and a multilingual content creator and author. They discuss the benefits of journaling, different styles of journaling, and how it can shape one’s life. Jo shares her experience with journaling and how it has helped her reconnect with her passions. 

Jo discusses: 

  • How journaling can help your mental health 
  • How journalling can get you closer to understanding yourself and healing your unresolved feelings 
  • Some strategies that can kickstart your wellness journey through journaling
  • The importance of separating your productive thoughts from those that do not aid in your overall
  • And more

 

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Brush up: Bite-Sized Dental Advice with Dr. Martinna Bertolini (Ep 27)

Brush up: Bite-Sized Dental Advice with Dr. Martinna Bertolini (Ep 27)

As we all know, living a well-balanced lifestyle goes beyond financial planning. It’s about making a plan, making an investment, and making a difference in our own wealth and well-being. And part of that well-being is our oral health.

In this episode, Barbara Archer is joined by Dr. Martinna Bertolini, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, as she provides insights, recommendations, and tips for maintaining good oral health. She offers her expertise on various topics about our pearly whites such as wisdom teeth, dental anxiety and gum disease, just to name a few.  

Barbara and Dr. Bertolini discusses: 

  • Her insights on products such as water flossers, 
  • TMJ problems: what exactly it is, how to reduce pain and solutions 
  • The importance of taking care of your oral health 
  • And more

 

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About our Guest: 

Born in Brazil, Dr. Martinna Bertolini earned a degree in dentistry in 2008 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, followed by a master’s degree in 2011 and a certificate in clinical prosthodontics from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, also in Brazil. Then, she pursued her PhD (2015) at the University of Campinas (Brazil) with an internship period (2013 to 2014) at the University of Connecticut in Dr. Dongari’s lab. She later returned to the same lab as a postdoctoral researcher, working for 3 years on host-microbial interactions and Candida infection in immunocompromised hosts. This research culminated on the first place award at AADR Hatton Competition in 2019.

With an extensive expertise on biofilm research and collaborations in the field of prosthodontics and bioengineering, Dr. Bertolini participated on projects that developed and optimized titanium surfaces to reduce bacterial adherence, receiving the first place Frechette Award Competition of the IADR Prosthodontics Group in 2020, and the first place on ‘Advancing New Frontiers in Prosthodontics’ of the Academy of Prosthodontics in 2021. 

Dr. Bertolini finished in 2021 her second master’s degree in dental sciences with a certificate in clinical periodontics from the University of Connecticut and she is now a board-eligible candidate of the American Board of Periodontology, actively pursuing diplomate status. During the last year of her periodontics residency, she received the Educator Scholar award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, recognizing her aspirations to follow a career in academia.

Currently, Dr. Bertolini has more than 30 scientific papers and book chapters in renowned scientific journals, such as PLOS Pathogens, ISME journal, Virulence and Journal of Infectious Diseases, while also actively working as ad hoc reviewer for scientific journals such as Frontiers in Immunology, Journal of Periodontology, PlosOne, JDR Clinical & Translational Research, and Biofouling among others, with over 110 reviews completed to date. She is guest editor on two special issues for Microorganisms and Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

As a double-trained clinician, with experience in prosthodontics (Brazil) and periodontology (U.S.), Dr. Bertolini has extensive experience in all facets of periodontal and dental implant surgery, with special interest on full arch implant reconstruction for edentulous patients, digital dentistry, as well as, bone regeneration and peri-implantitis therapy. She is dedicated to keeping up to date with the latest techniques and technologies in order to provide the best treatment options and service to patients.

She is enthusiastic about researching the oral microbiome states and explore the taxonomic and metabolic changes associated with the transition from healthy to diseased states, hopping that innovations in this field can improve the understanding about prevention, and treatment of oral-biofilm associated diseases across the life span. 

 

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Can you Hear Me?: Audiology Explained with Dr. Blair Cristel (Ep. 26)

Can you Hear Me?: Audiology Explained with Dr. Blair Cristel (Ep. 26)

Hearing health is an integral part of our overall well-being since sound opens us up to connecting with others, as well as appreciating music and the natural world around us.

Yet, we tend to take our hearing for granted in our busy modern lives.

In this episode, Barbara Archer sits down with Dr. Blair Cristel, Supervisor and Clinical Audiologist at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. They explore the importance of hearing health, Dr. Cristel’s journey into audiology, and the impact of hearing loss on cognitive decline. They also touch on choosing the right hearing aid and protecting our hearing from damage.

Dr. Cristel discusses: 

  • The signs of hearing loss
  • How hearing treatment is the number one modifiable risk factor to minimize cognitive decline
  • How untreated hearing loss can have an impact on our mental health
  • The development of smaller and more invisible hearing aids over the years
  • The accessibility and limitations of over-the-counter hearing aids for hearing loss
  • Guidance when seeking professional help
  • Noise levels that can damage hearing
  • Dizziness, and how it can be evaluated and treated by audiologists
  • And more!

 

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Eating Disorder Red Flags and Insights (Ep. 24)

Eating Disorder Red Flags and Insights (Ep. 24)

Have you ever noticed any odd eating habits from yourself or the people around you? 

In this episode, Dr. Ellen Rome, an expert in adolescent medicine, joins Barbara Archer to explain the warning signs, causes, and different types of eating disorders. The attention to this topic is widely overlooked and taking the time to understand the nuances of eating disorders can help you help a loved one. 

Dr. Ellen Rome discusses:

  • How to identify a number of eating disorders
  • The consequences of restrictive eating 
  • Treatment options for those who might be down this tough path
  • Respectfully approaching someone who may have an eating disorder
  • And more

 

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About our Guest: 

Dr. Rome is the head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, a board-certified pediatrician, and among the first board-certified adolescent medicine specialists, Dr. Rome, received her BA from Yale and her medical degree from Case Western and her master’s in public health from Harvard.

Dr. Rome is a professor of pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case. She has held leadership positions in organizations serving youth and chaired or served on numerous committees for the eating disorders for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. And the medical care task force for the Academy for Eating Disorders and American Academy for Pediatrics.

 

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