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Long COVID: Skeptics Are Wrong, Researchers Say

Long COVID: Skeptics Are Wrong, Researchers Say

Yale University researcher Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., says immune profiling shows how Long COVID patients have distinct features not found in control groups. These patients, who also exhibit elevated levels of exhausted T-cells, cause her to express surprise at skeptics. Iwasaki joins Fiona Lowenstein, editor of “The Long COVID Survival Guide,” to discuss patients who say they’re suffering from Long COVID for as much as two years after their acute phase of the disease. Iwasaki also explains why her lab’s effort…

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Holidays & Mental Health: Interventions, Treatment & Equity

Holidays & Mental Health: Interventions, Treatment & Equity

It’s a joyous time, as families begin to gather for Thanksgiving. But experts also say the holidays see a rise in mental health and addiction issues. This week we present an encore interview with Patrick Kennedy, a former member of Congress and a nationally acclaimed mental health and addiction advocate. He’s the founder of The Kennedy Forum, which seeks to revolutionize health care. Kennedy discusses with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter his insights about how families are key for…

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Alzheimer’s Foundation Head Discusses Breakthroughs: Can Biomarkers & Vaccines Offer Hope?

Alzheimer’s Foundation Head Discusses Breakthroughs: Can Biomarkers & Vaccines Offer Hope?

Dr. Howard Fillit, the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, focuses the nonprofit on supporting scientists around the globe who are investigating novel drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. He explains to hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter how those investments are paying dividends in terms of diagnostic tools and treatments and why the upcoming holidays are a perfect time to assess if a loved one is showing signs of dementia.

What Does Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban Know About Fixing Health Care? Are There Lessons for All of Us?

What Does Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban Know About Fixing Health Care? Are There Lessons for All of Us?

Billionaire Mark Cuban never holds back his opinions on TV’s “Shark Tank” and now he’s trying to take a bite out of the health care sector — it might be his biggest challenge yet. Cuban understands he’s up against entrenched lobbyists and bureaucrats as he tries to reform how Americans purchase their pharmaceuticals. Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter ask Cuban to explain his venture Cost Plus Drugs, its financial model and how some insurers are already joining in.

Dr. Fauci Prepares for His Next Steps; Offers Leadership Lessons to Younger Generation

Dr. Fauci Prepares for His Next Steps; Offers Leadership Lessons to Younger Generation

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Biden, tells “Conversations on Health Care” that he’s thinking about what occurs after he leaves his position at the end of the year. Fauci says he’s strictly adhering to ethical rules and not negotiating for any position until after he leaves the government but he broadly wants to utilize his 54 years of experience at the National Institutes of Health for…

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‘Dopesick’ Author on Opioid Treatment Innovations

‘Dopesick’ Author on Opioid Treatment Innovations

The data show that 80,816 people died in the U.S. from overdose deaths involving opioids in 2021 — a tremendous loss. But what hope can medical experts, policymakers and law enforcement officers take to stem the trend? Award-winning author Beth Macy, who wrote the acclaimed book “Dopesick” about the origins of the opioid crisis, now has a book exploring innovative thinking and breakthrough approaches. She joins hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter to discuss “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the…

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