The Tests are In…

We talk about two famous men, who were diagnosed with different diseases, and chose not to follow their doctors treatment recommendations.

Then, (17 minute mark) we talk about Chris Hemsworth sharing his genetic test results with the world — while Chris was working on his new docuseries, Limitless, he underwent genetic testing and discovered that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene. Only 2 to 3 percent of people are reported to have two copies of the gene, which increases the risk of having Alzheimer’s disease.

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Scariest Doctors on the Big and Small Screen

We review some of the scariest doctors to hit the screen, meaning the fictional TV/movie doctors that you’d be the most afraid to have as your real life doc. Hint, a famous doctor who likes fava beans, and a doctor who lives on his own island, both make the list!

Then, we review the famous screen doctors we are surprised didn’t make the list, and the TV/movie doctors that we definitely aren’t afraid of and actually make us laugh.

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The Good Nurse

Dr. Cohen shares his cinematic and medical thoughts on the Netflix movie: The Good Nurse. The film is based on a true story with Eddie Redmayne playing serial killer nurse Charles Cullen, while Jessica Chastain plays Amy Loughren, his co-worker that helped bring him down. We talk about how the movie stays true to main events that really happened, but we also discuss important parts of the story the movie left out. All this and a quick reminder about Movember!

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NFL To Neurosurgery

NFL player Myron Rolle went from being all about football to all about med school. After earning his MD and going into his residency, Dr. Rolle wrote the book: The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery.

We give our thoughts on Dr. Rolle’s 2% philosophy and discuss how rare it is for (non-olympian) professional athletes to become doctors. Plus, what we are watching now, or who might be watching.

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Matthew Perry, Movember and Pop Culture Costumes

We discuss Matthew Perry opening up about his decades-long battle with addiction that almost killed him and caused him to have an exploded colon, nine months with a colostomy bag, and more than a dozen stomach surgeries. Matthew writes in detail about his addiction and time in rehabs in his new memoir: Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.

Then, since November approaches, we talk about ways you can get involved in MOVEMBER – the MOvement that has funded over 1,250 men’s health projects globally for mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Plus, the pop culture costumes that will be on display this Halloween and our favorite costume idea on the list, hint, it’s everything!

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Superstition Origin Stories

As we approach Halloween, we thought it would be fitting to explore the surprising origins of common superstitions. Ever wonder why a broken mirror gives you seven years of bad luck? Or why the number 13 is unlucky? We discuss the origin of these superstitions and many more!

We also talk about why witches don’t ride horses and list our favorite witchy movies. Then, Dr. Cohen gives his review of Blonde, the Netflix film about Marilyn Monroe.

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A little art, a little music

Art major Dr. Cohen tells us how much time he’s able to spend painting since becoming a doctor and explains why it’s hard to make art a hobby. Then, he details the joy of attending the tribute concert for beloved rocker Taylor Hawkins. Listen to this episode now on SoundCloud.

Note, if you’re looking for a more musical episode, check out our interview with musician Josh Homme.

Innovator Sandy Heck MD

Innovator, creator and an MD, Sandy Heck joins the show! He tells us about the invention of a tool he co-created, that’s used in laparoscopic surgeries around the world, often referred to by surgeons as ‘D-HELP’ (de-fogging, heated, endoscopic, lens protector). So naturally, we pick his brain about how he was able to start a business, get patents and FDA approval all while attending medical school at Cornell.

Sandy also tells us how doctors now approach him with ideas for new inventions that would help them in the operating room, and about the surgical product he and his business partner recently launched. Plus, Sandy gives us tips on how to make a prototype that works!

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Jamie Lassner

Jamie Lassner joins the show! He tells Dr. Cohen about working as an EMT on September 11th (9:30 minute mark) and witnessing the second plane hit the World Trade Center. He also explains why it was difficult to accept that he was suffering from PTSD after the terrorist attacks, and how his family finally encouraged him to seek treatment.

Then, Jamie tells us about the volunteer work he does now (31 minute mark), which includes working with Alan T. Brown and the Accessibility Accelerator organization to take people with disabilities to the top of Kilimanjaro. He also tells us about working in Ukraine to help people with disabilities evacuate and find safe housing.

To find out how you can help, visit accessibilityaccelerator.org

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Olivia and Anne

We remember Olivia Newton-John, a beloved singer, movie star and a super crush of Dr. Cohen’s. We discuss Newton-John’s career and how she survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, and in 2018 revealed she was fighting cancer again but in her spine. We also talk about Anne Heche a writer and celebrated actress who died after crashing her car at the age of 53.

Then, we discuss the recent arrest of a California doctor for allegedly poisoning her husband with Drano and how she was caught in the act!

And, we give our thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast in the limited series The Devil in The White City about Dr. H. H. Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the notorious “Murder Castle”.

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