JUUL and the Rise of Teen Smokers

Teen Nicotine AddictionIn this episode we talk about JUUL, a type of e-cigarette that’s extremely popular among young people. Almost half of the people who followed JUUL on Twitter last year were not old enough to legally purchase e-cigarettes in the United States. We also discuss the complications smoking can have on patients after surgery, an alternative idea to e-cigarettes and, because we need to let it out, our thoughts on the final episode of Game of Thrones.

Body Image in the Social Media Age

Apps to change the way you look
Recently stars like Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have spoken out about the insults they’ve endured regarding their weight and how people’s negative comments affected the way they saw themselves. On this episode, we talk about body image in the social media age and how having a negative body image can threaten mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Chernobyl

HBO Chernobyl Miniseries

On April 26th 1986, explosions at reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine led to huge releases of radioactive materials into the atmosphere. The new HBO miniseries, Chernobyl, explores the cause and aftermath of this nuclear disaster. On the podcast we discuss the first episode of the series and the health impacts of Chernobyl, specifically, the rise in thyroid cancers over 20 years later in patients, who lived not far from the Chernobyl plant, that Dr. Cohen has treated in Los Angeles.

Maesters, Meds and Poisons

Gross Anatomy Podcast

In this dark episode, we discuss how a Maester is as close to a doctor as it gets in the fictional world of Game of Thrones, and all of the medicine and poisons GOT characters use for good and evil reasons. We also debate which GOT character we would be (Podrick is a real possibility)! Please comment on our website, Instagram or FaceBook page and let us know your thoughts on GOT (favorite episode, favorite characters, etc…) because we’d love to hear from you!

 

Diet & Nutrition

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Dieting information fills news feeds, magazines and are often discussed by celebrities, including Beyonce, who stated in her new Netflix film Homecoming: “In order for me to meet my (weight loss) goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol, and I’m hungry.” That being said, we thought it was time to explore diet trends, like the keto diet, and why such strict diets can leave people lacking essential nutrients.

Mystery Infection & Antibiotics

superbugsToday’s topic is based on a NY Times article that’s getting a lot of traction, maybe because the title sounds like an international thriller: A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy. The infection has a hard to pronounce name – Candida Auris – and it embodies a growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs. Which poses the question, are we reaching the end of the antibiotic era? We discuss this and much more!