Hackensack Meridian Health Podcast

Hackensack Meridian Health Podcast

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The ‘Weigh’ Obesity and COVID-19 are Connected
Jul 7 • 31 min
Can being obese put you at an increased risk of suffering from COVID-19 or other viruses? According to Dr. Aram Jawed, a U.S. board certified general surgeon with a specialization in bariatric and robotic surgery, obesity decreases the immune system and…
Pop Culture RX: Slow and Steady (Speech) Wins the Race
Mar 18 • 16 min
After seeing Emily Blunt in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, The Girl on the Train, and most recently in Into the Woods, you would never guess a childhood stutter helped this actress stumble into acting. In fact, without the speech problem, she might…
House Call: Parents, Teens—Pay Mind To Dangerous Viral Challenges Like The ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’
Mar 11 • 27 min
The internet is constantly flooded with memes, trends, gifs and viral challenges—but sometimes these challenges post serious health threats. One in recent news includes TikTok’s ‘skull breaker challenge,’ where two people prank a third person into jumping…
Pop Culture RX: Let’s Make A Bladder!
Mar 4 • 15 min
Oscar winners and co-directors of the documentary “American Factory,” Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar took the stage to accept their award. Both were proudly bald… Unfortunately, this was not a publicity stunt, Julia is battling bladder cancer. We dive…
Pop Culture RX: Lover Fest East and Lover Fest West, we wish Taylor’s Mom all the Best!
Feb 26 • 14 min
Watching a loved one battle cancer is a topic that resonates with millions of people worldwide including singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. Recently Taylor shared that in addition to cancer, her mom also has a brain tumor and how she’s trying to be home with…
‘What Do You Mean’ Justin Bieber has Lyme Disease?
Feb 19 • 12 min
While most of the world was commenting on the way Justin Bieber looked they failed to notice how he actually felt. Justin Bieber revealed his recent diagnoses of not only Lyme disease but also a serious case of chronic mono at the same time which affected…
Pop Culture RX: Guillain-Barré syndrome strikes husband of former ‘Bachelorette’
Feb 12 • 15 min
@TheBachelorette alum (@JP Rosenbaum) (married to season 7 star Ashley Herbert (@Ashley Lynn Rosenbaum)) woke up one morning with some tightness in his hands and by the time he picked up dinner for his family he couldn’t walk right or even hold the pizza…
House Call: HPV, an STD More Common Than You Think
Feb 5 • 17 min
Did you know that 80% of sexually active people will contract human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives? Karim ElSahwi, M.D., a board certified gynecologic oncologist at Hackensack Meridian Health, offers his expert insight on the virus…
Pop Culture RX: ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ Chyler Leigh talks bipolar disorder
Jan 29 • 12 min
After years of confusing ups and downs, Actress Chyler Leigh received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 10 years ago. However, only recently has she chosen to talk about it publicly. Tune in as we talk with Dr. Eric Alcera about bipolar disorder and how we…
Pop Culture RX: Peter Frates’ Legacy: The Push to Put ALS on Ice
Jan 22 • 17 min
@petefrates3, the inspiration for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, saw his illness as an opportunity to inspire and raise awareness for his disease. According to the @alsassociation, more than 17 million people participated in the challenge and raised more…
Spotlight on U: Need an Inspiring Cancer Survivor Story? Maybe it’s Maybelline’s
Jan 8 • 17 min
It all started with a cough that wouldn’t go away. Suspicious of this lingering irritation, Maybelline Hicks went to her primary care physician hoping for relief. Seeming to be just a cold, her doctor suggested an X-ray to be safe. After additional…
House Call: A ‘2020’ Vision for Sticking to your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 1 • 23 min
Did you know that roughly 93% of people make New Year’s resolutions, according to the American Psychological Association? But did you know that another study reported that almost 45% of people fail to keep their resolutions by February? Jeffrey Fein,…
House Call: Tips to Avoid the ER this Holiday Season
Dec 25, 2019 • 23 min
When the weather outside is frightful, a visit to the emergency room is not so delightful—especially during the holidays. Michael Eagan, M.D., Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Raritan Bay Medical Center, outlines some scenarios that may…
Pop Culture RX: Lady Gaga Tells Those with Mental Illness: ‘You and I’ are Not Alone
Dec 18, 2019 • 24 min
Lady Gaga recently opened up about her mental health struggles in an interview featured in Elle Magazine. Gaga shared her story and how she wants others to know that they too can keep going, they can also be survivors and can win their Oscar. She also…
Pop Culture RX: Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Diagnoses
Dec 11, 2019 • 21 min
Kim Kardashian shared her medical journey with the world when she opened up about her autoimmune blood test results on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The good news was after further testing, she did not have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The bad news…
Spotlight on U: Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk Saves the Barbour Family
Dec 4, 2019 • 15 min
Something didn’t feel right for Sue Barbour. She was experiencing pressure in her urinary tract, and thought perhaps it was a UTI. After seeing a urologist, a CT scan was ordered which revealed growing cysts on her pancreas. Although there were no…
House Call: The Truth About Holiday Heart Attacks
Nov 27, 2019 • 15 min
Amidst the joyous jingles and seasonal spreads of the holiday season, a gloomy fact also exists: many studies have reported an uptick in holiday heart attacks and deaths during these months in comparison to other periods throughout the year. Sheila Sahni,…
Pop Culture RX: Beyonce’s Dad is Living Proof: Breast Cancer Knows No Gender
Nov 20, 2019 • 13 min
Mathew Knowles, Father of Beyoncé, recently revealed his battle with breast cancer. Tune in as we talk with Dr. Yolanda Tammaro about breast cancer in men – how rare it is, when to see a doctor, and how men should also be tested for the BRCA gene.
House Call: When ‘Urine’ Trouble with Urinary Incontinence
Nov 13, 2019 • 18 min
Urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, is a common and sometimes embarrassing problem. Those with incontinence may face the occasional ‘tinkling’ of urine during a cough or sneeze or, on the extreme end of the spectrum, may face these…
Up For Debate: The Concussion and Safety Discussion
Nov 6, 2019 • 26 min
When it comes to recreational activity, safety is always the goal regardless if you are a professional athlete or a child getting into sports for the first time at a young age. The topic of sports safety is usually dominated by they word “concussion” but…
Pop Culture RX: Rattlesnakes, Ticks, Mosquitos OH MY!
Oct 30, 2019 • 29 min
Singer Mike Posner is currently on a Walk Across America releasing a song in each state he crosses (he actually started his journey in Asbury Park, NJ!). While on his walk he was bitten by a rattle snake and air lifted to a nearby trauma center. He…
House Call: Is Vaping Really That Dangerous? The Short Answer: Yes.
Oct 23, 2019 • 15 min
A trend has swept across the country over the past few years: vaping. The World Health Organization reported about 7 million vapers across the globe in 2011. As of 2018, the number has skyrocketed to 41 million. Dr. Ziad Hanhan, medical director for…
Pop Culture RX: Save the Kidneys!
Oct 16, 2019 • 23 min
Hallmark channel host and former All My Children soap star Cameron Mathison revealed his kidney cancer prognosis. We dive in with Michael Stifelman, M.D., Chair And Professor Of Urology And HMH Seton Hall Medical School As Well As The Director Of Robotic…
Special Edition: Live(ish) From Propelify
Oct 9, 2019 • 19 min
We were able to join hundreds of entrepreneurs at the October 3 event in Hoboken, where ideas are turned into action! Think about all of those tools you use on a daily basis – Google, Uber and Verizon, to name a few. All of these companies started with a…
House Call: Behavioral Health with Patrick Kennedy
Oct 2, 2019 • 12 min
A report by the National Institute of Mental Health stated that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. above the age of 18 live with a mental illness. Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Don Parker, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic,…
Pop Culture RX: Real Thyroid of Beverly Hills
Sep 25, 2019 • 11 min
Pop Culture RX: Real Thyroid of Beverly Hills by Hackensack Meridian Health
House Call: Not-Always-So-Healthier Food Alternatives
Sep 18, 2019 • 26 min
Diet soda, fat free peanut butter and dried fruit snacks—they must be healthy, right? Well, that’s not always the case. David Leopold, M.D., Medical Director of Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine, and Marissa Winters, an integrative…
Pop Culture RX: How One Family Decided to Help Others Through Organ Donation
Sep 11, 2019 • 15 min
Country artist Granger Smith recently opened up to his fans about the loss of his three-year old son, River, who accidentally drowned at the family’s home. In the midst of this tragedy, the family decided to help others through organ donation – saving the…
House Call: The Hype on Hypertension
Sep 4, 2019 • 14 min
In the United States, it is estimated that 77.9 million adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Given these staggering statistics, we’ve brought in Suelyn Boucree, M.D., an internal medicine doctor at Hackensack Meridian Health…
Pop Culture RX: Sharon Stone and her stroke
Aug 28, 2019 • 19 min
Pop Culture RX: Sharon Stone and her stroke by Hackensack Meridian Health
Narcan®: The Facts vs. The (Pulp) Fiction
Aug 21, 2019 • 29 min
Are we saving lives or enabling addicts by reversing overdoses? Is receiving Narcan® a wakeup call or does it provide an incentive to keep using drugs? How do you reverse an overdose? Is it like they show it in Pulp Fiction? Join us for this Up for Debate…
House Call: Undereating: When it Comes to Cutting Calories, How Far is Too Far?
Aug 7, 2019 • 20 min
The key to losing weight is cutting calories. So, if you cut hundreds of calories a day then you are bound to shred pounds of fat away, right? Actually, that’s not always the case. Betsy Varghese, M.D., a board certified internal medicine and obesity…
House Call: Gut check! Talking Keto with Dr. Hollywood
Jul 31, 2019 • 18 min
It may only be four letters, but it is one trending diet program: keto. Jacqueline Hollywood, M.D., a board certified in cardiologist and nuclear cardiologist at Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group, helps to digest this fat-packed diet. As someone…
Up For Debate: Not So Hard to Prepare: A Look Into End-Of-Life Decisions
Jul 24, 2019 • 32 min
Despite the fact that everyone dies, most people, avoid discussing end-of-life care choices for themselves or a loved one. It isn’t an easy conversation to have and very few people want to go through the effort of making a legal document. But it isn’t as…
House Call: Pack Your Plates with Facts on Overeating
Jul 17, 2019 • 29 min
Being that we’re in the peak of July and some of the hotter summer weeks—there’s nonstop barbecues and food-centric festivities popping up left and right. That being said, it can be easy to eat a little too much—which can almost turn into a habit. Betsy…
Pop Culture RX - Getting your body ‘royal’ baby ready!
Jul 10, 2019 • 27 min
Recently the world came together to celebrate the newest member of the royal family! On May 6th 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. We dive in with Kristen Aland, M.D., an OB/GYN with…
Spotlight On U: Billie Klecko Overcoming Breast Cancer
Jul 2, 2019 • 21 min
An agonizing, burning pain in her left breast plagued Billie Klecko, then 37, for weeks as she breast-fed her baby girl. “I felt like I had a hot coal under my skin,” she recalls. Frightened, but not discouraged, the Jackson resident decided to be…
Spotlight On U: JFK Nurse Calls His Own Stroke!
Jun 26, 2019 • 20 min
On his last day as a stroke and telemetry observation nurse at JFK Medical Center, Phil Castillo was preparing to end his shift when he was struck with an unusually painful headache. The following Monday, he was set to start a training program to work in…
Pop Culture RX: What do Game of Thrones and Brain aneurysms have in common?
Jun 19, 2019 • 21 min
Emilia Clarke, known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, revealed prior to the last season of the show that she suffered not one but TWO life-threatening brain aneurysms during her role as the mother of dragons. We dive in with…
House Call: Fasting Furious: Exploring Intermittent Fasting
Jun 12, 2019 • 16 min
Nitin Patel, M.D., a family medicine physician at Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group, discusses a popular health and diet trend—one which involves partially abstaining from eating for a set amount of time. That’s right, he’s talking all things…
Up For Debate: The Dangers of Dr. Google
Jun 5, 2019 • 26 min
Everyone wants to be more informed before they visit their physician, but are there downsides to relying on internet search engines to tell us what we are feeling and why? Searching out our symptoms may put us at ease but it can also create anxiety,…
SpotLight on U: Gary & Lynn’s Story of Love and the Support of Home Hospice Care
May 29, 2019 • 20 min
From the first moment they kissed, Gary Bartnicki knew that he and Lynn would share a lifetime of love and happiness together. Unfortunately, Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 90’s, and after going into remission, in 2012 the cancer had…
Pop Culture RX: Multiple sclerosis, It takes an expert
May 22, 2019 • 20 min
A few months ago Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde actress, Selma Blair shared not only her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis but also did a Good Morning America interview showing the world how debilitating this disease truly is. It was inspiring to say…
House Call: Growing Pains Talking About Childhood Arthritis
May 15, 2019 • 31 min
When the word “arthritis” is mentioned, most people tend to associate the condition with the elderly. However, this fails to include the nearly 300,000 children in the nation with some form of the disease. According to Ginger Janow, M.D., a pediatric…
Pop Culture Rx: Can’t We Just Take The Pancreas Out?
May 8, 2019 • 18 min
This past March, long time host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We dive in with Ronald Matteotti, M.D., a surgical oncologist who specializes in pancreatic cancer, to learn what this means for…
House Call: Navigating Uncomfortable Questions to Ask Your OBGYN
May 8, 2019 • 32 min
Talking about your private parts is something that you might want to keep, well, private. But let’s face it, ladies, sometimes we may have questions regarding our vaginal health. While a visit with an OB/GYN can feel awkward for some women, Louisa…
SpotLight On U: 2 Trips to the ED & the VIP Treat-ment
May 7, 2019 • 14 min
The emergency department team members at Mountainside Medical Center have made a lifelong friend in Cardie Mortimer. The Verona, NJ resident has a unique story in visiting the ED on two separate occasions. Cardie shares his story and how the ED team…
Up For Debate: Vaccination Nation
May 7, 2019 • 22 min
In 2019 there have been over 600 cases of measles confirmed in the United States, with many cases in our New Jersey/New York area and communities. How does this disease spread and what questions should parents ask when it comes to vaccinations for their…