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Novant Health Healthy Headlines
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How exercise helps cancer survivors get back on their feet
Jun 29 • 10 min
One of the most challenging parts of a cancer is managing the side effects of treatment. It’s one of the reasons why Mike Jones’ oncologist, Dr. Catherine Moore at Novant Health Cancer Specialists, referred him to the Cancer Wellness Exercise program. The…
A caregiver’s guide to surviving a stroke.
Jun 24 • 12 min
In this episode Amanda Doss, a physical therapist at Novant Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, shares tips to help stroke survivors and caregivers when they need it the most.
What a cancer diagnosis taught her about giving and receiving
Jun 16 • 5 min
A hospital chaplain shares her story after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Stick around to learn how she reconnected with an old friend and benefited from a free program called Feel Good Friday.
What parents need to know about the summer of COVID-19
Jun 9 • 26 min
From vaccinations to summer camps, here’s what you need to know about keeping your child safe during the summer of COVID-19. Dr. Kym Selden, of Novant Health, discusses swimming pools, summer camps, and the importance to keeping up to date with your…
The best way to get your hair and nails done during COVID-19
Jun 5 • 21 min
Been awhile since you got a haircut that didn’t involve you partner, questionable shears and a YouTube instructional? As we cautiously get back to life, Dr. Harriet Davis of Novant Health explains what safety protocols you should expect from nail and hair…
A doctor’s guide to dining out during COVID-19
Jun 3 • 9 min
Now that dining-out restrictions are starting to relax, a burger basket or plate of pasta at your favorite restaurant is probably sounding really great. Dr. Harriet Davis of Novant Health has some food for thought before you reach for that menu.
Heart patients quickly adapt to virtual visits during COVID-19.
Jun 1 • 10 min
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in different ways. But for patients with heart problems, ignoring symptoms like arrhythmia, can lead to serious complications. In this episode Novant Health cardiologists Dr. Mark Mitchell and Dr. Michael Drucker…
Flying during COVID-19? Your best bets for staying safe
May 27 • 20 min
Air travel is not recommended by most public health experts at the moment. But if you’re jumping on a plane, renting a car and booking a hotel room, Dr, Charles Bregier of Novant Health has smart advice for protecting yourself and your family.
Do’s and don’ts: Dating in a pandemic
May 26 • 11 min
As if dating isn’t hard enough, add a pandemic to the mix. So, should single people stop dating? Do you literally have to date 6 feet apart? What about couples who live together? Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, medical director of Novant Health Women’s Sexual…
Why your doctor visits are going to be a little different now
May 15 • 15 min
In the wake of COVID-19, you’ll see changes in the name of safety. Dr. Genevieve Brauning, a family medicine physician at Novant Health SouthPark Family Physicians, explains what to expect and why you shouldn’t delay care.
Hospitals are safe. Ignoring chest pain is not.
May 7 • 8 min
In this episode Novant Health cardiologists Dr. Mark Mitchell and Dr. Samuel Turner discuss how the coronavirus can negatively impact the heart. And of course, even in a pandemic, patients still experience heart problems like heart attacks. Stick around…
COVID-19 is scaring stroke patients away from hospitals. That’s bad.
May 1 • 19 min
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hospitals and doctors have seen a scary trend across the United States. Patients with stroke and heart attack symptoms are waiting to go to emergency rooms because they’re afraid of contracting the coronavirus. Novant…
The new ‘house call.’ A doctor’s embrace of video visits.
Apr 14 • 12 min
In this podcast, Dr. Genevieve Brauning, a family medicine physician at Novant Health SouthPark Family Physicians, opens up about adjusting to seeing more patients online – something she’s fully embraced.
Novant Health patients in COVID-19 clinical trial
Apr 12 • 3 min
Novant Health is participating in a clinical trial that could help in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Hear from Novant Health’s Mark King, VP for research and innovation, and guest host, Mary King.
How routines, timeouts and video chats conquer stress
Apr 8 • 11 min
Dr. Heather Laughridge, a psychiatrist at Novant Health Psychiatric Associates, offers advice for those who are struggling with our new normal.
How to manage personal stress around COVID-19
Mar 24 • 12 min
Novant Health physician Dr. Russell Greenfield has a message: The better you manage your stress, the better your chances at staying healthy.
How to fuel up for a workout
Mar 20 • 9 min
Registered dietitian Sam Spain at Novant Health Bariatric Solutions in Kernersville explains the do’s and don’ts with products like energy bars, chews and gel. She offers advice for everyone - ranging from high- to low-intensity workouts.
Smart moves for avoiding the ‘Quarantine 15’
Mar 20 • 11 min
Novant Health registered dietitian Tina Hreso offers advice on how to maintain your weight and stick to a routine while spending more time at home.
Novant Health infectious disease expert answers the latest questions about coronavirus.
Mar 19 • 11 min
In this episode, Dr. David Priest, chief safety & quality officer at Novant Health answers the latest questions about coronavirus. Stick around to hear what you should do to keep your family safe.
How a life in newspapers prepared a publisher for health care
Mar 17 • 15 min
For more than 30 years, Ann Caulkins worked in the news business. Today, her mission is to to engage and connect donors to Novant Health programs and initiatives that save lives and improve the health of communities.
Study finds exercise can lower risk of 13 types of cancer
Mar 16 • 7 min
Dr. Timothy Collins at Novant Health Oncology Specialists in Winston-Salem discusses the findings of a study that links exercise with a lower risk of certain cancers.
Can “boosting” immunity with supplements protect you from coronavirus?
Mar 12 • 16 min
Novant Health integrative medicine physician Dr. Russell Greenfield has advice for people who want to protect themselves from the coronavirus. He tackles questions around supplements, vitamins, diet and lifestyle in a breezy 15-minute discussion about how…
Hope and optimism: A new era for multiple sclerosis treatment
Mar 12 • 14 min
Dr. Matthew “Max” Carraro, a neurologist at Novant Health Neurology & Sleep, discusses the advancements in MS treatments that can improve the quality of life for people living with multiple sclerosis.
TytoHome: How doctors can examine you in a virtual visit
Mar 10 • 12 min
TytoHome is a handheld exam kit and app that lets you perform guided medical exams with a healthcare provider, anytime, anywhere. Dr. Aram Alexanian of Novant Health discusses how TytoHome works to help patients receive a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and…
Endometriosis: When is it more than just period pain?
Mar 10 • 13 min
Dr. Jed Schortz, Novant Health Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain, discusses the often-debilitating condition that affects one in ten women: endometriosis.
Meatless substitutes: The good, the bad and the maybe.
Mar 9 • 9 min
Sam Spain, a registered dietitian at Novant Health Bariatric Solutions in Kernersville, offers alternative ways to incorporate protein into your diet - products such as veggie burgers, hemp seeds and soy products.
Skimping on your sleep is not a badge of honor.
Mar 4 • 11 min
Dr. Nancy Behrens, a Novant Health sleep medicine specialist, explains how getting enough sleep is an integral part of being healthy, both mentally and physically.
Nurse honors stillborn babies with a lasting image
Feb 26 • 9 min
Cassie Gregory, RN, loves to care for newborns at the hospital. And sometimes, that can include the ones that don’t make it. Learn how Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center uses bereavement photography to provide comfort for parents on the worst day of…
Minimally invasive back surgery offers fast relief and recovery
Feb 25 • 10 min
The thought of spine surgery can sound pretty scary. In this episode, Dr. Chase Bennett, a spine surgeon at Novant Health Brain & Spine Surgery, shares how he is addressing low back pain with a new procedure known as lateral lumbar interbody fusion. Stick…
How a CPAP machine stops snoring, helps sleep. And saves your life.
Feb 25 • 11 min
Wake up often at night? A loud snorer? Always sluggish the next day? You may have sleep apnea and be a candidate for CPAP machine therapy. Dr. Nancy Behrens, a Novant Health sleep medicine specialist, discusses how the treatment works, can improve your…
Stop buying the wrong yogurt
Feb 20 • 11 min
Registered dietitian Tina Hreso offers best practices when it comes to choosing a healthy yogurt. In this episode, you’ll learn which kinds of yogurt to avoid and how many sugars to aim for.
Wide-awake hand surgery is as convenient as going to the dentist
Feb 18 • 7 min
Thanks to hand specialists like Dr. Derek Bernstein at Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, wide-awake hand surgery is now just as easy as and possibly more enjoyable than going to the dentist. In this episode, you will learn how being awake…
Are you eating candy bars for breakfast?
Feb 17 • 9 min
Registered dietitian Tina Hreso explains what to look for on the back of the box when choosing a granola bar.
Women and heart attacks: The danger is real.
Feb 17 • 12 min
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Don’t ignore your heart: These steps will make it healther
Feb 17 • 12 min
You can improve and maintain your heart health at any age. Dr. Sandy Charles, a Novant Health cardiologist, explains some steps you can take to make your heart become more effective.
Reduce your risk of dementia by taking care of your heart
Feb 11 • 10 min
More than any other disease, Americans age 60 or older are afraid of developing dementia. But did you know that not all forms of dementia are the same? This is Gina DiPietro with Novant Health Healthy Headlines. In this episode, Josh Jarman asks Novant…
To swipe or not to swipe: The effects of dating apps on self-esteem
Feb 4 • 18 min
Dr. Elise Herman, psychiatry division chair at Novant Health, breaks down the affect of dating apps on users’ self-esteem. From rejection to unrealistic expectations, Herman discusses the link between dating apps and depression and how we should approach…
Episode 1: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder
Jan 28 • 8 min
After a sports injury sidelined her a few years ago, Tricia Thomas struggled with her weight to the point of becoming morbidly obese. In this episode, Tricia shares how weight-loss surgery, a mindset change and sports performance training helped her lose…
Episode 3: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder
Jan 28 • 16 min
For Tricia Thomas, bariatric surgery was only the beginning of her story. Inspired by her weight loss, the 46-year-old set a new goal, to become a professional bodybuilder! But to do so, she would need some help. Hear the rest of Tricia’s inspiring story…
When teenagers visit the pediatrician, things can get complicated
Jan 28 • 19 min
When your teen goes to the pediatrician, you may be asked to leave the room so your child and the doctor can discuss everything from sexual activity to depression. The good news: Three Novant Health doctors walk us through how to survive what can be a…
Episode 2: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder
Jan 28 • 12 min
In the last episode we learned that Tricia Thomas had an injury that sidelined her from her normally active lifestyle. This injury led to gradual weight gain to the point of being considered morbidly obese. In this episode, Tricia explains how she found…
Intuitive eating: The “anti-diet” that embraces food
Jan 21 • 14 min
Jennifer Anderson Logan, a Novant Health registered dietitian, discusses the “anti-diet” intuitive eating and how it can help more than just your waistline.
How to be a more patient person in 2020
Jan 14 • 14 min
We live in a hurry-up, fast-paced world. Here are some tips on learning how to slow down and enjoy life more.
Face-rolling with jade? Cleanse diets. Melatonin for sleep? A doctor weighs in
Jan 7 • 18 min
In this latest review of wellness trends often marketed to women, Dr. Genevieve Brauning of Novant Health discusses jade rolling your face, cleanse diets, probiotics and melatonin for sleep.
When to go to the ER? A doctor has answers.
Dec 31, 2019 • 16 min
We all know the emergency room may not be the best option when it comes to seeking care for less severe medical problems. But how do we decide where to go when? In this episode, Novant Health leader Dr. Pam Oliver walks though the options, and also…
Float spa therapy? Charcoal products? Probiotics and CBD oil? One doctor’s take…
Dec 24, 2019 • 19 min
To help cut through the sea of claims around a never-ending parade of wellness related pitches we talk to Dr. Genevieve Browning of Novant Health about several products her patients ask her about every single day.
How midwives are support systems for women
Dec 17, 2019 • 10 min
Certified midwife, Kiya Fox, discusses how midwives help women with the labor and delivery process, as well as other parts of a woman’s life.
Meet the doctor who’s done more than 10,000 epidurals
Dec 10, 2019 • 11 min
When it comes to helping moms through labor, Dr. Bob D’Angelo with Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center has seen a world of change. For the better Here’s what expecting moms need to know.
Workout shocker: It starts with your toes…and other surprises
Dec 3, 2019 • 13 min
Can you touch your toes? If not, you’re missing out when it comes to sports performance. Matt Fortune, a sports performance trainer at Novant Health, explains why flexibility is so important when it comes to speed and strength training.
When — and how — to get a second medical opinion
Nov 26, 2019 • 18 min
Dr. Pam Oliver, an ob-gyn and president of the Novant Health Physician Network explains how to talk with your doctor about a second opinion, when to seek one, and the right way to research medical conditions that can help you ask the right questions.
5 Things Every Runner Should Be Doing
Nov 19, 2019 • 10 min
Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of Novant Health Sports Medicine, discusses five things runners should be doing to help make their exercise beneficial and ongoing, whether you’re an experienced runner or a beginner.
Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Sports Parent
Nov 12, 2019 • 11 min
Parents can have a huge influence - positively and negatively - on their young athletic child. Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of Novant Health Sports Medicine, discusses how parents can help their young athletes flourish, and some pitfalls to avoid.
5 ways giving birth at the hospital has changed for the better
Nov 5, 2019 • 14 min
It’s hard to believe, but 100 plus years ago most childbirths occurred at home. But even at the hospital today, practices continue to evolve as we learn more about what’s best for babies, mothers, and fathers. In this episode, we talk with Ann Smith,…
What’s an anti-inflammatory diet? A lifestyle to embrace
Oct 29, 2019 • 11 min
Novant Health dietitian Andrea Hiatt explains the concept behind an anti-inflammatory diet and why it’s one of the smartest lifestyle choices you can make in life.
Teen anxiety in the age of social media, and how to help
Oct 22, 2019 • 13 min
Being immersed in social media can add to a teenager’s angst. Listen to how you can help your teen limit the stress.
Is hype ruining the wellness movement?
Oct 15, 2019 • 13 min
The concept of wellness has completely saturated American society these days. From prominent discussions on sober government web sites to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. To help cut through the hype and misinformation often rampant around wellness claims today,…
How can parents deal with a defiant child?
Oct 8, 2019 • 12 min
Novant Health psychiatrist Dr. Richard Jackson discusses strategies and potential outcomes for parents who are facing a child, or several, who are being overly resistant.
How integrative medicine can help with cancer treatment and recovery
Oct 1, 2019 • 16 min
When it comes to cancer treatment and care, most of us think of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. But there’ s another level of care that can be offered right along with traditional medicine. It’s called integrative medicine. Dr. Russell Greenfield of…
Vaping can be dangerous. What you need to know.
Sep 24, 2019 • 14 min
Vaping has recently killed several Americans and landed hundreds in hospitals with lung illness. Novant Health pulmonologist Dr. Richard Pomerantz discusses e-cigarettes, a popular, unhealthy craze sweeping the country.
How a burned out doctor found his way back
Sep 18, 2019 • 14 min
Nearly half of all doctors today have reported symptoms of burnout. This is the story of Dr. Tom Jenike, a Novant Health physican who found himself on the precipice of burnout, but learned to find his way forward and become a nationally recognized leader…
4 things pediatricians want parents to stop doing. Right now.
Sep 12, 2019 • 11 min
Whatever you do, don’t tell your child they’re not going to get a shot the next time the next time they see the doctor, when you actually have no idea if that’s true or not. That’s just one piece of helpful advice from Novant Healthy pediatrician, Dr.…
Worried your child might be ADHD? Start here.
Sep 10, 2019 • 27 min
At least 5 percent of American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. Today, we’re speaking with pediatrician Dr. Rachael Fournet who takes us through some key points about ADHD in less than 30 minutes. If you’ve got a child…
Concussions and kids: What parents need to know
Aug 27, 2019 • 10 min
Concussions are inevitable at every level of football, because it’s a collision sport. Novant Health’s Dr. Kip Corrington, a former college star and NFL player, discusses his personal history with concussions, what parents of young athletes need to…
Are spiked seltzers really healthier?
Aug 19, 2019 • 8 min
So, the drink of the summer of 2019 appears to be spiked seltzer. Part of the sales pitch from the beverage industry is that these drinks are better for you than other forms of alcohol. So we asked Novant Health registered dietitian Andrea Hiatt: are…
How therapy helps us get better
Aug 15, 2019 • 11 min
The parent had lost a child nearly 10 years ago but was still buying toys and filling the late child’s bedroom with them. Dr. Obinna Ikwechegh of Novant Health explains how therapy got the patient to a better place and how therapy helps us work through…
What happens when you don’t have a health care champion?
Aug 12, 2019 • 10 min
What happens when you don’t have a health care “champion” who can represent your wishes if you can’t speak for yourself? Registered nurse Alisha Childs tells you what she’s seen and why it’s vital to get your health care choices down on paper. You’ll find…
Alzheimer’s disease: It’s much more than memory loss
Aug 12, 2019 • 13 min
Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 6 million Americans, and that number will grow as Baby Boomers age. Novant Health neurologist Dr. Mark Pippenger discusses the impact Alzheimer’s has on a patient’s family members and friends. He’ll dive into concerns he…
We need to see more black male nurses in healthcare. Here’s why.
Aug 12, 2019 • 9 min
Jermaine Dalton is among the relatively small number of black men in nursing. Why is that the case and why does having more representation matter? In this episode we discuss the challenges and solutions ahead. And be sure to check out this story that goes…
Do the keto diet and intermittent fasting really work?
Aug 12, 2019 • 12 min
There’s a myriad of diets out there claiming to do the same thing: give the weight loss results that you want. But what does a registered dietician really think about all of this? Tune in to find out which diet tips actually work. Check out these deep…
How saying ‘No’ can make your life better
Aug 6, 2019 • 10 min
For many of us, saying ‘No’ can be really hard. Maybe we want to be helpful, or have a boss who’s depending on our work. Family, social obligations and volunteer work can also be overwhelming. But learning to assert control over our lives is a key…