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Tia Kozar and Dr. Steffens at microphones in podcast studio

COVID and Older Adults‘ Resiliency

Perhaps the pandemic hasn’t been as hard — from a mental health perspective — on older adults has we first feared it might? In fact, we have reason to believe older adults have coped as well as any other age group, or perhaps more so. Dr. David Steffens, UConn Health chair of psychiatry and geriatric…

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Dr. Erica Waddington portrait (white coat)

Back to School ’21 With COVID-19

Kids and parents alike are sure to have questions as they prepare for a new school year that figures to have the characteristics of pandemic learning at least to start. Dr. Erica Waddington at UConn Health’s family medicine practice in Canton offers her perspective on back-to-school time as a physician who sees both parents and…

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Laurie Devaney and Matt Hall seated in front of UConn Institute for Sports Medicine sign

Play Without Pain, Perform at Peak

This month we’re on location at the Horsebarn Hill Sciences Complex in Storrs, talking with the co-directors of the UConn Institute for Sports Medicine. Laurie Devaney, UConn physical therapist and athletic trainer, and Dr. Matt Hall, UConn Health sports medicine physician, explain what they and their colleagues can do for athletes to prevent/reduce injury risk,…

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Urban Health/AHEC Scholars recording podcast in studio

Promoting Interprofessional Learning Through Urban Service Track

Within the Connecticut Area Health Education Center (CT AHEC), housed at UConn Health, students in the Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars Program not only are learning an interprofessional method of delivering care. These Urban Health/AHEC Scholars also are spreading awareness of this evolving approach to health professions training and patient care. UConn dental student Basant Sallam,…

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Dr. Jayesh Kamath portrait, no white coate

Teens, Screens, and Anxiety/Depression

Smartphone use is a big part of our lives, and the pandemic has magnified that, particularly for teens and adolescents. What effect could all that screen time have on these younger, still developing brains? Dr. Jayesh Kamath from UConn Health’s mood and anxiety disorders program joins Carolyn and Chris to discuss his research in the…

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Dr. Denis Lafreniere and Starr Cookman white coat portraits

A Clear Voice on Vocal Health

This month we talk about something we often take for granted — talking (or singing). From the UConn Health Voice and Speech Clinic, Dr. Denis Lafreniere, ear nose and throat specialist and head and neck surgeon, and speech pathologist Starr Cookman discuss voice disorders and the importance of maintaining good vocal health as they prepare…

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Karen Nelson, Dr. Jaime Imitola split portrait

Changing MS Patients’ Trajectory

Multiple sclerosis can strike at a relatively young age and can lead to disability later in life. While not curable, it is treatable, and with the right combination of early diagnosis, expert intervention, and patient empowerment, people with MS can minimize their disease progression and delay the onset of disability. This month, MS Awareness Month,…

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Drs. Ketan Bulsara and Daniel Roberts in surgical masks and scrubs in the operating room

Cranial Nerve and Brain Stem Disorders

Neurological disorders are wide-ranging and include many that are rare and therefore difficult to recognize and treat. Once diagnosed, the individual care plan often requires specialists from across several disciplines. It’s why Dr. Ketan Bulsara, chief of UConn Health’s Division of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Daniel Roberts, ear, nose and throat surgeon, started the Cranial Nerve…

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Dr. David Banach and Dr. Kim Metcalf split portrait

The COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives

As UConn Health administers the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to health care providers and other front-line staff, Dr. David Banach, UConn Health’s hospital epidemiologist, and Dr. Kim Metcalf, UConn Health’s primary vaccine coordinator, join Carolyn and Chris to discuss how UConn Health is serving as a leader in the fight against the pandemic…

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Dr. Allison Schafer portrait

When Our Own Cells Catalyze Healing

We’re learning more about the growing field of orthobiologics, the use of treatments derived from individual patients’ own cells and injected at the injury site to promote healing. Dr. Allison Schafer, a nonoperative sports medicine physician at the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, offers bone marrow aspirate concentrate, or BMAC, for this purpose. She joins Carolyn and…

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