WebMD managing editor Carrie Gann discusses the latest news and trends, interviews leading experts, and shares simple live-better tips.
Is My Drinking OK? Women, Alcohol, and Getting Sober
Our guest is Holly Whitaker, author of "Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice Not to Drink in a Culture Obsessed With Alcohol." Whitaker shares her experiences with alcohol, what helped her stop drinking, and what happened when Chrissy Teigen praised her book.
Holidays During the Pandemic: What's Safe, What's Not
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are almost here. Will you travel or stay home? Gather with loved ones in person or on a screen? Line up for Black Friday deals and go to holiday parties -- or feel lonely if you don't? Plus, how to handle feeling burned out by it all -- and what helps if you'll be seeing someone whose pandemic habits are different from yours. Erin Bromage, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth shares ideas for keeping the season's joys and traditions, while staying safe.
Why We Love Fear
From books to TV shows to podcasts, it seems we can’t get enough of ghost stories, ghost hunters, murder mysteries, and serial killers. We asked psychologist Seth Gillihan just what it is that makes us seek out a good scare. We also talked to WebMD Senior Medical Director Hansa Bhargava about what we can do to keep our kids -- and ourselves -- safe this Halloween.
The Truth About Your Immune System
Your body's natural defenses have never been more important. Can you boost your immune system -- or accidentally hamper it? How does it handle the new coronavirus or other threats -- and how is it also a key to a groundbreaking group of cancer treatments? Listen in as James Crowe, Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, explains.
Dating, Sex, and the Pandemic
Has your love life taken a hit or taken off during the pandemic? Andrea Gunning and Ben Fetterman, hosts of the podcast “Dating Diaries: Questions and Confessions" talk to us about the effects of COVID-19 on the dating process. When do you know if it's time to meet in person? What happens if you get ghosted? We'll also hear from Justin Lehmiller, PhD, a social psychologist and research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, who says we may be in the midst of a sexual revolution.
The COVID Mental Health Crisis
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on your mental health, you’re definitely not alone -- 1 in 3 U.S. adults reported signs of depression and anxiety in the early months of the crisis. Whether you’re struggling for the first time or you’ve been living with those conditions for years, clinical psychologist Seth Gillihan, PhD, covers how pandemic stress has caused mental and emotional strain for so many and what can help.