Case Confirmed is a public health podcast series that interviews different experts in the field of public health. Stay tuned!
Body Image & Body Acceptance: A Conversation with Jessi Kneeland
On this episode, Meera and Vijeta interview Jessi Kneeland to discuss body image and public health. Jessi Kneeland is a certified life coach and clinical sexologist, on a mission to help folks break free from body image issues, body anxiety, and body hatred. By digging deep into the root causes of their body image issues, she helps people move toward body neutrality, radical self-acceptance, and a deep sense of self-worth and confidence that has nothing to do with how they look.
Innovative Testing Methods: An Interview with Dr. Aysha Akhtar
What are the latest innovations in biomedical testing? Meera interviews Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a double-board certified neurologist, preventive medicine specialist, and U.S veteran. For a decade, Dr. Akhtar was a Medical Officer at the Food and Drug Administration. She's currently the President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, which innovates biomedical testing methods to be more human-specific.
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Voting in a Pandemic: Dr. Alister Martin and VotER
On this episode of Case Confirmed, Meera and Dina interviewed Dr. Alister Martin, an emergency medicine physician and hero on the front lines of the pandemic. We talked to him about voting during a pandemic, and his non-profit, non-partisan project called VotER that enables patients to register to vote from emergency rooms nationwide. To learn more about VotER, you can visit vot-er.org.
On Mincome: The Basic Annual Income Experiment, an Interview with Dr. Evelyn Forget
Mincome refers to the Manitoba annual basic income experiment, which took place in the 1970s. In these times of COVID-19, with mental health and economic problems rising in tandem, and with the introduction of stimulus checks, the idea of universal basic income is making more "cents" than ever.
What if you received a minimum basic income, regardless of whether you worked or not? How would that affect healthcare? Would people stop working? Or is universal basic income the key to better public health? In this episode, Case Confirmed interviews health economist Dr. Evelyn Forget to shed light on these questions and more!
Got Breastmilk? A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Fitzgerald Lewis
On this episode, Dina interviews Dr. Elaine Fitzgerald Lewis, a maternal & child health expert at the Education Development Center. They discuss the benefits of breastfeeding for both individuals and populations as a whole. They cover the challenges to successful breastfeeding as well as program & policy efforts to support those who choose to feed their infants this way. Dr. Fitzgerald Lewis also shares her personal experiences with breastfeeding advocacy. They highlight racial equity as a critical factor.
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Antibiotic Resistance: A Growing Crisis - A Conversation with Dr. Maya Nadimpalli
In this episode, Meera discusses antibiotic resistance with our guest epidemiologist Dr. Maya Nadimpalli. If we do nothing to change course, our future may involve millions of preventable deaths due to untreatable infections. Common infections that could become more difficult to treat include Staph infections, UTIs, and post-surgical infections. In this illuminating interview with Dr. Nadimpalli, she explains how antibiotic resistance emerges, such as antibiotic overuse in pig farms. Learn more about what we can do to avert our next big infectious disease disaster - antibiotic resistance - before it's too late!