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Get Real Health digs through the noise and gets down to the science of what keeps all of us healthy.

Get Real Health with Dr. Chana Davis Get Real Health

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Get Real Health digs through the noise and gets down to the science of what keeps all of us healthy.

    Ep. 011: What are GMOs? (w/ Dr. Anastasia Bodnar, SciMoms and Biology Fortified)

    Ep. 011: What are GMOs? (w/ Dr. Anastasia Bodnar, SciMoms and Biology Fortified)

    What are GMOs? Are they safe? Where and why are they in our food? Join Dr.  Anastasia Bodnar, a plant geneticist, and Dr. Chana Davis, a human geneticist, for a conversation about GMOs - Genetically Modified Organisms. Learn about the three different categories of GMO foods, where GMOs are found in our food supply, how GMOs are tested, and how GMOs are labeled (or not). Get the full scoop on the new Bioengineered food label in the United States and how it compares to the non-GMO project label.Dr. Bodnar also sheds light on the origins of the anti-GMO movement and some of the broader issues surrounding the GMO debate, such as food security and supporting farmers.Dr. Bodnar is a co-founder of SciMoms and Policy Director of Biology Fortified, a non-profit organization that fosters conversation about issues in food and agriculture. She has worked for the USDA in risk assessment and risk management and for the US Army in public health and environmental inspections. Dr. Bodnar holds a PhD from plant genetics with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State University.Dr. Davis and Dr. Bodnar are both passionate science communicators who feel strongly that biotech can only reach its full potential if the public understands how it is used and monitored.Read these SciMoms articles to learn more -Intro to GMOs:https://scimoms.com/intro-to-gmos/Social Consequences of the GMO debate:https://scimoms.com/social-consequences-gmo-debate/---Get Real Health provides science-based insights so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading experts who share practical, science-based advice and bust common myths and misconceptions. Show topics span food (nutrition, toxicology, weight loss), exercise, infectious diseases (microbiome, COVID-19), public health (vaccines), and mental wellbeing.Access more of Dr. Davis' work:Website: https://fueledbyscience.comInstagram: @fueledbyscienceFacebook: @fueledbyscienceTwitter: @fueledbyscience

    • 45 min
    Ep. 010: COVID-19 - Know your risk (w/ Dr. Caroline Buckee, Harvard School of Public Health)

    Ep. 010: COVID-19 - Know your risk (w/ Dr. Caroline Buckee, Harvard School of Public Health)

    Dr. Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, sits down with Dr. Chana Davis to talk about navigating risk in the midst of a pandemic.We are all asking the same questions: Is it worth the risk? What can I do to mitigate risk? What will happen if I get COVID?Whether you're grappling with back-to-school, birthday parties, haircuts, fitness classes, or grocery shopping, science can help you answer your questions with confidence.Dr. Buckee shares the latest science on COVID-19 transmission, severity, and immunity. She explains some of the ways we can all make use of public health data, while recognizing its limitations. Lastly, Buckee discusses the key factors that will shape the next six months of this pandemic including vaccines, herd immunity, and ... politics.Together, Buckee and Davis reflect on the science of science - how the COVID pandemic has provided a rare glimpse of the dynamic nature of science, and how we, and our COVID models, are still learning.NOTE: This video was filmed on 24 August 2020 and all information was up-to-date as of that date.Dr. Caroline Buckee is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of the Centre for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard's School of Public Health. She and her colleagues have played, and continue to play, critical roles in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic and informing public health policies.Get Real Health provides science-based insights so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading experts who share practical, science-based advice and bust common myths and misconceptions. Show topics span food (nutrition, toxicology, weight loss), exercise, infectious diseases (microbiome, COVID-19), public health (vaccines), and mental wellbeing.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 009: Exercise For Better Health - How? Who? When? (w/ Rachele Pojednic)

    Ep. 009: Exercise For Better Health - How? Who? When? (w/ Rachele Pojednic)

    Rachele Pojednic, PhD dishes practical advice on how to reap the many benefits of exercise at any age, and busts common exercise myths along the way.In her chat with host Dr. Chana Davis, Pojednic sets the record straight on:- What is lifestyle medicine and how does it differ from alternative medicine?- What can exercise - and other types of physical activity - do for my body?- How much exercise does it take to reap these benefits?- When does exercise help lose weight, and when does it not move the needle?- Which types of exercise are best? (e.g. cardio, strength? low intensity? high intensity?)- Is exercise safe for the elderly?Pojednic believes that exercise should be a gift, not a chore, and that both mindset and discovery are critical for making this happen. As a researcher, educator, and spin instructor, she truly "walks the talk".Dr. Rachele Pojednic is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Simmons where her research and teaching focus on i) nutrition and physical activity education for healthcare professionals; ii) nutrition and physical activity interventions for muscle recovery and healthy aging. Pojednic holds a PhD from Tufts University in Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition and Exercise Physiology as well as a Masters of Education in Physical Education and Coaching. She is a former Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School's Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and founder of Strong Process: a wellness education platform.See more from Dr. Rachele Pojednic:Website: www.rachelepojednic.comInstagram: @rachelepojednicTwitter: @rachelepojednic Get Real Health provides science-based insights so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading experts who share practical, science-based advice and bust common myths and misconceptions. Show topics span food (nutrition, toxicology, weight loss), exercise, infectious diseases (microbiome, COVID-19), public health (vaccines), and mental wellbeing. Access more of Dr. Davis' work:Website: https://fueledbyscience.comInstagram: @fueledbyscienceFacebook: @fueledbyscienceTwitter: @fueledbyscience

    • 40 min
    Ep. 008: How To Be Happier: Science-Based Tips and Insights (w/ Prof. Elizabeth Dunn)

    Ep. 008: How To Be Happier: Science-Based Tips and Insights (w/ Prof. Elizabeth Dunn)

    Happiness expert Prof Elizabeth Dunn, PhD chats with Chana Davis, PhD about how to be happier.Dunn sheds light on a wide range of questions:- How do we define and measure happiness?- Can we control our happiness - or is hard-wired into our DNA?- Can money buy happiness?- How can we spend our money - and time - in ways that boost happiness?- Do smartphones impact our happiness? Can we minimize any negative effects?- How has COVID-19 pandemic life changed our happiness and feelings of social connection?Dunn shares the top two happiness tips that she practices daily, and many more science-based strategies. She strongly encourages others to experiment on themselves to figure out which happiness strategies work best for them.---Prof Elizabeth Dunn is a leading researcher in the science of happiness. She is a professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia where she heads up the Happy Lab. She is also author of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, and keynote speaker (e.g TED, TEDx, Pop!Tech).Links:Twitter: @DunnHappyLabSign up for one of Prof Dunn's happiness studies: https://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/active-studies/Prof Dunn's TED talks and more: https://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/speaking/Prof Dunn's book, Happy Money:https://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/book-happy-money/---Get Real Health dives into health headlines, fads, and fears, so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading medical research experts who share practical advice and speak candidly about what science has taught us - and what we don't yet understand.Access more of Dr. Davis' work at fueledbyscience.com or on social @fueledbyscience.

    • 41 min
    Ep. 007: Vaccines- Informed choices save lives (w/ Dr. Yvonne "Bonnie" Maldonado)

    Ep. 007: Vaccines- Informed choices save lives (w/ Dr. Yvonne "Bonnie" Maldonado)

    Bonnie Maldonado, MD chats with Chana Davis, PhD about the risks and benefits of vaccines.Maldonado is chief of paediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University, where she is a professor of both pediatrics and health research. She speaks to the dramatic effect that vaccines have had on childhood mortality, to the dangers of dismissing the disease we now rarely see, and to the safety hurdles that vaccines must jump through in order to be approved.Maldonado's message is clear: vaccines save lives, and their safety risks are minuscule compared to their benefits. Indeed, she challenges the notion that vaccines must have perfect efficacy in order to be valuable. Prevention is always the best medicine.Drs Maldonado and Davis discuss the critical importance of using rigorous, science-based resources to guide the choices we make for ourselves and our children, and why the anti-vax movement continues to thrive despite its lack of scientific support.---Dr. Bonnie Maldonado trained in paediatric infectious disease at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins and in epidemiology at the US Centers for Disease Control. In addition to her infectious disease work, she serves as the Stanford School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity.-----Websites metioned in this episode:https://www.aap.org/ - American Academy of Pediatrics; HealthyChildren.org/ - for Parents, by American Academy of Pediatricshttps://www.cdc.gov/ - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)For more information about Dr. Maldonado: https://profiles.stanford.edu/yvonne-maldonado---Get Real Health dives into health headlines, fads, and fears, so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading medical research experts who share practical advice and speak candidly about what science has taught us - and what we don't yet understand.Access more of Dr. Davis' work at fueledbyscience.com or on social @fueledbyscience.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 006: Evidence-based health entertainment (w/ Dr. Maya Adam)

    Ep. 006: Evidence-based health entertainment (w/ Dr. Maya Adam)

    Dr. Maya Adam chats with Chana Davis, PhD about "evidence-based health entertainment" and healthful, family-friendly home cooking.

    • 28 min

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