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Dimensions of Health

Mobile during the pandemic

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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‘Even if ... for one patient, I knew I was meant to be there’
For three weeks in April 2020, trauma nurse Karen Wenning of Atlanta cared for Covid-19 patients hospitalized in New York City.
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Unsettled, yet undaunted, while caring for patients
Travel nurses ask themselves what 'home' means during a year like no other: What is essential to our mental/physical well-being? 'How do we keep our cups full ... to care for people ... even when our own worlds are uprooted and compromised?'
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Travel nurses fill pandemic-created gaps
As the coronavirus pandemic crept across the country, patients overwhelmed many hospitals, creating a staffing crisis.

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Dimensions of Health

Vaccine Distrust

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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Covid-19 impact hits home for an infection preventionist
Adriene Thornton talks about the impact of the pandemic, both personally and professionally, as she works to alleviate fear and provide scientific facts about the vaccines in marginalized communities.
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Misinformation impedes efforts to vaccinate Latinos
Health officials tout benefits of Covid-19 vaccines to those most vulnerable; Latinos have experienced higher infection rates, likely because of outside factors that include working in jobs that can't be done from home.
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Vaccine wariness among Blacks fueled by history, bias
Many in the Black community are hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine due to implicit bias and the history of unethical medical research practiced on Black people — most notably the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

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Dimensions of Health

Crisis in America’s prison system

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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Covid-19 spread in prisons reveals inequities in the system
What happens when a deadly virus enters the U.S. prison system? Corrections institutions struggle to care for inmates — many with chronic medical conditions — and their workers.
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'Covid does not safely contain itself inside (prison) walls'
Adnan Khan, executive director of Re:store Justice, was incarcerated for 16 years. He says the United States has a mass incarceration problem, people’s health is at stake, and one way to solve for both is decarceration.
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Coronavirus infections higher for the incarcerated
Prisoners in the U.S. face infection at four times the rate of the general public and death rates twice as high, which increases the risk for corrections employees and surrounding communities.

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Dimensions of Health

Rx for disparities in medicine

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 4 stories

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When giving birth becomes a matter of life and death
With pregnancy complications and deaths, national statistics show Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women fare poorly.
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What it means to be Black and sick in America
The roots of disparities are deep. And the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 is indicative of the seemingly never-ending crisis of care.
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Racial disparities plague healthcare in the United States
In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that there is ‘increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.’ Similar disparities exist for other illnesses and medical conditions.
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The burden of disease — and the ripple effects of bias
Dr. Ofole Mgbako, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease specialist in New York, entered the medical field to help fight the disparate burden of disease facing communities of color and the LGBTQ community.

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Dimensions of Health

The rewards - and challenges - of caregiving

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 4 stories

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Family supports 20-something as she cares for grandpa
Leslie Desmond’s family saw a gruff alcoholic. Desmond saw a quick-witted card shark with whom she had a deep bond. So when her grandfather's Alzheimer's progressed, she seemed a natural fit to be his caregiver, even though she was only in her 20s.
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Self-care for the caregiver: an artful balance
For Cathy Murahashi, having a child with a disability is a lifelong responsibility. Taking time for herself gives her renewed energy, and fuel for the journey.
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Caregivers’ stress and worries grow as pandemic lingers
The pre-Covid safety net of family, home health and adult day care collapsed, leaving those who tend loved ones more anxious, sometimes resentful, and, often, alone.
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Mostly virtual now, but relief, support do exist
Organizations throughout the U.S. provide a sense of community for caregivers assisting their relatives. Call or click to connect.

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Dimensions of Health

The dilemma – and the decision

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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In quests for perfection, should we decide who lives?
Julie Messina’s son, Evan, has Down syndrome. In sharing her experiences, Julie gets at the heart of a modern ethical dilemma. Just because we can screen for genetic abnormalities – and in doing so, minimize and potentially remove the presence of disability – to what extent should we?
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Down syndrome diagnosis: First panic, then preparation
A Michigan mom learned her unborn baby had a congenital heart problem and Down syndrome. Nine years later, she shares her reactions, coming to terms with the news and having no regrets.
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Prenatal genetic testing — and the risks — explained
When it comes to prenatal genetic testing, there are two main options that parents can choose. One is less invasive, while the other can diagnose whether your fetus has certain disorders but carries a small risk of compromising the pregnancy.

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Dimensions of Health

Growing community through fitness

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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Dancing alone together: shared classes, movement
When Covid lockdowns shuttered dance studios around the world, one dancer decided to do something about it.
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Pandemic inspires neighborly fitness routine
A physical therapist runs neighborhood exercise sessions with friends and family to overcome pandemic isolation and fatigue.
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Virtual fitness in the age of the coronavirus
Faced with gym closures due to coronavirus safety measures, fitness instructors are adapting and offering more virtual classes in an effort to save the industry.

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Dimensions of Health

The hidden cost of Covid-19

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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Non-Covid efforts put on ice as science grapples with virus
All hands on deck: Infectious disease experts shelved other medical research projects to join unprecedented and swift pursuit of treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus sweeping the nation and the world.
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Hunt for Covid vaccine stalls clinical trials, impacts funding
Cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert S. Kramer, of the Maine Medical Center, has seen clinical trials in his specialty stagnate as the hunt for Covid-19 remedies intensified.
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Focus on Covid may retard research in other health fields
As nations rallied to develop vaccines for Covid-19 in record time, research projects in other fields were set back as a result.

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Dimensions of Health

Pain like no other

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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Surviving the pain and trauma of early pregnancy loss
Families often grieve in isolation to avoid uncomfortable conversations. Professionals like doulas help parents cope during such difficult times.
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Families reflect on the loss of a child and the lasting effects
Three Portland-based families share their experiences of pregnancy loss and illuminate the unique pain that arises from this intangible bond.
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Agonizing decision: Terminate or wait for miscarriage
Beth Richie was well past the first trimester of pregnancy when she went for a routine screening appointment and found out her third baby was not going to make it.

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Dimensions of Health

The doctor is in - online

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 6 stories

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Physical therapy goes remote due to pandemic
Doctor’s business -- and his patients -- thrive through telehealth video appointments.
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Yes, teletherapy works. But it's far from perfect
Many have praised this approach to counseling, which has grown in use during the pandemic. But some say it’s not for everyone, and adjustments are necessary.
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Male sex-abuse survivors find support virtually
Joe Blumenfeld participates in a support group for males of childhood sexual trauma. Instead of driving 90 miles weekly from his home in Natick, Mass., he now opens his laptop and jumps on a Zoom session, and he has discovered some surprising benefits of this new form of support.
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Doctors take to TikTok to reach younger audiences.
On TikTok and Instagram, doctors and public health officials are trying to reach the public with reliable information on the digital platforms where people spend time. Corey Hannah Basch Ed.D., M.P.H., CHES, professor at William Paterson University helps explain why.
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One doctor's journey into social media
Dr. Amy Killen connects with patients and builds her brand on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
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The doctor is definitely in on social-media platforms
With the help of TikTok, YouTube and the like, physicians engage with millions of followers worldwide.

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Dimensions of Health

No longer infected, but still sick

The spectrum of mental and physical health

In this episode 3 stories

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‘We’re not recovered’
While it started mild for most, some Covid-19 patients are still dealing with ongoing symptoms weeks and months later.
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In it for the long haul: When Covid symptoms linger
Even after the virus is no longer detectable, some patients suffer debilitating side effects.
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39-year-old: Months later, simple chores still sap energy
Kristen Bryan tested positive for Covid-19 in June 2020. Now, she’s facing long-term health effects as she cares for her mom and daughter.

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