The Health Variant

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Why don't people trust perfectly good health advice?

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No, this isn't a rant of a podcast. But it is a dig into recent research on a powerful factor that can shape how much you trust what should be uncontroversial health advice provided by a state health department, for example. Yes, this is really relevant during a politicized pandemic. Our host, NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg, speaks with lead researcher Dr. Rebekah Nagler, of the University of Minnesota, to break it all down. 

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The American Heart Association Called...

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We get a lot of press releases and story pitches, but it's not often the American Heart Association essentially calls and says, "Hey, we're worried about you, let's talk." So we took them up on their offer. They were looking at some troubling statistics in the Dakotas, especially North Dakota. AHA President Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones joins the podcast to give us a little check-up, and some encouragement about a little something you might have heard about. 

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What Makes Football Safer for Young Heads?

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Groundbreaking research from Sanford Research provides big insight into what could make youth football more safe, at least in terms of head impacts. Host and NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Dr. Thayne Munce of Sanford Research about the results of his newly published study of a junior football team, and the big insights gained from tracking years of head hits. Read about the research here

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How Did the Delta Variant Change the Game?

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COVID-19's delta variant has wrecked the idea of getting back to normal. How did that happen, and what does it mean for everything from masking to potentially getting regular COVID booster shots? NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks to Dr. Louis Mansky, director of the University of Minnesota Institute for Molecular Biology, about this no good, very bad variant.

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Inside the Blood Shortage

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Blood banks are desperate for donations right now, and it's a national problem. Host and NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Dr. Maria Beaver, of Essentia Health, about why this shortage is so bad, why donations are so critically needed right now, and hot tips on how to overcome that fear of needles. To find your local blood bank or donation site, go to: www.aabb.org/for-donors-patients/give-blood

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About the Podcast

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Jeremy Fugleberg is South Dakota state news director for Forum News Service and NewsMD regional health correspondent, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.