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Personal Stories of the Impact of Racism Against Asian Americans during COVID-19

Personal Stories of the Impact of Racism Against Asian Americans during COVID-19

June 21, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, prejudice, xenophobia and racism toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has surged.

In this conversation, meet Dr. Xiao Chi Zhang, an emergency medicine physician and Chinese American, who shares the hateful words that people have yelled out to him on the street, and what happened when one day words escalated to physical assault. He talks about the confusion of being targeted because of what he looks like and shares how his scrubs sometimes felt like a shield that could protect him from this violence.

[Editor’s Note: To read Dr. Zhang’s essay “Wearing Scrubs Like a Shield,” click here. Don’t miss the audio player at the top of the essay if you’d like to hear Dr. Zhang read it in his own voice.]

Sara Campbell also joins the conversation. She is the Associate Vice President of the Presidential & Leadership Advisory Councils at Jefferson’s Office of Institutional Advancement and shares her unique experience as a Korean American woman who was adopted by a white family with her two brothers when she was eight years old. Campbell explains in what ways she gave up her Korean identity to better fit into a predominately white community and how she’s still finding and reconnecting with her ethnic roots today.

To better understand the trauma of racism, especially during the stress of the pandemic, Dr. Deanna Nobleza, a psychiatrist at Jefferson, joins the episode. She validates the unique experiences of the AAPI community—she herself is Filipino American—and stresses the importance of finding safe sources of support and practicing self-care, now more than ever.

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Should You Be Worried About Fatty Liver Disease?

Should You Be Worried About Fatty Liver Disease?

May 10, 2022

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may be a disease you may not know about, or even know you have, and it is predicted to be the number one indicator of the need for liver transplant in the next few years. In this episode, we connect with transplant hepatologist Dr. Dina Halegoua-DeMarzio, dedicated to trying to prevent patients from needing a liver transplant because of fatty liver disease. She breaks down what causes it, symptoms (or sometimes lack of symptoms), risk factors and what makes this disease so complicated to diagnose. We also connect with her patient, Karl Burrows, who shares his personal journey after being diagnosed with fatty liver disease in the 1980s. He shares how he was able to keep the disease at bay for more than 20 years before his health took a turn in 2018 and how he’s working with Dr. Halegoua-DeMarzio to stay well through lifestyle choices. 

For more from Dr. Dina Halegoua-DeMarzio and Burrows, click here.

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Cardiologist Travels to Ukraine to Provide Medical Care to Refugees

Cardiologist Travels to Ukraine to Provide Medical Care to Refugees

April 8, 2022

It’s been over a month since Russian invaded Ukraine. For Dr. Alex Hajduczok, a first year cardiologist fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, the war felt at first inconceivable and then it felt impossible to follow from the sidelines. In this episode, he tells us about traveling to Medyka, Poland, a town just on the Polish/Ukrainian border, to provide medical care to the thousands of Ukrainian refugees arriving there each day. The nine days he spent at the pop-up medical tent changed his life and will forever impact his life’s work as a cardiologist.

To read more about Dr. Hajduczok’s trip, plus see photos and videos, visit TheHealthNexus.org

 

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The Health Nexus Podcast is powered by Jefferson Health. Jessica Lopez and Carly Williams are our co-hosts and producers. Our team includes Dan Bernstein and Barbara Henderson. Additional support for this episode provided by Patrick Monaghan.

Two Years Later: An Update on COVID with Dr. John Zurlo

Two Years Later: An Update on COVID with Dr. John Zurlo

March 15, 2022

When it comes to COVID, we’ve seen our fair share of progress and set-backs over the last two years. This episode, we hear from Chief of Infectious Disease, Dr. John Zurlo on the what life will look like from here. He comments on recent changes to masking restrictions, timelines for vaccinations for young children, the challenges we face in declaring an “end” to the pandemic.

 

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What You Need to Know About the National Blood Crisis

What You Need to Know About the National Blood Crisis

February 23, 2022

The nation is experiencing a shortage of blood products. There’s been decline in the number of people donating blood and a drop in blood drives. The result is doctors being forced to make tough decisions about who receives transfusions and who will need to wait until more products are available.

 

Experts from Jefferson and the American Red Cross address myths behind donating blood, explain how blood is used regularly in the hospital setting, and detail what you can do to help in this time of crisis.

 

To schedule a donation through Jefferson call 215-955-7791 or click here.

To schedule a donation through the American Red Cross, click here.

 

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Weight Management Tips and the Truth About Bariatric Surgery

Weight Management Tips and the Truth About Bariatric Surgery

January 25, 2022

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Candice Chipman notes that 60 percent of the country is obese, yet only 2 percent are seeking help from a bariatric surgeon when other weight loss methods fail. A misconception about the reason to seek bariatric surgery could be the culprit. She explains the various benefits to this type of surgery and why it isn’t simply about physical appearance.

 

Then, registered dietician Alexandra Agasar offers tips that you can implement into your life today to manage a healthy weight year round.

 

Read more on The Health Nexus about how you can manage your weight during holidays, celebrations and year round and snack on a dietician’s tips on how to create long-lasting resolutions for a healthier you.

 

Looking to connect with the Jefferson Health Comprehensive Weight Management Center? Learn more here

 

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COVID Update: Omicron Variant, Antibody Therapies, and At-Home Testing

COVID Update: Omicron Variant, Antibody Therapies, and At-Home Testing

January 12, 2022

The Omicron variant is by far the most dominant of the COVID virus strains in our region at this time. Dr. John Zurlo, Chief of Infectious Diseases updates us on what we’re seeing in the hospitals, new monoclonal antibody therapies Sotrovimab and Evusheld, and the accuracy of at-home tests. Plus, he addresses whether the United States will follow in the footsteps of Germany and Israel and expedite an additional booster.

Be sure to check out The Health Nexus for additional content on COVID like an update on boosters, floosters, and the omicron variant.

 

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Managing Stress Around Coming Out For Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Managing Stress Around Coming Out For Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

December 21, 2021

Coming out and living authentically is an important part of life, but it isn't always easy. Falling into unhealthy coping mechanisms is a risk as there is worry of family and friends not being supportive of the LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

Behavior Health Specialist Christopher Huff, LCSW, LCDAC and dietitian Sarah Spinner, RDN, discuss how you can manage the stressors associated with coming out to your loved ones. They discuss how to address negative comments, how to maintain a healthy diet to reduce stress, and how to be an ally to others. 

For the full article with more from Huff and Spinner, visit TheHealthNexus.org

Be sure to check out The Health Nexus for additional content for the LGBTQ+ community like Four Jefferson Coming Out Stories and Tips and Tools for Supporting LGBTQ+ Family and Friends.

 

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How to Safely Gather This Holiday Season

How to Safely Gather This Holiday Season

December 7, 2021

Groups of family and friends are making plans to spend the holidays together. For some, it may be the first time together since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccinations offer protection from COVID, but it’s important to remember that the virus has not been eradicated. Dr. Efrat Kean, an Emergency Medicine physician, provides questions to consider to evaluate your personal risk before making holiday plans and offers five strategies to minimize risk as much as possible.

 

Visit The Health Nexus to read an article on the full interview with Dr. Keane.

and an update with our experts on the booster shot and the Omicron variant.

 

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Helping Children Navigate Grief Around the Holidays

Helping Children Navigate Grief Around the Holidays

November 23, 2021

The holidays are upon us and millions of Americans will be missing a loved one at the family gathering this year. Jefferson’s Safe Harbor program helps families manage their grief together with helpful activities, support groups, and resources. In this episode, coordinators of the program talk about things a grieving family can do around the holidays to honor their lost loved one. They share three Cs that are valuable to coping with grief: choice, communication, and compromise.

 

Visit Safe Harbor’s website for a list of books on grief, answers to frequently asked questions by children about their grief, and more.

 

Read Ashley Jefferson’s full article on the Safe Harbor program for more from today’s interview, including how you can support others who are grieving, too.

 

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