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Novant Health infectious disease expert answers the latest questions about coronavirus.

March 19, 2020
Novant Health infectious disease expert answers the latest questions about coronavirus. In this episode, Dr. David Priest, chief safety & quality officer at Novant Health answers the latest questions about coronavirus. Stick around to hear what you should do to keep your family safe.

When is it more than just period pain?

March 10, 2020
Dr. Jed Schortz, Novant Health Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain, discusses the often-debilitating condition that affects one in ten women: endometriosis.

Nurse honors stillborn babies with a lasting image

February 26, 2020
Cassie Gregory, RN, loves to care for newborns at the hospital. And sometimes, that can include the ones that don't make it. Learn how Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center uses bereavement photography to provide comfort for parents on the worst day of their lives.

How a CPAP machine stops snoring, helps sleep. And saves your life.

February 25, 2020
Wake up often at night? A loud snorer? Always sluggish the next day? You may have sleep apnea and be a candidate for CPAP machine therapy. Dr. Nancy Behrens, a Novant Health sleep medicine specialist, discusses how the treatment works, can improve your health and is much sleeker and quieter than in years past.

Minimally invasive back surgery offers fast relief and recovery

February 25, 2020
The thought of spine surgery can sound pretty scary. In this episode, Dr. Chase Bennett, a spine surgeon at Novant Health Brain & Spine Surgery, shares how he is addressing low back pain with a new procedure known as lateral lumbar interbody fusion. Stick around to hear him explain why this approach is a total game changer when it comes to minimally invasive surgery

Wide-awake hand surgery is as convenient as going to the dentist

February 18, 2020
Thanks to hand specialists like Dr. Derek Bernstein at Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, wide-awake hand surgery is now just as easy as and possibly more enjoyable than going to the dentist. In this episode, you will learn how being awake during the procedure results in better surgical outcomes and can save the patient money.

Don't ignore your heart: These steps will make it healthier

February 18, 2020
You can improve and maintain your heart health at any age. Dr. Sandy Charles, a Novant Health cardiologist, explains some steps you can take to make your heart become more effective.

Women and heart attacks: The danger is real

February 18, 2020
The warning signals during a woman's heart attack can be different from those of a man. They're equally as serious, though, and something every female should be aware of.

Reduce your risk of dementia by taking care of your heart

February 11, 2020
More than any other disease, Americans age 60 or older are afraid of developing dementia. But did you know that not all forms of dementia are the same? This is Gina DiPietro with Novant Health Healthy Headlines. In this episode, Josh Jarman asks Novant Health’s Dr. Mishi Jackson to explain the link between heart health and vascular dementia. Stick around to hear her take on prevention, crossword puzzles, defining success and advice for family members.

To swipe or not to swipe: The effects of dating apps on self-esteem

February 04, 2020
Dr. Elise Herman, psychiatry division chair at Novant Health, breaks down the affect of dating apps on users' self-esteem. From rejection to unrealistic expectations, Herman discusses the link between dating apps and depression and how we should approach online dating.

When teenagers visit the pediatrician, things can get complicated

January 28, 2020
When your teen goes to the pediatrician, you may be asked to leave the room for your child and the doctor can discuss everything from sexual activity to depression. The good news: Three Novant Health doctors walk us through how to survive what can be a difficult moment for many families.

Episode 1: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder

January 28, 2020
After a sports injury sidelined her a few years ago, Tricia Thomas struggled with her weight to the point of becoming morbidly obese. In this episode, Tricia shares how weight-loss surgery, a mindset change and sports performance training helped her lose 120 pounds and become a professional bodybuilder. This is the first of a three part series. Stick around to hear how she is now inspiring others.

Episode 2: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder

January 28, 2020
For Tricia Thomas, bariatric surgery was only the beginning of her story. Inspired by her weight loss, the 46-year-old set a new goal, to become a professional bodybuilder! But to do so, she would need some help. Hear the rest of Tricia’s inspiring story in this episode.

Episode 2: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder

January 28, 2020
For Tricia Thomas, bariatric surgery was only the beginning of her story. Inspired by her weight loss, the 46-year-old set a new goal, to become a professional bodybuilder! But to do so, she would need some help. Hear the rest of Tricia’s inspiring story in this episode.

Episode 3: From bariatric surgery to professional bodybuilder

January 28, 2020
For Tricia Thomas, bariatric surgery was only the beginning of her story. Inspired by her weight loss, the 46-year-old set a new goal, to become a professional bodybuilder! But to do so, she would need some help. Hear the rest of Tricia’s inspiring story in this episode.

How to be a more patient person in 2020

January 14, 2020
We live in a hurry-up, fast-paced world. Here are some tips on learning how to slow down and enjoy life more.

Face-rolling with jade? Cleanse diets. Melatonin for sleep? A doctor weighs in

January 07, 2020
In this latest review of wellness trends often marketed to women, Dr. Genevieve Brauning of Novant Health discusses jade rolling your face, cleanse diets, probiotics and melatonin for sleep.

ER vs. urgent care? And what about virtual options?

December 31, 2019
We all know the emergency room may not be the best option when it comes to seeking care for less severe medical problems. But how do we decide where to go when?  In this episode, Novant Health leader Dr. Pam Oliver walks though the options, and also discusses the emerging choice of virtual Care at Novant Health. Start here:

Float spa therapy? Charcoal products? Probiotics and CBD oil? One doctor's take...

December 24, 2019
To help cut through the sea of claims around a never-ending parade of wellness related pitches we talk to Dr. Genevieve Browning of Novant Health about several products her patients ask her about every single day.

How midwives are support systems for women

December 17, 2019
Certified midwife, Kiya Fox, discusses how midwives help women with the labor and delivery process, as well as other parts of a woman's life.

Meet the doctor who's done more than 10,000 epidurals

December 10, 2019
When it comes to helping moms through labor, Dr. Bob D'Angelo with Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center has seen a world of change. For the better Here's what expecting moms need to know.

Workout shocker: It starts with your toes...and other surprises.

December 3, 2019
Can you touch your toes? If not, you're missing out when it comes to sports performance. Matt Fortune, a sports performance trainer at Novant Health, explains why flexibility is so important when it comes to speed and strength training.

When -- and how -- to get a second medical opinion

November 26, 2019
Dr. Pam Oliver, an ob-gyn and president of the Novant Health Physician Network explains how to talk with your doctor about a second opinion, when to seek one, and the right way to research medical conditions that can help you ask the right questions.

5 Things Every Runner Should Be Doing

November 19, 2019
Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of Novant Health Sports Medicine, discusses five things runners should be doing to help make their exercise beneficial and ongoing, whether you're an experienced runner or a beginner.

Do's and Don'ts of Being a Sports Parent

November 12, 2019
Parents can have a huge influence - positively and negatively - on their young athletic child. Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of Novant Health Sports Medicine, discusses how parents can help their young athletes flourish, and some pitfalls to avoid.

5 ways giving birth at the hospital has changed for the better

November 5, 2019
It’s hard to believe, but 100 plus years ago most childbirths occurred at home. But even at the hospital today, practices continue to evolve as we learn more about what's best for babies, mothers, and fathers. In this episode, we talk with Ann Smith, Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center about those changes and how you can be prepared to have the best experience possible.

Teen anxiety in the age of social media, and how to help

October 22, 2019
Being immersed in social media can add to a teenager's angst. Listen to how you can help your teen limit the stress.

Is hype ruining the wellness movement?

October 15, 2019
The concept of wellness has completely saturated American society these days. From prominent discussions on sober government web sites to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. To help cut through the hype and misinformation often rampant around wellness claims today, we spoke with Novant Health integrative medicine expert, Dr. Russell Greenfield who has some thoughtful advice on evaluating the claims often issued under the umbrella of wellness.

How can parents deal with a defiant child?

October 8, 2019
Novant Health psychiatrist Dr. Richard Jackson discusses strategies and potential outcomes for parents who are facing a child, or several, who are being overly resistant.

How integrative medicine can help with cancer treatment and recovery

October 1, 2019
When it comes to cancer treatment and care, most of us think of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. But there’ s another level of care that can be offered right along with traditional medicine. It’s called integrative medicine. Dr. Russell Greenfield of Novant Health walks us through it. To sign up for an upcoming conference on integrative medicine and cancer that's coming to Charlotte,  click here.

Vaping can be dangerous. What you need to know.

September 24, 2019
Vaping has recently killed several Americans and landed nearly 400 in hospitals with lung illness. Novant Health pulmonologist Dr. Richard Pomerantz discusses e-cigarettes, a popular, unhealthy craze sweeping the country.

How a burned out doctor found his way back

September 17, 2019
Nearly half of all doctors today have reported symptoms of burnout. This is the story of Dr. Tom Jenike, a Novant Health physican who found himself on the precipice of burnout, but learned to find his way forward and become a nationally recognized leader in physician resiliency.

Worried your child might be ADHD? Start here.

September 10, 2019
At least 5 percent of American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. Today, we’re speaking with pediatrician Dr. Rachel Fournet who takes us through some key points about ADHD in less than 30 minutes. If you’ve got a child who’s ADHD or think they might be, you may be just feel a little better after listening to what Dr. Fournet has to say.

4 things pediatricians want parents to stop doing. Right now.

September 03, 2019
Whatever you do, don't tell your child they're not going to get a shot the next time the next time they see the doctor, when you actually have no idea if that's true or not. That's just one piece of helpful advice from Novant Healthy pediatrician, Dr. Rachel Fournet. Looking for more parenting information? Got an idea for story?

Concussions and kids: What parents need to know

August 27, 2019
Concussions are inevitable at every level of football, because it's a collision sport. Novant Health's Dr. Kip Corrington, a former college star and NFL player, discusses his personal history with concussions, what parents of young athletes need to consider, and steps to take if a young athlete sustains a concussion.

Are spiked seltzers really healthier

August 20, 2019
So, the drink of the summer of 2019 appears to be spiked seltzer. Part of the sales pitch from the beverage industry is that these drinks are better for you than other forms of alcohol. So we asked Novant Health registered dietitian Andrea Hiatt: are spiked seltzers actually “healthier?” You'll find hundreds of stories like this at HealthyHeadlines. Got an idea for story?

What happens when you don't have a health care champion?

August 20, 2019
What happens when you don't have a health care "champion" who can represent your wishes if you can't speak for yourself?  Registered nurse Alisha Childs tells you what she's seen and why it's vital to get your health care choices down on paper.  You'll find all the resources you'll need at Novant Health's Choices and Champions program. Click here for a link, and to read about what one hospital administrator learned from his grandmother's death

We need to see more black male nurses in healthcare. Here’s why.

August 20, 2019
Jermaine Dalton is among the relatively small number of black men in nursing. Why is that the case and why does having more representation matter? In this episode we discuss the challenges and solutions ahead. And be sure to check out this story that goes deeper on the topic.


Do keto and intermittent fasting diets really work?

August 20, 2019
There’s a myriad of diets out there claiming to do the same thing: give the weight loss results that you want. But what does a registered dietician really think about all of this? Tune in to find out which diet tips actually work. Check out these deep dives on intermittent fasting and trendy keto diet.

Alzheimer's disease: It's much more than memory loss

August 20, 2019
Alzheimer's disease affects nearly 6 million Americans, and that number will grow as Baby Boomers age. Novant Health neurologist Dr. Mark Pippenger discusses the impact Alzheimer’s has on a patient’s family members and friends. He'll dive into concerns he often hears: Are you likely to suffer from the disease? If so, what's treatment going to be like 10 or so years from now?

How therapy helps us get better

August 20, 2019
The parent had lost a child nearly 10 years ago but was still buying toys and filling the late child's bedroom with them. Dr. Obinna Ikwechegh of Novant Health explains how therapy got the patient to a better place and how therapy helps us work through the problems and challenges in our lives.

How saying 'No" can make your life better

August 20, 2019
For many of us, saying 'No' can be really hard. Maybe we want to be helpful, or have a boss who's depending on our work. Family, social obligations and volunteer work can also be overwhelming. But learning to assert control over our lives is a key building block for fulfilling life. Listen to learn why its important. And more importantly, how to do it.