To Your Health

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Trying to understand the United States’ current managed care system can be a little bit like deciphering alphabet soup: EOB, HMO, PPO, HSA*. How did it get so complicated?

Comedian Jim Gaffigan observed, "Kale is a superfood. And its special power is tasting bad."

Have you heard about the superfoods you should be eating?

What is a superfood? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being." Mirriam-Webster goes further, describing it as "a super nutrient-dense food, loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and/or phytonutrients." 

2-4-6-8 Who do we appreciate? Maybe not the cheerleaders. Many of them are often told that cheering is not a real sport.  

In 2016, The International Olympic Committee gave cheerleading provisional recognition and a new breed of competitive cheerleading, called STUNT, has been created as part of the NCAA’s emerging sports initiative. If those governing bodies’ acknowledgements of the sport don’t convince you, maybe the fact the rates of severe injuries from cheerleading are similar to other high school sports, will.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been hosting events with three of its faculty members who share their knowledge and research. KRCU's Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, host of To Your Health, had the chance to talk with one of them, Dr. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm. D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, about how healthcare providers are fighting the opioid epidemic in Missouri.

Extended Interview -  "Going Public Overtime"

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Is gun violence a health issue? Epidemiologists like Nancy Krieger, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, say yes. In 2015 she told NPR, “We in public health count dead people. And we count them in order to understand how to prevent preventable deaths.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not been able to study gun violence in order to prevent deaths since 1996 when congress passed an amendment, forbidding the use of federal money for research to “advocate or promote gun control.”