Schools encourage kids to have Individualized Health Plans for coming year
July 29, 2021There are so much unknowns going into the 2021-2022 school year, and we all want our kids to have the most enjoyable and safest year possible, especially considering the challenging and unpredictable events of 2020. In this episode, I speak with Brenda McCLean, the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center's school counselor, about how to create what's called Individualized Health Plans for children so they can stay engaged, have fun and stay protected.
Doctor Says to Think Twice Before Getting Your Child Vaccinated
July 23, 2021
One of the most influential doctors, Dr. Marty Makary, researcher at Johns Hopkins, has a message for parents: Think twice before getting your child vaccinated for COVID-19. We go into detail and also talk about the origins of the virus.
Indiana facing blood shortage; here’s how you can help
July 08, 2021
Meet our new investigative reporter, Jasmine Minor
June 08, 2021
On this episode, we welcome a new face to WISH-TV, Jasmine Minor. She’ll be joining Richard Essex as part of News 8’s iTeam. We talk about her Indy roots, her career as a professional tennis player and her path to investigative reporting.
Centers for Disease Control Exaggerating Outdoor COVID-19 Transmission
May 12, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the risk of an outdoor COVID-19 infection could be as high as 10%. But reports are circulating the actual number is much lower. In fact, it could be as little as 0.1%. In this episode of Medical Minutes, I speak with Dr. Cole Beeler, infectious disease expert at IU Health. Beeler says the federal agency's estimation is grossly misleading and he's just not buying it.
Thriving Post-Pandemic: Why One Psychiatrist Says You Will
May 10, 2021We've heard of post-traumatic stress. But what about post-traumatic growth? It's a term used to describe feelings of joy, creativity and purpose people feel following a devastating event. On this episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed., speaks with Dr. Heather Fretwell, psychiatrist at Eskenazi Health, about why the psychological struggle resulting from the pandemic will help us become better people moving forward.
How to Keep Cool When You Feel You’re About to Snap
May 03, 2021
Health experts have referred to this time as a 'nation on edge.' Everything from the pandemic to politics, the economy to climate change--not to mention everyday life--people seem to be losing their cool over what could be considered minor things. On this episode, I speak Vanessa Enos, mental health counselor at Community Health Network, to get her tips on how to stay calm when we feel we're about to explode.
Talking to kids about tragedy
April 22, 2021Active-shooter situations are difficult for everyone, particularly children. With 24/7 news coverage and social media, it's nearly impossible to protect them from hearing about tragedies such as the mass shooting at FedEx in Indianapolis on April 15. News 8 spoke with Jenny Volker, a licensed clinical social worker at Community Health Network, about how to talk to young ones about tragedy.
What does the future hold for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
April 15, 2021Both the CDC and the FDA have advised states to temporarily suspend administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine because of a rare, but potentially deadly side effect. Indiana is one of them. But why such a rush to press pause? And what does this mean for vaccination roll outs moving forward? On this episode, we spoke with Dr. Christopher Doehring, vice president of medical affairs at Franciscan health, to explain.
Vaccines & Menstruation
April 13, 2021Some women are reporting unusual side effect after getting their COVID-19 shot. These women are getting their period soon after vaccination. They are also experiencing much heavier menstruation. So, why is this happening? And what might the long-term effects be? In this episode, we asked Dr. Camueal Wright, an O-B-G-Y-N at CareSource to answer these questions...and more.
Infection after COVID-19 vaccination is possible; here’s why
April 08, 2021Can you get infected with COVID-19 even after being vaccinated? The answer is yes. Health experts are referring to these patients as "breakthrough" cases. So, why is this happening? Dr. Paul Driscoll, medical director for Franciscan Physician Network, provides some answers.
Where exactly did COVID-19 come from?
April 06, 2021Coronavirus origins have remained a mystery to scientists. According to the World Health Organization it came from animals. But others aren't as convinced insisting it was released from a lab in Wuhan to wreak havoc on the world... In this week's episode we spoke with Dr. Ana Bento, infectious disease specialist at IU School of Public Health.
Why returning to normal may be as stressful as the pandemic itself
April 01, 2021While some of us might be thrilled to unmask and not have to socially distance, others are not so sure they want to take that next step forward...figuratively and literally. In this week's episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed., speaks with Dr. Jay Hamm, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at the Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center about what some are referring to as "post-pandemic anxiety."
Flu numbers are low, but doctors warn it will be back
March 30, 2021Influenza cases are at an all-time low this season in Indiana. It's almost as if the virus has disappeared. Doctors say this was expected because of the mild season in the southern hemisphere. However, they also say we can't forget about it. In this week's episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed., speaks with Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, infectious disease specialist at Eskenazi Health, about why we can't discount the flu and what we need to know how to prepare for next year.
March Madness, aka The Season of Vasectomies
March 25, 2021The NCAA tournament is in full swing and it’s a great time of year to sit back, relax and watch the games. But March Madness also happens to coincide with a certain medical procedure. In this week’s episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed. speaks Dr. Ryan Berglund, a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic, who’s been studying the link between what some call the “swish and snip” for almost a decade.
Preparing for Change in 2021
January 28, 2021
It's been a year of changes and if 2021 is going to be anything like 2020, we know there's much to come. In this episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed., discusses how to prepare for the unknown as well as the importance of acknowledging and labeling our emotions. This, she says, will help us better respond to what's to come.
Embracing Winter Exercise
January 21, 2021
Let's face it: winter is here and it's not going anywhere any time soon. When we're tempted to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea...we have to remember: health is a year-round commitment not just when the sun is shining. Dr. Mary Gillis, D Ed. talks about how to embrace exercise in the cold weather by making each workout feel like an adventure.
Happy New Year and You’re Fabulous
January 08, 2021
The new year brings a new start and with 2020 behind us, we're all revved up and ready to roll with resolutions. On this week's episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Mary Gillis talks about why it's important to celebrate last year's wins while working towards new ones and how--with a simple shift in thinking--you can look at every day as if it were New Year's Day.
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