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Host: Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner)

Guests: Megan Henry (@megankhenry) and Sheridan Hendrix (@sheridan120) of the Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts)

Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

The following will provide readers with some background information on subjects discussed on the episode, including articles written by Sheridan Hendrix and Megan Henry:

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In this episode, @danielrskinner interviews Miranda Motter of the Ohio Association of Health Plans. The focus of the conversation is surprise billing, two legislative proposals being considered in Ohio, and the fate of private insurance if legislative fixes don't happen.

In this episode, @danielrskinner interviewed Chad Jester, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and President of the Nationwide Foundation, about Denial, Ohio, a public service campaign sponsored by the Ohio Opioid Alliance, a group of organizations from around the state. Topics include the campaign's impact so far, plans moving forward, and the relationship between denial and risk. 

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Nick Wignall is a clinical psychologist based in Albuquerque who specializes in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and insomnia.

Nick and Daron discuss the relationship between sleep hygiene, cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia, and mindfulness. Nick shares a refreshing strategy for getting better at worrying on purpose and Daron describes some of the attention exercises he recommends to people struggling with alertness in the middle of the night.

 

Resources that came up in our conversation:

Happy Birthday, Franklin County Public Health: A Conversation with Commissioner Joe Mazzola

Ohio University health policy professor Dan Skinner interviews Franklin County Health Commissioner, Joe Mazzola, about the 100th anniversary of Franklin County Public Health. Topics include public health funding, the history and coordination of health departments in Ohio, and the scope of Franklin County Public Health's work. Plus thought experiments involving magic wands, non-existent checkbooks, and crystal balls.

Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

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Writer and runner Nita Sweeney talks to Daron about how she went from struggling to get off the couch to running marathons by starting small, having a plan, and relying on the support of her dog, her husband, and her friends. 

In this episode, Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviews Jess Hardin (@jesslhardin), formerly of the Youngstown Vindicator, now with Mahoning Matters (@MahoningMatters), about her coverage of disorganized ambulance services in the Mahoning Valley.

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Jud Brewer talks with Daron about navigating everyday addictions with curious awareness and the power of understanding what drives the behaviors we regret but keep repeating. 

Dr. Jud Brewer is an addiction psychiatrist who has been investigating habits for over 20 years. He’s the Director of Research and Innovation for the Mindfulness Center at Brown University

 

 In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Daveda Cunningham, Program Manager at ChildSight Ohio/Helen Keller International; Zulma Zabala, Chief Executive Officer at East End Neighborhood House; and Tracy Davidson, Vice President of Quality and Population Health Strategy for UnitedHealthcare.

In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Morgan Harper, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 3rd district in Ohio. You can follow Morgan on Twitter at @mh4oh and learn more about the campaign at morganharper.org.

 

In our news round-up Dan discussed: 

 

 In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Bill and Jackie Ayars, co-founders of the Emerald Jenny Foundation. You can read all about the Emerald Jenny Foundation, their mission, as well as the life and legacy of Jennifer Emerald Ayars, at https://www.emeraldjennyfoundation.org. You can follow the foundation on Twitter at @emeraldjennyfdn.

In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Dr. Jason Reece, who is currently Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. In the interview, Dan and Jason discussed some of the amazing work Jason is involved with. Be sure to check out the website for Move to Prosper.

 In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Dr. Ray Bignall. You can follow him on Twitter at @DrRayMD. If you are interested in learning more, check out this Overview of the Kidney from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and this Overview of Chronic Kidney Disease from NIDDKD.

  

In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. You can follow her on Twitter at @nanwhaley and also check out her podcast, Carry as You Climb.

In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Senator Tina Maharath. Senator Maharath represents Ohio’s 3rd Senate district, is the ranking minority member on the Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs committee, and sits on the Health, Human Services and Medicaid committee. You can follow her on Twitter at @TinaOHSen3

In our news roundup, we discussed:

Rob Moore is Principal at Scioto Analysis, a firm that provides policymakers and policy influencers with evidence-based analysis of pressing public problems. We spoke about food insecurity and the policy issues that impact Ohioans ability to access food.

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The Tsimane people are among the most isolated people in Bolivia. They number about 16,000 and live in 80 mostly riverbank villages of 50 to several hundred people scattered across about 3,000 square miles of Amazon jungle. They are forager-farmers who fish, hunt, cut down jungle trees with machetes and produce an average of nine children per family, says Michael Gurven, chair of the Integrated Anthropological Sciences Unit at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Last Saturday, while I was visiting Fatty's Tattoos and Piercings, a college-aged woman in a hoodie walked in and asked for a tattoo, her first, right on the spot.

"I want a red-tailed hawk feather," she told the artist on duty at the Washington, D.C., tattoo parlor.

He peppered her with questions: How big? What style? She alternated between a blank stare and a furrowed brow: "I ... have a photo on my phone of the feather that I like, I could show you that?"

Antidepressants and medications for bipolar disorder can be life-changing and even lifesaving, but journalist Lauren Slater warns that the long-term side effects of these drugs are "cloaked in mystery."

"As a nation, we're consuming them; we're gobbling them down," she says. "And we don't really know what we're taking into our bodies."

A grocery store's baby formula aisle often stocks an overwhelming number of options. Aside from different brands of pastel-hued tins and tubs, there are specialized formulas — some for spit-up reduction, gas or colic. And in the past decade or so, companies have introduced formulas meant for toddlers who are leaving bottles behind.

It's shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.

If you are one of the thousands of Americans who are sick with the flu, this one's for you.

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.

One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.

But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my book The Art of Screen Time, I asked them how they made screen time rules at home.

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Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they've identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported, a cluster that was first uncovered by NPR 14 months ago.

When Sarah Jay had her first seizure, she was in her mid-20s and working a high-stress job at a call center in Springfield, Mo.

"I was going to go on break," she says. "I was heading towards the bathroom and then I fell and passed out."

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a beautiful milkmaid. Her face was flawless, her complexion peaches and cream, her smile confident as she bragged, "I shall never have smallpox for I have had cowpox. I shall never have an ugly pockmarked face."

Somewhere around 300,000 years ago, our human ancestors in parts of Africa began to make small, sharp tools, using stone flakes that they created using a technique called Levallois.

The technology, named after a suburb of Paris where tools made this way were first discovered, was a profound upgrade from the bigger, less-refined tools of the previous era, and marks the Middle Stone Age in Africa and the Middle Paleolithic era in Europe and western Asia.

Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky's family did not discuss what killed his uncle in 2015. The man was young, not quite two weeks past his 45th birthday, when he died and had lost touch with loved ones in his final months. At the time, Ostrovsky wondered if his uncle had perhaps killed himself.

Human skin is a cornucopia of fragrances.

The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odor chemicals.

"Many of these molecules smell quite pleasant," says biologist Jeff Riffell at the University of Washington. "They smell grassy or a little bit like mushrooms. Some human scents are the same ones found in flowers."

Other chemicals — well — they aren't so nice. "They're pretty funky," Riffell says, like an overripe Brie cheese or a musty basement.

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