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The brainchild of University of Tennessee professor Dr. Carole Myers, HealthConnections brings the often-abstract world of health care, coverage and policy to a human level. What is access? How do marketplaces work? What's the future of health insurance? In this biweekly series, Dr. Myers and WUOT's Chrissy Keuper sort through these issues and more, all to give you a toolbox for understanding what you hear on the news, or to separate fact from fiction in the health care debate.

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PYA underwrites HealthConnections, but the segment’s topics and guests are selected with editorial independence by Dr. Carole Myers and WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

It is estimated that unhealthy air kills more than 200,000 people each year in the U.S. Worldwide, more than 6,000,000 people die prematurely each year because of air pollution. Bad air also contributes to millions of hospitalizations for Americans annually and contributes to a variety of health problems. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. 

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Over the last year, everyone has spent more time on screens. But Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee School of Nursing is particularly concerned about the effects of screen time on children. She discusses it with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper. 

HealthConnections: Getting Back to Cancer Screenings

May 4, 2021

Last year, the COVID pandemic caused hospitals to suspend many elective procedures and virus-wary patients were less likely to go to medical centers for routine care. As a result, routine cancer screenings dropped precipitously. Now, as the pandemic becomes more manageable, Michael Holtz says it's time to re-schedule those missed screenings.

HealthConnections: An Update on COVID Vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

At this time last year, people around the globe wondered when they would have a viable shield to protect themselves from the coronavirus. In short order, revolutionary vaccines were developed and tested. Three of those vaccines were authorized for emergency use in the United States; others are in various stages of testing and may join the roster later this year.

Since 2010, Tennessee has had the highest number and rate of rural hospital closures in America. There are a number of factors that helped raise that tide, from the state's refusal to expand Medicaid to for-profit business models that make health care in small populations hard to sustain. And once those hospitals close, people are left without close access to medical care and communities lost a major economic engine.

HealthConnections: The CBD Explosion

Mar 23, 2021

In little more than a year, CBD-related products went from virtual obscurity to mainstream offerings at pharmacies, convenience stores and dispensaries. The produucts on the shelves range from liquid shots for your morning cuppa, to ointments, to shampoos and conditioners. And they promise relief from a host of medical issues, from inflammation and anxiety to more serious conditions, such as epilepsy.

HealthConnections: Taking On Racism In Healthcare

Mar 9, 2021

This edition of HealthConnnections is different that our usual fare. We’re going to be talking about a polarizing but important topic: the role of racism in American healthcare.

We know this is a galvanizing topic, because people generally don’t like the idea of their actions being considered racist. But Dr. Carole Myers, of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, says it is time to have this difficult conversation and make positive changes in healthcare.

HealthConnections: Choosing Wisely

Feb 24, 2021

It's estimated fully a third of healthcare spending in the United States is considered waste. that spending includes unnecessary tests and treatments that don't improve or change patient outcomes. Neil Goldfarb is the president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health.

HealthConnections: Mental Health and the Pandemic

Feb 9, 2021

In the recent past, episodes of HealthConnections have probed different facets of the COVID-19 pandemic, and mental health care in America. Today, we look at the area where the two overlap.

HealthConnections: Exploring Health Boards

Jan 26, 2021

In the pre-pandemic days, the Knox County Board of Health met quarterly to discuss routine business, evaluate the county health department budget and get updates from health department staff. In June 2020, the board's profile and power changed dramatically. The Knox County Law Department put the health board in charge of making decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the county's response.