The Health Variant

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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What Makes Football Safer for Young Heads?

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Groundbreaking research from Sanford Research provides big insight into what could make youth football more safe, at least in terms of head impacts. Host and NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Dr. Thayne Munce of Sanford Research about the results of his newly published study of a junior football team, and the big insights gained from tracking years of head hits. Read about the research here

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How Did the Delta Variant Change the Game?

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COVID-19's delta variant has wrecked the idea of getting back to normal. How did that happen, and what does it mean for everything from masking to potentially getting regular COVID booster shots? NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks to Dr. Louis Mansky, director of the University of Minnesota Institute for Molecular Biology, about this no good, very bad variant.

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Inside the Blood Shortage

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Blood banks are desperate for donations right now, and it's a national problem. Host and NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Dr. Maria Beaver, of Essentia Health, about why this shortage is so bad, why donations are so critically needed right now, and hot tips on how to overcome that fear of needles. To find your local blood bank or donation site, go to: www.aabb.org/for-donors-patients/give-blood

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How Jayne Jones Became The 'No Sugar Baker'

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Jayne Jones grew up in Minnesota loving hotdishes and desserts. Until she found out those things were killing her. Here's what she did next, and how she's rocketing to newfound food fame as the "No Sugar Baker." She's online at nosugarbaker.com and on Facebook, at "No Sugar Baker."

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Heat, You, and Planetary Health

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We’ve all seen the headlines about the recent heat wave that hammered the Pacific Northwest. But the Midwest is increasingly no stranger to skyrocketing temps -- causing both drought and life-threatening heat conditions. In this episode, host Jeremy Fugleberg will talk to Dr. Teddie Potter of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she’s the first-ever director of planetary health. You better believe he’ll ask what that means. A hint: It makes her an expert on this topic.

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About the Podcast

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Jeremy Fugleberg is South Dakota state news director for Forum News Service and NewsMD regional health correspondent, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.