Health

Disparities in the State and Federal Health Care Systems

Earlise Ward, PhD, UW School of Nursing and Tracy Schroepfer, PhD, UW School of Social Work

Tracy Schroepfer discusses the steps of the model Partners Buildings Bridges, which looks at cancer health disparities and medically underserved communities in Wisconsin. Earlise Ward focuses on the trends of mental health disparities nationally and in Wisconsin, and the research being done.

Media Campaigns and Socioeconomic Disparities

Jeffrey Niederdeppe, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses media campaigns and socioeconomic disparities in health behaviors. He looks at a case study of smoking cessation, the different responses to media messages in Wisconsin, and his new research project which tries to develop narratives and images for population health messaging.

Antiviral Drugs and Vaccines – Ep. 723

Holly Basta, a research assistant at the Institute for Molecular Virology at UW-Madison, explores the use of vaccines and their effectiveness. Basta uses computer modeling to research Rhinovirus C, a virus found to be common in asthmatic children.

Biosafety, Compliance, and UW Influenza Research - Ep. 696

Rebecca Moritz, the research compliance specialist with the Department of Environment, Health & Safety at UW-Madison, discusses some of the many steps taken to mitigate the inherent risks involved with influenza research at UW-Madison.

Investigations of Brain Connectivity in Autism - Ep. 674

Andrew Alexander, an associate professor in the Dept. of Medical Physics at UW-Madison, discusses his research into the measurements of brain connectivity between different brain areas using both functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this research show that brain connectivity is altered in autism and that connectivity properties change with age.

The Making of "Seaworthy" - Ep. 670

Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.

Making Fast Food - Ep. 638

Nicolaas Mink, a visiting assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Knox College, discusses the deep roots of fast food in American life and culture. We normally think of fast food beginning in the American suburbs with the emergence of great chains like McDonald's, but that's not the case.

On Human Obesity and the Interplay of Exercise and...

Dale Schoeller a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison discusses the relationship between exercise and weight loss. Although the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure is simple physics, biology introduces some concepts to consider when interpreting the equation and making public policy.

The Birth of an Idea and the Birth of a Company - Ep.636

Bobby Peterson, the executive director, and Erin McBride, the managing attorney at ABC for Health, discuss their social entrepreneurial business; a public interest law firm dedicated to working with families, helping people connect to healthcare and helping to negotiate within the health care system.

Using Stem Cells to Make Tissues - Ep. 634

William L. Murphy, an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the advances in stem cell research and tissue engineering taking place at the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.

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