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48. COVID Vaccines with Dr. Daniela Weiskopf

Episode Summary

While people across the country are lining up for the vaccines, many folks still have questions about how the vaccines work, whether they’re safe and if they’ll be effective against emerging COVID variants. Here to talk to us about all of Daniela Weiskopf, Ph.D., a brilliant researcher at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Dr. Weiskopf has devoted her career to understanding the immune system’s response to viral pathogens and spent the last thirteen years studying infectious viruses relevant to human health and disease. Most recently she’s focused her efforts on COVID-19 to help understand how we can defeat this deadly disease. 

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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [02:00] What got Dr. Weiskopf interested in studying COVID19
  • [03:45] What is so unique about the coronavirus and the way it spreads so quickly 
  • [5:30] The more the virus spreads from person to person, the more it will mutate
  • [07:30] What technology is used in the covid vaccines 
  • [10:30] How long are you immune to the virus when you get the vaccine 
  • [11:45] Is the vaccine safe
  • [14:45] Does the vaccine change your DNA
  • [17:30] Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women
  • [18:45] Will the vaccines be effective on other variants 
  • [21:30] Is there research being done on parts of the virus that don’t mutate as fast
  • [24:30] Is having a response after you get the vaccine a good thing
  • [26:41] Will the coronavirus vaccine eventually need multiple types of vaccines in one syringe 
  • [28:00] Does this virus surprise researchers in the way people react to it
  • [29:45] Dr. Weiskopf’s message of hope
  • [31:45] How effective is the vaccine, and can you still get infected
  • [33:15] Why we need two doses 
  • [34:18] How long does it take for your body to my protected after the vaccine 
  • [34:50] Dr. Weiskopf’s parting words

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57. Osteoporosis with NOF CEO, Claire Gill

57. Osteoporosis with NOF CEO, Claire Gill

For nearly four decades, the National Osteoporosis Foundation has been at the forefront of educating the general public, clinicians and public policy professionals on osteoporosis, fracture prevention and promoting strong bones for life. It’s important and unique role in the fight against osteoporosis cannot be underestimated. And neither can the crucial work of my next guest, Claire Gill, CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Combined with her passion for public health and helping people live healthy lives, her more than 20 years of work in the nonprofit world and doing public relations for Fortune 500 companies, Claire is expanding the important work of the National Osteoporosis Foundation to help even more people.

58. Smartphone Addiction

58. Smartphone Addiction

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about smartphone addiction. Let’s face it, we’re hooked, I’m hooked. I love my cellphone. I love being connected. But as great of an impact technology has had in our lives, it has its deadly side. Understand the good–and bad–effects technology is having on your health, then use simple strategies to make sure technology is helping you reach all your goals.

59. Tame Your Fear Brain with Dr. Kate Truitt

59. Tame Your Fear Brain with Dr. Kate Truitt

Fear can get the best of any of us, and you know you can’t be your best self when you’re afraid and overwhelmed. That’s why it’s so important to learn skills that allow you to tame your fear brain, and to help us understand exactly how to do that is Dr. Kate Truitt. Dr. Kate is a Clinical Psychologist committed to understanding the brain’s ability to transcend and transform the complex and beautiful relationship between nature and nurture. Her clinical practice, scientific studies and training are specialized in the areas of stress, trauma, and resiliency. Her workshops have been attended by people around the world, and I can’t think of anyone better to talk to about this important topic.

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