health and wellness

Many of our routines are changed because of the restrictions caused by the Coronavirus … and those changes can threaten our health.  We've previously told you about replacing yoga and other fitness classes virtually to help with anxiety.

Keeping our bodies and minds healthy can be a challenge when many of us are concerned over the Coronavirus and the impacts it’s having on our lives.  In our last segment, we told you about how parks can help.  Today, we look at something some of us are missing that can be replaced by something that can keep us healthy.

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Many people around Central New York spent their weekend trying to figure out what to do while remaining safe from any exposure to the Coronavirus. There’s value in finding activities that will boost our physical and mental health.  We start a series today looking at a few ways to preserve your body and mind, which can play a role in dealing with the threat of the virus.

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The flu looks like it’s getting a jump start on the normal infection season here in Central New York.  Pharmacist Shannon Miller is Director of Patient Outcomes for Kinney Drugs.  She says reported cases in the state jumped 77% in the last week. 

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Facing breast cancer means different things to different people.  That was the mission of – and the takeaway from – the production of TitBits: Breast Cancer Stories in which 8 people share how they were affected (listen below).  Patients, doctors, caregivers all recount personal and emotional details of their stories.  Excerpts of the production aired on WAER as an episode of Syracuse Speaks.

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In our current world of health trends and fad diets, it can be difficult to separate out fact from fiction. In the case of dietary supplements, there happens to be quite a lot of overlap. To develop a better understanding of the lines between the two, and the science behind it, we interviewed three individuals with expertise in the field of supplements.

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Nearly a dozen corner stores in Syracuse are now participating in a program aimed at offering healthier food choices, especially to children.  A new report showed that more than 14 percent of children in New York have obesity, placing the state 25th in the country.

What role might medical professionals in emergency rooms play in spotting the sometimes-hidden signs elder abuse and neglect?  A new strategy in an Emergency Room could help keep seniors safer at home. 


Pickleball. It's not Badminton, Tennis or Table Tennis. But, truth be told it's some combination of the three. This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger attempts to enlighten us on this sport that offers an alternative activity for those seeking physical activity. Where did it orgininate and how long has it been around? Find asnwers for those questions and more this week with Sceicne on the Radio.

Many things can be debated, one thing that cannot is that opioid abuse is a serious problem. It's been a prime time headline and a major cause for concern all around the country. This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger sheds some light on the controversial substance that produces morphine-like effects.

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