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JScreen.org: Saving Lives One Swab at a Time

JScreen.org: Saving Lives One Swab at a Time

September 18, 2021

 

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Melanie Hardy, the Director of Genetic Counseling Services for the JScreen program joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

JScreen is a not-for-profit home education and carrier screening based out of Emory University that offers affordable at-home testing for individuals and families of Jewish descent who want to empower themselves with science-based knowledge to discover if they or their future children are at risk for Jewish genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, or if they are at a higher risk of cancer. Unlike other screening programs, Jscreen, allows you to screen from the comfort of your own home.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Melanie Hardy discuss the following:

  1. What is JScreen exactly? How did the service come to be called JScreen?
  2. How did it start – tell us about the couple that came to you in Atlanta and their story about their child and the inspiration behind JsScreen?
  3. How does it work for people who want to get Screened?
  4. Who helps you understand the results – is there a doctor or Genetic Counselor who talks to you about the screening?
  5. How long from when you order the tests until you receive results?
  6. How many tests can you get at one time and what are costs?
  7. I understand you just launched the CAncerGen service – tell us about this?
  8. Talk to us more about ReproGen, is that all or is there other types of screenings?

Melanie Hardy is the Director of Genetic Counseling Services for the JScreen program. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Michigan State University in 1998 and followed with a 9-year career as a high school biology, chemistry and forensics teacher. She received a Master’s degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2012.

Before joining the JScreen team, Melanie worked as a prenatal genetic counselor in a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialty clinic in Richmond, VA. Her professional interests include community outreach and education, mentorship, provision of telehealth, and enhancement of the healthcare experience. In 2014, she was awarded the New Leader Award, and in 2019, she was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award, both by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, for involvement in a wide array of professional activities.

 

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Website: www.jscreen.org

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/MyJScreen 
Instagram: @GetJScreened
Twitter: @MyJScreen

Discover Labs Provides Fast Diagnostic Testing for Patients Nationwide with Ernesto Lizardi

Discover Labs Provides Fast Diagnostic Testing for Patients Nationwide with Ernesto Lizardi

September 16, 2021

 

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Ernesto Lizardi, the Vice President of Clinical Laboratories Operations & Senior R&D Molecular Scientist for Discover Labs located in Austin, TX joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ernesto Lizardi discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about Discover Labs and how the company started.
  2. What services does Discover Labs offer?
  3. How long does it take to get test results?
  4. I heard you and the team at Discover provided instrumental testing services to many organizations during the course of the pandemic. Could you give me some highlights?
  5. Where can clinicians, doctors and nursing homes get more information?

Ernesto Lizardi was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with his bachelor’s in molecular biology with a minor in Chemistry while playing baseball throughout the course of his bachelor's as a First Team All American Catcher and third in the nation in batting average. Later he attended Texas Tech University Health and Science Center and graduated with an Applied Master of Sciences in Molecular Pathology.

After receiving his education, Ernesto Lizardi started working as a Molecular Validation Specialist developing, validating, and implementing new Laboratory Developed Tests for different laboratories to expand their test menus while reducing their cost per test. In January 2020, Ernesto started researching SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as a possibility for a new test to be implemented in the labs and since then Ernesto has developed, validated, and implemented over eight different SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Assays while also being part of two different Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submissions.

Now Ernesto Lizardi works at Discover labs helping with the day-to-day clinical testing, new test development, and compliance with CLIA/CAP regulations. Ernesto is currently working on a Laboratory Developed Test for a Respiratory Pathogen Panel with over 33 different targets that will be implemented before the next respiratory season to provide the tools necessary for the physicians to make an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Website: https://discover-labs.com

Facebook: facebook.com/DiscoverLabs

How Digital Technology is Changing the Landscape of Elder Health Care

How Digital Technology is Changing the Landscape of Elder Health Care

September 10, 2021

 

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Avanlee Christine, the CEO and Founder of Avanlee Care, a new app that improves how families communicate and manage their care receiver’s health in real time joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Avanlee Christine discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about the Avanlee Elderly Care APP and how it is different than what is currently on the market?
  2. What is the most important feature of the Avanlee Care APP?
  3. What are the challenges of caring for an aging parent or relative?
  4. How has digital technology improved elder care and what does the future hold in your opinion?
  5. What does the future hold for senior care in America?

Avanlee Christine is a founder, technologist and businesswoman. Throughout her career Avanlee has worked to provide better health and social care solutions for the elderly. Her experience caring for others and working with her own family to care for her ailing grandfather for 8 years, led her to realize that there was no technology solution available on the market that helped families and care-givers effectively support the health and social needs of an aging relative remotely. With the pandemic that need became all the more acute. She founded Avanlee Care to address that gap and provide families with a solution to transform the quality of remote health and social care for their elderly relatives.

 

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Website: AvanleeCare.com 

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/AvanleeCare
Instagram: instagram.com/avanlee_care
Twitter: twitter.com/avanleec

Buddy: On-demand accident insurance for active people

Buddy: On-demand accident insurance for active people

September 8, 2021

 

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Charles Merritt, the CEO and Co-founder of Buddy, which provides on-demand accident insurance to empower Americans to fearlessly lead active lives joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Charles Merritt discuss the following:

  1. Tell me a little bit about Buddy and who it’s for.
  2. If I already have health insurance, does it still make sense for me to get Buddy?
  3. How does a person actually go about getting insured through Buddy? What are the steps?
  4. What happens if a policyholder is injured? What would they do and what can they expect?
  5. What does Buddy’s accident insurance cover and what does it NOT cover?

SUMMARY: Buddy can cover your kids without an adult having to be on the policy, perfect for when they go to soccer camp or on a trip, even out of the country!


Buddy provides on-demand accident insurance for active people, from casual hikers and cyclists to amateur athletes and globe-trotting adventurers. It was founded by Charles Merritt, Jay Paul and David Vogeleer of Virginia after they saw mountain-biking friends get injured and have to start GoFundMe’s to cover costs before high deductibles kicked in. Customers pay only for the coverage they need, no more, lasting anywhere from a single day to a full year. It was this novel approach that led Outside Magazine to call Buddy one of the top outdoor innovators in 2019, and for Investopedia to name it among the five best personal accident insurance companies for 2021.

 

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Website: https://buddyinsurance.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/buddyadventureinsurance 
Twitter: twitter.com/iambuddystweets 
Instagram: instagram.com/iambuddysgrams
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/iambuddy

One Survivor’s Strategies for Saying “No!” to an Eating Disorder

One Survivor’s Strategies for Saying “No!” to an Eating Disorder

September 7, 2021

 

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Faith Elicia, who has been on a seven-year path of recovery from an eating disorder joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention Channel. Her new book, Do You See What I See?, is an interactive workbook of personal reflections, strategies, and tools for anyone suffering from an eating disorder.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Faith Elicia discuss the following:

  1. What inspired you to write Do You See What I See?
  2. What is self-care, a term often spoken about in eating disorder recovery?
  3. Why is self-care so important when recovering from an eating disorder?
  4. What have you found to be the most beneficial tool to aid you in your recovery?
  5. How much do you think societal pressures play into disordered eating?
  6. Do you believe a person can recover from an eating disorder alone?

Faith Elicia has been on a seven-year path of recovery from an eating disorder. When not managing her husband's medical practice or handling things for one of her three kids, she escapes to the confines of her home office to write romance fiction (published under a pseudonym). Her new book, Do You See What I See? (July 15, 2021), is an interactive workbook of personal reflections, strategies, and tools for anyone suffering from an eating disorder.

 

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Website: https://faithelicia.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Faith-Elicia
Instagram: @faitheliciag

Distributing products that are healthful, convenient, or made for restricted diets and lifestyles

Distributing products that are healthful, convenient, or made for restricted diets and lifestyles

September 4, 2021

 

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Laura Morris, the Associate Marketing Director of Kayco Beyond Division of the Kayco food company, which aims to distribute products that are healthful, convenient, or made for restricted diets and lifestyles joins eHealth Radio and the Nutrition and General Health Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Laura Morris discuss the following:

  1. Tell me your name and title and about Kayco Beyond division which I understand is an extension of Kayco Kosher Products?
  2. What are some of the products in that division?
  3. Can you tell about each of the items – and the benefits to the consumer starting with Absolutely Gluten Free?
  4. Why do you think these products are being so well received in today's world?
  5. How can people find your products in stores, online and where to follow on social channels?
  6. What is next for the Kayco Beyond Division?

Laura Morris is the Associate Marketing Director of Kayco Beyond Division of the Kayco food company, which aims to distribute products that are healthful, convenient, or made for restricted diets and lifestyles. With the increasing trend of food sensitivities and people trying to maintain healthier routines, these all-natural and delicious alternatives have been gaining tremendous popularity.  

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. It has expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Wonder Melon™ and Dorot Gardens, among others. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com). 

Laura is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a business degree in management and entrepreneurial studies. After graduating, Laura spent over two years with the Manischewitz Company, working on Trade Marketing and Sales Management. From there, she left to take up a role as the Senior Trade Analyst for the Ahold team at Pinnacle foods. Laura entered Kayco as a Brand Manager for the Beyond Division and is now the Associate Marketing Director for the Beyond Division at Kayco.


Website: https://kayco.com

Social Media Links:

AGF:
Facebook: facebook.com/AbsolutelyGF 
Instagram: instagram.com/absolutelygf

Dorot Gardens:
Facebook: facebook.com/DorotGardens 
Instagram: instagram.com/dorotgardens

Mighty Sesame:
Facebook: facebook.com/MightySesame 
Instagram: instagram.com/mightysesameco
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/mighty-sesame

Wonder Melon:
Facebook: facebook.com/wondermelonjuices 
Instagram: instagram.com/wondermelonjuice

Beetology:
Facebook: facebook.com/mybeetology 
Instagram: instagram.com/beetology

Wonder Lemon:
Facebook: facebook.com/wonderlemonjuices 
Instagram: instagram.com/wonderlemonjuice

White Coat Influencers: How Primary Care Doctors are Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Surging Delta Variant

White Coat Influencers: How Primary Care Doctors are Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Surging Delta Variant

September 2, 2021

 

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Dr. Ben Kornitzer, M.D., the Chief Medical and Quality Officer for agilon health, an organization that champions the roles of independent physician practices joins eHealth Radio and the Covid-19 Information and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Ben Kornitzer discuss the following:

  1. To start off, can you tell us about your background?
  2. How have doctors been influential in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?  What is a “White Coat Influencer?”
  3. We know that the U.S. reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults. Can you share your thoughts on the significance of this milestone?
  4. What about “hard to reach” folks? Maybe those who are elderly or technologically challenged. How can doctors best promote vaccine acceptance to this demographic?
  5. What is the Roll Up Our Sleeves campaign?

Dr. Ben Kornitzer, M.D., is the Chief Medical and Quality Officer for agilon health. He has clinical and operational experience leading a diverse range of medical enterprises, including community-based practices, ACOs, IPAs, and integrated ambulatory networks. He served as Chief Medical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health Network for six years, where he oversaw one of the premier academic delivery networks in the country as the system developed robust population health tools, quality programs, care coordination resources, and invested in practice transformation.

In addition to his clinical and operational roles, Dr. Kornitzer previously served as a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with U.S and foreign governments, hospital systems, and pharmaceutical companies. He earned his medical degree with AOA honors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Website: agilonhealth.com

Social Media Links:
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/agilonhealth
Twitter: @agilonhealth

The Pursuit of Cleanliness: Pristine Potty App for a Better Restaurant Experience

The Pursuit of Cleanliness: Pristine Potty App for a Better Restaurant Experience

August 31, 2021

 

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Michael Gamble, CEO and Creator of Pristine Potty App that helps consumers rate the restrooms of their favorite dining spots joins eHealth Radio and the Hygiene & Mobile App Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Michael Gamble discuss the following:

  1. Where did the idea for Pristine Potty come from? What is the mission for the app?
  2. How does Pristine Potty offer customer and restaurant satisfaction?
  3. What are the three simple criteria for the proprietary rating system?
  4. How do you plan on growing Pristine Potty?
  5. Where can you find Pristine Potty?

Pristine Potty was created as a phone application to help consumers rate the restrooms of their favorite dining spots. With CEO and Creator, Michael A. Gamble’s goal of creating better service for dining experiences. Pristine Potty’s mission is to help restaurants elevate their service and raise dining standards all over the world. In an age of pandemic unrest and hygiene consciousness, the Pristine Potty app is dedicated to being the authority on pristine standards for an enjoyable experience. Pristine Potty is available for free download at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

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Website: https://pristinepotty.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/pristinepotty
Instagram: instagram.com/pristinepotty
Twitter: twitter.com/pristine_potty

The evolving role of digital AI companions in at-home healthcare

The evolving role of digital AI companions in at-home healthcare

August 28, 2021

 

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Dor Skuler, the CEO & Co-Founder at Intuition Robotics, which creates empathetic digital companions that positively impact people's lives joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care & Technology Channels.

The company's first product, ElliQ, is an artificial intelligence driven proactive social robot for older adults to keep them healthy, active, and independent at home, bridging the gap between them and their healthcare providers.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dor Skuler discuss the following:

  1. What is ElliQ and how did you develop the technology?
  2. How have companion robots been affecting seniors' health and well-being at home and how have they evolved over the past several years?
  3. Why did you decide to expand into healthcare during COVID and what did you learn that led to this pivot in strategy?
  4. What impact do you think ElliQ will have on the healthcare field?
  5. What role should digital companions play in the grander healthcare market and challenges doctors face in patient communication?

Conclusion: To help older adults age independently at home for as long as possible, consider a proactive digital companion that can help efficiently connect them to the world, their families, and their healthcare teams.


As a serial entrepreneur, Dor Skuler has co-founded five ventures, the most recent being Intuition Robotics, following his passion to develop artificial intelligence-driven robotics that address major social issues of the 21st century.

Having trained in Israel’s elite military intelligence unit 8200, Dor made a mark on interactive broadcast technology with Zing Interactive Media (acquired by Invesco, NASDAQ: IVZ) and security software through Safend (acquired by Wave Systems Corp, NASDAQ: WAVX). Dor then joined Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) to create and lead innovative ventures, most notably as Founder and GM of Cloudband, the world’s first platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cited by Nokia as a major motive to purchasing the French-American telecoms giant. As Senior Vice President at Alcatel-Lucent, Dor was a regular speaker on the telecoms circuit, frequently cited in the media and made the Global Telecom Business ’40 under 40’ list in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Dor also served as Vice President of Strategy and Global Head of Corporate Development for Alcatel-Lucent in its corporate headquarters in Paris.

Dor holds an MBA and Master’s of Science in Marketing from Temple University, has co-authored ‘Cloud Computing: Business Trends and Technologies’ published by Wiley in 2016 and holds board level advisory and director roles for several telecoms, cyber security and tech-led social impact ventures.

 

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Websites: intuitionrobotics.com  | elliq.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/elliqsidekick 
Instagram: instagram.com/elliqsidekick 
Twitter: twitter.com/intuitionrobo

Hispanic Heritage Month: Dr. Juan Pablo Frias, M.D. Discusses the Role of FibroScan for Clinical Research Programs

Hispanic Heritage Month: Dr. Juan Pablo Frias, M.D. Discusses the Role of FibroScan for Clinical Research Programs

August 26, 2021

 

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Dr. Juan Pablo Frias, M.D., Medical Director, National Research Institute joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels to discuss the role of FibroScan for clinical research programs, addressing racial disparities and improving patient management and outcomes.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Juan Pablo Frias discuss the following:

  1. How has FibroScan impacted your clinical research programs at National Research Institute?
  2. What role does FibroScan play for groups looking to get into this research? How does it factor into their participation?
  3. As an endocrinologist looking to the future when the drugs for NASH become available, how do you see FibroScan best supporting clinical practice for managing patients on treatment?
  4. What is the ethnic competition of your patient population? Is having access to FibroScan important for this population, or access to healthcare services in general?
  5. Where do you see this going in terms of management and improving outcomes?

Dr. Frias, a native of Chile, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After serving 5 years as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy, he completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, and his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Frías has held leadership positions in Clinical and Medical Affairs at Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care.

Dr. Frías has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently on the clinical faculty. He is also active in the non-profit organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), where he lectures at the organization’s Latino Initiative patient conferences and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers. Dr. Frías has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 15 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

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Website: https://echosens.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/fibroscan.echosens 
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/echosens 
Youtube: youtube.com/user/EchosensTV
Twitter: twitter.com/Echosens

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