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Prescribed Listening Podcast

Prescribed Listening Podcast

There's a lot of information out there about what's good for your body and what's not. Prescribed Listening is a podcast where we answer common medical questions and give you answers that you can trust from the experts at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Using evidence-based information, we look at questions like, is a daily glass of wine healthy, why can’t I sleep, and how many calories should I be eating?

Our podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be a replacement for talking to your doctor. While letting your doctor know you listened to a certain episode from Prescribed Listening can be helpful, you should always talk to a Physician for questions, diagnosis, or treatment for any health needs. Call UTMC to schedule an appointment at 419.383.4000.

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Featured Episode

How to Manage Grief Over the Holidays

For some, the holidays bring up a lot of emotions surrounding the loss of a loved one.

We discuss tips on how to manage your grief over the holiday season with Behavioral Health Care Manager Hannah Gullikson from UTMC Department of Psychiatry.

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More Episodes

Tips for Caregivers of Dementia Patients with Dr. Dionis Kononov

Whether you are just starting out as a caregiver for someone with dementia, or have been one for a while, this episode is for you.

We discuss tips to help caregivers care for patients with Alzheimers and other forms of Dementia with Dr. Dionis Kononov from UTMC Senior Behavioral Health.


Everything you Need to Know about Breast Cancer Screening Changes

Recently, breast cancer screening guidelines changed

We discuss what you need to know about these changes, if genetic testing is right for you, and your cancer risk with Dr. Danae Hamouda from UTMC Oncology and Hematology.


How to Deal with Burnout on your Recovery Journey

Burnout is difficult to work through, and when you’re on a recovery journey, it can be more challenging.

We talk to Dr. Srini Hejeebu from UTMC Internal Medicine aspartame, how you should go about consuming it and other artificial sweeteners especially for diabetics and migrane sufferers. 


Aspartame Cancer Risk and Other Artificial Sweeteners Explained

The World Health Organization classified the artificial sweetener most commonly found in diet pop, aspartame, as a possible carcinogen. We talk to Dr. Tanvir Singh from UTMC Psychiatry and the UTMC Recovery Center about how to work through burnout while on your recovery journey.

We talk to Dr. Srini Hejeebu from UTMC Internal Medicine aspartame, how you should go about consuming it and other artificial sweeteners especially for diabetics and migrane sufferers. 


The Mediterranean Diet

You can avoid some heart and vascular problems, help yourself age in a healthy way and live a healthy life by going on this diet.

In this episode, we break down the mediterranean diet with Dr. Rajesh Gupta.


How to Avoid Sunburn?

Summer is here and it's time to grab the sunscreen!

In this episode, we discuss tips for boosting your bodies protection from the sun naturally, what to look for when picking up sunscreen, how to get some color on your skin before vacation, and how you could get a sunburn from your margarita on the beach?


What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

What can skin cancer look like, and how do you know when to talk to a doctor?

In this episode, Dr. Danae Hamouda discusses who is most at risk for skin cancer, methods to check your skin, how to help prevent skin cancer, and her recent study on Melanoma survival trends.


How to Get Back into Working Out After a Long Break?

As school sports start back up and the weather is nice enough to go outside for a run again, how do you get back into your workout routine after taking a break?

In this episode, we discuss how to safely get your body ready to perform at its best, when to know if you pushed yourself too hard, and how to avoid an injury.


The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction

Cases of substance abuse, and addiction to drugs and alcohol, remain high since the pandemic.

In this episode, we discuss the the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction, and how you can find support for yourself, or a loved one struggling with addiction.


The Truth about Living Donation

There are a lot of misconceptions related to organ donation, so let’s ask the expert.

We talk to Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Obi Ekwenna about living organ donation addressing common myths, the truth about how organ donation may not only save someone else’s life, but your own, and programs available to protect organ donors and the gift you make.


What can Lifestyle Changes do to improve your Health?

What if you could reach your health goals and enhance your overall wellbeing by improving certain areas of your lifestyle? We talk to Psychologist Dr. Julie Brennan and Independent Clinical and Sports Counselor Dr. Angele McGrady about how the six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine


How to Recognize Postpartum Depression?

How can you recognize postpartum depression? In this episode we talk to Psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Kelly about how to support a new mom, why kids can be so mean, the importance of self-care, and how to be happy.


Anxiety and ADHD in Women

This one's for the ladies (or if you’re looking to understand the mind of a woman better)! In Part one of this episode of Prescribed Listening, we talk about women's mental health — from societal expectations and balancing their roles in life to the increases in ADHD and anxiety in women.


Getting through Cold and Flu Season

Traditionally the winter months bring on seasonal cold and flu. In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we hear from Dr. Michael Ellis, Chief Medical Officer for The University of Toledo Medical Center. Dr. Ellis discusses steps to prevent and protect yourself and others from those dreaded winter colds and flus.


Should I Be Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day?

How do you know if you’re dehydrated or if your over hydrated? Plus, how athletes should prepare your body for longer workouts, and if you feel like you are going to the bathroom every hour, why that might be happening.


Combating Health Information and Communicating with your Doctor

How is it that taking medication you saw on Tiktok without talking to your doctor may not give you the result you expected? In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts how can you effectively communicate questions about what you think is going on with your body to your doctor and combat health misinformation you found on the internet.


Does Cholesterol Really Count/How to Lower Blood Pressure?

Two of the top Googled Health Questions from the last few years are: "does cholesterol really count " and "how to lower blood pressure?"
What can you do to change your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and what are the risks if your numbers are high? Plus, what is  lifestyle medicine and how can it change your life.


How to Relieve Constipation/ Should I go Gluten-Free?

Two of the top Googled Health Questions from the last few years are "how to relieve constipation" and "should I go gluten-free?"In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts what you can do if you or your kids are constipated, who needs to be on a gluten-free diet, how gluten reacts in your body, and when you need to see a doctor about constipation.


Why Can't I Sleep?

One of the top Googled health questions from the last two years is, "why can't I sleep?" How can you get good sleep as an adult or a child? In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts we investigate if naps are helpful, how to calm your brain before bed, and recommended school start times for children and how it impacts their sleep.


Are Short Workouts Worth it?

One of the top Googled health questions is, "are short workouts worth it?" In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts where you can start your exercise journey if you aren't sure, recommended workouts, the best time of day to work out, how to avoid injuring yourself during a workout and how to come back from an injury.


What Causes Kidney Stones?

One of the top Googled health questions from the last few years is, "what causes kidney stones?" In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts about what to watch for with kidney stones, how much water you should be drinking, UTIs, and the color and smell of your urine.


Can you be Fat and Healthy/ How Many Calories Should I Eat?

Two of the top Googled health questions from the last few years are: "can you be fat and healthy," and "how many calories should I be eating?" s?" In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts what the risks of being too skinny or obese, signs of an eating disorder, fad diets, and how parents can manage feeding a picky eater.


What is HPV and RSV?

Two of the most Googled health questions in the last few years are "what is RSV, and "what is HPV?" In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts how to talk to your kids about getting vaccinated, the latest on COVID-19, and where you can turn to for answers.


Is a daily glass of wine healthy?

One of the top Googled health questions from the last two years is, "Is a daily glass of wine healthy?" In this episode of Prescribed Listening, we ask our experts whether wine is good for your heart, the types of exercise and diet you can be taking part in to benefit your heart health, and how significant pain in your legs may mean you need to see a doctor right away.


Dr. Jacob Miller - Sports Medicine

Tips on a healthy and safe workout regime for the New Year.


Dr. Morgan Dynes - Clinical Psychologist

Insight into setting healthy resolutions.


Dr. Julie Brennan - Registered Dietitian

How to get in the right mindset for setting healthy a relationship with food in 2022.


James Kesler - Occupational Therapist

Driving assessments and training for teens and adults with disabilities, prepares teens with conditions like autism and cerebral palsy for driving, and helps elderly drivers as they near their driving retirement.


Theresa Garris - Cardiovascular Medicine

Signs and symptoms of heart failure and how to live with the condition.


Dr. William Saunders - Emergency Medicine

Insight into the Emergency Medicine specialty


Dr. Mohamed Omballi - Pulmonary Medicine

The zephyr valve implant, which was approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat severe emphysema. The implant is a less invasive treatment that expands the options available to patients and allows for an increase in quality of life.


Kesha Valentine, LSW - Behavioral Health Care Management

 A look at recovery services and integrated behavioral health.


Dr. David Sohn - Sports Medicine

 The importance of stretching in preventing and treating pain.


Dr. Michael Ellis - COVID-19 Update

An update on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and the importance of vaccines.


Dr. Saqib Masroor - Atrial Fibrillation

A look at cardiovascular health from a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.


Dr. Firas Petros - Kidney Cancer and Genetic Testing

A look at urologic oncology from a Urologist.


Dr. Stephanie Pannell - Hemorrhoids and Other Common Perianal Problems

Colorectal health and the common medical conditions of the perianal region.


Scott Bein - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The benefits of hyperbaric treatment.


Dr. Ashley Schneider - Pain Rehabilitation Outpatient Treatment

The interdisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain and how this innovative practice can help fight the opioid use epidemic. 


Dr. Blair Grubb - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

A look at Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS from a Cardiologist.


Dr. Puneet Sindhwani - Prostate Cancer

 Insight from a Urologist into prostate cancer and minimally invasive treatments. UTMC offers HIFU, or high-intensity focused ultrasound for treatment. 


Dr. Victoria Kelly - Mental Health During COVID-19

The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has left on mental health and tips to get back on track.

Last Updated: 12/20/23