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Medical roundtable; 'The Plant Hunter'

A Christmas tree decorates the library.

Today’s Medical Roundtable discussed some of the top health care stories, including:

  • The stress of the holiday season can trigger depression and anxiety. For those living with chronic conditions, these seasonal stressors can be even more pronounced.
  • Holiday planning is tough when accounting for a global pandemic. This year, holiday get-togethers are further complicated by news of the COVID-19 variant: omicron.
  • The opioid crisis has spiraled further out of control since 2015, and no community is exempt from the devastating effects of overdoses. Doctors are relearning how to help patients manage pain, and those who need opioid medications report feeling judged.
  • Our medical roundtable answered listener questions about managing mental and physical well-being during the holiday season.

Guests:

'The Plant Hunter'Dr. Cassandra Quave joined us to discuss her new book "The Plant Hunter" and why caring for the environment can lead to medical breakthroughs.

Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at khobbs@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.