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What's Health Got to Do with It?

Medical roundtable; Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A nurse at work in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Minchillo
A nurse at work in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, our esteemed medical roundtable delves into the forefront of healthcare, dissecting the latest advancements and trends.

Among the topics discussed:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has projected an escalating deficit in healthcare providers, with gastroenterology, cardiology, hematologists, and pulmonologists among the fields facing the most severe shortages, expected as early as 2025.
  • In the U.S., sepsis affects 1.7 million adults each year. We discussed the necessity for timely intervention due to its potentially fatal consequences.
  • Consuming fast food, especially for individuals who are obese or have diabetes, is linked to significantly heightened liver fat levels, raising the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has established a new Digital Health Advisory Committee to address the complexities of digital health technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearables, and software


  • Dr. Dacre Knight, director of the Ehlers Danlos Clinic
  • Dr. Jami Kinnucan, gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Florida

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when communities, organizations, and health care professionals discuss the importance of early detection, prevention, and treatment.

Guest: Dr. Kristin Robinson, radiologistat the Mayo Clinic In Florida

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