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What's Health Got to Do with It?

Exploring brain health and confronting veteran suicides

An MRI image shows a brain scan.
An MRI image shows a brain scan.

In this episode of What’s Health Got to Do with It, we explore the concept of brain health. Our distinguished guests elaborate on its importance, emphasizing that it goes beyond preventing occasional memory lapses or misplacing important items. The Brain Health Initiative of the American Academy of Neurology aims to make advancements in brain health research and help our understanding of neurological conditions.


  • Dr. Natalia Rost, stroke division chief at Massachusetts General Hospital; professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School; president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology.
  • David Evans, CEO at Texas Neurology.

Veteran suicide

Each year, the Department of Veteran Affairs releases its report on veteran suicides, revealing a concerning increase nationwide since 2021. But here’s the twist: The Fire Watch report spills the details six months before the official VA data hits. We chat with Nick Howland, a Navy veteran and executive director of Fire Watch, who shares insights into the work they're doing for the First Coast community.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.