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  • JScreen - Saving Lives

    19 GIU 2024 · JScreen is a national non-profit public health initiative dedicated to preventing genetic diseases. Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative provides convenient at-home access to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education and genetic counseling services. JScreen believes the combination of education, access to premier gene screening technologies and personalized, confidential support are the keys to preventing these devastating diseases. The goal is to get as many people tested for both genetic diseases and for genetic cancers. For genetic diseases it allows future parents to gain insights into their genetic reproductive risks, empowering them to plan ahead for the health of their future children. It is also provides an opportunity to explore their own hereditary cancer risks and proactive measures they can adopt to safeguard their own well-being. The goal is to educate people about how simple and easy genetic testing and affordable.  All you have to do is order a saliva test, return to Jscreen and your results are presented to you by telemedicine from a genetic counselor. JScreen stands as a beacon of hope, providing accessible and informative genetic testing and counseling via at-home saliva kits. JScreen’s ReproGEN test, tailored for individuals aged 18-45, screens for over 200 genetic diseases, including Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis. Empowering prospective parents with informed family planning information is the core of this comprehensive approach.   JScreen’s CancerGEN offers at-home testing for more than 60 cancer susceptibility genes associated with hereditary risks for breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal, skin and many other cancers.  One of JScreen’s goals is to make testing affordable. ReproGEN currently costs $149 and CancerGEN is $199. JScreen also offers need-based financial assistance. Karen Grinzaid, Exeutive Director, visits with Mark on this edition. 
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  • WOWS - A New Kind of Fire Insurance

    19 GIU 2024 · When Late Night Health’s Mark Alyn chats with Robert Feldman, CEO, president and co-founder of WOWS Insurance Services, they are apt to reengineer fire insurance and help homeowners sleep at night.   WOWS Insurance Services specializes in fire zones and areas where insurance is difficult to place and has launched an innovative new product that provides homeowners insurance, including fire coverage, for high end properties in the Western United States.   The timing couldn’t be better.   This new option has launched at the same time as many insurance carriers are exiting the state of California and others.   Homeowners who have not yet received communication from their current homeowners insurance company are often afraid to open their mail when that letter arrives.   With WOWS insurance, insureds get protection and ease skyrocketing homeowners insurance costs, saving up to six figures. And when it’s time to sell, coverage is transferable, adding a premium touch to their listing, enhancing their property, and standing out to potential buyers.   WOWS provides brokers with an advantage in fire insurance coverage, standing out from competitors. Learn more about WOWS Insurance Services at Robert Feldman is an insurance professional with 25 years of experience. His specialty is insurance in fire zones and hard to place risks. Due to his expertise, Robert has been sought after as a speaker at the California Association of Realtors, educating realtors about how to secure insurance for homes that are deemed uninsurable. Feldman also serves on numerous task forces, working with the senior leadership for many insurance carriers to solve the state’s current insurance crisis.
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  • Prison Got Me Together

    18 GIU 2024 · “From the worst of places to the best of intentions.”  That’s GC Brown’s motto. You’ll learn a lot more about GC Brown when he converses with Late Night Health’s Mark Alyn.  Remarkably, despite being a felon who’s just finished serving 16 years in multiple federal facilities, GC Brown believes this sentence was the best thing that ever happened to him. What? How is that possible? GC Brown became a writer during his confinement. Had he not been imprisoned, that would not have happened. He read a newspaper article that said that writing a novel is the third hardest thing to do. That’s when GC Brown picked up a pen. That was in 2014. He hasn’t stopped writing since. That’s how he completed two series, SNIFF, SMOKE, SHOOT, and The Mason Storm Series prior to his release late last year.  And GC Brown loves being an author. SNIFF, published by Story Merchant Books, his first novel to be published, due out November 1, is exciting, action-packed, hard-hitting and plain-speaking with some tough language and wild scenarios. He’s also one of three partners in UpCup Koffee, a mushroom coffee company in which he’s partnered with two other felons, Alex Diaz, who was released in 2015, and Dr. William McArthur III, who was released in 2011.  Coincidentally, SNIFF publishes November 1 and the Koffee company launches on the same date. GC Brown is now a free man, determined to make up for lost time. There’s no question that he’s about to do so with his two series being published, SNIFF, SMOKE, SHOOT, and The MASON STORM Series, UpCup Koffee, his new bride, Carla, and their identical twin boys, Tristan and Trevor, due in September. Learn more at 
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    18 GIU 2024 · LEARN HOW SPECIAL GRANTS ARE HAVING A POSITIVE LOCAL IMPACT  Kelly Goodejohn of Starbucks Foundaton Provides Important InformationAbout a Unique Program that is Helping More Than 2,800 Local Non-Profits Communities all across North America face many unique challenges. Experience shows that one of the the most successful ways address the various needs is with direct, local suppport at the neighborhood level. On June 17th, we have a special interview about a neighborhood grants program that supports local organizations that are empowering youth, fighting hunger, uplifting families and addressing homelessness and having a positive impact on many communities. Kelly Goodejohn, Social impact officer for Starbucks, will share details about The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program, and how it is helping meet the needs of many communities. Starbucks has, of course, always been about great coffee, but through The Starbucks Foundation, it’s on a mission to nurture the limitless possibilities of human connection by working to strengthen local communities.  MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN COMMUNITIES:  TARGETED HELP — Positive impact led by partner nominations for local non-profit organizations to received small grants IMPACT — Five years and more than $20 MILLION in grants given COMMITMENT — A promise to contribute positively to communities  SPOKESPERSON BACKGROUND: Kelly Goodejohn is VP and Chief Social Impact Officer at Starbucks where she’s been working for 18 years. As part of the company’s community promise to contribute positively, she leads the community and social impact strategy including enabling partner engagement, developing social impact stores portfolio, community resilience programs and responding in times of disaster. With over 25 years of social impact and sustainability experience, Kelly has a relentless commitment to making a difference for all.
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  • ON My Way Back To You - A Caregiving Memoir

    14 GIU 2024 · In her recently released memoir ON MY WAY BACK TO YOU, Sarah explains an universal story that was her own too, when she found herself one of 39 million Americans taking care of an ailing loved one, when her husband’s body just started shutting down and needed an immediate heart transplant.   Sarah not only shares a love story with her husband, his heroic work to heal back to good health but also tips to handle and cope while simultaneously processing, triaging and coordinating as a caregiver as a dedicated life-partner/spouse and parent. She explains how she did it all with devotion, grit and grace. This video offers a short synopsis in her own words During it all, which included long drives to clinics, concerns about pain medication, an unfounded complaint of elder care abuse, a broken hip and just so much more, Sarah remained full of gratitude as a way to combat anxiety and took away so many gifts as explained in ON MY WAY BACK TO YOU: ·         STRENGTH Being a caregiver forces you to realize you own strength·         PURPOSE You must continue to keep doing what you’re doing – it gives you much purpose even if filled with grit·         NO SUGAR COATING You can’t sugar coat – you must be accepting and vulnerable when sharing how the patient is doing and how you’re feeling and managing as a caregiver·         GIVE YOURELF SOME SPACE It also encourages you to give yourself grace and forgiveness during the most dark and challenging of moments, be kind. Take time to gather your own thoughts and emotions too.·         COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AND SUPPORT You begin to really realize how strong a community you have both close-by and far away, if even a Zoom away·         GRATITUDE The ability to find and process gratitude becomes heightened in many ways ·         BE THERE You demonstrate and learn the simple act of showing-up and being there·         DEEPENS THE RELATIONSHIP It deepens how well you know someone·         PHYSICAL TOUCH  Just being able to hold hands or kiss on the forehead – is so much more appreciated after a loved one was ill and you were unable to be together·         HUMOR – Laughing helps as a couple when applicable·         THE GIFT OF ORGAN DONATIONS, SECOND CHANCES AND INTERCONNECTIONS Most of all, the gift of a young, healthy heart – she and her family are so thankful, despite it coming from what they must assume was a family living in tragedy and grief – but the organ donation system, is a reminder how we are all interconnected and the preciousness of LIFE – and as Sarah shares, she’s so thankful to have annoying and wonderful Ben still with her -She has an incredible amount of tips she explains extremely effectively and efficiently and says to consider ON MY WAY BACK TO YOU a primer on caregiving. It’s really a life-safer if you’re finding yourself suddenly in that role and simply not prepared.  Sarah joins Mark for a look at caregiving.
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  • Still Going Strong” Stay Healthy As We Age

    14 GIU 2024 · he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes Older Americans Month to empower older adults (ages 65 and older) to age without injury while still enjoying the hobbies and activities they love. is a national campaign from CDC raising awareness about common yet preventable injuries as we age. The campaign provides simple steps older adults and caregivers can do to improve social connectedness and prevent common injuries.  This year’s theme, Powered by Connection, organized by the Administration for Community Living, emphasizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.  According to, maintaining strong social connections with family and friends plays a vital role in supporting independence and overall aging. shows that social connectedness can lead to longer life, better health, and improved well-being. The Still Going Strong campaign equips older adults with tools to reduce social isolation and loneliness.  It also helps them to avoid the leading causes of unintentional injuries among older adults such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Older adults experiencing social isolation and loneliness have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and suicidal ideation.  There are steps older adults and their caregivers can take to improve social connectedness that helps to maintain their quality of life and stay independent longer. During interviews, a wellness expert and/or a CDC official would discuss: - Five ways to improve social connectedness, and why that can improve overall health/longevity. - The fact that unintentional injuries resulting from falls, accidents, or TBI are the 8th leading cause of death among older adults 65+. - How every second, an older adult falls in the U.S., and every year there are 9 million fall injuries that result in 3 million emergency dept. visits, 1 million hospitalizations, and 41,000 deaths.  - A 35% increase in fall death rates over the last decade. - Tips for being aware of and avoiding what can lead to falls and preventable injuries. Dr. Gwen Bergen visits with Mark.
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  • Parkinson's & Darrell Wayne

    14 GIU 2024 · If your doctor gives you bad news, what do you do? When Darrell Wayne was told he had Parkinson's Disease he kept it secret. Now he is sharing it with the world. Darrell has an intimate talk with Mark on this edition of Late Night Health.
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  • D Day - 80 Years Later

    6 GIU 2024 · This year marks the 80th anniversary of the end of D-Day, the most significant single day of World War II.  Now, the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress is looking for historic info, documents and interviews about D-Day – adding to the Our Voices exhibits and thousands of individual stories from veterans who served at D-Day. The interview is with Travis Bickford, Program Coordinator of the Veterans History Project, who is available to discuss how the VHP is actively seeking more stories of service from all veterans, living or deceased, especially from those who served in World War II and around D-Day, June 6, 1944. Travis visits with Mark Alyn on this special edition of Late Night Health.
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    5 GIU 2024 · Julie Burkhart, President of Wellspring Health Access, one of the organizations behind the Wyoming District Court Case who last June successfully blocked a Wyoming law from going into effect that would have banned abortion medication in the state – released the following statement responding to a Louisiana bill lawmakers approved today that would make the state the first to categorize mifepristone and misoprostol as controlled dangerous substances, criminalizing possession of the two abortion medications: “It is appalling that Louisiana lawmakers have approved a bill recategorizing Mifepristone and Misoprostol as controlled substances in the state, especially given both drugs are used safely by hundreds of thousands of women each year to terminate their pregnancies. It is now one step closer to dangerously becoming law.   “Additionally, these drugs are not illicit or addictive drugs, and have other medical uses.  The passage of this amendment to reclassify these two safe medications as controlled substances, on the level of heroin and methamphetamine, will have a chilling effect on doctors, patients and undoubtedly adversely impact maternal health outcomes in Louisiana.  “Instead of pushing to criminalize those who are helping people access safe, legal medication abortion, the state legislature should instead focus on pressing issues that would actually benefit the well-being of those they swear an oath to represent.” Julie Burkhart is a national abortion rights leader, former senior advisor to slain Wichita-abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, and the only person in the country who has opened an abortion clinic in a state where it had been banned. Ms. Burkhart is currently the president of which has a clinic in Casper, Wyoming and co-owner of in Granite City, Illinois, a nationally trusted leader in abortion services since 1974. Burkhart is regularly called on by national and local media to offer insight into the debate, including this recent about the Casper, WY clinic, and also a of the Wellspring Health Access clinic and its operations.  Julie speaks with Mark Alyn on this episdoe of Late Night Health.  
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  • Fight Cancer With Science

    12 MAG 2024 · Originally from Germany, Chris Apfel, MD, PhD, MBA is a physician and clinical researcher with over 100 published papers, including a six-factor clinical prediction model published in NEJM that led to the development of The Apfel Score, a clinical calculator used universally to predict the risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting, and Dr Apfel’s recruitment to the US and the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Apfel first began to understand the pitfalls of cancer treatment and the cancer patient’s journey when his mother became ill with ovarian cancer. Despite having received the recommended therapies, she ultimately lost a very painful battle. When his father was later diagnosed with lung cancer, he opted to forego any therapy after having witnessed his wife’s ordeal, and subsequently succumbed to the disease.Driven to find more effective therapies for cancer patients, Dr. Apfel left the clinical department at UCSF, received an MBA from Wharton to complement his scientific education, and ultimately founded SageMedic Corp., a visionary biotech company based in Redwood City, California that has developed a groundbreakingapproach to cancer care called the SAGE Oncotest™.Few people realize that only about 30% of late-stage cancer patients benefit from the first line of chemotherapy prescribed under the current standard of care. Nearly 70% have no objective response, which means that cancer therapy remains disproportionately hit or miss despite the truly impressive advances that have been made in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Creating a multiplicity of live, 3-D microtumor replicates of a patient’s cancer tissue to identify tumor resistance to standard of care therapies, the SAGE Oncotest guides the oncologist to select the most effective therapy, more than doubling the patient’s current chances of receiving the most effective treatment. In cases where therapeutic options that fall with NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines have proven to be insufficient or the outcome is in question, the assay panel may go beyond the standard of care to test repurposed drugs that are FDA-approved for different indications but have proven to be effective against cancer in select cases. Results are delivered within 7-10 days. About SageMedic:SageMedic is a registered California lab that is fully accredited in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For more information, visit Dr. Apfel visits with Mark Alyn on this edition of Late Night Health.
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