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Feb 03, 2023

Making the Most of Grocery Trips

Reducing the number of trips to the store is a priority for many of us. There are several things we can do to make our lives a little easier. Here are some tips for making the most of each grocery run.

Feb 02, 2023

ACL Tears: The Injury More Common Among Female Athletes

Women’s sports have never been as exciting as they are right now, whether at the high school, college, or professional level. But along with the thrills on court or field come the inevitable anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and other orthopedic injuries that are more common among women than men.

Feb 02, 2023

Weight Management in the New Year: Tips For Your Success

Shedding those pounds can be an intimidating prospect, but even small amounts of weight loss can have huge positive impacts on your overall health. But how do you ensure that you’ll stick with your resolution and be happy with the number on the scale next New Year’s Eve?

Feb 01, 2023

Nutrition and Hydration on the Slopes

Spending all day on the mountain has its perks, but have you ever experienced that afternoon “bonk”? When it comes to winter sports, making sure you are properly hydrated and well-fed is important.

Jan 31, 2023

Winter Sports Safety 101

It’s the most wonderful time of year—especially for young athletes who are eager to strap on skates and skis at the sight of first snow. Here are a few tips to help make the season bright—and injury-free—all winter long.

Jan 30, 2023

A Frozen Shoulder Is More than Just a Cold Shoulder

Whether you find the snow outside delightful or frightful, you should probably try to avoid the cold if you have a frozen shoulder. A frozen shoulder is an often-painful condition that can be exacerbated by the cold and may feel worse at night.

The Scope

What Is Bell's Palsy?

Feb 1, 2023

Bell's palsy can be a sudden and surprising condition, rapidly causing facial weakness and muscle twitching. But understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options is key to diagnosing and managing this condition. Sarah Akkina, MD, director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah, shares what you need to know about Bell's palsy. Discover the potential causes of the condition and learn about the importance of prompt treatment to maximize the chances of full recovery.

Listen to one patient's experience with Bell's Palsy.

Learn more about surgical options for Bell's Palsy symptoms lasting longer than 6 months.

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S6E5: Advocacy in Medical Education

Jan 31, 2023

Advocacy work can sometimes be conflated with identity. When you have placed so much time and energy into something, it can be easy for it to consume all of who you are. But you are more than your advocacy work, and your continued drive to create change does not have to be all that you are. In S6E5, Hạ talks to Karishma Shah, MD/PhD candidate at University of Utah School of Medicine, and Victoria Ngo, MS4 at Virginia Commonwealth University, about how their advocacy work within the confines of medical education has both been defined by and impacted their identities.

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Surgical Options for Long-Term Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Jan 25, 2023

Bell's palsy is a rare disorder that impacts the functioning of the nerve that controls the movement of the face. For a majority of patients, facial paralysis and other side effects will improve within a few weeks to a couple of months. But for a small number of patients, it can last even longer, requiring a surgical procedure to help their quality of life. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Sarah Akkina, MD, discusses "facial reanimation" and the many surgical options available to treat the debilitating effects of long-term Bell's palsy and give patients back their ability to smile.

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S6E4: Navigating Shame in Medicine

Jan 24, 2023

Shame is an emotional experience when our social bonds are threatened—it is a feeling of distress, even humiliation, and is often caused by the consciousness of wrong. Shame exists in all communities, even medicine, and usually, involves someone else's point of view. In S6E4, Leen, Harjit, and Lina share experiences of shame in their personal and professional lives, and discuss how to process shame in the field of medicine.

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