May 14, 2021
Living in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the morality of having to make life-and-death decisions in a healthcare setting has taken center stage. Who decides which patients can receive lifesaving treatment if it’s in short supply? Who decides when it’s right for a dying patient to no longer prolong life? What if patients and family disagree?
In this episode of “Innovation Health,” we talk with the Dr. Susan Nelson, chair of Ochsner Health’s bioethics committee, to take a more nuanced look at how healthcare providers deal with ethical dilemmas, and how life-and-death decisions are made.
February 26, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, many women are concerned about the effects the vaccine may have on their health. Does the vaccine have any effect on fertility or pregnancy? What about nursing and their baby’s health?
On this episode of Innovation Health, host Alex Gaudin discusses these issues with Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell, a senior OB/GYN at Ochsner Health.
February 19, 2021
According to the Pew Research Center, only 42% of the Black population in the United States say they are willing to get the current COVID-19 vaccine. In this episode, we try to learn more about the hesitancy among the Black community to take the vaccine, and then take a deeper dive into understanding the vaccine itself. Is it safe? Why should people consider getting it? Alex Gaudin, host of Innovation Health, talks with one of Ochsner Health’s senior Black physicians, Dr. Obinna Nnedu, who specializes in infectious Disease, in order to gain a better understanding of this issue.
January 26, 2021
Almost a year into the pandemic, the United States has surpassed a staggering four hundred thousand deaths as a result of COVID-19. As the new vaccines are rolled out, there will be light at the end of the tunnel, but many cases will still occur before the country is able to get a hold of the virus. How has medical care changed since the start of the pandemic? Are we treating patients differently? What about all the home treatments that we read about online?
On today’s episode of Innovation Health, we talk with Dr. Sandra Kemmerly, a Sr Physician and Medical Director of Infectious Disease at Ochsner Health. We’ll discuss how treatments have changed for those entering the hospital, and look into the validity of other treatments for milder cases.
December 17, 2020
(Recorded on December 11th, 2020, right before the FDA emergency use authorization)
Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has given the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, emergency use approval. As the rollout occurs all across the United States, including Louisiana, many have concerns and questions in regards to safety, efficacy, and the rollout timeline, to name a few.
On this episode of “Innovation Health,’’ host Alex Gaudin talks with Dr. Julia Garcia-Diaz, Director of Clinical and Infectious Disease Research, and Medical Subspecialties at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Julia Garcia-Diaz answers these questions and addresses concerns the general public may have regarding this new vaccine.
October 29, 2020
As the pandemic emerged in early 2020, it became known that people with certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, were more at risk to have a worse outcome if they contracted COVID-19. Cancer care had to adapt, as treating the disease had to continue without pause.
In this episode of Innovation Health, we talk with Dr. Zoe Larned, Chair of Hematology and Oncology at Ochsner Health to see what changes have been made in cancer care since the pandemic began. What special health considerations do cancer patients need to be aware of during this time? Should people still get screened for cancer? And we’ll also discuss Ochsner’s latest state of the art treatment facility, the new Benson Cancer Center.
October 29, 2020
As many children attend classes virtually during the pandemic, many parents are faced with the dilemma of trying to limit screen time, yet needing to put their children in front of screens in order for them to attend class and do their homework.
In this episode of Innovation Health, we talk with Ochsner Health pediatric psychologist, Dr. Jill West, to figure out what approach parents should take with screens, so that their children are learning, while not hindering their development or health.
October 29, 2020
As children of all ages return to school during the pandemic, many schools have implemented a remote learning approach, where children are able to attend class online. However, as many parents and teachers have seen, this method of learning can be quite difficult for some children and their families, sometimes causing anxiety, stress and even depression.
In this episode of Innovation Health, we talk with Ochsner Health pediatric psychologist, Dr. Jill West, to get to the bottom of what may be causing this and to also get some tips on what parents can do to help families going through this.
August 19, 2020
Palliative care is an often overlooked healthcare option, with misconceptions about what it entails. Many people associate it with dying, and are fearful of the subject. In this episode, we try to decode what it is, and hopefully gain a better understanding of this potentially life-changing innovation in health. We talk with palliative care physician, Dr. Kate Freeman of Ochsner Health in Baton Rouge. Dr. Freeman has a unique role in patient care, in that she specializes in palliative medicine, helping people who are suffering with chronic disease, and also those who are nearing the end of life.
July 24, 2020
There’s been a major rise in stress since the pandemic began, caused by major changes in how we go about our daily lives. The population is experiencing increased levels of depression and anxiety, and many people are having a difficult time coping.
On this episode, host Alex Gaudin talks to Ochsner psychologist, Dr Jackie Ball, to try and make sense of what is going on with our mental health during these times, and to get some advice on what to do if we are feeling depressed or anxious. Dr Ball specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in the treatment of trauma-related disorders, depression, anxiety, and emotion regulation difficulties.