Wellness Wednesday: HIV Prevention

Dec 11, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a national program that provides daily medications to prevent HIV at no cost to people without prescription drug insurance coverage.

The program could benefit the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are at risk for HIV and, it is hoped, reduce the number of new HIV infections by 90% in 10 years.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: a plan to end the HIV epidemic.


Wellness Wednesday: Vaping Bans

Nov 27, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
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In September, president Trump promised that a ban on flavored e-cigarettes was forthcoming.

Last week, CNN reported that the president is changing course after being told that a ban on flavored vaping products could hurt his standing with his base.

But the issue remains front and center among representatives on both sides.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher, vaping in the U.S., and more.

Wellness Wednesday: Breast Cancer In Men

Oct 9, 2019
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Nearly 2,700 men in the United States will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. 

Many fewer men than women suffer from the disease, but in men the outcomes can be far worse.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: breast cancer in men, the pros and cons of in vitro fertilization, and the health risks of consuming red meat.


Wellness, Creativity And Bob Ross

Sep 9, 2019
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In 30 minutes, anyone could create a masterpiece. That was the ethos of artist Bob Ross and the idea behind The Joy of Painting

Creativity and wellness go hand-in-hand, whether it’s writing, dancing and – in Ross’s case – painting. 

Today on All Sides, we talk about the connection between creativity and wellness and Ross’s impact.

Wellness Wednesday: Birth Control In The U.S.

Aug 28, 2019

Birth control delivery startup Pill Club publicly accused CVS Caremark of cutting payment rates for mail-order birth control pills, making it more expensive and potentially out of reach for women who can’t get to the pharmacy every month.

The feud spawned the trending hashtag #CVSDeniesCare and shined a spotlight on the issue of cost and accessibility in birth control.

More than 19 million women in the U.S today report living in an area without access to contraceptives. 

Wellness Wednesday: Race And Ethnicity In Skin Cancer

Aug 14, 2019
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In the U.S., melanoma is 20 to 30 times more common among white people compared to black people. 

But the potentially deadly skin cancer presents itself differently in darker-skinned people, and sunscreen doesn’t help - contrary to the one-size-fits-all message that promotes sunscreen as the most effective preventative measure against UV rays. 

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday: racial disparities in skin cancer, and more. 

Wellness Wednesday: Measles in Ohio, Burnout

Jul 17, 2019
Nicholas Richter gets a measles vaccine shot from a nurse at a Louisville clinic.
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A Stark County adult who recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases is the first Ohioan to contract the disease this year.

Ohio hasn’t seen an outbreak since 2014, when 382 cases were confirmed. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday, what might be ahead for Ohio in the latest measles outbreak, and more.

Wellness Wednesday: Benefits Of Well Wishes

Jul 3, 2019
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Longtime “Jeopardy!” game show host Alex Trebek reported in May that his stage 4 pancreatic cancer was in “near remission” after announcing he had it in March. 

Trebek thanked the “hundreds of thousands of people who have sent emails, texts, tweets and cards” wishing him well. Although the odds remain stacked against him, Trebek’s experience has raised eyebrows about the tangible health benefits of well wishes.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the benefits of well wishes and social interaction.

Wellness Wednesday: Weight Loss Operations For Teens

Jun 5, 2019
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Around six million obese teenagers are candidates for weight loss surgery, but fewer than 1,000 get it each year. 

That means most remain at risk of complications from diabetes and high blood pressure. Doctors have been uncertain how well weight-loss surgery works for young patients, but a new study could provide some promising answers. 

Today on All Sides, weight-loss operations for teens, and more. 

Wellness Wednesday: Weight-Loss Surgery For The Youth

May 29, 2019
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Health experts estimate that at least 6 million obese teenagers in the United States are candidates for weight-loss surgery. 

Although fewer than 1,000 of them get it each year, many of these adolescents have health issues stemming from obesity. Doctors have been uncertain how well the surgery works for young patients, but a new study could provide some promising answers. 

Today on All Sides, weight-loss surgery for the youth, and more. 

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton (right) and Gov. Mike DeWine discuss welness initatives that DeWine wants to implement for Medicaid recipients.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 enrolled in Medicaid expansion.

Researcher interacting with a dog.
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Dogs may be man's best friend, but owning any companion animal can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health. 

Research has shown that pets help their owners produce mood-changing serotonin and oxytocin. And animal-assisted therapy has become an accepted practice around the country.

Today on All Sides, we discuss how pets help us to be happier and more.

How Well Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Apr 16, 2019

Workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S.

Most large employers offer some type of wellness program, with growth fueled by incentives in the federal Affordable Care Act.

But no one has been sure they work. Various studies over the years have provided conflicting results, with some showing savings and health improvements while others say the efforts fall short.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is requesting an increase in its budget, saying it’s crucial to encouraging safety and wellness among workers while keeping employer rates down. 


Hearing aid technology saw great advancements last year.

Among the improvements to hearing aids are internal sensors that can track activity and detect if the person wearing the aid has fallen.

Today on All Sides, advancements in hearing aid technology, the best diets of 2019, and more.