PODCAST: Health 101

Health 101 Podcast


The Metro Omaha Medical Society presents its third podcast series entitled “Health 101: Post-Pandemic Stress and Wellness.”  In each 20-30 minute episode you will hear from physician experts, in a discussion led by Carol Wang, the Metro Omaha Medical Society executive director, as they address some of the most asked questions in each topic.


  • Sleep
  • Relationships & Isolation
  • Lifestyle Management/Strategies for Stress
  • Suicide
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The episodes will be available here or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or TuneIn.


Episode 1: Sleep

The link between sleep, mental health and wellness are very connected. So let’s talk about how stress and anxiety hinder your sleep and in the converse, lack of sleep can affect mood, ability to handle stress, and your physical health. Strategies for addressing what’s keeping you up at night and what disturbed sleep looks like for all the different family members, including children as they absorb the pandemic’s stressors.


Episode 2: Relationships and Isolation

In the fight or flight response that happens when people are under attack or faced with danger, both take a toll on relationships as you tend to isolate yourself. How the pandemic has put stressors on relationships, how to handle its aftermath.


Episode 3: Lifestyle Management / Strategies for Stress

We all get overwhelmed and stressed out in our professional and personal lives. How to take care of yourself when it all feels too much and how to think about tackling the stressors in your life. Life lessons and different ways of taking care of yourself.


Episode 4: Suicide

We have seen suicide rates and mental health distress rise even before the pandemic. What to look for and how to identify people in trouble. Does the approach and signs vary based on age?


Episode 5: Burnout

If you’ve been feeling exhausted all the time even when you’re getting enough rest, join the crowd. We’ve all had some COVID fatigue and if you worked/stressed/worried your way through the pandemic, you probably have felt some level of burnout. Physician burnout was already an issue nationwide before COVID…and there’s a growing fear, the pandemic has just added fuel to the fire.


Episode 6: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There is no doubt as the world sees light at the end of the tunnel, the adrenaline will wear off and those who have suffered trauma are starting to feel the effects. What is PTSD and how does it manifest? How to treat it and how to identify it in your colleagues and friends? What can be effective in helping people process what they endured during the pandemic?




Plastic Surgery

Whether it’s a nip/tuck or corrective surgery, there are lot of people who are turning to plastic surgery –the latest numbers indicate almost 18 million procedures were done last year.  Some people are openly admitting to going under the knife, while others are trying to make it appear that they’re just refreshed and well-rested.


It is a mind-boggling number…more than 100 million people in the United States has diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC.  That is almost one in ten people. And the damage that can be done if the disease isn’t managed can be devastating. But there is plenty of room for hope and optimism.


Popular culture talks about the biological clock like a visual ticking clock or an hourglass of which time is running out.  And as people delay starting a family, they’re exploring different ways to have children on their timelines.


We talk about depression in our normal vernacular and there are plenty of people seeking help for symptoms of this condition.  We ask for help separating the blues from something more serious and how to help you or someone you love who might need help.

Screen Time

When was the last time you went somewhere without a phone?  That you and your kids didn’t watch a show on device in the car on a road trip or pull out a tablet to play a game or access an app?  Our electronics have become accessories and appendages.

Gut Health

What we eat and how our digestive system handles food is getting more scrutiny as people explore probiotics, the link between so much of our health and the state of our gut.  Today a look at what lives in our intestines.


 The headlines about outbreaks of measles or even the flu cases reported each year have everyone wanting to know about effectiveness, coverage and how to ensure they and their loved ones are safe. We’re going to talk about the role of vaccines, what has led us to our current state of outbreaks and what people need to be thinking of in terms of their own health.


Between the talk of hard hits in professional football and the link to debilitating injuries, to the growing concern of children getting concussions from sports like soccer, we’re going to unpack what we need to know about head injuries. When it needs attention, when to worry and what is there to do about a hit to the head.


Is it just that we’re aware of it or are there more people with severe allergies these days? Airlines and schools have had to change what’s allowed to be served for fear of making people seriously sick. Whether you have a gluten sensitivity, a pollen allergy or a reaction to any other substance, we’re exploring what’s happening, is there a cure and why even if you’re one of the lucky ones, you may not be in the clear.

Breast Cancer

It is hard to meet anyone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. Statistics say one in eight women will develop the disease in their lifetime. The good news is the survival rates are nearly 100% if the cancer is detected early. But there is a long journey between diagnosis and cure. That’s where this conversation hopes to shed light to anyone who will face it or support someone trying to survive it.

Skin Care and Skin Cancer Detection/Prevention

It’s the largest organ on our body and it protects us from the elements of life. But skin is also the source of alarming numbers of cancer cases in young people as well as a roughly 140 billion dollar industry to fight the signs of aging. So today we delve into all things skin—how to protect it, what’s happening to it and how do we best care for it.

Weight Management

Paleo, low carb, keto, Mediterranean—there are so many approaches to diet and so much of it is aimed at whittling the waistline. Time to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and why it may not be what you eat that’s causing the pounds to stick.


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