Medicare Open Enrollment [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Dr. Jaime Ramos

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Jaime Ramos is a Family Practice Specialist in Temple City, California and Medical Director with HealthCare Partners, a DaVita Medical Group.  

Segment Overview: Dr. Jaime Ramos, practicing physician and Medical Director of DaVita Medical Group, talks about key differences in Medicare plans this year and offers guidance on how doctors can help their patients find the right resources to choose the plan that best fits their needs.

tALK+ Initiative November Lung Cancer Awareness Month [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Bonnie J. Addario

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Bonnie J. Addario, Founder, Chair & Lung Cancer Survivor, has been an activist, advocate, educator and change agent empowering patients and giving them a strong voice in the fight against lung cancer since receiving a stage 3B diagnosis more than a decade ago. Although thrust into a role that she had never envisioned for herself, she embraced it and now considers it to be her second career and a personal calling. Recognizing the critical need for education, empowerment, advocacy and research to help patients and families, especially those without resources and support, Bonnie and her family founded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in 2006, and then went on to found the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) with her husband, Tony Addario, in 2008. Bonnie’s business acumen and skills honed in her first career as President of Olympian Oil Company and Commercial Fueling Network (CFN), as Past President of the CA Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) and as a community activist serving on diverse boards have all contributed to her work at ALCF in developing business strategies and being the Foundation’s patient voice at national/international conferences, on panels and boards, and to industry leaders, clinicians and policy makers.

Segment Overview: Bonnie J. Addario, Founder, Chair & Lung Cancer Survivor, talks about the hashtag #tALKpositiveNSCLC Initiative. Throughout the month of November, Takeda Pharmaceuticals will make a donation to ALCF to continue to advance lung cancer awareness and treatment when #tALKpositiveNSCLC is used on social media platforms.

Qoctor – Best Tech Innovation 2017 [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Aifric Boylan

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Dr. Aifric Boylan is a practising GP based in Melbourne, specialising in Women’s Health and the CEO of Qoctor, an online doctor service which provides a range of online healthcare including medical certificates and prescriptions.

Segment Overview: In today’s interview, Dr. Boylan promotes her website Qoctor, a online hub where medical certificates, specialist referrals and prescriptions can be obtained online with a few clicks, offering a quick and convenient alternative to in-person GP appointments. The website won the Best Tech Innovation 2017.

Discover Maroba: A Place of Love [transcript][audio]

Guest: Viv Allanson

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Viv Allanson is the CEO of Maroba, a nursing village located in NSW. She is a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber, President of Aged & Community Services NSW & ACT, Vice President of Aged & Community Services Australia and Director of International Association of Homes & Services for the Aged ( Now Global Ageing Network). Viv has devoted herself to caring for and supporting  people in need her entire career. She has been awarded the APAC Insiders 2016 CEO of the Year Award, named by CEO Monthly in the 2017 Global  CEO Top 100, Awarded as the Compassionate CEO and Best Elderly Care Provider in the Global CEO Excellence 2017 awards.

Segment Overview: In today’s interview, Viv Allanson promotes the services of Maroba, a nursing village located in NSW. It offers an excellent range of services such personal care, nursing, hospitality, administration, maintenance and gardening services to their community residents. She explains why this is the perfect place for your elderly family members.

Medihoney Adhesive Dressings – Discover The Power of Manuka Honey [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Nural Cokcetin

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Dr. Nural Cokcetin is a research scientist specialising in the field of microbiology at the ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney. Her current research focuses on understanding the antimicrobial properties of honey, with a drive to use this knowledge to develop new treatments for infections caused by multidrug resistant superbugs. Nural’s PhD focused on investigating the use of honey as a prebiotic to improve human gut health and she was one of the first researchers to show a positive impact of eating honey on the beneficial gut populations. Nural is equally passionate about doing research that has direct positive impacts for society, as she is about communicating her research to as broad an audience as possible. In recognition of this, she was named the 2017 best young science communicator in Australia and the international runner-up in the FameLab Science Communication Competition, and was an invited speaker at TEDxYouth Sydney.

Segment Overview: In today’s interview, Dr. Cokcetin talks about the new Medihoney Adhesive Dressings – a superior alternative to standard bandages and dressings, by combining the unique benefits of natural manuka honey with a soothing hydrogel pad. She also discusses the amazing benefits of manuka honey.

MyHealthTest: Monitor Your Health [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Nick Cerneaz

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio:  Dr. Nick Cerneaz, General Manager of ​MyHealthTest. He ​has extensive experience in the development and commercialisation of new and advanced technologies, especially in the healthcare sector. From 2012 to 2014​, he ​was Executive Director of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering – a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to foster excellence and innovation in advanced engineering throughout Australia. ​Prior to this, ​he was Chief Executive Officer of Seeing Machines Limited – a publicly listed computer vision technology company creating a wide range of applications based on their core real-time face and facial feature tracking technology.  

Segment Overview: In today’s interview, Dr. Cerneaz talks about the revolutionary product, MyHealthTest, a fast, easy and convenient way to monitor your health (such as your glucose levels), all from the privacy of your home. He also talks about World Diabetes Day and elaborates on gestational diabetes and how it affects women during their pregnancy.

Contraceptive Match- Discover Your Options & Find Your Perfect Match [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Nikki Goldstein

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Dr. Nikki Goldstein,one of Australia’s most in demand sexologist, relationship expert and author,educating about love, sex, relationships and dating. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from Bond University and a Doctorate of Human Sexuality from San Francisco’s esteemed Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Dr. Goldstein’s goals are to educate women and give them an avenue to feel confident in talking about sex, relationships and everything in between.

Segment Overview: In today’s interview, Dr. Goldstein promotes the new website contraceptivematch.com.au where women can explore all the different contraceptive options available and choose their perfect match that fits their goals and lifestyles. She also gives advices on how women should talk opening about contraception with their doctors and partners.

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Jason Wasfy, MD

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Wasfy is Director of Quality and Analytics as well as the Director for Outcomes Research for the Mass General Heart Center. He is a cardiologist in the Cardiac Unit Associates and a cardiac intensivist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He is also an assistant medical director of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. His research focuses on health policy and outcomes in cardiology, focusing on safety and value for patients. Previously, he was the administrative fellow in cardiology and the Roman DeSanctis clinical scholar at the MGH. He holds the S.B. from MIT in chemical engineering (2001) and the M.D. from Harvard Medical School (2007). He also holds the M.Phil. from Oxford University (2003), where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Segment Overview: Dr. Jason Wasfy, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Director of Quality and Analytics, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center talks about his work and the research and topics he presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions (Nov 2017).

Next Generation Therapeutics for Repair of Human Organs and Tissues – Bioquark [transcript][audio]

Guest: Ira Pastor

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Ira Pastor is the Chief Executive Officer at Bioquark Inc with over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care, distribution, OTC, and retail. He served as VP, Business Development for drug development company Phytomedics Inc., raising $40 million of private equity, consummating over $50 million of licensing deals, and bringing lead drug candidate from discovery stage to Phase III development. Prior to that, employed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals working in sales, marketing, and business strategy positions. Mr. Pastor has also served as Vice President of Corporate Development for the pharmacy benefit management company Prescription Delivery Systems (acquired by Cigna Health Insurance); MBA, Temple University; BS, Pharmacy, Rutgers University. He is also a Board Member of RegenerAge SAPI de CV, a clinical company focused on expedited translational therapeutic applications of regenerative and rejuvenative healthcare interventions, the Reanima Project, member of the Executive Council of the World Academy of Medical Science – WAMS and member of the World Economic Forum’s Human Enhancement council.

Segment Overview: Ira S. Pastor discusses Bioquark, Inc, a life sciences company developing proprietary combinatorial biologics for the regeneration and repair of human organs and tissues.

ALK-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Howard West

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Howard West is a medical oncologist in Seattle, Washington, where he works at Swedish Cancer Institute and has a specific focus on thoracic oncology. He received his medical degree and internal medicine training at Harvard and then moved to Seattle for his fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He also serves as the Web Editor for JAMA Oncology and is the founder and President of the education non-profit for patients, GRACE: Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education

Segment Overview: Dr. Howard (Jack) West, Medical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Swedish Cancer Institute, talks about scientific advancements that are transforming the understanding of anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). He also talks about his involvement with the Takeda Pharmaceutical’s launch of tALK+ (Talk Positive), an initiative during November Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Patients and their families, doctors and researchers to get involved in the tALK+ conversation by following @TakedaOncology on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sharing positive insights and personal stories of those impacted by ALK+ NSCLC to recognize the significant moments and/or people who have made a positive impact in their lives using the social media hashtag #tALKpositiveNSCLC.