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Life On Pause is a podcast for and by young adults living with cancer. Each month, young adult cancer patients from Penn State Health share honestly about their cancer diagnosis, treatment and life afterwards. As cancer causes the group to reflect on issues both large and small, surprisingly relatable stories and themes emerge. From relationships to body functions, nothing is off the table.
 
In this podcast, Highmark explores topics that are transforming how health care is delivered, used and paid for. Hear from experts on innovations in the health industry like using artificial intelligence to detect fraud, supporting the well-being of communities by considering social determinants of health, expanding access through provider partnerships and leveraging analytics to understand consumer trends. Each episode is hosted by a member of Highmark’s leadership team. For more informatio ...
 
Case in Point provides smart, informative conversations about the law, society, and culture. By bringing together top scholars with experts on politics, business, health, education, and science, Case in Point gives an in-depth look at how the law touches every part of our lives. Produced by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
 
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Cancer affects many lives in different ways, leaving survivors and their loved ones with unique experiences and stories. And while it is essential to support cancer patients currently battling cancer, recognizing the effort and strength of cancer survivors is deeply important. For this reason, Penn State Children's Hospital hosts Survivorship Day e…
 
Get ready, listeners! Our research conversations about human evolution and diversity continue, with a new slate of guests covering a wide range of fascinating topics. From the challenges of teaching science in US public schools to the effects of stress on our health as we age to the links between genetics and personality, we'll present conversation…
 
As if young adulthood wasn’t challenging enough, experiencing cancer at this stage of life can cause one to feel disconnected from their peers. It is common for cancer patients to lack a sense of belonging with others, especially in settings like school or work. So how can young adults with cancer cope with feeling out of place and like they don’t …
 
Exercise plays a vital role in our quality of life. But for cancer patients focused on recovery, many are uninformed on healthy exercise practices for people in treatment. Unfortunately, exercise oncology is still an underserved area in medical science, and while recent progress has been made in the field, we still have a long way to go. So what sh…
 
Chemotherapy involves so much more than just treating cancer. Chemotherapy treatments involve various side effects that can challenge patients mentally, physically, and emotionally. On this episode of Life on Pause, our host Kasara talks with guest speakers to discuss their experiences receiving chemotherapy treatments for their cancer diagnoses. T…
 
Even after recovery, cancer can still leave challenging effects on those who have experienced it. However, taking part in a new adventure can be beneficial and healing for cancer survivors. First Descents is a program for young adults impacted by cancer that provides them with outdoor adventures and helps them heal through psychosocial support and …
 
The cancer journey can have a profound impact on the patient and those close by providing support. Finding oneself in the role of caregiver for a cancer patient can be an emotionally exhausting experience for a young adult, as they try to maintain support and composure in times of worry and hurt. Life on Pause is a podcast created by and for young …
 
The holiday season holds a very special place in the hearts of many and is often symbolized by unique themes and activities that make a home feel more like home. For individuals who have experienced cancer, these unique traditions and practices can help them embrace the season's positivity and enjoyment. However, gathering with loved ones and navig…
 
When a young person has cancer, in reality, the whole family ‘has’ cancer. We invited siblings to share their experience when their sister or brother was diagnosed and underwent treatment. The siblings explore: Who does the extra work at home? Is it okay to be jealous of the time your parents are spending with your sibling (and the extra gifts they…
 
Avascular necrosis (AVN) causes pain in the joints (mainly the weigh-bearing joints of the legs) and is associated with chemotherapy and steroid use during cancer treatment. The chronic pain connected with AVN can greatly impact a young adult’s life. Listen to the stories of these four young women who live with AVN to get a glimpse into what it’s l…
 
In this episode, we discuss how organizations can transform by delivering enhanced outcomes for customers, improving financial results, and increasing employee engagement with Lumevity. Featuring: Deb Rice-Johnson, president and chief growth officer at Highmark Inc., Larry Kleinman, chief human resources officer for Highmark Health, and Chris Littl…
 
When faced with a cancer diagnosis as a young adult, the last thing you expect is to make a quick decision about sperm-banking or egg preservation. After treatment ends and the dust begins to settle, you’re faced with questions that your peers are likely not considering, ‘Am I still able to have kids naturally?’, ‘Will I pass on genes to my childre…
 
In this episode, hear from our experts on who is eligible for Medicare, and the benefits of Medicare Advantage plans. Did you know Medicare Advantage provides comprehensive coverage including vision, dental, and hearing services not included in traditional Medicare? Tune in to learn more about what factors to consider when choosing a health plan. F…
 
Penn State undergraduate Amy Mook interviews Dr. David Puts, Associate Professor of Anthropology about his research. Puts’ Behavioral Endocrinology and Evolution Lab focuses on the evolutionary and neuroendocrine bases of human sexuality and sex differences. HOST: Samantha Muller, Penn State Undergraduate Student, Forensic Science, minor in Anthrop…
 
Recent Penn State graduate Amy Mook interviews Dr. Marta Tomaszkiewicz, Assistant Research Professor of Biology about her innovative research on male infertility. Marta is particularly interested in understanding the potential of using RNA information and RNA-based technologies to answer important biological questions. She is currently testing the …
 
Highmark Health and Penn State Health are teaming up to change the way health care is delivered. Through new facilities, medical research and value-based care, this partnership is increasing both accessibility and affordability for members and patients. Hear more from the experts on how we’re scaling up to bring high-value care closer to home with …
 
The Life on Pause crew chats with Dr. Blackall and Sara about the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. How does a young adult navigate the emotional territory of mortality, fear, anxiety and survivor’s guilt? How do I do the ‘normal’ tasks of young adulthood with a cancer diagnosis?By Penn State Health
 
Penn State undergraduate student Samantha Muller interviews Postdoctoral Fellow in Physiology Tony Wolf about his research on variance in cardiovascular responses to thermal stressors. Tony is particularly interested in understanding the various factors underlying population disparities in cardiovascular function that lead to increased risk of card…
 
Penn State undergraduate student Hannah Marchok interviews Assistant Professor of Geography, African Studies, and Anthropology Bronwen Powell about her research into factors that may drive dietary practices across different groups of people in different regions of East Africa. Powell also shares her passion for wild foods, international collaborati…
 
Penn State undergraduate student Samantha Muller interviews PhD student Natalia Grube about her research exploring the potential of the tapeworm as a proxy to more accurately pinpoint humanity's adoption of meat eating and cooking with fire. Their conversation also covers Natalia's passion for youth outreach, the importance of diverse collaboration…
 
Recent Penn State graduate Amy Mook interviews Nina Jablonski about her ground-breaking research into the evolution of skin pigmentation, and the promise of that research to help to heal the damage inflicted over generations through misguided racist constructs perpetuated by the scientific establishment of the past. HOST: Amy Mook, 2020 graduate of…
 
A group of young women discuss how hair loss as part of their cancer treatment affected their life and identity. The group ranges in age and experience from the early teenage years to the late twenties, middle and high school students through college graduates, and including a newlywed. These young women share their decision making about wig or no …
 
Undergraduate student Hannah Marchok interviews Dr. Mark Shriver about his work tracking down what he calls "superficial" physical traits that distinguish people from one another - and about his life as a research scientist. Host: Hannah Marchok, Penn State Biobehavioral Health major, minoring in Global Health Guest: Dr. Mark Shriver, Professor of …
 
In this debut episode, the co-directors of Penn State’s Center for Human Evolution and Diversity (CHED) are interviewed by a recent graduate of the university about the origins and mission of their Center – and this podcast. HOST: Amy Mook, 2020 graduate of Penn State’s Genetics and Developmental Biology program GUESTS: Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Pr…
 
What are the advantages of integrating medical and pharmacy benefits? Reduced costs, increased convenience, and improved health outcomes for members. Listen in to learn more about how streamlined care can maximize your benefits. Featuring: Tom Doran, Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Marche', Senior Vice President of Pharmacy and Clinical Strategy …
 
Great health care doesn't end when a patient leaves the doctor's office. Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are the unseen social factors that affect a person’s health, like where they live, what they eat, and even their education level. Learn more from expert, Nebeyou Abebe, about how health care and insurance providers can address SDOH to treat…
 
It’s Summer 2021. Are you feeling a little Anthro-curious? Then why not check out Tracking Traits - a new podcast that’s about to launch from Penn State’s Center for Human Evolution and Diversity? Each episode features an undergraduate Penn State student interviewing a scientist who is charting new pathways to understanding human evolution. You can…
 
Hear how data fueled the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. From identifying vulnerable members through the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index to activating outreach and vaccination efforts, listen in to learn how data can make a difference. Featuring: Matthew Rhenish, senior vice president of pharmacy and market strategies at Highmark I…
 
A bone marrow transplant can be life-saving and changing for some oncological and non-oncological conditions. Terry Shapiro, CRNP, with 30 plus years of experience, talks with four young adults about their experience with the ‘boot camp’ of bone marrow transplant. From a review of what the procedure is to its impact on daily life, this episode cove…
 
What to post? What to share? Social media can be tricky enough without a cancer diagnosis. Listen in as Sarah Daniels, AYA Child Life specialist and social media researcher from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, facilitates a lively discussion with a group of young adults about the choices they made regarding social media and their cancer expe…
 
Get your top questions around the Covid-19 vaccine answered—from how it works and vaccine efficacy, to the rollout and building herd immunity. Special guest Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher of Allegheny Health Network shares how you can play a part in keeping our communities safe and healthy. Featuring: Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, vice chair of Allegheny Hea…
 
Cancer treatment impacts greatly impacts the physical treatment. This podcast begins with young adults sharing their experiences of physical deconditioning, regaining strength and exercises role in helping cope with cancer. (13:30) Natalie Burse, cancer exercise researcher and breast cancer survivor. (18:40) Dr. Pooja Rao and Jared Heitzenrater dis…
 
Joined by Julie Larson, clinical social worker with a focus on cancer patients, the Life on Pause crew discusses cancer’s impact on body image. From the moon face from steroids, hair and limb loss to changes in body capabilities, the young adults review how they navigated their relationship to body image in the midst of the physical changes that ca…
 
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