Best Of Health: Kate O'Neill, Plastic Recycling

Date 25 January 2018

Kate O’Neill is association professor of global environmental politics at UC Berkeley. She is currently working on a book about waste as a global resource but also a global risk.

Dr. O’Neill discusses the recent ban on US imports of waste into China, and how it will change recycling in the USA.

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Best of Health: Erica McAlister, Secret Life of Flies

Date 23 January 2018

Erica McAlister, Senior Curator of Flies and Fleas at the Natural History Museum, London; and author of “The Secret Life of Flies,” discusses the benefits and risks of flies to the human population.

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Matt Robinson Exercise, HIIT, & Cell Metabolism

Date 20 April 2017

Matthew Robinson et. al assessed the effects of three difference exercise modalities—High Intensity Interval Training, Resistance Training, and Combination Training—in young and older adults. While all enhanced insulin sensitivity, only HIIT and combined training improved aerobic capacity, associated with enhanced translation of mitochondrial proteins. HIIT effectively improved cardio-metabolic health parameters in aging adults into their 70s. The biggest response was among older adults who participated in HIIT; among the older adults, almost 400 genes improved function following three months of training.

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Anna Azvolinsky The Effect of Exercise on Telomeres, Oct 14, 2016

Date 16 February 2017

Anna Azvolinsky, PhD, molecular biology; Science and health journalist, life sciences industry consultant

Anna Azvolinsky discusses the effects of exercise on telomeres on Best of Health, October 14, 2016

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Greg Bratman Nature and Rumination October 21, 2016

Date 16 February 2017

Dr. Greg Bratman of Stanford University discusses his research on the effects on the brain of nature experiences.

Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation.

Gregory Bratman, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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Krista Schlyer Mexico Border Wall January 27, 2017

Date 16 February 2017

Krista Schlyer Mexico Border Wall January 27, 2017

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Charis Kubrin & Megha Ramaswamy

Date 19 December 2016

Dr Charis E. Kubrin, professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the University of California, Irvine, discusses her research on immigration and its tendency to decrease crime in the community.

Dr. Megha Ramaswamy, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, discusses her research on the positive effects of ethnic pride on previously jailed juveniles.

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Timothy Shaffer on Civil Discourse

Date 19 December 2016

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California Breastfeeding Summit Feb 2016

Date 13 December 2016

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Best of Health: Shaun Burner Interview on Jade Hotel

Date 13 December 2016

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Linda J. Smith, Infant Bedsharing and Safer Sleep

Date 27 August 2012

In a world full of risks, how can parents find the lowest risks in choices concerning their children?

Host Arly helm of KVMR’s “Best of Health,” interviews well-known author Linda J. Smith.

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA, consultant to the World Health Organization and Adjunct Instructor, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, discusses the question of safer sleep for infants.

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United Nations Focus on Women 2011

Date 8 March 2011

Guest Shera Banbury talks with host Arly Helm about the new United Nations Focus on Women. International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, noon hour.

Best of Health, Friday, September 24th, 2010, Mad As Hell Doctors

Date 24 September 2010

Arly Helm talks about single payer health care with the activist Mad As Hell Doctors. Mad As Hell Doctors are physicians and other advocates who in August 2009 decided that we were indeed mad as hell about the cruel and inefficient system of health care that we have in the US.

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Best of Health, Friday, August 27, 2010, Part 1: "Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters." Part 2: Sierra Services for the Blind

Date 27 August 2010

Part 1:
Interview with Jesse A. Saperstein, author, “Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters.” Jesse Saperstein is an adult who was diagnosed with Aspergers, which is on the autism spectrum, as a child. He has a goal of helping to prevent some of the unnecessary pain and heartache that he had to go through, by helping those with neurotypical wiring better understand and empathize with differently wired community members, friends and family. He calls for compassion and tolerance from each type of perspective toward the other.

Part 2:
Richard Crandall, Executive Director of Sierra Services for the Blind, talks about what his organization does for the blind in Nevada County that is so unique. Unlike any other service agency in the United States, the Sierra Services for the Blind retains its clientele, adapting to their changing needs and supporting the expansion of possibilities even in the senior years. And they serve all ages, from newborn to the aged, at no cost.

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Best of Health, Thursday, August 5th with Teresa Pitman and Diana West, 2 of 3 authors of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,"

Date 5 August 2010


In Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2010, host Arly Helm interviews two of the three authors of the new “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” published by La Leche League International. Teresa Pitman, La Leche League Leader for 31 years and Diana West, La Leche League Leader for over 10 years and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, talk about what drew them to the project of editing this classic work. Both are well-known authors and speakers, both breastfed their own children, and both feel that while breastfeeding has essentially not changed, the world women live in has, and the book needed to be written to reflect that.

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Best of Health, Friday June 25th, Dr. Chris Bobel, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Date 25 June 2010


Arly and Dr. Bobel discuss the unmentionable and question the unquestioned assumptions about women’s menstrual cycling. Professor Chris Bobel relates current, third-wave feminism to the sociology of women’s biology.

Guest: Dr. Chris Bobel, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston; Author, “New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and The Politics of Menstruation” and “The Paradox of Natural Mothering” and contributing author, “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

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Best of Health, Friday May 28th, Interview with Nancy Spradling, Executive Director, California School Nurses Organization

Date 28 May 2010

In celebration of National School Nurse Day, May 12, we invited Nancy Spradling to talk about the professional education and responsibilities required of school nurses and the ways in which the presence or absence of school nurses affects the health and well-being of our children and communities.

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Best of Health, Friday May 28th, Interview with Christina Ivazes, local parenting author & educator

Date 28 May 2010

Nevada County educator and author Christina Ivazes gave us her approach to parenting, which throws out the unquestioned assumptions of mainstream culture and looks at children’s real needs-physical, spiritual, emotional, and cognitive. Christina Ivazes’ suggestions are both novel and down-to-earth.

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Best of Health, Friday April 30th Interviews with Dr. Adina Nack PhD.

Date 30 April 2010

On Friday April, 30th 2010, host Arly Helm discussed the subject of sexuality and living with an incurable STD during an inter view with Dr. Adina Nack PhD. Dr. Nack, is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University, where she served as the founding Director of the Center for Equality and Justice and directed their Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

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