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A Woman’s Journey: Insights That Matter

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Join physicians at Johns Hopkins Medicine for its women’s health podcast series, A Woman’s Journey: Insights That Matter, on the first Thursday of each month. Host Lillie Shockney, acclaimed humorist cancer survivor, and nurse, discusses Women and Heart Disease; Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore; Mindf… read more

33 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Uterine Fibroids: Diagnosis, Causes, Treatments & Health Disparities

April 1st, 2021


According to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation, it is estimated that as many as 80% of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 end up with symptoms severe enough to …

Hearing Loss

March 1st, 2021


According to the National Institutes of Health: About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 …

New Findings from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020

February 1st, 2021


Heart disease consistently remains the #1 killer of women! Listen to preventive cardiologist and women’s heart health expert Erin Michos review new …

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD

January 1st, 2021


Listen as moderator Lillie Shockney discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with psychiatrist Lindsay Standeven. Dr. Standeven discusses the typically signs and symptoms someone might experience with seasonal …

Intermittent Fasting: What it is and Surprising Health Benefits

December 1st, 2020


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by neuroscientist Mark Mattson to discuss intermittent fasting: what it is and the health impact of intermittent …

Spine Issues: Neck and Back Pain

November 3rd, 2020


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Johns Hopkins Medicine neurosurgeon Ali Bydon to discuss spinal surgery to alleviate back and neck pain. Also discussed are various degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal …

Unconscious Bias in Medicine

October 1st, 2020


No one can argue that the world the last six months has upended our lives. The disproportionate number of Black and Latino deaths caused by COVID-19 created an awareness of health disparities among these communities.  

Colorectal Cancer

September 14th, 2020


The tragic early death of Chadwick Boseman has brought to everyone's attention colon and colorectal cancer. In this special podcast issue, moderator …

Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women

September 1st, 2020


The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently projected that the number of surgical patients for pelvic floor disorders will increase by …

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

August 4th, 2020


Gastroenterologist Olaya Brewer, clinical associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and moderator Lillie Shockney discuss the …

The Impact of Estrogen Loss on Your Health.

July 2nd, 2020


Lillie Shockney is joined by Johns Hopkins gynecologist Wen Shen, an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and …

Sexual Intimacy Through A Woman's Lifetime

June 1st, 2020


A woman's sex drive changes throughout her lifetime.  Sex therapist Kate Thomas discusses the various factors that can cause changes in the desire for sexual intimacy and what can be done to address this issue.

COVID-19 Health Disparities

May 11th, 2020


Endocrinologist and chief diversity officer Sherita Golden documents the number of elevated confirmed cases of COVID-19 among black and brown …

Self-Care During COVID-19 | Mindfulness & Meditation

May 7th, 2020


Director of Mindfulness Programs at Johns Hopkins, psychologist Neda Gould unleashes the power of mindfulness and meditation to help participants …

Update on COVID-19 with Senior Director of Infection Prevention Lisa Maragakis

April 23rd, 2020


Everyone’s world has changed since we first heard the word “coronavirus.” Hear the latest about the COVID19 pandemic from Johns Hopkins Medicine …

COVID-19: A Child's Perspective

April 17th, 2020


Pediatrician Rachel Thornton reviews the vulnerability of children and symptoms of COVID-19 in children and adolescents and when parents should …

Stress and Social Isolation During COVID-19

April 15th, 2020


A Woman’s Journey: Insights that Matter is devoting this time to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer audio transcripts of a series of webcasts where Johns Hopkins experts focus on a number of pertinent topics.

Delaying Menopause

April 2nd, 2020


Menopause is a monumental moment in a woman’s life that typically occurs around 50 years of age. Why would a woman decide to delay menopause?  This …

High Sights for Low Vision

March 3rd, 2020


Low vision affects approximately 2.9 million Americans age 40 and older. This month’s guest is researcher Bonnielin Swenor, an assistant professor of …

Women and Heart Disease

February 4th, 2020


Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death for women in the U.S. Preventative cardiologist Erin Michos discusses risk factors for women, …

A Discussion on Gynecological Cancers

January 2nd, 2020


In the United States alone, approximately 100,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Listen as GYN oncologist Anna Beavis, an …

The Benefits of Mindfulness

December 2nd, 2019


The practice of staying present in the moment benefits individuals by lowering chronic stress, anxiety, blood pressure and pain intensity while also improving focus, memory and even immune function. Listen as clinical …

Pancreatic Cancer

November 4th, 2019


November is pancreatic cancer awareness month.  Alex Trebek has certainly brought the subject of pancreatic cancer into conversation this last year, …

Proton Beam Therapy for the Treatment of Tumors

October 29th, 2019


The Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital opened its door the Fall of 2019.  Proton therapy is an advanced and highly precise radiation treatment for tumors and compared to other …

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 1st, 2019


According to, about 12% of American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2019, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancer. About …

A Discussion on Atrial Fibrillation with cardiologist Hugh Calkins

September 3rd, 2019


September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat …

The Importance of Getting a Good Night's Sleep: The Connection between Sleep and Disease Development

August 1st, 2019


Sleep is a vital part of our lives.  Without quality sleep we have no energy and cannot perform 100%. With 50 to 70 million people in the US …

New Discoveries About The Brain

June 10th, 2019


The number of individuals being diagnosed with brain disorders is increasing: Alzheimer’s disease: 5.4M Americans and 24M globally; Parkinson’s: 630,000 Americans; Dementias: 46.8M globally; and Stroke: 795,000 …

Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Dementias

June 5th, 2019


June is Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month.  In honor of the estimated 5.7M Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today and an estimated 14 million by 2050, Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of Memory and Alzheimer’s …

Bladder Cancer Awareness

May 2nd, 2019


May is Bladder Cancer Month.

Did you know that bladder cancer is one of the most common genitourinary cancers in adults worldwide, and it is the …

Kidney Disease Awareness

April 4th, 2019


Did you know that kidney disease is a serious disease affecting >30 million Americans and >700,000 have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)? …

The Microbiome and its Connection to Disease Development

March 7th, 2019


Colon cancer researcher Cynthia Sears defines what the microbiome is and how it contributes to disease, like heart, cancer, weight/obesity and mental …

Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

February 7th, 2019


Lillie Shockney talks with gastroenterologist and director of the Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Anne-Marie Lennon …

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