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Johns Hopkins Medicine A Womans Journey: Health 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

72 Episodes | 2019 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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A Discussion on Colorectal Cancer

February 1st, 2024


In 2023, approximately 153,020 individuals were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 52,550 will die from the disease, including …

Healthy Insights that Matter: Living with Dementia

January 1st, 2024


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease, nearly three quarters of whom are age …

The Root of Addictive Behaviors

December 1st, 2023


Substance abuse and addiction kill 11.8 million people annually, more than all cancers combined.

This month's podcast features a discussion on the root of addictive behaviors and substance abuse disorders between …

The Highs and Lows of Managing Diabetes

November 1st, 2023


The World Health Organization estimates that 537 million people globally are living with diabetes  and by 2045, projections show this number rising to some 783 million diabetics globally. We frequently hear that …

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Breast Cancer

October 1st, 2023


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, podcast moderator Lillie Shockney is joined breast surgeon …

Let's Talk about Menopause

September 1st, 2023


In this podcast, moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by gynecologist Dr. Wen Shen, who is an associate professor of gynecology and oncology at the …

The Upside and Downside of Caffeine

August 1st, 2023


We all drink caffeine is some form or another.  When we think of caffeine, we automatically think of coffee.  According to the National Coffee Association: post-Covid coffee consumption is up nearly 14% since January …

The Troublesome Itch: The Importance of Acknowledging Chronic Itch

July 1st, 2023


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by medical dermatologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Itch Center, Dr. Shawn Kwatra. They discuss the …

Benefits of High-Intensity Exercise on the Heart

June 1st, 2023


Heart health is vital! Exercise can play an important role in the conditioning and even improving our hearts.  Moderator Dr. Lillie Shockney is …

Journey for Women of Color: Diabetes

May 23rd, 2023


In the final installment of the three part Journey for Women of Color podcast series, special guest moderator Ava-joye Burnett is joined by Johns …

Journey for Women of Color: Sickle Cell Anemia

May 16th, 2023


In this second installment, special guest moderator Ava-joye Burnett sits down with hematologist Dr. Robert Brodsky who serves as professor of …

Journey for Women of Color: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

May 9th, 2023


Did you know that although their overall rate of developing breast cancer is lower than white women, African American women tend to have worse breast cancer outcomes?  Black women seem to be more likely to have what is …

Your Eyes Can Be A Diagnostic Tool

May 1st, 2023


Join moderator, Dr. Lillie Shockey as she sits down with ophthalmologist Dr. Meghan Berkenstock from the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute to …

Want Probiotics? Try these...

April 1st, 2023


Probiotics are live bacteria that research suggests may have many health benefits (John Hopkins Medicine, 2022) They can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods, dietary supplements, and beauty products (NIH, …

Mitral Valve Disease

February 1st, 2023


According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, which balances out to one person dying every 34 seconds in the United …

Plant-Based Diets

January 1st, 2023


Medicine is concerned with advancing effective methods to treat existing disease but also the proactive prevention of disease. New evidence is emerging about the value of a plant-based diet in preventing disease and …

Relieving Back Pain

December 1st, 2022


According to several sources: 80% of the US population will experience lower back pain in their lifetime. Women aged between 45 and 65 years old are …

An Introduction to Transgender Health

November 1st, 2022


November 13-19 is Transgender Awareness Month followed by November 20, which is serves as a Day of Remembrance. To mark these dates, we bring you an …

When Alcohol Becomes the Problem

October 1st, 2022


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by psychiatrist, Dr. Denis Antoine, who serves as the Director of the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy (CAP) and Director of the Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) at Johns Hopkins …

Music as Medicine

September 1st, 2022


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by neurologist Dr. Alexander Pantelyat, who also serves as the director of the Atypical Parkinsonism Center at …

A Journey for Women of Color: Preventing Heart Disease

August 23rd, 2022


In the final podcast in the A Journey for Women of Color series, moderator Kelly Swoope explores the importance of heart disease prevention with …

A Journey for Women of Color: Confronting the Threat of Colon Cancer

August 16th, 2022


In the second podcast of the A Journey for Women of Color series, special guest moderator Kelly Swoope is joined by two Johns Hopkins Medicine …

A Journey for Women of Color: Coping with Stress and Anxiety

August 9th, 2022


In the first of three special podcasts under the title "A Journey for Women of Color," special guest moderator, Kelly Swoope Anchor/Reporter for WMAR …

Lessons Learned From COVID and Future Implications

August 1st, 2022


It has been a hard two years for everyone! The COVID pandemic has been life altering and has changed how they interact in the world.

In this podcast, moderator Dr. Lillie Shockney is joined by Dr. Stuart Ray, a …

Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD)

July 5th, 2022


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by gastroenterologist Dr. Aline Charabaty, who is the clinical director of the Gastroenterology Division and …

Combating the U.S. Blood Shortage

June 1st, 2022


This month, moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Dr. Steven Frank, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins …

The Aging Eye

May 2nd, 2022


In this episode, moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by ophthalmologist Sharon Solomon, M.D., the Katharine M. Graham Professor of Ophthalmology to …

Autoimmune Disorders in Women

April 1st, 2022


With over 100 autoimmune disease affecting 23.5 million Americans and nearly 80% of those being women, moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Dr. …

Natural Light and Skin Aging

March 1st, 2022


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by dermatologist Anna Chien, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology and the medical director of Johns …

Stress Cardiomyopathy: Stress Affecting the Heart

February 1st, 2022


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by cardiologist Dr. Ilan Wittstein, the foremost expert in “broken heart syndrome,” also known as stress …

Hernias: Types and Treatments

January 3rd, 2022


In this episode, moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Dr. Gina Adrales, an associate professor of surgery and the director of the division of minimally invasive surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Adrales and …

Update on the Importance of Sleep

December 2nd, 2021


According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder with insomnia as the most common specific sleep disorder. …

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

November 2nd, 2021


COVID has certainly brought to the forefront everyone's ability to adapt to uncertain times. This has never been more so in the case of businesses, who had to adapt to having their workforce remote. Healthcare is no …

Lymphedema: A Consequence of a Damaged Lymphatic System

October 1st, 2021


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Johns Hopkins Medicine plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Oluseyi Aliu to discuss the complexity of our …

Preparing Children to Return to School

September 2nd, 2021


This has been a trying time for everyone, especially children who have seen their lives upended for the last 18 months. In the latest Insights that …

Low Vision: Rehabilitation and Gaining Independence

August 2nd, 2021


According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 2.9 million Americans age 40 and older have low vision, which is defined as …

COVID-19: Variants and the Importance of Vaccination

July 1st, 2021


Moderator Lillie Shockney sits down with epidemiologist and senior director of Infection Prevention for The Johns Hopkins Health System, Dr. Lisa …

Knee Replacements

June 1st, 2021


Moderator Lillie Shockney is joined by Harpal "Paul" Khanuja, M.D., an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, director of the Department of …

Stroke: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Risk Factors

May 3rd, 2021


According to the CDC, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major …

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 …

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