Wednesday, February 21, 2024

New documentary zooms in on events of 1979 nuclear plant accident

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 21, 2024

Radioactive poster and director

Radioactive poster and director

Photo: First Run Features

A new documentary, uplifting, inspiring and distressing, about the 1979 Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania nuclear power accident and the events that followed was released in theaters December 2023. It is due to become available on DVD and via Apple TV and Amazon streaming next month. Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, from Three Mile Productions, shines a light on the “never-before-told” stories of four homemakers who take their community’s case against the plant operator to the Supreme Court as well as the story of young woman journalist.

The 77-minute documentary consists of archival video and modern day interviews with some of the women who lived in the area at the time and others. The film features activist and actor Jane Fonda, whose film, The China Syndrome (a fictional account of a nuclear meltdown), opened 12 days before the real disaster in Pennsylvania. It also breaks the story of a “radical new health study” seeking to uncover the truth of the meltdown. According to promotional materials, for more than forty years, the nuclear industry “has done everything in their power to cover up their criminal actions” and insisted that “No one was harmed and nothing significant happened.”

According to the film in April 1979 a government commission studied the accident and concluded that although it was the fault of the nuclear operator no humans had been harmed. In the film Mary Olson, founder, Gender Radiation Impact Project, says “Radiation is ten times more harmful to young females than to Reference Man and 50 percent more harmful to comparable females.”

Heidi Hunter, the director, via a publicist, declined to be interviewed or to answer questions about the documentary. According to promotional materials for the documentary it won: Audience Award – Best Documentary at the Dances With Films Festival, New York City; Best Director and Best Documentary at the Full Frame International Film Festival, New York City; and Best lnvestigative Documentary at the Uranium International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro.

Hutner is also the writer and producer of the film. According to promotional materials, she is professor of Environmental Humanities and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, and a “scholar of nuclear and environmental history, literature, film, and ecofeminism;” and she is the winner of Sierra Club Long Island’s 2015 Environmentalist of the Year Award.

Emory academic writes plant oriented biography

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 10, 2024

 

Photo: Cassandraquave.com

In The Plant Hunter A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines (Viking, $27) Cassandra Quave, Ph.D., associate professor of dermatology and human health, Emory University, shares her life’s journey in pursuit of plants and their curative properties. Quave describes her growing years in Florida, including a childhood peppered with surgeries, her pursuit of an education meant to lead her to medical school and her charge of heart following an internship in the Amazon.

The 371-page hardcover book published in 2021 is divided into three main parts: Nature, Infection and Medicine. In its pages the scientist describes her marriage to an Italian man and the birth of three children, alongside studying for a postgraduate degree, her search for a steady income stream that resulted in grants and took her to Emory University where she also became herbarium curator.

Two attempts to reach Quave by email via her website and the publisher over weeks failed. She responded initially to a more recent message and has yet to reply for an interview request.

According to her biography she leads anti-infective drug discovery research initiatives and teaches courses on medicinal plants, food, and health; is the co-founder of PhytoTek LLC, “a drug-discovery company dedicated to developing solutions from botanicals for the treatment of recalcitrant antibiotic-resistant infections.” Her website lists, among other current and past funding sources, the National Institute of Health, National Eczema Association, United States Agency for International Development and The Coca Cola Company.

Podcast with Jennifer Chesak, author, The Psilocybin Handbook for Women, about her book, psilocybin mushrooms

Posted by Elena del Valle on December 18, 2023

Jennifer Chesak, author, The Psilocybin Handbook for Women

Jennifer Chesak, author, The Psilocybin Handbook for Women

Photo: Jennifer Chesak

A podcast interview with Jennifer Chesak, author, The Psilocybin Handbook for Women, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses her book and psilocybin mushrooms with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

According to her bio Jennifer is an award-winning freelance science and medical journalist, editor, and fact-checker, and her work has appeared in several national publications, including The Washington Post. She earned her master of science in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill, and she teaches in the journalism and publishing programs at Belmont University.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is also possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Jennifer Chesak” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the December 2023 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System, about sleep and migraines

Posted by Elena del Valle on December 4, 2023

 

Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System

Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System

Photo: Fred Cohen

A podcast interview with Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System, New York City, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses sleep and migraines with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

An assistant professor of Medicine and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he is trained in Internal Medicine and Headache Medicine. A life-long headache sufferer, his research interests include treatments for chronic migraine and evaluating the epidemiology, burden, and impact of migraine. He is assistant editor of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain and Current Pain and Headache Reports.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Fred Cohen, MD” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the December 2023 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Lara Pizzorno, lead author, Healthy Bones Healthy You, about periodontal disease and osteoporosis

Posted by Elena del Valle on November 13, 2023

Lara Pizzorno, lead author, Healthy Bones Healthy You

Lara Pizzorno, lead author, Healthy Bones Healthy You

Photo: Lara Pizzorno

A podcast interview with Lara Pizzorno, lead author, Healthy Bones Healthy You, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses periodontal disease and osteoporosis with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Lara is also the lead author of a prior book on bone health, Your Bones; is the bone health expert on The AlgaeCal Community, a FaceBook group of 30,000 members, and is two thirds of the way through a Masters in Science in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

A member of the American Medical Writers Association for more than 25 years, Lara is senior medical editor for Salugenecists, Inc., and Integrative Medicine Advisors, LLC. She was editor of Longevity Medicine Review, which is no longer being published but remains available on line. A member of ResearchGate, she regularly writes review articles for physicians on issues related to healthy aging. Her latest papers are available on PubMed in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” selecting “HMPR Lara Pizzorno” and downloading the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the November 2023 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Fred Cohen, MD, headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System, New York City, about migraines

Posted by Elena del Valle on October 30, 2023

 

Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System

Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System

Photo: Fred Cohen, M.D.

A podcast interview with Fred Cohen, M.D., headache specialist, Mount Sinai Medical System, New York City, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses migraines with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

An assistant professor of Medicine and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he is trained in Internal Medicine and Headache Medicine. A life-long headache sufferer, his research interests include treatments for chronic migraine and evaluating the epidemiology, burden, and impact of migraine. He is assistant editor of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain and Current Pain and Headache Reports.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is also possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Fred Cohen, MD” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the October 2023 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Stephen Kohn, author, Rules for Whistleblowers about new whistleblowing rules

Posted by Elena del Valle on October 16, 2023

Stephen M. Kohn, author, Rules for Whistleblowers
Stephen M. Kohn, author, Rules for Whistleblowers

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A podcast interview with Stephen M. Kohn, author, Rules for Whistleblowers A Handbook for Doing What’s Right, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses the New Whistleblowing: Protect Yourself for Doing What is Right with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Stephen, an attorney specializing in whistleblower cases, co-founded the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C., and is a founding partner of the law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP. According to his bio Stephen secured the largest tax whistleblower reward for Bradley Birkenfeld, who exposed the Union Bank of Switzerland’s (UBS) tax evasion; successfully represented Howard Wilkinson, the whistleblower in the “largest money-laundering scandal in history involving Danske Bank;” and was instrumental in creating provisions in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Internal Revenue Service Qui Tam whistleblower program, and United States Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. He is the author of seven books. He is also a professor of whistleblower law at Northeastern University School of Law.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” selecting “HMPR Stephen Kohn” and downloading the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the October 2023 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with David Waltner-Toews, author, On Pandemics about pandemics

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 21, 2023

 David Waltner-Toews, author, On Pandemics
David Waltner-Toews, author, On Pandemics

Photo: Sam Steiner

A podcast interview with David Waltner-Toews, author, On Pandemics Deadly Diseases from Bubonic Plague to Corona Virus, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses pandemics with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

David is a Canadian epidemiologist, veterinarian, and specialist in the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases, zoonoses, ecosystem health, and One Health, whose work has been instrumental in the development of teaching and training programs across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of more than 20 books including textbooks, nonfiction books about science and health, murder mysteries, and poetry and short story collections. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. It is also possible to listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR David Waltner Toews” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the August 2023 section of the podcast archive.

New York professor advocates for benefits of anxiety

Posted by Elena del Valle on July 26, 2023

Future Tense

Future Tense

Photos: HarperCollins Publishers, Jenny Anderson

In Future Tense Why Anxiety Is Good For You (Even Though It Feels Bad) (Harper Wave, $29.99) Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Ph.D. shares her views on the importance of anxiety in our lives. The 237-page hardcover book was published in 2022. She explains in the book that anxiety acts like fear yet contains qualities of hope.

The emotion addresses concerns about an uncertain future, the author says. As a result it causes us to become aware of potential threats and makes us see the discrepancies between where we are in the present and where we want to be in the future. According to Dennis-Tiwary, anxiety arises from the intersection of the brain’s automatic, ancient and reflexive functions and its deliberative and cognitively sophisticated ones. Anxiety, she says in the book, provokes the production of cortisol as well as oxytocin.

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Ph.D.

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Ph.D.

The author says in the book that anxiety evolved to provide what we need, to “guide and motivate us to change situations” for our benefit while at the same time managing its built-in unpleasantness. According to her website bio Dennis-Tiwary is a scientist and entrepreneur as well as a professor of psychology and neuroscience, director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College, The City University of New York, and co-founder of Arcade Therapeutics, where she translates “neuroscience research into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health.”

Professor shares his thoughts on future of money in lengthy book

Posted by Elena del Valle on July 12, 2023

The Future of Money

The Future of Money

Photo: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

In The Future of Money How the Digital Revolution Is Transforming Currencies and Finance (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, $35) Eswar Prasad outlines the basics of money today and explores what the future might bring. Published in 2021 the 485-page hardcover book is divided into four sections and 10 chapters as well as extensive end notes. There were no replies to email requests for an interview from the publishing company or from Prasad’s email address.

In the book he expresses the belief that Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are likely to be a part of our future; and that the use of digital payments in lieu of cash will displace privacy in commercial transactions. He says that despite the loss of privacy they bring financial technologies have the potential to improve the economic conditions for many, especially the poor and economically marginalized.

He describes two main types of CBDCs, wholesale and retail. Wholesale refers to transactions between the central bank and banks and financial payment companies. Retail refers to individuals and businesses. Within retail there are three categories, according to the author: e-money such as the digital money payment services like PayPal and Venmo offer as well as that offered by pioneering central banks like the Riksbank in Sweden; a second option, more technologically sophisticated, is an account based CBDC through which individuals and businesses would have accounts directly at the central banks; and an officially sanctioned cryptocurrency, a form of digital currency designed to operate on “permissioned blockchains.”

Cryptocurrencies instead of bypassing governments and affording users some anonymity may have the opposite effect at the expense of individual liberties, he speculates. In the final chapter he explains that such changes won’t solve all problems; corruption, lax government, the advantages of the elites and inequality will continue to plague society.

According to his book jacket bio at the time the book was published Prasad was the Tolani senior professor of Trade Policy and professor of economics at Cornell University; he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he held the New Century Chair in International Economics; and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His other titles include Gaining Currency: The Rise of Renminbi and The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened its Grip on Global Finance.