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Medical News Explained

Dr. Roy Benaroch breaks down the breaking news about your health. New episodes monthly!

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Every day seems to bring a new headline screaming at you about what is and is not healthy. And to make matters worse, these headlines often contradict themselves.

Join Dr. Roy Benaroch for a new series that provides expert insights into the latest medical news and trends. This ground-breaking series will help you make better and more informed decisions when it comes to your health.


Roy Benaroch

Doctoring is about listening and paying attention. There's a lot to know, too-- but if you're not paying attention, you'll be misguided by what you think you already know. An open mind is a better diagnostic tool than one stuffed with facts


Emory University

Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He earned his B.S. in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his M.D. at Emory University. He completed his residency through Emory University's affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics in 1998. Board certified in general pediatrics in 1997, Dr. Benaroch practices full time at Pediatric Physicians, PC, located near Atlanta, Georgia. In his dual roles, he teaches medical students and residents at his practice and gives regular lectures to physician's assistants at Emory University.

Dr. Benaroch has published two books on parenting and pediatric health topics: Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth through Preschool: A Parent's Guide and A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care for Your Child. He also has a blog for parents and health professionals at, and he has served as a featured expert on Dr. Benaroch also serves on the board of directors of the Cobb Health Futures Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to public health for people of all backgrounds.

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5G Wireless Technology: Do We Need to Worry?

01: 5G Wireless Technology: Do We Need to Worry?

The rollout of 5G, using what’s called “super high frequency radio waves,” has reignited fears about radiation risks. Join Dr. Benaroch to determine if this new technology is just the next step in what we’ve already become accustomed to or if it is actually something radically new and dangerous.

6 min
Is the New Alzheimer’s Medication Worth Its Price?

02: Is the New Alzheimer’s Medication Worth Its Price?

A new drug called Aduhelm has been approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. But the medication and its approval process have come under intense scrutiny. Join Dr. Benaroch to learn about this new drug and whether it is a truly effective treatment.

9 min
Is Coffee Good for Your Brain? Why Scientists Can’t Make Up Their Minds.

03: Is Coffee Good for Your Brain? Why Scientists Can’t Make Up Their Minds.

Coffee is, after water and tea, the most consumed beverage on the planet and one of the more medically controversial beverages, if you read the headlines. Dr. Roy breaks down the latest studies to determine whether coffee really is good or bad for you, what the problematic factors in these “studies” are, and how to recognize what is not being said in these catchy health headlines.

6 min
The Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here?

04: The Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here?

In 2015, the average life expectancy in the United States began to shorten—due to opioid overdoses and deaths. Opioids are the main cause of more than 100,000 deaths each year in the United States. Join Dr. Benaroch to discover how we got here and what we can do about it.

7 min
How Vaccines Work

05: How Vaccines Work

Before you take a stance on whether we should or should not get vaccinated, it’s helpful to understand how vaccines work. Join Dr. Benaroch to learn about how vaccines mimic an infection, and how this encourages your natural immune system to learn to fight specific pathogens—ultimately leading you to be less susceptible to the disease itself.

6 min
The Medical Science of Spicy Foods

06: The Medical Science of Spicy Foods

Spicy food can be polarizing. People tend to like it, or they don’t—they have a tolerance, or they don’t. But there is no debate when it comes to what spicy food does for your health. Dr. Benaroch breaks down why we “taste” spices, how our bodies and brains react to them (spoiler alert: They trigger a release of natural endorphins in the brain), and what other medical uses spicy foods may provide.

5 min
Pandemic Parallels: Lessons from the Past

07: Pandemic Parallels: Lessons from the Past

Since first appearing at the end of 2019, the infection that became known as COVID-19 has spread across the globe, becoming the third leading cause of death in the US and worldwide. We’ve been through this before, and there are parallels with past pandemics that offer lessons–and hope–for today. Join Dr. Benaroch to review what previous pandemics have taught us and how the similarities go beyond just the disease itself.

7 min
Psychedelic Therapeutics

08: Psychedelic Therapeutics

There’s a new therapeutic option on the horizon for many mental health disorders. Well these options were originally investigated from the 1950s to the 1970s. New data has scientists at places like the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research taking a long, second look at using plants and plant derivatives that induce hallucinations to treat mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Roy Benaroch introduces you to some of the options available and why they may be a promising tool for some people.

5 min

09: Long COVID

Long COVID, formally known as “post-acute sequelae of COVID-19,” abbreviated PASC, affects 16 million working-age Americans. Well after the time when the patient initially suffered from COVID, symptoms persist or sometimes return. Debilitating fatigue or cognitive impairment are often prominent symptoms. Sometimes, there’s a prolonged cough, difficulty breathing, or chronic headaches or dizziness. These symptoms usually, but not always, improve with time, but that may take months, or perhaps a year. Dr. Roy Benaroch breaks down who is most susceptible to PASC and the best ways to avoid getting it.

5 min
Return of Polio

10: Return of Polio

America was declared polio free in 1994, with the last community transmission dating back to 1979. But infections don’t say beaten. They can, and do, come back. In summer 2022, an adult in New York became paralyzed with polio. This was the first US reported case in almost 10 years. In 2013, there was an infected patient who probably brought the infection with them after traveling outside of the country. Dr. Roy Benaroch takes a realistic look at the return of polio, who is at risk, and if we need to be worried.

5 min
Natural Sleep Aid

11: Natural Sleep Aid

The recommended amount of sleep for the average adult is 7-9 hours, but at least one-third of us are not consistently achieving that. Dr. Roy Benaroch weighs the pros and cons of natural sleep aids, including melatonin; tryptophan; Valerian root; and other common, over-the-counter remedies. He also provides some tips for improving your sleep hygiene, getting into a healthy nighttime routine, and helping your mind settle down so you can sleep better.

5 min
Daylight Saving Time

12: Daylight Saving Time

The practice of changing our clocks twice a year, either setting them ahead or behind, has recently been under consideration, again. Dr. Roy Benaroch explains how time changes can affect our ability to sleep, eat, and stay healthy. Since much of what keeps us healthy is based on our internal clocks, changing the time twice a year may be wreaking havoc on our productivity and quality of life.

5 min