The Health Variant

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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How Jayne Jones Became The 'No Sugar Baker'

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Jayne Jones grew up in Minnesota loving hotdishes and desserts. Until she found out those things were killing her. Here's what she did next, and how she's rocketing to newfound food fame as the "No Sugar Baker." She's online at nosugarbaker.com and on Facebook, at "No Sugar Baker."

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Heat, You, and Planetary Health

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We’ve all seen the headlines about the recent heat wave that hammered the Pacific Northwest. But the Midwest is increasingly no stranger to skyrocketing temps -- causing both drought and life-threatening heat conditions. In this episode, host Jeremy Fugleberg will talk to Dr. Teddie Potter of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she’s the first-ever director of planetary health. You better believe he’ll ask what that means. A hint: It makes her an expert on this topic.

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Great Midwest Baby Boom

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A funny thing has been happening in the Upper Midwest. While the national birth rate continues to fall, the region has been going the other direction. That's according to Sanford Health, the South Dakota-based health system that also serves North Dakota and Minnesota. It's probably too early to call it a baby boom. But Dr. Laurie Landeen of Sanford Health has some ideas for what's going on. And yes, that includes "Fertile Myrtles" (her words).

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Why Is Delta-8 So Popular?

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Delta-8 has been dubbed "THC-lite" and the hemp product is booming in popularity in states -- such as Minnesota and the Dakotas -- where recreational marijuana remains illegal. Is there a connection? Yes. Host Jeremy Fugleberg talks with Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law to discuss Delta-8: what it is, what it does, its legality, and what its popularity might mean for the future of cannabis and hemp laws.

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Also from NewsMD: Introducing Health Fusion

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Meet our sister NewsMD podcast, Health Fusion, brought to you by host Viv Williams. Williams loves making podcasts that offer health news you can use, as you'll hear in our short intro interview with her. Then, in the following sample Health Fusion episode, she'll dig into the science of sleep, what we can learn from top athletes and what the heck a "nappuccino" is. Give it a listen and subscribe to Health Fusion in any podcast app.

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About the Podcast

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Jeremy Fugleberg is South Dakota state news director for Forum News Service and NewsMD regional health correspondent, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.