ABOUT THE PODCAST

Health is central to our lives, but unfortunately, the process of getting information about what is actually good for us is overly complex: from obscure research terminology, to exaggerated results, fake journals, lack of peer review, constant study retractions, conflicts of interest in financing, media hunger for the next big story, and our general impatience and love of "bite size" medical research. We are awash in junk science, and it affects each and every one of us, every day, every time we make a decision about our well-being.

In every episode, we will try to unravel all these complicated ideas through analyses of popular articles, insightful interviews with experts in the field, explanations of basic research methods and how to navigate academic journals.  Together, we can become better consumers of health information.

What can you do? Check out the "Community" page for ways to get involved, and, of course, subscribe to the show on your podcasting app and tune in every week for a new episode.


BEHIND THE MIC: ANIA KAY

"Hello, Dear Listener!

In case you were wondering who is behind the mic of The Health Files. Here I am! I currently I reside in Philadelphia, PA with my husband. I have an MA from the University of Chicago in Social Sciences with a focus on Medical Sociology, and a BA in Communications and Journalism. Will be starting my PhD in health communications in Fall 2017!

I am not a doctor or a medical professional. I don't wish to hide this in any way, and in no way is the podcast meant to be medical advice. I am one of you - normal people, but perhaps with a little more exposure to the world of health research, journalism and communications than most. 

This podcast was born out of my deepest, strongest ambitions and interests in promoting societal health and happiness. I wish to help generate a deeper understanding of the basic topics related to the field of health communications and research, promote a higher level of health literacy and support the scientists that struggle to discover new, innovative solutions and approaches to today's health problems, while battling the misrepresentation of their work by the media. My love of health communications stems from this combination of theory and practice, of research and advocacy, of thinking and doing. It combines three of the most vital aspects of our lives: communications, health and education. Through thorough qualitative and quantitative research and its subsequent dissemination through various media channels, we can educate, promote, support and learn so then, together, we can take a step into a brighter, healthier future."

                                                                                                                                                                   - Ania Kay