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Ask the Doctor: Ozempic & Wegovy for Weight Loss, the Latest on COVID, a Possible Summer Mpox Resurgence, and More

Medical experts weigh in on current medical news and what we should know as we head into summer.



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First, we speak with Harvard Medical School Professor, Dr. Caroline Apovian, who discusses Ozempic and Wegovy, particularly how they're being used successfully for weight loss, and new reports that the drugs are effective at combatting other addictive behaviors, like drinking alcohol, shopping, and nail biting.

Then, we are joined by Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB Health, Dr. Samuel Mathis, who shares his insight on current medical-related topics making news.

Dr. Mathis discusses whether or not we will see a possible resurgence of mpox this summer, following recent outbreaks occurring in Chicago, and the effectiveness rates of the mpox vaccine.

Also, Dr. Mathis discusses how individuals can tell the difference between cold, flu, and COVID-19 if they are sick, the record low hospitalization rates for COVID, and whether we should still be getting COVID boosters in the coming months.

Plus, listeners call in to share their health and medical-related questions for Dr. Mathis.



Dr. Caroline Apovian

  • Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Wellness in the Division Of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Past President, The Obesity Society

Dr. Samuel Mathis

  • Board Certified In Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine, UTMB Health
  • Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, UTMB Health
  • Medical Director, UTMB Employee Health

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