Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

Airs Thursday, November 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. It’s an hour-long show of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people to get through the holiday season if you are dealing with depression. With family visits, consumer demands, brutal weather, dark skies, and other factors, this is the time of year that tries a depressive’s nerves the most, especially when you’re constantly being told how wonderful things are and how you should be happy.

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Airs Thursday, November 16, at 6 p.m. (Pre-recorded show). It’s the holiday season, a time to celebrate with family, friends and lots of great food. How do we navigate the holidays without packing on the pounds? Dr. Randall Brewer hosts Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m. with guests Libby Burkhalter, personal fitness and diet expert, and Julie Hartley, dietician with Willis-Knighton, to talk about making healthy choices.

Airs Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host our discussion on lung cancer. Guests include Dr. Shawn Milligan, pulmonologist with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health; Dr. Glen Mills, medical oncologist with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health; and Dr. Jake Wang, radiation oncologist with Willis-Knighton Cancer Center. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Airs Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. Baton Rouge and New Orleans consistently rank among the top three cities nationwide for the highest HIV and AIDS rates per capita. And in rural Louisiana, the number of new HIV infections has risen slightly with infected individuals more likely to escalate to an AIDS diagnosis. So, how many people are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana and what resources are available to assist them? Why has the state seen an overall decline in new HIV diagnosis but an increase in its rural areas?

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Airs Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Dr. Mark Vigen and Dr. Shelley Visconte will host a conversation on addiction to methamphetamines, also known as meth. We will also learn how children can be affected by their parent’s addiction. Guests will be Kent Dean, Licensed Addiction Counselor and CADA Clinical Development Director, and Children’s Advocacy Attorney Nancy Cooper. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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