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.

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Airs Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. In January, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards signed an executive order to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. On this Health Matters Dr. Randall Brewer will host a discussion about how the Medicaid expansion may affect our poorest citizens. Guests will be Willie White, Chief Executive Officer of David Raines Community Health Centers; Verni Howard, Executive Director of Providence House in Shreveport; and Elizabeth Roos, University Health Shreveport Director of Revenue Cycle.

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Airs Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 6 p.m.  According to the CDC, an estimated 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year in the U.S. Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at LSU Health; Dr. Danielle Baker  Cooper, with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health;  and Dr. Gerardo Negron,  Infectious Disease Specialist with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about the types of STDs, risks and treatments. Calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio. 

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Airs Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. Every year, 230,000 women are told they have breast cancer and 40,000 will die. In this hour - long look at this disease, Oncologist Ken Miller explores its treatment, its history as a public policy issue, and its direct impact on women. 

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  Airs Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host this discussion on head and neck cancers. Dr. Cherie Nathan, LSU Health ENT Chairman, and Dr. Hazem El-Osta, medical oncologist with LSU Health, will be our guests to talk about diagnosing head and neck cancers and the latest treatments. Your questions will be taken at 800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Airs Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. In the aftermath of the attack on patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., we’ll talk to Troy Hylan, President, Adrienne Critcher, Political Director, and Guy Robison, Youth Group Facilitator with PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) headquartered in Shreveport, La. Shelley Visconte, licensed counselor and family therapist, will host this Health Matters: Mental Health Edition.

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