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, August 18, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz hosts this Health Matters on cancer in children. Dr. Samer Zaid Kaylani, pediatric oncologist, with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Dr. Christina Notarianni, pediatric neurosurgeon with University Neurosurgery; and Dr. Ben Wilkinson, radiation oncologist with WK Cancer Center join Dr. Katz to talk about the most common types of cancer in children and how they are treated. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 11, at 6 p.m. It’s summer in the south and it’s hot. The heat brings the need for added precautions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host this discussion on heat related illness and how to protect yourself and your family.  Guests will include Holly Liles, Injury Prevention Coordinator for LSU Health; Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director of Caddo Council on Aging; and an athletic trainer who will talk about precautions for training in the heat. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 4, at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by special guest Dr. G.E. Ghali, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and interim chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Ghali will highlight the programs offered at the School of Medicine, School of Allied Health, and School of Graduate Studies. He will also discuss some of the current challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery and education in our region. Calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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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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