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, October 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. Criticized by patients, providers, and politicians alike, the United States healthcare system is hardly a crowd-pleaser. Is the most expensive health care system in the world beyond repair? The debaters are Shannon Brownlee, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Dr. Robert Pearl, and Dr. David T. Feinberg

Airs Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. February is Senior Independence Month. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. as Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist,and Dr. Shelley Visconte, counselor and marriage and family therapist, will host a discussion on living independently as a senior adult. Guests will include Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director for the Caddo Council on Aging; Bridget Lymon, the Caddo Council on Aging’s Disability Resource Center Manager; and Susan Stewart from the Louisiana Assistive Technology Network. (This is a repeat broadcast and no calls will be taken.)

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Airs Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. According to the CDC, 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from traumatic brain injury annually. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. as Dr. Patrick Lavo hosts this discussion on traumatic brain injury. Guests will be Dr. Christina Notarianni, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at LSU Health; Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow, Associate Professor of Neurology at LSU Health; and Dr. John Owings, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Trauma and Critical Care at LSU Health.

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Airs Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host a conversation on Alzheimer’s. Guests will be Gerontologist Stacy Hand, who provides Dementia Education and Training through the Alzheimer’s Agency, and Dr. Richard Zweig, neurologist with LSU Health. Thernessia Fenceroy will also share a family member’s perspective. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 6 p.m. Music enriches our lives. It can calm us, inspire us, and even affect brain development. On the this Mental Health Edition of Health Matters, host Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist, and special cohost Dr. Todd Lobrano, psychologist, will discuss music and how it can enhance our lives and development. Guests will be Dr.

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