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 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters this Thursday at 6 p.m. when Dr. Sanford Katz hosts a program on advancements in cancer treatments. Guests will be Dr. Jake Wang, radiation oncologist, and Dr. Tyler Lash, medical oncologist, with the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport. Questions will be taken during the show at 800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. It’s summertime and nd summer activities can expose us to insects, some of which may bring health hazards. Join Dr. Randall Brewer for Health Matters this week when he'll be joined by guests, Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and entomologist at LSUS; and Dr. Joseph Bocchini, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and Chair of Pediatrics at LSU Health Shreveport. We’ll talk about mosquitos and other pesky insects and how to avoid insect borne illness and recognize symptoms.

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Airs Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 6 p.m. Opioid abuse is now an epidemic in the U.S. , with an average of 91 people dying each day from opioid use. Dr. Randall Brewer hosts our discussion on Opioid abuse. Guests include Lt. Darin Marshall, supervisor of the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit; Bill Rose, Director of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA); and Elyse M. Cornett, Assistant Professor Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience at LSUHSC Shreveport and Director of Research Department of Anesthesiology, LSUHSC Shreveport. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist, and co-host Dr. Shelley Visconte, will talk about the benefits and downfalls of homeschooling. They will be joined by Asheley LeFors, Founder and Director of the SBC Homeschool Coalition, and Joshua Tolbert, counseling graduate student and former home schooler. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. Cleft lip affects one in 700 children born in the U.S.
Jesse Gilmore will host this Health Matters when members of the cleft team at LSU Health in Shreveport will talk about their team approach when treating children and supporting parents through reparative treatments. Guests include Dr. Jennifer Woerner, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Adam Blancher, PhD, child psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions; speech and language pathologist Megan Lerchie, MCD/CCC-SLP; and Chancellor and Dean Dr. G.E. Ghali. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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