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, February 23, 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.

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Airs Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz is joined in the studio by Dr. Michelle Yetman, clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Allied Health at LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport, and Dr. Pam McPherson, psychiatrist, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, to talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also known as ADHD. Your questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 6 p.m. Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and get more physically fit, but may not have a good plan in place to stay on track. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Libby Burkhalter, fitness expert and owner of Libbfit Personal Training, and Shelly Redmond, culinary dietician and author of Skinny Louisiana in the Kitchen. They’ll provide fitness and healthy eating tips. Your questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

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Airs Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. February is American Heart Month, and this Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer hosts Health Matters on cardiac health. Guests will be Dr. Trey Baucum, Cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology with Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists; Dr. Syed Mehmood, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon with Red River Cardiovascular Surgeons; and Dr. Pavan Katikaneni, Interventional Cardiology and Associate Program Director – Cardiology Fellowship, LSU School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

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Airs Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m., as we discuss Human Trafficking. Hosts Dr. Mark Vigen and Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined in the studio by Shobana Powell, President and Co-founder of the Free Coalition, and Brittany Pearson, Outreach Coordinator and Survivor Leader of the FREE Coalition. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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