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, March 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. It’s officially spring, and cars are covered in the yellow, powdery pollen which produces runny noses and red, itchy eyes. Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters as Dr. Sanford Katz hosts Dr. Lori A. Lemonnier, LSU Health Assistant Professor–Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, and Dr. Caroline Caperton, with WK Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center, to talk about allergy triggers and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

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Airs Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6 p.m. Japan has the fastest aging society in the world, with more than a quarter of its population over age 65, and more centenarians than any other country. Toshiko Katayose and Aki Maruyama Leggett explore some of the innovative ways in which Japanese people are adapting to living longer and consider what lessons other countries might learn from Japan's super-aging society.

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Airs Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday t 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will host our discussion on Chronic Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System. Guests will be Attorney Elton Richey, and forensic psychiatry fellows from University Health Dr. Vinay Kothapalli and Dr. Erica Parker. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. Early detection affects cancer treatment outcomes. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Shawn Milligan, Dr. Jerry McLarty, and Jenny Green from Feist-Weiller Cancer Center to talk about the importance of early detection and the Feist-Weiller Family Health Day. Your questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-52-8502
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Airs Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. This season's flu epidemic has been particularly alarming. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by infectious disease physicians Dr. Gerardo Negron and Dr. Raymond Coghlan to talk about the risks, treatment, and prevention of the flu. Your questions and comments will be taken during the show at