Health Matters

Health Matters is a call in series featuring local Health Care Specialists discussing current understanding and treatment of health issues. The topic on the series range from pain management to cancer diagnosis and treatment options to depression and substance abuse. Kermit Poling is the host for these discussions and your calls and questions are an important part of each program.

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. 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, March 26, at 8 p.m. Join Red River Radio for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host a discussion on gastrointestinal health. Dr. James Hobley, gastroenterologist with GI Specialists in Shreveport, and Dr. Joann Warrick, colorectal surgeon with GI Specialists, will be our guests. Calls will be taken during the show at 800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. Join Red River Radio this Thursday at 6 p.m. for our Mental Health Edition of Health Matters.  Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte will host a discussion on study habits and standardized testing. Guests will include school psychologist Laura Harris and former teacher and counselor Mark Nettles. Your calls are welcome during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Myriad issues affect the homeless including how to find shelter, food, medical care or a new start. They can even face criminal charges for some common homeless activities such as panhandling in public.  Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m., Red River Radio’s Mental Health Edition of Health Matters will address homelessness. Hosts Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte will be joined by Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House; and Rev. Henry Martin, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. Your calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502, or email them in advance to Health Matters producer Ranae Moran at

Airs Thursday, February 19, at 6 p.m Lupus is one of the most common autoimmune disorders, though it can be difficult to diagnose. Join Red River Radio for the next Health Matters this Thursday. Dr. Randall Brewer will host this discussion on lupus. Our guests will be Dr. Katie Walton, Rheumatologist at the Highland Clinic, and Dr. Kyla Lokitz with Louisiana Arthritis and Rheumatology. Your call and questions are welcome at 800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, February 12, 6 p.m. Male and female sexual dysfunction are problems that affect quality of life for many adults. Quite often, sexual dysfunction is related to medical health conditions, and it can be caused by mental or emotional issues. Many suffer with these conditions and do not realize help is available. 

Join Red River Radio for Health Matters,Thursday at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by the following guests: Dr. Kelly Tyner, marriage and family therapist and clinical coordinator at the Shreveport Vet Center; Jenny Lewis, physical therapist with Willis-Knighton Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Dr. Gerard Henry, with Regional Urology; and Dr. Debra Cline, with Gynecologic Oncology Associates at Willis-Knighton. The discussion will focus on some of the causes of sexual dysfunction in both men and women and current treatment options. Calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.