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, July 6, 2017, at 6 p.m. This week on Health Matters host Dr. Sanford Katz will talk about pet health with veterinarian April Mackey of Towne South Animal Hospital. We’ll take your pet health questions at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 6 p.m. Gambling addiction, like any addiction, can disrupt an individual’s life– including relationships, work or school–and can even lead to criminal behavior. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Hosts Dr. Mark Vigen and Dr. Shelley Visconte will examine compulsive gambling. Guests will be Executive Director of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling, Ms. Janet Miller, and Center of Recovery (CORE) Program Director, Ms. Heather Kleckinger-Craven. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. It’s summer in the south and it’s hot. The heat brings the need for added precautions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host this discussion on heat related illness and how to protect yourself and your family. Guests will include Holly Liles, Injury Prevention Coordinator for LSU Health; Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director of Caddo Council on Aging; and an athletic trainer who will talk about precautions for training in the heat. Repeat Broadcast - No calls will be taken.

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Airs Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 6 p.m. (Repeat Broadcast - No Calls Taken)Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Neurosurgeon Dr. Anil Nanda, with University Neurosurgery, and Debbie Hayes, Alzheimer’s Association North Louisiana Associate Director will join psychologists Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte to discuss Alzheimer’s. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502. 

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Airs Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters this Thursday when Dr. Sandford Katz hosts a discussion on Senior Health. Guests will be Dr. Robert Savory with Family Medicine and Geriatric Center, part of Willis-Knighton Health Systems; Tamara Crane, Director of Bossier Council on Aging; and Holly Sanders, Senior Wellness Coordinator at The Oaks of Louisiana. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

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