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. 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, June 18, at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host this edition of Health Matters on Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Guests will include Dr. Alireza Minagar, Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, LSU Health; Dr. Meghan Harris, Neurologist with the Highland Clinic in Shreveport; and Dee Anne Phillips, a patient with MS who will relate her experience with the disease. Your calls will be taken during Health Matters at 800-552-8502

Airs Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. It’s summertime and 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, an 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 mosquitoes and other pesky insects and how to avoid insect borne illness and recognize symptoms. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Ranae Moran

Airs Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. (Repeat Broadcast) What is happiness? Can we learn to be happy? What are the practices of happy people? On the next Health Matters psychologists Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte along with Wayne Smith, Assistant Chief for the Shreveport Police Department Support Division; and Louis Johnson, Chief of Training for the Shreveport Fire Department will join us on Thursday, July 24, at 6 p.m. with information and advice on how to achieve happiness. This show will kick off a regular series addition of “Mental Health Matters” to our “Health Matters” lineup, with psychologists from Goebel and Vigen hosting. (Repeat - No phone calls will be taken)

Airs Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. What is romance and how can you have more romance in your life? Join hosts Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist, and Shelley Visconte, licensed marriage and family counselor, for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Kimberly Lang, romance writer and USA Today best-selling author, will be our guest. Your calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. Are you considering whether or not to vaccinate your child, start a new diet, or perhaps take an over-the-counter supplement?  This week on Health Matters, Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by gastroenterologist Dr. Paul Jordan; Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Chair of Pediatrics at LSU Health Shreveport; and nutritionist Grey Rogers. They will discuss medical controversies and health fads.