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.

Aired Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. On this Mental Health edition of Health Matters, hosts Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte were joined by guests Betty Marak, Assistant Federal Public Defender, and Dr. Pam McPherson, psychiatrist, for this discussion on pornography and its effects on adolescents.

Aired Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Join Dr. Randall Brewer for Health Matters on Red River Radio, and a discussion on aging related hormone issues in women and men, including "menopause" and “andropause.” Our guests will be Dr. James Barrow, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of OB/GYN, LSU Health Shreveport; Tammi Herkey, APRN, Menopause & Hormone Specialty Center in Shreveport; and Urologist Dr. Loren Smith, with Urology at Pierremont, part of the WK Health System. Your calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Repeat Broadcast - Aired Thursday, April 16 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer hosted a conversation on Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. His guests were Dr. Meghan Harris, neurologist with the Highland Clinic, and Dr. Jessica Wilden, Assistant Professor and Director of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

REPEAT Broadcast for Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m
First Aired Thursday, August 21 at 6 p.m. 
What is creativity and how can creativity affect mental health? We addressed these questions and more on this Health Matters with Psychiatrist and multi-media artist Dr. Pat Sewell, and Joe Bluhm , an award-winning illustrator, designer and caricaturist from Moonbot as our guests. Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte hosted and took your calls and questions during the show.

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Aired Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. Around 88,000 people in the U.S. die from alcohol related causes annually. In 2012, 17 million adults reportedly had an alcohol use problem, with 1.4 million receiving treatment at a specialized facility. This week on Health Matters, Dr. Paul Wilson, Internal Medicine Specialist, and Bill Rose, Executive Director of CADA, were our guests. A special guest joined them to share their experience with alcoholism from the viewpoint of a family member.  Your calls were taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.