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 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.

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.