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, July 30, at 6 p.m. What causes someone to have tendencies toward violent behavior? Dr. Todd Lobrano, psychologist, and Shelley Visconte, counselor and marriage and family therapist, hosted this Mental Health Matters program on violence. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Scott Crichton was their guest along with Alan Golden, Director of the Public Defender’s Office in Caddo Parish. Your questions were taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Aired Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. This week on Health Matters, Dr. Randall Brewer hosted and his guests were Dr. Symeon Missios, Assistant Professor Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health in Shreveport; radiation oncologist Dr. Ben Wilkinson with Willis-Knighton Cancer Center; and oncologist Dr. Chip McDonald , with Willis-Knighton Cancer Center. They discussed the latest information on tumors of the brain and spinal column. Your calls and questions were taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502. 

Airs Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. This week on Health Matters we repeat a program on Gastrointestinal Health. Dr. Randall Brewer hosted a discussion with Dr. James Hobley, gastroenterologist with GI Specialists in Shreveport, and Dr. Joann Warrick, colorectal surgeon with GI Specialists. No calls will be taken during this repeat broadcast.

Airs Thursday, July 2, at 6 p.m. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a frightening experience. Fortunately, great strides have been made in improving cancer treatments in recent years. Dr. Sanford Katz will host this edition of “Health Matters” on River Radio. Guests will be Dr. Anil Veluvolu, oncologist with Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, and Dr. Mary Lowery Norberg, molecular genetic specialist. We’ll talk about exciting recent advancements in cancer treatment and how genetic and molecular testing is helping doctors individualize care and improve outcomes. We will also be joined by a patient who will share her experience. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Aired Thursday, June 26, at 8 p.m. This week on Health Matters Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist, hosted along with Shelley Visconte, licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist. The topic was raising happy and psychologically healthy children. Dr. Candi Hill and Ms. Laura Harris, Specialist in School Psychology, were guests and we answered your questions.

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