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, May 12, at 6 p.m. Concerns about the spread of Zika virus have been mounting. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host this discussion on Zika virus. Guests will be Dr. John Vanchiere, Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at LSU Health Shreveport; Dr. Michelle Arnold, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. Beverly Burden, Entomologist and Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences at LSU Shreveport.

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Airs Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. Type-2 diabetes is taking on epidemic proportions around the world, and South Asia is at its epicentre – a visit to Sri Lanka shows a country where one in ten adults have the disease. Then we head to the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, home to some of the most obese people on the planet. With around 90% of Tongans overweight or obese, and with rates of diabetes in adults approaching 40%, these isolated paradise islands are the unlikely setting for an acute health crisis.

Airs Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. April is autism awareness month. On Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, we will cover Autism Spectrum Disorder with host Shelley Visconte, licensed counselor; and guest host Dr. Pam McPherson, child and adolescent psychiatrist. They will be joined by psychologist Dr. Michelle Yetman, and microbiologist Dr. Alena Smith. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

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Airs Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. Obesity can affect health and quality of life. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host a discussion on advancements in the treatment of obesity. Guests will be Dr. Anthony Stuart with Tri-State Internal Medicine; Dr. James Barnes, bariatric surgeon with the Highland Clinic; and social worker Claudia Harris, who evaluates patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

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Airs Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday at 6p.m. for the special documentary "Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury." This moving documentary covers topic of sports-related head injuries with a focus on concussions. The documentary was created by AETN - Arkansas Educational Television Network along with Arkansas Ideasand was directed and produced by Justin Blake Crum.

Video Clip from AETN Video Documentary.

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