Health Matters

Airs Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host our discussion on lung cancer. Guests include Dr. Shawn Milligan, pulmonologist with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health; Dr. Glen Mills, medical oncologist with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health; and Dr. Jake Wang, radiation oncologist with Willis-Knighton Cancer Center. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Airs Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. Baton Rouge and New Orleans consistently rank among the top three cities nationwide for the highest HIV and AIDS rates per capita. And in rural Louisiana, the number of new HIV infections has risen slightly with infected individuals more likely to escalate to an AIDS diagnosis. So, how many people are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana and what resources are available to assist them? Why has the state seen an overall decline in new HIV diagnosis but an increase in its rural areas?

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Airs Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Dr. Mark Vigen and Dr. Shelley Visconte will host a conversation on addiction to methamphetamines, also known as meth. We will also learn how children can be affected by their parent’s addiction. Guests will be Kent Dean, Licensed Addiction Counselor and CADA Clinical Development Director, and Children’s Advocacy Attorney Nancy Cooper. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. February is Senior Independence Month. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. as Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist,and Dr. Shelley Visconte, counselor and marriage and family therapist, will host a discussion on living independently as a senior adult. Guests will include Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director for the Caddo Council on Aging; Bridget Lymon, the Caddo Council on Aging’s Disability Resource Center Manager; and Susan Stewart from the Louisiana Assistive Technology Network. (This is a repeat broadcast and no calls will be taken.)

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Airs Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. According to the CDC, 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from traumatic brain injury annually. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. as Dr. Patrick Lavo hosts this discussion on traumatic brain injury. Guests will be Dr. Christina Notarianni, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at LSU Health; Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow, Associate Professor of Neurology at LSU Health; and Dr. John Owings, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Trauma and Critical Care at LSU Health.