Health Matters Health Matters is a hour-long program that focuses on the health care needs of the mountain region. The weekly program is a co-production of Morehead State Public Radio and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. AHEC offices are located at the Saint Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Host Tony Weaver, a practicing physician in Rowan County, and his team of health experts interview guests and discuss health issues like obesity, tobacco use, heart disease, exercise and other topics concerning the well being of eastern Kentuckians.
Health Matters

Health Matters

From Morehead State Public Radio

Health Matters is a hour-long program that focuses on the health care needs of the mountain region. The weekly program is a co-production of Morehead State Public Radio and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. AHEC offices are located at the Saint Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Host Tony Weaver, a practicing physician in Rowan County, and his team of health experts interview guests and discuss health issues like obesity, tobacco use, heart disease, exercise and other topics concerning the well being of eastern Kentuckians.More from Health Matters »

Most Recent Episodes

The Reince Priebus Show

Health Matters salutes former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with this chaotic show. Sponsored by the Disease of the Month Club, we discuss Alzheimer disease prevention, maternal mortality rates, work related fatalities in older workers, spirituality, and our nation's opioid problem. Like Reince Priebus as President Trump's Chief of Staff, at least it is brief. Tip: According to the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, one of the top preventable causes of dementia is midlife hearing loss. Protect your hearing, and consider a hearing test. Links: The Lancet Commission on Dementia report Fatality rates are higher and rising for older workers Kentucky obstetrician, about to give birth, delivers a baby anyway

Ice Breaker Show

The National Science Foundation runs our research program at McMurdo base in Antarctica. Unfortunately, the buildings and equipment are ancient, temperamental, and should be replaced. There is no budget for this, and our research efforts are hampered by a lack of funding. The "Polar Star" is the only US icebreaker big enough to resupply the station, and it is 40 years old. Health Matters presents the Ice Breaker Show, and promises that half the profits from the show will go to Polar research. Tip: the best way to avoid tick-borne diseases is to avoid ticks. Tuck your pant legs into your socks, use permethrin on clothing and DEET on exposed skin, keep the grass short, and eliminate leaf piles where ticks may hide. Links: 2015 plans to overhaul the research station. "It's a great plan," said seismologist Sridhar Anandakrishnan of Pennsylvania State University. "I hope I'm around to see it." Pet ownership doubles the risk of tick exposure An inconvenient truth: alcohol causes cancer

And 4 If by Cyber Show

On June 14, NATO agreed to make cyber operations part of its war domain, along with air, sea, and land operations, and to beef up the defense of its computer networks. This means that a NATO member nation could call upon the organization to help defend it from a cyber attack. Knowing that the enemy has already infiltrated your thermostat and your refrigerator, Health Matters prepares you for the upcoming war with this show about wearable health monitors, birthrates, proton pump inhibitors, and insurance rates. Tip: Alcohol is not the healthy beverage for longevity. Drink in moderation, but do not begin drinking for your health. Links: Adrian Abramovich faces a $120 million fine for Robo calls Los Angeles Times on America's low birth rates Nature explains Google spend-off Verily's new study

California Scheming Show

On June 23, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced California would add Kentucky to a list of states to which state-sponsored travel has been banned. Kentucky joins Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, South Dakota, Alabama, and Texas as states felt were the of a travel ban because they have enacted laws which are felt to be discriminatory against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families. Health Matters celebrates the end of civil discourse in these United States of America with this show. Tip: The number one dietary tip from Dr. Naveed Saleh is to choose foods with a wide variety of colors and textures, in their most natural forms. Links: The California travel ban The California single-payer health plan The Charles Schwab wealth survey

RIP Lawrence Weed show

Dr. Lawrence Weed realized that a medical record organized around patient problems, not dates of service, would provide a structure to guide diagnostic critical scientific thinking. He crisscrossed the United States presenting arguments for a universal structure to medical records and changed medicine. We are now engaged in a great struggle over an electronic medical record, designed for billing purposes, that does not hold true to Weed's model. This, plus liver disease, tattoos, smoking, and defibrillators, makes for an interesting show. Tip: Liver cancer mortality has doubled since the 1980s. This is being driven by hepatitis C, obesity and diabetes, and alcohol consumption. Links: The New York Times explains the liver Liver cancer rates have doubled since the 1980s Travel advice from the folks at Medscape

World Leader in Health Inequality show

Another survey is out; the US stands alone with Chile and Portugal as having the greatest disparity between the health of our wealthiest and our poorest citizens. The survey was compiled before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, and will reflect the situation if the ACA is repealed. Even if the ACA is not repealed, if it is not supported, we will end up in the same place. As our wealthier citizens and our politicians develop their own separate system for maintaining their health, Health Matters believes things will get worse rather than better. We must either sacrifice to support a public system or chart our own individual courses. Good luck to us all. Tip: The Dutch Reach is a simple idea. In order to pass your driver's test in the Netherlands, you must open the door with your right hand. Opening the door with your far hand forces you to turn and make sure there are no oncoming bicyclists or cars, saving yourself and them. Links: The Telegraph explains the "Dutch Reach" An eye

Can't Get Enough Eric Conn Show

This much we know. Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn, indicted for a half billion dollar Social Security scam, is wanted by the FBI. News outlets have received communications from someone claiming to be Conn, allegedly taunting the FBI and complaining about unfair treatment from the legal system. We are intrigued, and dedicate our second show to Mr. Conn, complete with our first original Health Matters song in years. We also discussed death by potatoes, dreaming in color, and playing sports with a defibrillator. Tip: Facial fractures due to recreational activities seem to be on the rise. Riding a bicycle is the number one way senior citizens get a facial fracture. Links: FBI press conference on Eric Conn Facial fractures during recreational activities A good explanation of the "Eat French Fries and Die" study

Where in the World Is Eric Conn? Show

Eric Conn, also known as "Mr. Social Security", has his face plastered on billboards scattered across Eastern Kentucky. However, at the time our show was recorded, the actual whereabouts of Mr. Conn were unknown. After being indicted for a $550 million Social Security fraud scheme, Mr. Conn cut off his house-arrest ankle bracelet, and left for parts unknown. Health Matters speculates on his eventual destination as well as German vaccination police, atrial fibrillation, Zika, and bringing back the dead. You could hear this stuff somewhere else, but why not listen to us? Tip: Atrial fibrillation is a very common rhythm disturbance among older people, occurring in up to 5%. Smoking cigarettes or marijuana, alcohol consumption, and energy drinks all make atrial fibrillation more likely. Links: What we know about Mr. Eric Conn American Heart Association webpage on atrial fibrillation Bioquark company homepage. They intend to start a clinical trial to revive dead people.

Emergency Show #2

Proving that Health Matters will cut any corners when we get behind, we present our follow-up to Emergency Show #1 – Emergency Show #2. Brought to you by lifestyle errors that lead to higher cancer rates, we discuss indoor geomagnetic positioning, creaky knees, risks of statin therapy in older adults, and numbness of the diaper area in cyclists. Tip: Unhealthy lifestyles, including smoking, lack of screening, obesity, low physical activity, and low intake of fruits and vegetables lead to 20% of US cancer cases. Links: Previous studies indicated that cycling may affect sexual health. This new study says it does not. Creaky knees may be a warning sign of arthritis Nearly one in five older gastric band patients require reoperation

Emergency Show #1

We at Health Matters have been busy – so busy we didn't have time to name this show. Brought to you by swimming pool safety, we discuss medical education in Morehead, sugar sweetened beverages, and banning fruit juice for infants. Put on your ransomware, and tune in for a fun time. Tip: Don't go swimming if you've had diarrhea, and don't swallow pool water. Reported diarrheal outbreaks from swimming pools are on the rise. Links: CNN reports on swimming pool dangers. Note that we are uncertain if there is more crypto or if it simply is being tracked better . No fruit juice in baby's first year Sugar sweetened beverage consumption and obesity

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