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

Salute to Sanders Brown Center on Aging show

Recent press reports have touted a smell test to screen for Alzheimer disease. Does it work? Do aging beagles lose their sense of smell? Why do people with Down syndrome have a higher risk for early dementia? And what is it that brings in researchers from California and Duke to do their research at UK? All this will be answered, with a whole lot more information as well. Tip: despite all the press reports, there still is not a reliable "Alzheimer disease test". If you suspect someone you love is losing their memory and cognitive ability, they need a complete evaluation, not a "test". Links: The Sanders Brown Center on Aging Down syndrome study Alzheimer's Association website Dr. Elizabeth Head Dr. Frederick Schmitt

Salute to Vladimir Putin Show

Health Matters takes a moment to salute ex KGB agent, judo and firearms expert, law school graduate, Russian president and now US political broker Vladimir Putin. This week's show includes news on short people, the high cost of medical care in the US, and the price of reversing drug overdoses. It's worth a listen just to hear Rick and Tony discuss single-serving packages. Tip: if you are on a sodium restricted diet, remember that more than 75% of your sodium comes from packaged and restaurant foods. Saltiest foods include bread, cheese, deli foods, pizza, soup, "savory snacks" and mixed pasta and meat dishes. Links: Vladimir Putin's "gait problem" The AMA 5 "Nutrition Facts" misconceptions Comparison of US healthcare costs with other countries in "Managed Care" magazine

Mooning Cancer Show

We are not the only one's bothered by the "cancer moonshot" analogy. Pres. Obama announced it, and VP Joe Biden is spearheading the effort to double the rate of advances in cancer treatment. However, if the "moon" is doubling the rate of technological advances, it is not at all clear how we will know when we hit it. At Health Matters, we decided if you couldn't do a moonshot, you could at least moon cancer, which fits our mental level. The show includes Zika predictions, cardiac arrests during heat waves, and the influence of your immune system on your personality. Tip: Your pillow may contain dust mites, pollen, and other allergens you brought in on your hair last time you went outside. It pays to keep your pillow clean. Our references recommend washing the pillow twice a year and replacing it every three years. Links: A letter from Harvard and Penn neurologists concerning homemade brain stimulators The Atlantic on the UVA research on interferon gamma A British National Health Service

Salute to Joseph McCarthy Show

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. -Edward R Murrow Sometimes we get distracted. Working in rural Eastern Kentucky, we have friends who are Muslim healthcare professionals. Recent attacks against this religion and against racial and ethnic minorities remind us of a time when another religious group in the US was under fire for supporting enemies of the US. The show begins with an overly long reminder of the damage Sen. McCarthy did to our country, with the pleas of our leaders from that era not to repeat his mistakes. Yet here we are. We are also a health-related radio show, so we talk about fecal tourism, and the recent improvement in emergency room outcomes and declines in major diseases. Tip: according to Robin Wilson, author of "Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle", there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog

Dr. Terry Bunn Injury Prevention Show

Brought to you by our regular sponsor, shoes with tread, the show features an in-depth interview with Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health, and Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Dr. Terry Bunn. She comes to UK after obtaining her PhD in immunology and toxicology at Cornell. As director she has involved herself in everything from drug overdoses to fuel tank location in Semi Trucks. Join us for a fascinating interview, and watch your step. Tip: Beginning at age 75, falls are the most common cause of injury death. Create a safe environment at home, and wear good shoes. Links: The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center Dr. Terry Bunn Big rigs are more susceptible to fire during crashes

Juno What's in Space? Show

Health Matters celebrates the arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter with this show. We count our losers – raw cookie dough, Flu-Mist flu vaccine, and the Clemson bite counter. Tying Medicaid dental and vision benefits to work and public service came out even, but the ultimate losers or consumers who have to buy their prescriptions at higher and higher prices. Tip: An indoor laboratory study found that permethrin-treated sneakers and socks reduced your risk of tick bite by 70 times. Workers in North Carolina are protected by permethrin for at least one year. Permethrin is excellent tick protection for your clothing, but should not be used on your skin. Links: NASA's Juno page Clemson's bite counter page Bloomberg news piece on drug pricing

WHO Says Olympic Should Go Ahead Show

One benefit to the Zika virus outbreak: Health Matters has been deluged with excellent information on mosquito repellents. We share this with you, as well as our thoughts on standing desks, medical uses of FitBit, a new brain cooling device to help you sleep, and the (FDA approved) stomach pump to help you lose weight (???!?). For the next hour, why not let your radio be your medical device? Tip: There are four EPA registered active ingredients in mosquito repellents: DEET, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and picaridin. It is time to get serious about preventing mosquito bites. Links: The CDC on mosquito repellents The Boston Globe on standing desks

The Presumptive Nominee Replacement Surgery Show

Maybe it wasn't that funny. Some show titles look better on the computer than they sound on the air. Health Matters celebrates the joy of our two-party democratic system with this pile of fetid "health information". The show features a discussion of gut flora, the Zecurity migraine patch, a test on ionizing radiation and our concerns about our country's declining life expectancy. Tip: Five key health behaviors help prevent chronic disease and early demise. They are never smoking, regular physical activity, minimizing alcohol, maintaining a normal body weight, and sleeping 7-8 hours per night. Links: Five health behaviors to prevent chronic disease. Most of us need to work on this. FDA alert on the danger of Zecuity migraine patches MD Anderson Cancer Center on ionizing radiation

"Prepared to Diet Anytime" show

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain. Maybe we did not understand this quote fully. Health Matters gleefully welcomes St. Claire dietitian Jean Jones and Riley Loy, UK dietetic intern, for a discussion of the Heimlich maneuver, swimming pool safety, saturated fats, and dietary changes after divorce. Tip: the CDC established a network for aquatic facility inspection in 2013. Of the first 48,000 facilities they inspected, 10% had to be shut down immediately. They recommend you personally test the pH and chlorine on public swimming facilities and hot tubs. Links: Stomach balloons have been around for a while. Now they come in a pill you can swallow. Criticizing the American Heart Association's stance on low-sodium diets CDC swimming pool inspection data

"In the War on Drugs, They Just Bombed Our Hospital" show

In the last 15 years, we've lost over half a million Americans due to drug overdoses. On May 17, at the international meeting of the American Thoracic Society, attendees learned that our ICU death rates for drug overdose are increasing. That is, we are not any better at treating drug overdoses, and the drugs are getting more deadly. Health Matters tries our best to ignore this ongoing catastrophe with a show on swallowing your cell phone and "water bottle mouth". Tip: The cancer's with the lowest survival rates in the US are: brain, stomach, esophagus, liver, lung – and "dead last" with a survival rate of 8% at five years – pancreas. Links: Mostly useful information on cancer from the New York Times Magazine UVA light penetrates car side windows The FDA on the safety of fluoroquinolones for minor infections

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