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 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

Good Widdance to Bad Wubbish show

We send our show's student producer, Hunter Reece, back to North Carolina for his summer break with this mess. Starting with hospital snakes and paintball injuries, moving to surgical robots and the definition of healthy, it never quite gets traction. But hold on until the end anyway, for the unarguably worst joke I have ever told in public. Tip: As we learn more about the Zika virus, we become more concerned. It loves nerve cells, and will completely take over the cells charged with developing a baby's brain. Avoid mosquitoes if you are pregnant! Links: Liver injury from paintball trauma The BMI with the lowest mortality has changed The surgical suturing robot

Bathroom of Your Birth Show

We start with zipper injuries to the male diaper area, and the show goes downhill from there. There's new information on ideal body weights, the FDA has finally decided to regulate the chemicals our children are putting in their lungs, and medical errors are now estimated to be (arguably) the third most common cause of death. Laugh and learn with us. Tip: One way to avoid fatal medical errors is to take only the medicines you really need. Talk to your doctor about your medicines, and bring all your pill bottles into your visit. Links: The FDA decision on regulating all tobacco products Humana joins United health and leaving some ACA exchanges. Kentucky and other states with a high burden of chronic illness will be harmed most. Deaths due to medical errors are a problem. These researchers have guessed how frequently it happens.

Change Your Diet, Change the World show

"If venture investing is a trustworthy indicator..., Americans can be optimistic about the future of the US healthcare system." Ezekiel Emanuel. This show explains why Barack Obama will not be remembered as the "Agricultural President", and why candy is probably not a big driver of obesity. We also note that tick larvae look a lot like tiny adult ticks, and Jean gets to vent on the Affordable Care Act. St. Claire dietitian Jean Jones and UK dietetic intern Jordan Bressler are our guests. Tip: It is tick season, but remember ticks rarely transmit disease in the first 24 hours. Check yourself when you come indoors. Links: CDC on how to avoid tick bites Confectionery consumption and obesity Michael Pollan asks newly elected Pres. Obama for a sensible agricultural policy

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