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 Alternative Facts Show

Trust is essential to medical care and to government. Health Matters celebrates this by saluting nurses, who are America's most trusted profession. We discuss Raynaud's disease, diabetes costs, passwords, sledding injuries, and medicines that can kill dogs. For an hour of family fun, check out this show. Tip: Raynaud's is a condition where the blood vessels in the fingers and toes spasm when exposed to cold temperatures. Your hands turn white and are painful; the condition can last for hours.

"The Sweetest Thing" show

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Health Matters produces this steaming pot of goodwill. Rick explains why Martin Luther King Day is his favorite holiday, we discuss hot red chili peppers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and we give you our exclusive Health Matters healthy housecleaning tips. Fall in love all over again (if you survive this show). Tip: Healthy housecleaning focuses on the parts of your house that might make you sick. Emphasize cleaning "high touch" surfaces such as doorknobs, counters, phones, and bathroom fixtures. Dust mites under the bed will not make you sick Links: The Harvard health blog on the health advantages of marriage Hot red chili peppers and mortality Chocolate consumption and heart failure risk in Swedish men

Trump and Bevin in 2-0-1-7 show

Using as many annoying words from 2016 as we possibly can, our transformational trio examines new earwax guidelines, Valerian root supplements, blood pressure targets for senior citizens, and we end in a rousing patriotic argument about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. With hastily formed conclusions and gross oversimplification, this show fulfills our pledge to make America grate again. Tip: blood pressure targets for senior citizens are controversial. Two large physician groups have stated that for people over age 60, systolic blood pressures above 150 should be treated, and for most patients the goal will be less than 140. There is not enough science to make recommendations on the diastolic blood pressure in older patients. Links: Valerian root: the positive comments Valerian root: the medical concerns New blood pressure guidelines for people over 60 are really quite simple

The Mariah Carey Moment Show

Mariah Carey moments. We've all had them. They are times when our electronics stop us from doing something (such as singing) that we should have been able to do anyway. You've seen the cashier desperately trying to calculate your change, the computer failing to record something you should have been able to write down on the scrap of paper, etc. We at Health Matters have had our share over the Christmas holidays, so we bring you this hastily prepared overview of thyroid disease, Christmas falls, cold-weather injuries, rudeness, and cancer deaths. Should be fun. Tip: more than 12% of the US population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, but most will be unaware that the thyroid is a problem. Tests of thyroid function are simple to do and this is good to discuss with your doctor. Links: Thyroid facts from the American Thyroid Association The YakTrax study. Not the best science, but more info than any other winter footgear. London HIV rates plummet. First, pre-exposure

The Dr. Greg Jicha Show

Dr. Jicha is what everyone hopes a medical professor will be: a person so fully invested in his patients and his scientific research that he sees both clinical care and research work as the same thing – trying to help his patients. Enjoy an hour with him as he explains risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Tip: Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Kentucky. We have 69,000 people with Alzheimer's disease, and over 1400 Kentuckians died of Alzheimer's disease in 2013. Links: The stages of Alzheimer's disease National Library of Medicine on Alzheimer's Disease Dr. Greg Jicha

2016: The Year That Was show

It is 2017 and we are back! This monstrosity includes a list of good things that happened in 2016, and our own "Health Matters" list of top stories for 2016. Brought to you by the American Medical Association's seven recommendations for a healthier new year, we cover everything from giant rats to calcium supplementation. Tip: According to the AMA, limit your consumption of beverages with added sugar and go to to determine your risk of prediabetes. Links: Adopt-a-rat website The complete "Future Crunch" list of good things that happened in 2016 NPR on the drop in US life expectancy

41-38 show

This show, by an amazing coincidence, happens to enumerate the final score of the University of Kentucky/University of Louisville rivalry football game Thanksgiving weekend. We are as shocked as you are, and will certainly begin looking into the matter as time allows. Meanwhile, tune in for information on the new number one cause of death in the United States, the FTC regulating homeopathy, and the dangers of Christmas candles. Tip: keep burning candles within sight during the holiday season to lower the fire risk. Better yet, get some of those battery-powered very-realistic-looking fake candles. Links: Decorating tips from the CPSC Preventable deaths are declining, which is a good thing Steven Salzberg discusses the problem with homeopathy in Forbes magazine

Heart of HallowThanksMas show

This started off as a decent radio show. Sure, we got a little preachy on drug prices in the second portion, but during the third portion (where we discussed the Consumer Product Safety Commission stumblebums bumbling the rubber baby buggy bumper ban), the whole program slowed to a crawl. We have no idea why. Listen as long as you can stand it. Tip: Still our favorite ladder safety tip – keep your belt buckle inside the rails of the ladder to assure that you don't lean out too far. Links: New York Times reports on the rise in traffic deaths. Distracted drivers may be to blame, but their data don't prove it. Kaiser Health News on price increases for prescription drugs American Academy of Pediatrics on crib bumpers

King of the Wild ER Show

With sweeping election changes, Health Matters has been asked, "how will we replace the Affordable Care Act"? With major insurers leaving the health exchanges in droves, premium rates rising in double digits, and large numbers of healthy people forgoing health insurance for financial reasons, the ACA was in serious trouble anyway. More importantly, how can we make any insurance system affordable? Obviously we don't know, but we can talk about it. Also sections on taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, next steps on marijuana, and the future of mind-controlled robots. Tip: for people at average risk, colon cancer screening starts at age 50 and goes through age 75 or greater, depending on your health. Health Matters still recommends colonoscopy for colon cancer screening, but we acknowledge that there are no good studies comparing various screening tests. Links: Berkely's soda tax works Robots may help people with spinal cord injuries be productive and be socially connected The importance of

The Health Matters List show

Good news: you won't have to listen long, because this show went south early. Brought to you by lung cancer screening, we discuss how to unlock a cell phone with a dead person's fingerprint, the Cleveland clinic top medical innovations for 2017, and the "Choosing Wisely UK" recommendations for reducing healthcare costs. Tip: Before you get your lung CT, you must fulfill three criteria – age 55-75, 30 years smoking, and either current smoking or quit less than 15 years ago. Discuss lung cancer screening with your doctor. Links: NPR on cracking the cell phone-fingerprint problem The Cleveland Clinic top 10 medical innovations for 2017 Recommendations from the "Choosing Wisely UK" campaign

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