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

Dr. Kip Thorne show

When Health Matters was a young boy, we received a letter from Dr. Kip Thorne, our hero, the winner of the Nobel prize in physics for his research on gravitational waves, the scientist who wrote "Interstellar", the man responsible for Stephen Hawking appearing on the Big Bang Theory. To say that we were "best buds" in high school MAY be an overstatement, but at least we have his autograph. Tip: Morehead State Public radio provides Health Matters and other informative programs for listeners

Take a Knee Give a Knee show

Every weekend, football teams across our great country struggle with the decision to take a knee, and Health Matters can help. Orthopedic surgeons have been making this same decision for years. We present our salute to knee replacement surgery, including information on fall prevention, children and slides, physical activity, and fun facts about knee replacement. Tip: Most knee replacements are done for osteoarthritis, due to long term where on the knee, and not due to trauma. Links: Draft of the

"Left in the Lurch" Show

"Left in the lurch" describes a French board game where players "suffered a lurch" if they were left in a hopeless position from which they couldn't win. We had Health Matters see patients in our region who are left in the lurch, with declining health resources and a diminishing life expectancy. We document this, talk about insurance companies left in the lurch, Alzheimer's families left in the lurch, and then we end on a proud note, with a Native American tribe receiving a patent for a billion

Dr. Eric Higgins Eye of the (Diabetic) Tiger Show

Dr. Eric Higgins is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University Kentucky College of Medicine. He's also an extremely nice young man who is dedicated to the eye problems of underserved populations. From cataract surgery in Swaziland to diabetic eye screening in rural Kentucky, Eric has made a career out of helping those in need. This show is about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy but it's also a salute to Dr. Higgins. Tip: The American Diabetic Association guidelines recommend adults

"Chiggers in Purgatory" Show

It's late summer, and Health Matters has stayed up late at night contemplating chiggers. OK, we stayed up all night scratching, but still the questions came up. If a cancer-sniffing dog said you had cancer, would you believe it? Should you finish your antibiotics if you already feel better? Why do people with Parkinson's disease have a higher risk of melanoma? When should we prepare our dermatologists to diagnose disease in dark-skinned people? And will there be chiggers in purgatory? Tip: After

A Manafort A Plan—Russia! Show

Former Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort is an interesting character. A figure reportedly tied to the Russian mob hired a private detective to find him concerning $19 million that went missing. He borrowed $250,000 from a Middle Eastern arms dealer for a personal loan. The FBI executed a pre-dawn raid on his house to recover some documents, the day after his testimony to a Senate subcommittee. And he testifi ed regarding the diversion of profits from an attack submarine to help finance the

Dr. Daniel Larrow Show

Autism spectrum disorder, as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, is the name for a group of developmental disorders characterized by difficulty in communicating with others, repetitive behaviors, a limited number of interests or activities, and these disorders compromise a person's ability to function socially. Dr. Daniel Larrow has moved to Kentucky to work on caring for people with autism by modifying their environment to maximize their potential. Tip: Dr. Larrow encourages

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

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