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Health Matters

Saturdays @ 10AM and Sundays @ 6AM

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 won the 2013 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons media award!
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The Armistice Day Show

Nov 14, 2017

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, The Great War, the war to end all wars, ended. Unfortunately, the peace after that war only lasted 2 decades, and many of the lessons from The Great War have been lost. The next year, a 2 minute silence was proposed to remember those killed in the war, and then to remember the people they left behind. Armistice Day and its subsequent remembrance provided the foundation for Veterans Day.

This show, patterned after some advice Shelley’s young son received, talks about the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, self-driving cars, regular walking, and a new shingles vaccine. We also discuss the problem of interpreting research on controversial issues such as e-cigarettes and the health effects of guns.

When a fearsome monster wants you dead

When terror fills your heart with dread

You’d best be wearing shoes with tread

Brought to you by shoes with tread, we discuss falls down the stairs, falls due to pets, falls from tree stands, hockey games, musicals, and scary movies. If you are too frightened to celebrate Halloween, this show offers you a very low-adrenaline alternative. Boo.

Tom Price is another Republican rising star turned falling star. Since 1979, when the Department of Health Education and Welfare was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), his 231-day term is the shortest on record. Canned due to taxpayer-funded air travel, he was also blamed for the failure of the legislature to pass an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. We discuss flu shots, E cigarettes, and the dangers of watching a musical such as “Dreamgirls”.

Dr. Kip Thorne show

Oct 18, 2017

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.

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.

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“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-dollar drug.

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.

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?

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 testified regarding the diversion of profits from an attack submarine to help finance the French presidential elections. Guilty of a crime?

Dr. Daniel Larrow Show

Aug 29, 2017

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.

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.

Ice Breaker Show

Aug 1, 2017

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.

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.

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.

RIP Lawrence Weed show

Jul 10, 2017

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.

World Leader in Health Inequality show

Jul 10, 2017

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.

Can’t Get Enough Eric Conn Show

Jun 27, 2017

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.

Where in the World Is Eric Conn? Show

Jun 20, 2017

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.

Emergency Show #2

Jun 14, 2017

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.

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Emergency Show #1

Jun 7, 2017

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.

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Waving Goodbye to Bryan Courtney Show

May 31, 2017

The life expectancy of Health Matters show producers is now approaching that of Trump appointees. We say farewell to another student producer with the “Waving Goodbye to Bryan Courtney” show. Brought to you by the Zika virus and mosquito protection, we talk about the sense of smell, emails, Ransomware, SpongeBob, and the germs in your colon. We think you can sense the pattern here, and no details are needed.

Comey Over Show

May 23, 2017

Health Matters salutes former FBI director James Comey with a delightful comedy about Powassan virus, Alzheimer’s drugs, cotton-tipped applicators, and surgical robots. Brought to you by our tick fixers top six quick tick fixing tricks, things get pretty raucous in the last segment. Better strap on your helmets for this one.

Tip: Avoid tick bites. Mow the grass close, put a barrier between your yard in the woods, and wear 10-35% DEET when you are in soft leaves, high weeds or brush.

 

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Always Dreaming Show

May 17, 2017

Health Matters salutes Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming with a show about our dreams. We dream about affordable healthcare, lifting the curse of lung cancer from our state, and creating a healthy world for our children. Unfortunately, getting there will be difficult. In this policy-heavy show, we discuss insurance markets, prescription drug price reform, high deductible plans, and MACRA, new legislation which may change the way we deliver healthcare.

The Frog Flu Show

May 15, 2017

Some weeks are slow news weeks, even in the fast paced world of medicine. Developing flu medicines from chemicals on frog skin reminded us of diabetic medicines from lizard spit, which made us think of the high price of healthcare and how hard it is to prevent falls in the hospital. Once our medications are adjusted, we will be fine. Enjoy the show.

“We Put the Hospital in Hospitality” show

May 3, 2017

Our tribute to the airlines’ customer service record begins with irritating research using “intercept survey methodology”, gets unexpectedly confrontational when we discuss removing passengers from airplanes, veers to tragedy discussing economic differences in life expectancy, and ends with cigarette and soda taxes. It is hard to imagine this much stupidity in one hour, but Health Matters gives you more!

Tip: 5 or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 25 years raises your risk of melanoma by 80%. Learn, don’t burn!

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Health Matters takes this opportunity to make fun of our co-medical host Shelley Irving during her bout with the shingles. Starting with chickenpox and shingles, we talk about salt in your diet, bats on your salad, the dangers of gray hair, and wearable sensors for your mother.

Tip: The American heart Association recommends you limit your salt to 1500 mg daily. This is hard to do.

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Health Matters salutes Tre Sexton, owner of “Bluegrass Solar”, who will be installing solar panels in the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham Kentucky. Mr. Sexton is creating a new chapter in the “he could sell a fridge to an Eskimo” genre. This feel-good radio hour discusses the success of flu vaccine, vasectomies during March madness, good outcomes for older mothers, but ends on a down note when we discuss unnecessary drugs for patients with dementia.

 

Inspired by presidential ultimatums, this show deals with the way we are remaking our bodies – in a sense, a medical/technical human evolution. From the misadventures of extreme bodybuilding to re-innervation of paralyzed limbs to genetic manipulation to cyborgs, we humans are changing in ways unimaginable to previous generations. Our speculation and confusion is brought to you by four simple midlife changes to improve your late life health.

Tip: A group exercise program may be just the thing you need to start your own individual exercise.

April Fools Show

Apr 4, 2017

In this instance, April fools refers to the cast, not the material. We discussed the disadvantages of foam soap, a section on the pros and cons of the PPACA a.k.a. ACA a.k.a. Obama Care, since it is the only system left to discuss.

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