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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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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.

Health Matters regular Jean Jones and her dietary intern Darian Burkes join our crew for a discussion of gluten sensitive enteropathy, Mexican soda taxes, diets for bariatric surgery, and the cancer risks of obesity and vitamin D. If you listen to one show on these topics on this weekend, it should be this one.

“A diet including cheese should be recommended for all to prevent and manage type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease”, according to Dr. Arne Astrup, Professor and head of the department of nutrition, exercise and sports at the University of Copenhagen. From this unlikely beginning, we discuss our top 10 dietary changes, mosquito repellents, hearing aids, the dangers of internet-enabled teddy bears, and hepatitis C.

Dr. Hoven is a UK professor of Infectious Diseases, and former president of the American Medical Association. Her work in infectious diseases and her concern that her HIV-AIDS patients were unable to access the healthcare system led her into organized medicine and into the AMA. There, she rapidly rose to a leadership position, taking office just as the Affordable Care Act was being rolled out. Enjoy her experiences and her expertise as we talk about hepatitis C in rural Kentucky.

Health Matters welcomes St. Claire Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. James Lynch for a rousing discussion of weight loss surgery, obesity, and weight loss drugs. Brought to you by The Procedure of the Month Club, we will tell you everything you need to know about weight loss surgery in a community hospital.

When a survey showed that over one third of Americans were not sure if ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing and 45% were not sure if the Affordable Care Act would be repealed when ObamaCare was repealed, our tactical team at Health Matters sprang into action. We decided to talk about the same things we talk about every week, but give it a new and exciting title. Tune in for important clues on the relationship between ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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