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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!
Credit MSU

“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if ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing and 45% were not sure if the Affordable Care Act would be repealed when ObamaCare was repealed, our tactical team at Health Matters sprang into action.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.

41-38 show

Dec 9, 2016

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.

Heart of HallowThanksMas show

Dec 1, 2016

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.

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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.

The Health Matters List show

Nov 16, 2016

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.

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November Hogwash Show

Nov 8, 2016

Last month, hurricane Matthew roared up the coast of North Carolina, causing more than $1 billion in damages, and flooding at least 14 waste lagoons from Carolina hog farms. In those heavy rains and flash floods, a new definition of hogwash was born, and Health Matters is anxious to use this new definition for the upcoming November elections. This show discusses the “Gilligan’s Island” method of learning Spanish, the desperate needs of Obamacare, and the positions of Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump on health issues.

We’re Just Here for the Boos Show

Nov 2, 2016

When a fearsome monster wants you dead

When terror fills your heart with dread

You’d best be wearing shoes with tread

Well, it’s not much of a Halloween show. We talk about Ghost peppers, bloodcurdling movies, and the dangers of the night shift but then we digress into Appalachian cancer rates, overactive bladder, and dementia. We don’t think you need to leave the lights on for this one.

We Apologize If Anyone Was Offended Show

Oct 25, 2016

We start with the obvious – this is a messy show. We began by saluting Perdue chicken and slamming brain training games and end with a new acne medicine and the (lack of) relationship between a vegetarian diet and common cancers. When the high point of the show is an article indicating that patients with Alzheimer’s disease die sooner if you try to feed them with tubes, is hard to describe this as “entertaining”. Listen for yourself and you make the call.

Dr. Larry Goldstein show

Oct 19, 2016

Kentucky ranks eighth in the nation in our rate of stroke; we lose over 2000 Kentuckians every year to this disease. The risk factors are very similar to those for heart disease and include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. We can do a much better job preventing strokes if we understand what causes them. Dr. Larry Goldstein, Chair of the Department of Neurology at UK is our guest.

11.5th Annual Fall Fall Spectacular!

Oct 11, 2016

We really should keep better records. This might be our 11th or our 12th annual fall show. Sponsored by “Shoes with Tread”, we bring you the latest information on tree stand falls, pet falls, Christmas decorating falls, and fall prevention. Throw in a bonus roller coaster study, and here’s a show worth a listen.

Tip: The key components of a healthy shoe include a low heel, arch and ankle support, a nonslip bottom, and secure lacing. Don’t let the fashion industry endanger your health.

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HallowThanksMas show

Oct 5, 2016

It’s official – Christmas decorations have been sighted at Walmart. Health Matters celebrates the official start of HallowThanksMas with this discussion on the dangers of Pokémon Go, lack of benefit of activity trackers, and our new business venture selling Amish house dust to prevent asthma. Why not let us distract you while you get your fall flu shot?

Tip: the CDC does not recommend any one brand of flu vaccine over another. All have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the risk and severity of influenza.

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The “Basket of Deplorables” show

Sep 28, 2016

Health Matters has decided to join our presidential candidates in uniting our citizens for the difficult tasks ahead. The show includes important information about influenza vaccine, forming memories, the hazards of sugar, and the recent decline in ovarian cancer. We are simply asking all the normal people who agree with us to unite against those lunatics who have a different opinion.

Tip: it is time to make plans for your fall influenza vaccination. We recommend seniors get theirs in October.

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Bye-Bye Boydie show

Sep 21, 2016

Health Matters has dispatched with another producer in near record time. We celebrate Tanner Boyd’s brief stint as Health Matters producer with this show, featuring Kentucky’s rank in healthcare, mistakes and low value healthcare services, and poor quality research on outdoor physical activity and reading books. Farewell Tanner, we hardly knew ye.

“Let’s Be Honest” show

Sep 16, 2016

Let’s be honest: I was in a pickle. An alert listener had pointed out that Rick says “let’s be honest” too much. What would a good friend do? I did not want to make him self-conscious. But let’s be honest: I couldn’t let him get by with such a serious speech impediment. Actually, I say the word “actually” too much myself. Just to be honest, we actually decided to record a show about our favorite vocal crutches. It also has information about the health effects of bagpipes, cardiac risks of eating cheese, and why drug prices are so darned high.

All It Takes Is One Mosquito Bite show

Sep 8, 2016

“All it takes is one mosquito bite to change the entire course of our lives,” a pregnant woman in Miami told the New York Times. Zika appears to be highly infectious, capable of transmission on American soil, capable of sexual transmission, has an affinity for brain tissue and particularly for the brain tissue of the developing fetus. In short, this is one nasty virus. We believe, as Zika babies are born in the US, the life-changing potential of this virus will become apparent. Avoid it at all costs.

The NASA Chief Engineer Larry Show

Aug 30, 2016

Health Matters still is amazed that anyone with any sense listens to our show. However, retired NASA chief engineer Larry promises us that he actually listens. We salute him and his lapse in judgment with this amalgam on medical marijuana, the cost of electronic medical records, some new information on suicides, and our favorite Florida beverage, grapefruit juice.

Tip: From the FDA, Seville oranges and tangelos affect the same enzyme as grapefruit juice, so avoid these fruits as well if you are on a medicine affected by grapefruit.

The Matters of the 20th and 21st Healthiad Show

Aug 23, 2016

We salute the pomposity and misinformation concerning the Olympics with this offering. In addition to discussing University of Louisville Olympian and orthopedic surgeon Dot Richardson, we talk about heart attacks in astronauts, old people and memory tests, and the six conditions worse than death. Join us for a record breaking performance.

Salute to Sanders Brown Center on Aging show

Aug 17, 2016

Recent press reports have touted a smell test to screen for Alzheimer disease. Does it work? Do aging beagles lose their sense of smell? Why do people with Down syndrome have a higher risk for early dementia? And what is it that brings in researchers from California and Duke to do their research at UK? All this will be answered, with a whole lot more information as well.

Salute to Vladimir Putin Show

Aug 9, 2016

Health Matters takes a moment to salute ex KGB agent, judo and firearms expert, law school graduate, Russian president and now US political broker Vladimir Putin. This week’s show includes news on short people, the high cost of medical care in the US, and the price of reversing drug overdoses.  It’s worth a listen just to hear Rick and Tony discuss single-serving packages.

Mooning Cancer Show

Aug 2, 2016

We are not the only one’s bothered by the “cancer moonshot” analogy. Pres. Obama announced it, and VP Joe Biden is spearheading the effort to double the rate of advances in cancer treatment. However, if the “moon” is doubling the rate of technological advances, it is not at all clear how we will know when we hit it. At Health Matters, we decided if you couldn’t do a moonshot, you could at least moon cancer, which fits our mental level. The show includes Zika predictions, cardiac arrests during heat waves, and the influence of your immune system on your personality.

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

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