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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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

Dr. Terry Bunn Injury Prevention Show

Jul 19, 2016

Brought to you by our regular sponsor, shoes with tread, the show features an in-depth interview with Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health, and Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Dr. Terry Bunn. She comes to UK after obtaining her PhD in immunology and toxicology at Cornell. As director she has involved herself in everything from drug overdoses to fuel tank location in Semi Trucks. Join us for a fascinating interview, and watch your step.

Juno What’s in Space? Show

Jul 12, 2016

Health Matters celebrates the arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter with this show. We count our losers – raw cookie dough, Flu-Mist flu vaccine, and the Clemson bite counter. Tying Medicaid dental and vision benefits to work and public service came out even, but the ultimate losers or consumers who have to buy their prescriptions at higher and higher prices.

WHO Says Olympic Should Go Ahead Show

Jun 28, 2016

One benefit to the Zika virus outbreak: Health Matters has been deluged with excellent information on mosquito repellents. We share this with you, as well as our thoughts on standing desks, medical uses of FitBit, a new brain cooling device to help you sleep, and the (FDA approved) stomach pump to help you lose weight (???!?). For the next hour, why not let your radio be your medical device?

The Presumptive Nominee Replacement Surgery Show

Jun 21, 2016

Maybe it wasn’t that funny. Some show titles look better on the computer than they sound on the air. Health Matters celebrates the joy of our two-party democratic system with this pile of fetid “health information”. The show features a discussion of gut flora, the Zecurity migraine patch, a test on ionizing radiation and our concerns about our country’s declining life expectancy.

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.  Mark Twain.

Maybe we did not understand this quote fully. Health Matters gleefully welcomes St. Claire dietitian Jean Jones and Riley Loy, UK dietetic intern, for a discussion of the Heimlich maneuver, swimming pool safety, saturated fats, and dietary changes after divorce.

In the last 15 years, we’ve lost over half a million Americans due to drug overdoses. On May 17, at the international meeting of the American Thoracic Society, attendees learned that our ICU death rates for drug overdose are increasing. That is, we are not any better at treating drug overdoses, and the drugs are getting more deadly. Health Matters tries our best to ignore this ongoing catastrophe with a show on swallowing your cell phone and “water bottle mouth”.

Good Widdance to Bad Wubbish show

May 25, 2016

We send our show’s student producer, Hunter Reece, back to North Carolina for his summer break with this mess. Starting with hospital snakes and paintball injuries, moving to surgical robots and the definition of healthy, it never quite gets traction. But hold on until the end anyway, for the unarguably worst joke I have ever told in public.

Bathroom of Your Birth Show

May 18, 2016

We start with zipper injuries to the male diaper area, and the show goes downhill from there. There’s new information on ideal body weights, the FDA has finally decided to regulate the chemicals our children are putting in their lungs, and medical errors are now estimated to be (arguably) the third most common cause of death. Laugh and learn with us.

Tip: One way to avoid fatal medical errors is to take only the medicines you really need. Talk to your doctor about your medicines, and bring all your pill bottles into your visit.

Change Your Diet, Change the World show

May 11, 2016

“If venture investing is a trustworthy indicator…, Americans can be optimistic about the future of the US healthcare system.” Ezekiel Emanuel.

This show explains why Barack Obama will not be remembered as the “Agricultural President”, and why candy is probably not a big driver of obesity. We also note that tick larvae look a lot like tiny adult ticks, and Jean gets to vent on the Affordable Care Act. St. Claire dietitian Jean Jones and UK dietetic intern Jordan Bressler are our guests.

Mr. Peabody’s in Paradise Show

Apr 27, 2016

What do you do when bad things happen to someone you oppose? Health Matters has reflected on this over the past week, when a fire destroyed the local hookah bar and tanning center. On April 13, Peabody Coal Company filed for bankruptcy in the US, which means people in Kentucky have had an unfortunately good month. Join us for a detailed discussion of the reliability of health apps, the care provided in virtual visits, and a reminder of how to manage those nasty spring allergies.

 

This show is our salute to those annoying Canadian listeners who took over our Facebook page, liked, commented, and did exactly what we asked for – how dare you! It includes information about PCSK9 inhibitors, Kentucky traffic deaths, and deleting HIV from your genome. Thanks as always to all our regular listeners; please give generously to Morehead State Public Radio and help them find a replacement for our show.

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