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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#527 Show Summary (“Like a Man Possessed” Show):

We celebrate the small victories. Last week, Kentucky and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear were mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union address. Health Matters celebrations tend to be restrained, so we end up talking about green tea, erectile dysfunction, and shopping cart injuries. You should listen. In this weather, what else do you have to do?

#526 Show Summary (The Ground Hog Day Show):

Winter days are often bleak and depressing.  The Celts invented a day to remind them that spring was coming, and the Pennsylvania German community brought it to the US.  Traditions and customs turn, and thanks to a popular movie, the day designed to help us look to the future now reminds us of a past we can’t escape.  Why not celebrate Ground Hog Day with Health Matters?

The Big Five-Oh Show

Jan 29, 2014

#525 Show summary (The Big Five-Oh Show):

January 1964 brought several historically significant events. The Beatles hit number one with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", the Rolling Stones began their first tour, Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" premiered, and the Surgeon General released the first report on Tobacco and Health. Join the Health Matters crew as we reminisce and trace the path of tobacco control from that fateful month.

#524 Show summary (Don't Drink the Water Show):

Our show salutes those rugged individuals from West Virginia who endured five days without potable (or even touchable) water. As rural Appalachians who share a toxic heritage (we have a nuclear waste superfund site just outside town), we share your pain. This show also promotes the greatest device ever – the electric tongue stimulator.

Tip:  Clinic visits solely for a complete physical examination do not improve lifespan and clinical outcomes.


#523 Show Summary (The Next Big Thing Show):

What will be big in 2014?  Virtual food?  New blood pressure guidelines?  The germs in your colon?  Or the medicine for your nose?  We have our opinions, however misinformed.  We can give you the possibilities, but you will have to wait to see how 2014 works out.

Tip:  There are new 2014 American Diabetes Association guidelines, but the diagnosis of diabetes remains the same:  Hemoglobin A1c over 6.5%, or a fasting glucose of 126 or greater.


#522 Show Summary (2013—The Year That Was Show):

Rick and Tony struggle valiantly to find some redeeming values for 2013.  Rick is impressed that Felix Baumgartner fell down (24 miles), but that was in 2012.  Tony was impressed by the salvage of the Costa Concordia.  There were also a few health changes in 2013; tune in for our impression.

#521 Show Summary (Good Riddance to 2013 Show):

In our opinion, one of the few good things about 2013 is that it was brief. Our show this year concerned itself with risky new products from energy drinks to e-cigarettes to stomach pumps for weight loss, while the life expectancy for men and women in Eastern Kentucky declined. Join us as we abruptly bid goodbye to 2013, and prepare to do better in 2014.

#520 Show Summary (The Glitch That Stole Christmas Show):

Once again, Health Matters is the center of your holiday celebration. This year, the fine folks at the Hardly-Worthitt catalog have provided us a sample of their 2013 offerings. We provide tips on safe flying, and health benefits of nuts. Happy holidays from your friends at Health Matters!

Tip: falls account for a third of all Christmas decorating injuries. Keep your belt buckle inside the ladder rails and don’t stand on the top three steps.


Gregory Bix Show

Dec 18, 2013

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#518 Show Summary (“Holding Hands With Your Individual Mandate” Show):

Finally, we have the opportunity to get back to doing what we do best – butchering the medical news. Whether it’s the latest guidelines on statins, lawsuits on Red Bull, or the health benefits of caring for a relative, we have an opinion, and it’s mostly misinformed. Experience the joy of feeling superior this weekend.

#517 Show Summary (Yearning to Breathe Free Show):

“The New Colossus” was a poem written by Emma Lazarus to describe the Statue of Liberty, signifying a country dedicated to freedom for oppressed people, not colossal military might.  One line from that poem, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” gives us the title of this show.  Next year, our state legislature will deliberate a bill regarding the rights of our citizens—a smoking ban.  You can help, and we will show you how.

#516 Show Summary (Dr. Allan Butterfield Show):

Dr. Butterfield’s research has changed the way American scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease. After spending an entire career on oxidation-reduction reactions in the Alzheimer’s protein “amyloid beta”, he has developed a mechanism and support from animal models on how this protein is instrumental in causing the nerve damage seen with this devastating disease. Join us as we delve into the wondrous world of redox proteonomics; we promise you won’t regret it.

#515 Show Summary (Dr. Eric Higgins “Retina World We Thinking? Show):

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in working-age Americans.  Dr. Higgins, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UK, is using an automatic camera to transmit images of the patient’s retina, diagnosing diabetic eye disease while saving time and money.  You should see about this show.  We just kill ourselves with the funny puns sometimes.

The Minor Glitch Show

Nov 5, 2013

#514 Show Summary (The Minor Glitch Show):

This show has it all—peanut butter to diagnose Alzheimers disease, lab rats addicted to Oreos, and our thoughts on the health insurance exchanges.  If you can’t log on, why not chat with Health Matters this weekend.

Tip:  Price is critical, but consider other elements of an insurance plan as well.  Check the doctors and hospitals you can access, which medications and how much of the bill are covered.


#513 Show Summary (8.5 Annual Fall Fall Spectacular):

Don’t you dare! Make a slip, take a dip, or a trip – you can thump a bump up on your hip! With only a slight twist, the old grade school Halloween song becomes the theme for our annual autumnal sliptacular program. St. Claire Rehab Medical Director Dr. Melanie Ledford is our guest.

#512 Show Summary (Chewing the Lean with Kelly and Jean show):

Tom Hanks has type II diabetes. There is more sleep inducing tryptophan in chicken than there is in Turkey. Visualizing yourself as a thin person doesn’t always help your diet. Our guest, St. Claire Regional Dietitian Jean Jones, and her EKU dietetic intern Kelly Jewell separate fat from fiction this week.

Ahmed Abdel-Latif show

Oct 14, 2013

#511 Show Summary (Ahmed Abdel-Latif show):

There are two types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells that come from embryos and can become any type of cell in the body, and adult stem cells that are designed to replenish one particular type of cells. Dr. Abdeul-Latif works with adult stem cells to restore damaged heart muscle after a heart attack. He explains his current experiments, and explains stem cells, in this show.

#509 Show Summary (Dr. Dementia with Dr. Greg Jicha Show):

Dr. Jicha is the region’s leading authority on Alzheimer’s disease, a top-notch researcher, and a dedicated clinician. He discusses the role of cardiovascular risk factors, aluminum, concussions, and red wine in modifying your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Tip: Dr. Jicha says the key to diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease is a change. If you are a forgetful person, then you are a forgetful person. If your memory changes, you need to see a doctor.

#508 show summary (Don’t Cross That Red Line! Show):

Health Matters salutes the strategy of diplomacy by ultimatums with a show on E cigarettes, Pro football, and flu vaccinations. If your team lost last week, take along bubblebath and console yourself with us.

Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you begin to vaccination now. You have many new vaccination options, but you should get going.


#507 Show Summary (What’s in Your Colon Show):

What is a musical hallucination? This disturbing question faces our guest, dietitian Jean Jones, as she has constant music running in her head at work. We present a case report, and the fun begins. Then a moment of seriousness while we consider the tragic obesity epidemic sweeping our nation. But back to fun and happy times and how to avoid the “freshman 15”.

Tip: both measles and chickenpox are extremely contagious diseases. If you have not had these diseases or been vaccinated, talk with your doctor.


#506 Show Summary (You Need Us, We Regulate You show):

Named for a quote from a bad conference, this show also struggles for redemption. We talk about how your brain keeps track of time, the affordable care act, acid reflux, and vaccinations. With great material like this, all we need is a little more talent…

Tip: Remember the alarm symptoms for acid reflux, or GERD – trouble swallowing, bleeding, weight loss, and recurrent vomiting. These should prompt a doctor’s visit and possible endoscopy.


Mark O’ Polio show

Sep 4, 2013

#505 Show Summary (Mark O’ Polio show):

25 healthcare workers have been murdered in the past 12 months, while trying to vaccinate young people for polio in Third World countries. We salute them and other healthcare workers for their sacrifices while trying to take care of our health. Unfortunately, a Health Matters salute consists of a show filled with offbeat medical tips, such as how to remove your manly part from a zipper, the beer most likely to send you to the emergency room, and the penalties of being a firstborn.

#504 Show Summary (I’d Walk a Mile from a Camel Show):

The latest research indicates that camels may be the source of the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a deadly respiratory infection in the Middle East. This show is full of surprises, from rural Kentucky’s lower rates of heavy drinking to the influence of the moon on your sleep. Keep your vaccinations up-to-date, stay away from camels, and enjoy this week’s show.

#504 Show Summary (Politically Correct Death Panels Show):

Cancer screening will change dramatically in the US over the next year, as we stop treating things that don’t kill people and start screening for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer. This show is about establishing our priorities in cancer screening. We also talk about blow darts, the benefits of coffee, and Alzheimer’s villages.

Dr. Donna Grigsby Show

Aug 12, 2013

#503 Show Summary (Dr. Donna Grigsby Show):

Dr. Grigsby is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. She is concerned that our children are overusing stimulants such as caffeine and ADHD medications, while forgetting basic health habits such as getting enough sleep before a test. If you didn’t wake up in time for our show, take a listen to this rebroadcast.

Under the Dome Show

Aug 5, 2013

#502 Show Summary (Under the Dome Show):

Remember – August is Hair Loss Awareness Month. Health Matters does not endorse any hair replacement product or technology. We do worry about West Nile virus, falling life expectancy in Eastern Kentucky, and tall women developing cancer. We will explain why this week.

Tip: We believe that municipal mosquito control efforts will need to be intensified in order to avoid outbreaks of West Nile virus infections.


#501 Show Summary (Granddaddy of All Health Matters Show):

This show is dedicated to my first grandchild, Adelaide Marie Schutte, born July 15. We have fascinating research involving newborn babies and go-carts, as well as a summary of new research from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

Tip: Mosquito bites are more dangerous than they used to be. Protect yourself from West Nile disease by disrupting mosquito breeding areas where you live.



#500 Show Summary (Health Matters 500: What Went Wrong? Show):

The lawyers are preparing their closing arguments, and a Senate subcommittee will open hearings next week – how did Health Matters get on the air? And how have we stayed on the air for 10 years? Health Matters marks our 10 year anniversary with a look back, devastating news on prescription narcotic drugs, and a glimmer of hope regarding deaths from all-terrain vehicles.

#499 Show Summary (Hoosier Sugar Data Show):

This show has it all – dietetic interns, binge eating, beef jerky, Mediterranean diet, and zombie vegetables. Cohost Jean Jones brings students Sarah Dietrich and Andrea Corkran.

Tip: Diabetes can be diagnosed with a morning glucose over 126 mg/dL, a random glucose over 200 mg/dL, or a hemoglobin A1 C (blood test) greater than 6.5%.


#496 Show Summary (How Do You Spell Pescosolido? Show):

The Good: we have invited two Rural Physician Leadership Program first year medical students, Stacey Bowlds and Kristina Pescosolido to sit in on our program.

The Bad: Kentucky loses 3317 people every year to lung cancer. 90% of these cancers are preventable if we stop smoking, and 20% of these cancers are curable if we find them early with CT lung screening.

The Ugly: Rick Phillips