Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. April is Autism Awareness Month. Tune in Thursday, at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Our host Dr. Shelley Visconte, psychologist, will be joined by Dr. Michelle Yetman, clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at LSU Health. Dr. Yetman will talk about autism spectrum disorders and share some new information from recent studies. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, April 19, 2018. This week’s Health Matters is all about the pets, from allergies to mosquito related illness and more. So have your pet questions ready and tune in, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host Dr. April Mackey from Towne South Animal Hospital. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. “Treat Me Right”–that’s the theme for STD awareness throughout April. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Levo will be your host to talk about sexually transmitted diseases and April events with Louisiana Office of Public Health officials Dr. Martha Whyte, Regional Administrator and Regional Medical Director; Yolanda Chandler, Regional Nurse Manager; Dia Johnson, Nurse Practioner; and Toka Bradshaw, DIS. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 6 p.m. Unable to speak until age four and diagnosed autistic in the 1950s, Temple Grandin went on to defy expectations, becoming a renowned author, activist and expert in humane livestock design. Honing her ability to see and think differently, this self-described “anthropologist on Mars” has brought enlightenment to her field and a new understanding of autism to the world. David D’Arcy hosts this journey into a truly Independent Mind.
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Airs Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. It’s officially spring, and cars are covered in the yellow, powdery pollen which produces runny noses and red, itchy eyes. Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters as Dr. Sanford Katz hosts Dr. Lori A. Lemonnier, LSU Health Assistant Professor–Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, and Dr. Caroline Caperton, with WK Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center, to talk about allergy triggers and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.