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, June 28, 2018, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will host the clinical staff of New Day Recovery in Shreveport to talk about chemical and behavioral addiction. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 6 p.m. America is hooked on opioids by one count, there are currently more opioid prescriptions than people in the southeastern United States. This week were taking a deep dive into the causes of the opioid crisis. Author Sam Quinones chronicles how the sophisticated marketing of prescription opioids and an enterprising group of heroin traffickers combined to create the epidemic that's now a leading cause of American deaths.

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Airs Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, when Dr. Shelley Visconte hosts a show on the effects of family trauma. She will be joined by Dr. Dudley Chewning, Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist with the Counseling Center of Northwest Louisiana, and Clay Walker, Caddo Parish Director of Juvenile Services. Questions will be taken at 1-80-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 6 p.m. Perhaps you want to change your look in 2018. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Paige Bundrick, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, specializing in facial plastics and reconstructive surgery at LSU Health. We’ll hear from Dr. Bundrick on a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures , facial and nasal reconstructive procedures, and more. This is a Repeat Broadcast and no calls will be taken.

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Airs Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. Cataract surgery may help you live longer, or so a recent study says. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will host Dr. Jeffrey Lusk, ophthalmologist with Lusk Eye Specialists, to talk about cataracts and other conditions that can affect our eyesight. Questions will be taken at 800-552-8502.