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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, Dr. Patrick Lavo and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Shelley Visconte (Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT) hosts 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. 

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.

  • Thu., May 9, 2024 at 6 p.m. On this episode of Health Matters, Dr. Randall Brewer talks about a newer field in healthcare, regenerative medicine, with Dr. Thomas Buchheit, Director of Regenerative Pain Therapies at Duke Health; and Dr. Shane Barton, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport. We learn about some of the latest treatments available for pain management utilizing stem cells and blood-based therapies such as platelet rich plasma and how these therapies can harness the body’s natural ability to heal.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6 p.m. Join Call to Mind host Kimberly Adams for this one-hour broadcast special. Nearly half of incarcerated Americans have a history of mental illness – that's twice the prevalence of mental illness in the adult population of the United States. People with serious mental illnesses encounter law enforcement and the court system for many reasons. This program brings together stories of people who have lived with mental illness while incarcerated. We also meet mental health providers calling for increased mental health care in prisons and jails, and legal experts pioneering new systems.
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 6 p.m. Black women and girls experience discrimination, microaggressions and stereotypes every day. Living with daily racism has a profound impact on the mental health, well-being and lives of all those coping with it. This special program explores the unique mental health burdens of Black women and girls in the United States.
  • Thurs., April 4, 2024, at 6 p.m. On this “Call to Mind” special, we hear from people who have experienced homelessness about their experiences and challenges. We hear from people living in New York, Houston, and New Orleans.
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 6 p.m. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but screening and early detection can save lives. On this episode of Health Matters, Dr. Randall Brewer will talk about colorectal cancer screening and prevention with Dr. Sudha Pandit, Assistant Professor Clinical of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Dr. David Dies, gastroenterologist with GastroIntestinal Specialists; and Dr. David Okuampa, internal medicine resident with LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at 6 p.m. On this episode of Health Matters; Mental Health Edition, host Jenny Gregorio will be joined by Dr. Peridot Gilbert-Reed, LPC-S, to talk about spiritual bypass, a term which you may not have heard before. What can happen when you use spirituality to evade your emotions or situation? Can you be on the receiving end of spiritual bypass? We will delve deeply into this topic with Dr. Gilbert-Reed, who recently finished her dissertation on the subject. Dr. Gilbert Reed is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), EMDR Provider, EMDR Specialist for Children and Adolescents, EMDR-Sandtray Specialist and a Religious and Spiritual Trauma/Abuse Specialist in Shreveport. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. Dr. Anand Bhat, physician with Highland Clinic Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, joins Health Matters host Dr. Patrick Lavo for this conversation on insect allergies, treatments, and disparities in care. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. Continuing our conversations on heart health during American Heart Month, on this episode of Health Matters, host Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Pavan Katikaneni, cardiologist with Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists; Dr. Ryan Master, cardiologist with Pierremont Cardiology; and Dr. Timothy Danish, cardiothoracic surgeon with CHRISTUS Health. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at 6 p.m. February is American Heart Month. On this episode of Health Matters, Dr. Randall Brewer talks with Dr. Wayne Orr, Director of the LSUHS Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences, and Dr. Steven Bailey, cardiologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, with LSU Health Shreveport, and Kevin Koch, Development Director of the NWLA American Heart Association about heart health and cardiovascular research happening in our area. Dr. Bailey is the principal investigator on a heart failure clinical trial underway at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Thursday, Jan 25, 2024, at 6 p.m. Psychosis can be a symptom of schizophrenia, depression or other disorders. On this episode of Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, host Jenny Gregorio will be joined by Dr. Pam McPherson, Vice-Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport; Tina Hall, Director of EpiCenter, the FEP Clinic at Volunteers of America; and Sarah Morris, Ph.D., Chief of the Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Intervention Development Research Branch of the NIMH Division of Translational Research. Dr. Morris works with the AMP SCZ program. They will talk about psychosis, schizophrenia, the importance of evaluating first episodes of psychosis, how LSU Health is partnering with EpiCenter, and how AMP SCZ is working to better understand schizophrenia. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.