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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.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 6 p.m. April is Autism Acceptance Month. On this episode of Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Dr. Shawn McNeil, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, hosts a discussion on recognizing autism in children and therapies and treatments to support children with autism. Guests include Mike McGill, speech-language pathologist and Assistant Director of Children's Center at LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. Adam Blancher, counseling psychologist with Children’s Center at LSU Health Shreveport, and Becca Durr, speech-language pathologist with Children’s Center at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.
  • Health Matters, Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. One-third of U..S adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep. On this Health Matters, Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Sheila Asghar, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at LSU Health Shreveport, to talk about the importance of sleep and sleep disorders experienced by adults and children. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.
  • Health Matters, March 3, 2022. Ranae Moran hosts this episode of Health Matters to talk about kidney health. One in seven American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease, and most may not know that their kidneys are in decline. To tell us more about issues affecting the kidneys and why we should pay attention to our kidney health, Moran is joined by Dr. Srijan Tandukar, transplant nephrologist with the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center at Willis Knighton in Shreveport, and Dr. Thomas Siskron, urologist at Signature Urology with Willis Knighton Health System and Assistant Professor of Urology at LSU Health Shreveport.
  • Health Matters, Feb. 17, 2022. Dr. Randall Brewer hosts this episode of Health Matters on how orthopaedic surgeries and the orthopaedic residency program at LSU Health Shreveport adapted during the pandemic, and how some of their practices have been implemented nationwide. Guests include Dr. Shane Barton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at LSU Health and Dr. Patrick Massey, Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Clinical Research at LSU Health Shreveport, two of the physicians whose publication led to guidelines being adopted by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at 6 p.m. Kermit Poling will host this episode of Health Matters as we talk with Andrew Yurochko, PhD, Krista Queen, PhD, and about COVID Sequencing – why it matters and how LSU Health Shreveport is contributing to this international conversation. Dr. Andrew Yurochko is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats, Professor and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Carroll Feist Endowed Chair in Viral Oncology and Director and PI, CoBRE Center of Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes at LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Krista Queen is the Director of Viral Genomics and Surveillance for the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.
  • Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. As the Omicron variant is surging in our region and across the country, Dr. Sanford Katz hosts this episode of Health Matters with guests Dr. John Vanchiere, Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease at LSU Health Shreveport and Director of LSU Health Shreveport COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccinations, and Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Infectious Disease Physician with Willis-Knighton Health System. They will update us on how people are faring with this variant, testing and treatments, new isolation recommendations, and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Lacey Moffatt, psychologist, is joined by Tina Feldt, Director of Counseling and Disability Services at Centenary College of Louisiana, to talk about the effects of stress and techniques to manage stress, including practicing mindfulness.
  • Health Matters, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. On this Health Matters we talk with Dr. Robert Holladay, Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Program Director for the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program at LSU Health Shreveport, about the etiology of lung cancer and the latest treatments. We are also joined by Jarrod Mitchell, Cardiac Rehab Coordinator at Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about smoking cessation.
  • Airs Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. REPEAT - Information about COVID-19 and COVID vaccines is all over the Internet, and it can be hard to…
  • Airs Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. On this episode of Health Matters, Dr. Patrick Lavo talks…