Dr. Patrick Lavo

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Airs Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6 p.m. Allergic symptoms can range from mild to life threatening. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will be joined by Dr. Caroline Caperton, with WK Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Center in Shreveport, to talk about the latest in allergy testing and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (pink), morning glory (mint green), hollyhock (yellow), lily (dark green), primrose (red) and castor bean (light green). The image is magnified some x500.
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Airs Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. It's spring time. The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and yellow pollen is everywhere, much to the dismay of allergy sufferers. On this edition of Health Matters Dr. Patrick Lavo will host and the show features Dr. David Kaufman, pediatric allergist and immunologist with LSU Health Shreveport will talk about the latest treatments for allergies and asthma. 

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Airs Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will talk with Dr. G.E. Ghali, Professor and Chairman of LSU Health Shreveport; Dr. John Vanchiere Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. Andrew Yurochko, Vice Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats at LSU Health Shreveport; about the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, vaccines, virus variants and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. The holiday season is a time when it can be difficult to make healthy eating choices. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will be joined by Julie Hartley, wellness dietitian and health coach with Willis-Knighton Health System, and Libby Burkhalter, fitness expert and owner of Libbfit, to give us tips to help navigate the Thanksgiving and Christmas buffets and to achieve fitness goals throughout the busy season. Calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will discuss head trauma with Dr. Jennifer Kosty, Assistant Professor and Director of Skull Base Research Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Shreveport, and Jonathan Ford, Sports Director at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, July 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. Keep safe and healthy while enjoying summer activities. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will host our talk on summer safety with guests Lt. Richard Corbett, Director of Sheriff’s Safety Town; Dr. Steven Bienvenu, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics with LSU Health Shreveport; Raymond Lee, Executive Director of the BHP Billiton YMCA; and Shelley McMillian, CEO of Rock Solid. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

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Airs Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 6 p.m. Louisiana tops the list–for several sexually transmitted diseases. April is STD Awareness Month and the theme is Start the Conversation about STDs. Red River Radio will start the conversation about the growing rates of STDS on Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by members of the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health including: Iberia C.

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Airs Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 6 p.m. Measles outbreaks, a polio-like virus, the flu–what’s a parent to do? Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. John A. Vanchiere, Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at LSU Health Shreveport, to talk about these pediatric health issues and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

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Airs Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. Around one third of U.S. adults reportedly aren't getting enough sleep. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Dr. Patrick Lavo will talk about sleep wellness with Dr. Oleg Chernyshev, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director of Sleep Medicine Program and Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and StrokeNet Principal Investigator for the Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 6 p.m. It's back-to-school time.  Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. John A. Vanchiere, Vice-Chair for Pediatric Research and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at LSU Health; and Dr. Jennifer Singh, LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions Physician Assistant Program Medical Director; and Director of Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine Services at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine. They will talk about getting the kids prepared for school and lifestyle tips to make school time easier for parents and kids. 

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