Take Care

Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm

A weekly conversation on health and wellness, Take Care draws upon the expertise of both regional guests and the country's leading authorities on medicine, technology, psychology and human behavior, health care, and public policy. Hosted by Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, Take Care explores a variety of topics that impact our lives and our choices in treating illness and enhancing wellness.

If you have a comment, question or suggestion for future broadcast - you can email both Linda, Lorraine and the show producers at takecare@wrvo.org any time.

Information on this broadcast is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. WRVO also provides a more detailed disclaimer.

Support for Take Care comes from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

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5:34am

Fri October 24, 2014
Health

Breakfast: Not the meal of champions?

For generations, parents and nutritionists repeated the claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with health reporter Gretchen Reynolds about new scientific research showing that this may not be the case. Gretchen Reynolds writes for The New York Times Well blog

Lorraine Rapp: For years we’ve been told not to skip breakfast especially if we’re trying to lose weight. Why all of a sudden, are the experts backing off that advice?

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7:30pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Health

Home handyman Bob Vila gives us tips on indoor air quality

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It’s getting cold in here and that means it’s time to come inside, close the windows and turn on the heat. And when you turn on the heat, the air filter in your furnace kicks into high gear -- filtering out particles and allergens so clean air can circulate through your home.

This week on Take Care, we speak with home improvement expert Bob Vila. When it comes to providing trusted and reliable information to homeowners, Vila may be the most recognized name in home remodeling. He has nearly 30 years under his tool belt as America’s handyman host and he shares his suggestions for breathing the cleanest, healthiest air in our homes.

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7:30pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Health

Getting physical: is the physical exam becoming obsolete?

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You may consider the physical exam an essential part of any visit to the doctor’s office, but its role in health care has seen a general decline over recent years due to improved technology, questions regarding the necessity of the exam, and the dearth of time that doctors have to properly evaluate each patient.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Danielle Ofri talks about the importance of the physical exam and its role in providing effective health care.  Ofri is an internist at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection in The New York Times.

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5:34am

Fri October 17, 2014
Health

Bob Vila on breathing clean air during the heating season

WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with home improvement expert Bob Vila about how you can ensure the indoor air you're breathing is as clean and healthy as possible.

Lorraine Rapp: What steps can we take to ensure that we are breathing clean air in our homes?

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7:01pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Health

Keeping it down: acid reflux disease and how to treat it

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For many of us, the burning sensation associated with acid reflux disease or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a familiar yet fortunately infrequent experience. However, recurring symptoms of the disease can lead to reduced quality of life and an increased risk for serious health conditions.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Rajeev Jain discusses the symptoms of acid reflux and the treatments for the disease. Jain is chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Dallas and a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

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7:00pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Health

The many shapes and sizes of mushrooms

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Although mushrooms are a popular ingredient in many dishes, their nutritional benefits are often overlooked. 

This week on “Take Care,” nutritionist Joan Rogus describes some of the more popular kinds of mushrooms and how to get the most nutrition out of them. Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

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5:23am

Fri October 10, 2014
Health

Acid reflux disease basics

Acid reflux disease is not enjoyable for those who suffer from it. But acid performs an important function in the body. This week on WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Rajeev Jain, the chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas about what causes acid reflux and how to treat it.

Lorraine Rapp: Before we talk about acid reflux disease, would you explain exactly where acid comes from, and what its role is in the body?

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7:01pm

Sun October 5, 2014
Health

TV news anchor's journey from medication to meditation

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Acting on impulse is a problem many people deal with, but many do not know how to control. However, one television news anchor says there is a way to control your thoughts and actions before you yell at the person that cut you in line at Starbucks.

This week on “Take Care,” ABC News anchor Dan Harris discusses the benefits of meditation and how it made him change his view on his life. Harris is the author of the newly published book, “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story.” Harris currently works as a correspondent for ABC News and is a co-anchor for Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America.

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7:00pm

Sun October 5, 2014
Health

Meditation and breathing -- a life-improving combination

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Meditation may seem like something that would be hard to do, or difficult to work into your schedule. But experts say there are many health benefits to meditation that can be achieved if you can find the time.

This week on “Take Care,” Jane Pernotto Ehrman talks about how meditation can benefit you and your health. Ehrman is the lead behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Lifestyle Medicine in the Wellness Institute.

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5:34am

Fri October 3, 2014
Health

ABC News' Dan Harris on his journey to discovering meditation

ABC News reporter and anchor Dan Harris seemed to have a charmed life. Harris reported from around the world as a network television correspondent -- all before the age of 30. But under the surface he was anything but calm.

This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, Harris tells the story of his journey from drug abuse to discovering how meditation could quiet the internal voice that was keeping him from being happy. Hear more this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on WRVO.

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7:02pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Health

A healthy career: Nancy Shute and her experiences as a health journalist

Nancy Shute, science and medical journalist and co-host of the NPR Shots blog.

“Take Care” is dedicated to providing WRVO’s listeners with reliable and useful information regarding health and wellness issues.  Although most of our interviews involve specialists in certain areas of medicine, this time we wanted to interview someone on the other side of health news.

This week on “Take Care,” Nancy Shute talks about her experiences as a health journalist and what she has learned along the way.  Shute is co-host of “Shots,” NPR’s health and medical blog.  She also writes for Scientific American, National Geographic, and U.S. News and World Report.

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7:00pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Health

Going green: the health benefits of green tea

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You may enjoy having a cup of coffee every morning, but have you ever considered switching to green tea?

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff discusses the health benefits of green tea and how to properly incorporate the beverage into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website Ashley Koff Approved, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

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5:34am

Fri September 26, 2014
Health

Green tea time brings health benefits

Today's consumers seem to be always looking for foods that have lots of health benefits. Green tea is one of those foods that have been recently credited for everything from helping you lose weight to preventing cancer. This week on WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with one of the country's top dieticians, Ashley Koff, about why drinking green tea is a healthy choice.

Lorraine Rapp: What is it about green tea that makes it so healthy?

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7:01pm

Sun September 21, 2014
Health

The keys to healthy knees

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Many of us have suffered from knee pain at some point in our lives.  Because knees are such a common source of pain, many people could be helped by becoming more familiar with the joint and its injury types.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Gregory Martin gives an overview of the knee and the best ways to deal with knee pain.  Martin is a board-certified, Harvard fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and author of the book “Education4Knees: Everything you Need to Know for Happy, Healthy, and Pain-Free Knees.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Martin.

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7:00pm

Sun September 21, 2014
Health

Sleeping off the weight: new research on the relationship between sleep and your metabolism

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In today’s world of lightning-fast communication and advanced technology, productivity is a priority for virtually everybody.  The focus on productivity often takes away from those parts of our lives that may seem less important but are actually essential to our health, such as sleep.  You may think that a few cups of coffee can compensate for a lack of sleep, but new research reveals that prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain and a slower metabolism.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Eve Van Cauter talks about the importance of having healthy sleeping habits for dietary and digestive health.  Van Cauter is professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s sleep metabolism and health center.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Van Cauter.

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5:34am

Fri September 19, 2014
Health

Keeping the pounds off with sleep

A growing body of research is linking obesity to sleep deprivation. This week on “Take Care,” WRVO's weekly health and wellness show, hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Eve Van Cauter, a physician and the director of the University of Chicago's Sleep, Metabolism and Health center, about why people feel hungry when they are tired and haven't had enough sleep.

Lorraine Rapp: Why is there a tendency to overeat when we’re tired?

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7:01pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Health

Keeping cool: how to treat hot flashes

Jason Coleman

Hot flashes are a normal part of any woman’s progression through menopause that are often viewed as a simple passing phase. While many women go through menopause with little discomfort, others have a much harder time dealing with their symptoms and look for available treatment options.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. JoAnn Manson discusses hot flashes and the things that women can do to reduce the severity of their symptoms. Manson is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s hospital.

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7:00pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Health

Raw food diet in its 'natural state'

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The raw diet has received a lot of attention from celebrities and health conscious people recently. But what actually constitutes a “raw” diet? Is it the temperature? It may just be a few simple changes that will not alter your lifestyle, just your health.

This week on "Take Care," Yuri Elkaim talks about what it really means to be on a raw diet. Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, fitness expert and health coach, as well as a former professional soccer player. He currently writes a fitness blog at U.S. News and World Report.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Yuri Elkaim.

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5:06am

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Getting benefits from raw foods without going all nuts

In recent years, raw food diets have become popular. This week on “Take Care.” WRVO's weekly health and wellness show, hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Yuri Elkaim, a holistic nutritionist and blogger for U.S. News and World Report. Elkaim explains how to get the benefits of eating more raw foods, even if you don't want to completely give up your favorite grilled, steamed or baked dishes.

Linda Lowen: What are the principals behind a raw food diet and when we say raw, are we really talking raw?

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7:01pm

Sun September 7, 2014
Health

Subsidized school lunches -- a matter of finances, taste and nutrition

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Recent changes to the National School Lunch Program have been controversial, with some student, parents and educators complaining about them. A few school districts nationwide have even decided to drop out of the program.

This week on “Take Care,” Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants in Washington, D.C., discusses the history of the school lunch program, the new guidelines, and the reason behind why some school districts are dropping out.

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7:00pm

Sun September 7, 2014
Health

Understanding brain tumors

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Brain cancer may not be as common as other forms of cancer, but over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain tumors each year. 

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Tracy Batchelor discusses the kinds of brain tumors and the ways in which they are treated. Batchelor is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and executive director at the Massachusetts General Hospital brain tumor center. Dr. Batchelor treated the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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5:34am

Fri September 5, 2014
Health

Federal school lunch policy -- healthy choice or burdensome regulation?

Recent changes to make the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program more nutritious have been controversial. In fact, several central New York schools have opted out. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants in Washington, D.C. about how the program works.

Lorraine Rapp: Bring us up to date, if you would, on what changes were made and what was the reason behind it?

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7:01pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Health

Making healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle

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It is a familiar occurrence.  You get home from work with plans to go for a run or head to the gym, but you decide that you are too tired and end up watching television instead.  Why is it that you watch television even though you know that exercising would be a much more productive and healthy use of your time?

This week on “Take Care,” B.J. Gallagher discusses the reasons why we do not always do what is best for us and how we can make positive changes to our lifestyles.  Gallagher is a sociologist and author of the book “Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know Are Good for Me?” 

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with B.J. Gallagher.

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5:34am

Fri August 22, 2014
Health

How to make hard but healthy choices

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You may know that you should eat lots of vegetables and exercise more to stay healthy, but although you know these things, you may not choose to do them. This week on Take Care, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with sociologist and author B.J. Gallagher about why we don't always act in our own self-interest, and how we can change that pattern.

Lorraine Rapp: How does a negative self-image and poor self-esteem actually stop us from doing the things we know are good for us?

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7:01pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Continuing education for doctors

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After many years of hard work at medical school, recently graduated students may like to believe that they have finally completed their education.  However, since medical practice and treatments are constantly evolving, doctors are required to receive periodic supplementary education in order to maintain their practices.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses continuing medical education and its importance for both physicians and their patients.  Grover serves as chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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7:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Approaches to hair loss in women

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If a man starts losing hair as he gets older, it is usually accepted as a normal part of aging.  Many women also experience thinning hair related to aging but work hard to hide it.  Women may expect the other signs of aging, such as wrinkling and grey hair, but hair loss often catches them off guard.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Maria Hordinsky about the causes of hair loss in women and how to prevent or mitigate its symptoms.  Hordinsky is professor and chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.

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5:34am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

Maintaining a doctor's education

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Do you ever wonder how your doctors are keeping up on the latest developments in medicine? This week on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Atul Grover with the Association of American Medical Colleges about the continuing education requirements for doctors and how you can find out if your physician is up to date.

Lorraine Rapp: Most patients are probably not aware that their medical practitioner is required to take continuing education in their field.  How does that work?

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7:01pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Health

Picking the right fruits

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One of the perks of summer in New York state is the ability to purchase local fruit.  While every kind of fruit is healthier than most other foods, choosing certain kinds of fruit and preparing them the correct way can significantly increase their nutritional benefits.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jo Robinson discusses which fruits are the healthiest and how to select and store them.  Robinson is a health writer and investigative journalist.  Her most recent book is “Eating on the Wild Side:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Robinson.

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7:00pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Health

Physiatry: an obscure type of medicine

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You are probably familiar with physical therapists and physicians, but have you ever heard of physiatrists

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Farrah Siddiqui discusses the medical field of physiatry and how it is practiced.  Siddiqui is an interventional physiatrist at RSM Medical Associates based in Syracuse, New York.

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5:35am

Fri August 8, 2014
Health

Figuring out what physiatry is all about

The field of medicine may seem like it's getting more and more specialized and technical, but there's a medical specialty that's been around for decades, relies on the basics of physical medicine and many people have never heard of. This week on "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Syracuse-based physiatrist Dr. Farah Siddiqui to explain what physiatry is.

Lorraine Rapp: Physiatry is a relatively new medical specialty.  What exactly does a physiatrist do?

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