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.

How your childhood shapes your eating habits

Nov 21, 2014

When it comes to making choices about what to eat, often people pick food they like over what's good for them. But what makes a meal comfort food is largely determined by cultural factors -- such as geography, ethnicity and socio-economics. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with public health expert Dr. Cynthia Morrow about how culture affects eating habits.

Lorraine Rapp?: How do you think our family background and culture influence the decisions we make regarding food choices?

Know your genetic history

Nov 16, 2014

One of the many thoughts that arise when a genetic condition is diagnosed is if there’s a possibility that it would be passed on to children.

This week on “Take Care,” genetic counselor Vickie Venne talks about the importance of knowing your family history and how genetic counseling can help families. Venne, the former president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, is author of “The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health” and was the first licensed genetic counselor in the United States.

Advice to help you prepare for disaster

Nov 16, 2014

There is a lot more that goes into preparing for any disaster than one might think. The usual flashlight and batteries just won’t cut it.

This week on “Take Care,” Commissioner Jerome Hauer shares advice on how to prepare for a disaster. Hauer is head of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

How to prepare for a natural disaster

Nov 14, 2014

Living in upstate New York brings with it a variety of weather -- and natural disasters, like blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen have part two of their conversation with Commisioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, who outlines what residents can do to prepare themselves for a weather emergency.

How New York state prepares for the worst

Nov 9, 2014

When disaster strikes, it generally is a surprise. But whether it's a natural disaster or a human-caused one, government entities can prepare for how to deal with them when they arise.

This week on “Take Care,” Commissioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services discusses what New York state has done to prepare for emergencies. 

Can a dog's nose detect ovarian cancer?

Nov 9, 2014

Dogs are known for their ability to smell things from a mile away. Now researchers are trying to put that talent to good use, training dogs to detect ovarian cancer in women with just their noses.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cindy Otto discusses how dogs’ sense of smell is leading researchers to catch ovarian cancer. Otto is the founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine.

Preparing for disaster

Nov 7, 2014

First September 11, then hurricanes, flooding and superstorms -- New York state has had to deal with its fair share of disasters, both natural and manmade. But what has the state learned from these events to help us deal with future catastrophes? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Commissioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services about what has been done to prepare for the next big crisis.

Vegetable vitality

Nov 2, 2014

You are probably aware of the health benefits of vegetables, but you may not know that their nutritional content can range widely depending on a variety of conditions.  The type, shape, storage, and preparation of vegetables can all influence the amount of antioxidants and other nutrients that you get out of them.

This week on “Take Care,” Jo Robinson talks about some of the healthiest vegetables and how to get the most nutritional value from 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.”

Radon -- the silent killer

Nov 2, 2014

Radon, a radioactive yet colorless and odorless gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. About 20,000 people die of it each year.

This week on “Take Care,” John Martin discusses how radon makes its way into homes and how people can eliminate it. John Martin is an Environmental Protection Agency spokesman.

The causes and concerns of radon exposure

Oct 31, 2014

The first time many people learn about radon is when they're buying or selling a house. But this gas, which has no smell, is more than just something to check off in your home inspection. Radon is a leading cause for lung cancer. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with John Martin from the Environmental Protection Agency about the causes and concerns of radon exposure.

Linda Lowen: What causes radon? Where does it come from and why is it a health hazard? How does it enter our homes?

Out cold: an overview of anesthesia

Oct 26, 2014

While in the past people may have bitten down on something hard or imbibed prior to and during invasive medical procedures, today we are fortunate to have the advanced medical field of anesthesiology to make operations as pleasant as possible.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jane Fitch discusses the types of anesthesia and their various applications.  Fitch is president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and professor and chair of the department of anesthesiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

You wake up, brush your teeth and head to the refrigerator for breakfast, but really wish you could have enjoyed that extra 30 minutes of sleep. Well, according to a few recent studies, you might be able to do so afterall.

This week on “Take Care,” health reporter Gretchen Reynolds, talks about how skipping breakfast may not be such a bad thing.  Reynolds writes for the New York Times "Well" blog and is the author of the book “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer.”

Breakfast: Not the meal of champions?

Oct 24, 2014

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?

BobVila.com

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.

Getting physical: is the physical exam becoming obsolete?

Oct 19, 2014

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.

Bob Vila on breathing clean air during the heating season

Oct 17, 2014

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?

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

Oct 12, 2014

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.

The many shapes and sizes of mushrooms

Oct 12, 2014

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.

Acid reflux disease basics

Oct 10, 2014

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?

TV news anchor's journey from medication to meditation

Oct 5, 2014

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Going green: the health benefits of green tea

Sep 28, 2014

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.

Green tea time brings health benefits

Sep 26, 2014

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?

The keys to healthy knees

Sep 21, 2014

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.

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.

Keeping the pounds off with sleep

Sep 19, 2014

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?

Keeping cool: how to treat hot flashes

Sep 14, 2014

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.

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

Raw food diet in its 'natural state'

Sep 14, 2014

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.

Pages