Take Care

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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.

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Keeping calm can sometimes be difficult when you have a million things to do, the dog chewed your car keys, the kids are running around the house, and you spilled coffee on your last clean shirt 10 minutes before work. But what if there was a way you could keep calm on the go?

This week on “Take Care,” entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith speaks with us about his new app “Calm.” Acton Smith has been called the Willy Wonka of digital media and the British Disney for his creativity. He is the co-founder of the website Calm.com, the author of “Calm: Calm the Mind, Change the World,” and is an officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the creative industries. 

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Caring for someone you love can have its rewards—one of them being peace of mind that they're in good hands. But providing long-term care can take its toll. In shouldering the emotional burdens of others, caregivers can feel drained and helpless to make a positive difference, and the result can be detrimental to their own health.

Compassion fatigue is the term used to define this, a term that’s not often heard. To talk about it this week on “Take Care” is Jane Pernotto Ehrman. Ehrman is a lead behavioral health specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine in the Wellness Institute, where she oversees lifestyle wellness programs for chronic disease and general wellness.

The importance of calm

Mar 4, 2016

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage at the moment, and there are lots of ways to learn how to meditate. High-profile British entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith has co-founded a website, book and smartphone app called Calm. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with the man known as the “Willy Wonka of digital media” about why the concept of "calm" is important to him and what's different about his app.

What having autism really means; comparing perceptions

Feb 27, 2016
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The human brain is divided into four lobes that control our five senses and our personality. But what if these lobes were all on a different page and failed to work together? Much like a team of elite football players who all think their own strategy to win the game is best, but lose in the end because no one understood what the other was trying to do. 

Autism works much in this way and can make it difficult for people with the disorder to perform certain tasks. But having the disorder does not mean a person is incapable of anything someone without it can do. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barry Prizant, a clinical scholar, consultant, and researcher in the field of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the author of “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism,” explains what it means to have autism, and why the common view of its barriers may need to be shattered.

Cough medicine: when to use it and what to buy

Feb 27, 2016
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Coughing when you’re sick can be a noisy nuisance for both you, and the people around you. But when you go to the store to buy medicine to stop that cough, the options can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing.

This week, “Take Care” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen talk to Dr. Elizabeth Higdon, who holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is an instructor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus in Vermont, and ask her advice on what the best cough medicines are to buy, and when to buy them.

Changing perceptions on autism

Feb 26, 2016

There's often a stigma when it comes to someone with autism. But everyone with autism is different, and there is no single set of behaviors specific to this condition. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Barry Prizant, a clinical researcher and author of the book "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism", about some of the ways we can change our perceptions when it comes to autism. 

The health benefits of coconut oil and when to use it

Feb 20, 2016
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Cooking trends come and go as new information is constantly developing on the healthiest types of foods to cook with. But the most current one was not expected, having once been called “the devil himself in liquid form” by The New York Times.

This week on “Take Care,” Megan Ware, registered dietician, nutritionist and writer for Medical News Today and Livestrong.com, explains the health benefits of the new cooking trend: coconut oil.

How to survive the winter without getting injured

Feb 20, 2016
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No matter if the winter is mild or strong, dry and icy, or wet and snowy, cold weather often tends to bring injuries with it.   

Although cold-weather-related injuries may seem inevitable, there are tips and tricks to staying out of the hospital this winter. Dr. Christopher McStay, the chief of operations in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the former chief of service for the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department in New York City, speaks with us this week on “Take Care” on how to do this.

Cold, snow, ice & injuries

Feb 19, 2016

Often when there's a big snowstorm, reports of weather-related injuries -- and even deaths -- make the news. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Christopher McStay, Chief of Clinical Operations for the Emergency Department at the University of Colorado Hospital, and professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, about winter-specific injuries and how to avoid and treat them.

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If you're a journalist covering medicine and science, writing for The New York Times could be considered the pinnacle of professional success. But to write on personal health at the paper for over 50 years is an unparalleled achievement.

This week, “Take Care” talks with a columnist for The New York Times of 50 years, Jane Brody, on how she became a widely published and known author on health and science topics. Her column on personal health is published in The New York Times every Tuesday, and also in many other newspapers across the country. She is also the author of over a dozen books, including “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.

Lasik eye surgery: how it works and what to expect

Feb 13, 2016
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The eye is one of most complex organs in the human body. There are different muscles involved in moving your eyes across this page to read, and many internal components allowing you to see the words and focus the light from your computer screen.

But in many cases, how your eyes refract light can be impaired, requiring you to wear glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Bryan Lee, a LASIK specialist who was named one of the top 40 ophthalmologists under 40 in the world, and serves on the Council of American Academy of Ophthalmology, speaks with us this week on “Take Care” and explains the alternative to eye glasses and contact lenses.

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Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation—these are symptoms none of us like to talk about, but they are also the leading symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In some cases, symptoms may be mild and ignored, but in other cases they can be severe and interfere with day-to-day life.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Salam Zakko, a gastroenterologist and founder of the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute at Bristol Hospital, sheds some light on the disorder that no one likes to talk about.

What your grip strength says about your health

Feb 6, 2016
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Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on genetic testing to tell you what diseases you're at risk for, testing the strength of your grip could give you similar information about how long you might live.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Darryl Leong explains a new revelation that grip strength may be an indicator of mortality. As an assistant professor of cardiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Leong, along with a team of researchers, conducted a four year-long study focusing on this correlation.

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Medical researchers have spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to predict how long a person will live. One recent study found a surprising indicator of mortality: the strength of a person's grip. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with the author of the study, Doctor Darryl Leong, a cardiologist from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

Nothing to fear

Jan 30, 2016
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Everyone is afraid of something. But avoiding the things you’re afraid of may be holding you back personally and professionally in ways you may not even be aware of.

This week on “Take Care” speaks with author Patty Chang Anker, who herself was deathly afraid of a variety of things. She tackled those fears one by one and also researched fear – interviewing experts and other people with fears. That journey led to the book “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.”

How to avoid sickness this winter

Jan 30, 2016
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With cold and flu season in full swing, many of us are being exposed to unwanted germs, and feel we have too much on our plate to be stuck in bed sneezing and coughing. Fortunately, there are some ways to avoid these dreaded illnesses this winter.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Philip Tierno gives us some tips on how to stay healthy when the people around us are not. Tierno is a professor in the departments of pathology and microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is better known however, as Dr. Germ for his research and his book on germs, “The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them.”

How to avoid getting a cold or the flu

Jan 29, 2016

It's that time again -- cold and flu season. And if a family member or close co-worker comes down with a cold, what's the best way to avoid catching whatever they've got? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of pathology and microbiology at NYU and a world-renowned expert on germs. Dr. Tierno discusses how cold and flu germs are spread.

Antidepressants help ease a range of symptoms

Jan 23, 2016
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With symptoms that include fatigue, decreased energy, low appetite and weight loss (or overeating and weight gain), insomnia or oversleeping, and headaches -- depression can be a debilitating medical condition. Fortunately, antidepressants have been around for decades and many have proven effective for patients.

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Dr. Michael Hirsch about antidepressants. Hirsch is a psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is also lead editor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy.

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People who feel an uncontrollable need to move their legs when they are at rest, or feel sensations or pain in their legs, may have restless legs syndrome, or RLS. You may have seen commercials on TV about medications to help RLS, but not really understand what it is.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jacci Bainbridge, a professor in the department of clinical pharmacy at the University of Colorado at Denver and the Health Sciences discusses what RLS, it’s treatment and who’s most likely to get it. Bainbridge is also on the board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation.

Understanding antidepressants

Jan 22, 2016
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Antidepressants have been around for decades, but there is still much confusion about how they work and who should take them.  This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Michael Hirsch, a psychiatrist and psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School about why these drugs are an important tool in fighting depression.

Don't lose sleep over a visit to a sleep lab

Jan 16, 2016
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Sleep is essentially to human life. So when something goes wrong and your sleep is regularly interrupted, or you can’t stop sleeping, it can be a serious problem. After seeing a doctor, your next stop might just be a sleep lab. The thought of spending a night in a lab can be a scary idea for many people.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lois Krahn demystifies the process of studying sleep in the lab. Krahn is a psychiatrist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona which sees over 3,000 people annually.

Eating paleo: the science behind the diet and lifestyle

Jan 16, 2016
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It’s been called the caveman diet, but does it really replicate what people ate in the Paleolithic era? The Paleo diet has gained popularity in recent years for its focus on fresh, high-quality, unprocessed foods and its avoidance of grains, starches and added sugar.

This week,  Sarah Ballantyne -- a scientist turned Paleo advocate -- will introduce us to the science behind eating Paleo. Ballantyne is the founder of ThePaleoMom.com and author of many New York Times bestselling books on the same topic.

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The paleo diet is one of the more popular current diets -- based on a theory that modern day man would be healthier if he or she ate more like a caveman. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Sarah Ballantyne, scientist turned paleo activist and author. Balantyne discusses the theories behind the diet and some of the new research into possible benefits.

How to be a smart health insurance consumer

Jan 9, 2016
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It might seem like there’s nothing more confusing than choosing a health insurance plan. Insurance and health terms alike can seem like a foreign language. And all most consumers want is a plan that’s going to help keep them healthy without breaking the bank.

This week on “Take Care,” Erin Singleton helps translate the complicated world of health insurance. Singleton is chief of mission delivery at the Patient Advocate Foundation, a national non-profit that helps individuals resolve issues related to their medical diagnosis.

Odds are you will get a torn meniscus

Jan 9, 2016
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A nice long walk here, a quick jog there -- many of us take our mobility for granted, until it becomes an issue. Our knees bear the weight of our body (pressure about four times the weight of our body, to be exact) and injuries to the knee may be more common than you think. When pain comes creeping along, it could be a tear in the meniscus. Meniscus tears are relatively common in older adults and can result in the inability to walk comfortably, locking of the knee and even debilitating pain.

This week, Dr. Gregory Martin joins us with meniscus basics and a look at which options are key to prolonging flexibility and mobility. Dr. Martin is a board-certified, Harvard-fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. He’s also author of the book “Education for Knees: Everything You Need to Know for Happy, Healthy and Pain-Free Knees.”

Legionnaires' disease: cause, diagnosis and treatment

Dec 6, 2015
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Legionnaires' disease has been in the news recently with cases in New York City and Syracuse. But many people don’t know much about the illness other than it derives its name from a 1976 Legionnaires’ convention when attendees contracted the disease.

The good news is that much has been learned about the Legionnaires’ since then. Much of that knowledge is due to the work of Janet Stout, one of the top authorities on Legionnaires' and an engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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There are few things as intimate as food, according to this week’s guest. Food affects the quality of our day; we celebrate with food; we’re passionate about food -- for health and pleasure. And this fascination presents an opportunity for exploitation, says Dr. David Katz, who has been following the diet debate for years.

Behind the mystery of Legionnaires' disease

Dec 4, 2015
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Legionnaires' disease has been in the news recently with cases in New York City and Syracuse. But many people don't really know what this illness is. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Janet Stout, one of the top authorities on Legionnaires' and an engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

DCIS and what it means for women's health

Nov 22, 2015
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Everyone is aware of breast cancer, but not everyone knows much about the various kinds of breast cancer. DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, is a non-invasive type of breast cancer which may or may not become invasive breast cancer. This week on “Take Care,” we focus on DCIS with Dr. Tari A. King.

Dr. Tari A. King is Chief of Breast Surgery at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the associate division chief for breast surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Talking turkey about labels this Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2015
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With the holidays approaching, turkey is at the top of many shopping lists. A trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming with so many different options including organic, free-range and hormone-free meats. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss what these terms mean with Susan Moores.

Susan Moores is a registered dietitian and former national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Moores has also written for the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC and covers healthy eating at her website SusanMoores.com.