Take Care

Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and Sunday 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.

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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.

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

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.

DCIS: One of the most common forms of breast cancer

Nov 20, 2015
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One in five women diagnosed with breast cancer will be told she has DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Tari King, 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, about what DCIS is and how it differs from other kinds of breast cancer.

More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Think food allergies are just for kids? Think again

Nov 15, 2015
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While food allergies are most common in babies and young children, adults are also susceptible. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss food allergies with Dr. Neeta Ogden.

Dr. Neeta Ogden is an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist in private practice in New York City, as well as a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

A common problem no one wants to talk about: hemorrhoids

Nov 15, 2015
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Hemorrhoids are a condition that nobody wants to talk about, but that more than half of all Americans will experience in their lifetime. This week on “Take Care,” we get to the bottom of hemorrhoids with Dr. Rajeev Jain.

Dr. Rajeev Jain is a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Dallas and clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Food allergy or intolerance?

Nov 13, 2015
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There's a lot more attention on food allergies these days. But what's the difference between an allergy and a food intolerance? And can you grow out of or develop new food allergies as you age? This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen ask Dr. Neeta Ogden these questions. Ogden is an allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Challenging conventional wisdom about growing old

Nov 8, 2015
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As Baby Boomers continue to age, more and more are reaching the retirement age. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss aging and how attitudes toward aging can be changed with Dr. Bill Thomas.

Dr. Bill Thomas is co-founder of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit organization focused on creating quality of life for elders and their care partners. He is a physician, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare and an award-winning author.

The benefits of beans

Nov 8, 2015
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Beans are a staple of many countries because of their protein and affordability. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the health benefits of beans and why you should be adding them to your diet with Johannah Sakimura.

Johannah Sakimura is a registered dietician who writes the Nutrition Sleuth column at Everyday Health. She has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.

Retiring old perceptions about aging

Nov 6, 2015
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As the influential baby boomer generation gets older, they are reinventing what it means to be a senior citizen. But much of American society views being elderly negatively. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Bill Thomas, a physician, author and expert on eldercare about changing this perception.


Health impacts of agricultural pesticides

Nov 1, 2015
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Many consumers have become concerned with the health impacts of ingesting residual pesticides used to protect fruit and vegetable. This week on “Take Care,” we talk with Dr. Dave Stone about the health implications of agricultural pesticides.

Dr. Dave Stone is a toxicologist and director of the National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ringing in the ears? It could be tinnitus

Nov 1, 2015
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Many people experience noise or ringing in the head or ears called tinnitus, but what happens when this noise impacts our daily lives? This week on “Take Care,” we discuss tinnitus with Dr. Tammy Kordas.

Dr. Tammy Kordas is an audiologist and clinical instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. Dr. Kordas is also a supervising audiologist at the Gebbie Speech Language Hearing Clinic at Syracuse University.

Pesticides & produce -- health risk?

Oct 30, 2015
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Many consumers are concerned about the pesticides used on commercially grown fruit and vegetables. But do the pesticides on produce really cause any health problems? This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen get the answer from Dave Stone, a toxicologist and director of the National Pesticide Information Center.

More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show Sunday at 6:30 p.m.  Support for this story comes from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

Does age have to bring difficulty seeing at night?

Oct 25, 2015
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Many people notice as they get older, they have a little more trouble seeing at night. But what causes this issue and can anything be done about it?

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist, eye surgeon, and co-director of the Cataract Service and Primary Eye Care Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Fall time change and its impact on sleep

Oct 25, 2015
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Sleep is key to maintaining good health, but what happens to the human sleep cycle when the clocks change in the fall?

This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the effects of fall time change on sleep. Dr. Lois Krahn is a psychiatrist and sleep researcher at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorder Center in Arizona.

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In just over a week, daylight saving time will end. But some people find it hard to adjust to the annual ritual of turning the clock back. This Sunday on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Lois Krahn, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona about how not to lose sleep over the time change.

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As the United States experiences a doctor shortage, more patients are seeing nurse practitioners and physician assistants for the diagnosis of routine ailments.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses the differences between nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Grover is chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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As fall approaches, you might think of orange and red leaves falling from trees. As you visit the grocery store or farmer’s market, remember the edible seasonal foliage that comes in the form of colorful produce and is packed with vitamins and nutrients.

This week on “Take Care,” Johannah Sakimura discusses the best fall vegetable choices. Sakimura has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition and writes the Sleuth column at Everyday Health.

The ins, outs and noises of MRI machines

Oct 11, 2015
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MRI machines can be a tremendous help when it comes to visualizing specific areas of the body that other imaging tools just can’t capture. But how do these gigantic machines work, and what’s with that loud banging noise?

This week on “Take Care,” we talk about these magnetic resonance imaging machines with Dr. Scott Buckingham, a radiologist with CRA Medical Imaging in Syracuse, NY.

Theraputic massage relieves pain one muscle at a time

Oct 11, 2015
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Muscles, tendons and ligaments can be a source of a lot of pain yet they fail to show up in diagnostic tests, like x-rays.

This week on “Take Care,” Tracy Segall, the lead licensed massage therapist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, talks about the benefits of massage therapy and how it can heal those “hidden” aches and pains.

The MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, has become an increasingly used diagnostic tool. But, some patients are quite apprehensive about having this test. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Scott Buckingham, a Syracuse radiologist, about the advances in MRIs and their use -- and how to cope with the test if you're claustrophobic.

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Over the last several decades, Americans have been searching for the ultimate diet that will result in the greatest weight loss for everyone. Low-carbohydrate diets are currently among the most popular, with proponents saying they are the ticket to losing weight. But how do low-carb diets actually compare to low-fat diets?

This week on “Take Care,” we interview a researcher who studied that very question. Kevin Hall is a senior investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight.

A healthy night's sleep starts with a healthy mattress

Oct 4, 2015
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Doctors do not prescribe mattresses, yet they can be the cause of countless aches and pains. Mattresses are important but what goes into choosing the right one?

This week on “Take Care,” Ed Perratore, senior editor for Consumer Reports, looks at how the right mattress can make all the difference.

Low-carb vs. low-fat: which diet works better?

Oct 2, 2015

Low-carb diets are currently very popular, and have been extolled for everything from helping lose weight to preventing disease. One group of scientists decided to test a low-carb diet head-to-head with a low fat diet to see which one caused dieters to lose more body fat. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with the leader of the study, Kevin Hall, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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