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.

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.

WRVO allows republishing of Take Care web posts at no charge, with the following provisions:  a) no editing of scripts, graphics or audio is allowed;  b) "WRVO Public Media" shall be credited on the republished post; and c) notification of intent to republish a post is emailed to TakeCare@wrvo.org.

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

The benefits of beans

Nov 8, 2015
Johannah Sakimura

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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Have you tried to make a change in your life to better your health and failed? You’re not alone. Whether it’s changing your diet, exercising more, or quitting smoking, one expert says it’s probably because you’re not using something called “design thinking.”

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Kyra Bobinet. She discussed how design thinking can revolutionize the way you go about making changes in your life in her just-released book, “Well-Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life.”

What to do about dandruff

Sep 27, 2015
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While it may not be a health issue, it may be a serious embarrassment. Dandruff can make its way from your scalp to your shoulders  in what seems like seconds after you shower.  How can you make those flakes go away?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Emmy Graber joins us with her recommendations for getting rid of dandruff. Graber is director of the Dermatology Institute of Boston.

Designing how you change your life

Sep 25, 2015

If you're trying to make a change regarding your health -- like quitting smoking or altering your diet -- any of us go all-in and try to immediately adjust our behavior all at once. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Kyra Bobinet, a physician and scientist who has authored the just-released book, “Well-Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life.” They discuss how using the concept of design can help us be successful and making changes.

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Many people think a headache is not a big deal, and they can just tough it out. But experts say that's not always the best idea.

This week on "Take Care," we talk to Dr. Mark Green, director of the Center for Headache and Pain Medicine and professor of neurology and anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Green discusses the different types of headaches, how to treat them, and debunks some headache myths.

The art of seeking a second opinion

Sep 20, 2015
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Seeking a second medical opinion can be an awkward process. No one wants hurt feelings but everyone wants what is best for them.

This week on “Take Care,” Erin Singleton, the chief of mission delivery at the Patient Advocate Foundation, addresses the importance of seeking a second medical opinion.

Seeking a second opinion

Sep 18, 2015

When you or a loved one receives a diagnosis and a doctor is urging you to act quickly, your first instinct might be to just do it. Then someone suggests that perhaps a second opinion might be a good idea. But that may seem like it's easier said than done. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Erin Singleton, chief of mission delivery of the nonprofit Patient Advocate Foundation, about when to seek a second opinion and how to go about getting one.

Ovarian cancer: why is it so hard to detect?

Sep 13, 2015
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The scariest trait of the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among women isn’t its symptoms, but its difficulty to be detected early.

This week on “Take Care” we talk to Dr. Martee Hensley, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, on the topic of ovarian cancer. Dr. Hensley's practice focuses on the care of women with gynecologic cancers.

Managing fall allergies

Sep 13, 2015
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Constant sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throats remind us of what? Allergies. Seasonal allergies can be a pain but knowing how to attack allergy season head on can make all the difference when they come rolling into town.

Dr. Neeta Ogden joins “Take Care,” this week to chat about fall allergies, what triggers them and how they can be properly handled.

Ovarian cancer causes & risk factors

Sep 11, 2015

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. While it may not get much attention as breast cancer, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the gynecological cancers. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with oncologist Dr. Martee Hensley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center about the risk factors for ovarian cancer and prevention measures. Dr. Hensley’s practice focuses on the care of women with gynecologic cancers.

How to prevent blood clots during travel

Aug 30, 2015
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Blood clots can serve a lifesaving function, but they also can be deadly if they form when a person has been immobile for a long period of time. The problem is most common on a long plane flight or car trip when people might be sitting in the same cramped position for several hours.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Menaka Pai, a hematologist at the Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, about why blood clots form and why they can put your life at risk. Pai is also an executive member of the organization Thrombosis Canada.

Are Fido & Fluffy disturbing your sleep?

Aug 30, 2015
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Sometimes, no matter how well trained a pet might be, it simply doesn’t want to sleep at any convenient time, keeping you up throughout the night.

This week on “Take Care,” Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Lois Krahn, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist at their Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona, on why some pets might be disturbing their owner’s sleep.

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It is human nature to squat when defecating. It was not until the invention of the modern-day toilet that humans started to sit upright for waste elimination. A new invention, the Squatty Potty, is bringing back that natural human instinct.

Dr. Rajeev Jain joins “Take Care,” this week to talk about the Squatty Potty and whether or not it really helps. Jain is the chief of gastroenterology at Texas Heath Dallas and a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

Why long flights can lead to blood clots

Aug 28, 2015

Between weather and security concerns, commercial air travel can seem more and more difficult. But there's also a health concern associated with very long flights if you are unable to move around -- blood clots. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Menaka Pai, a professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, about how blood clots form and why they can be deadly. Dr. Pai is also an executive member of the organization Thrombosis Canada.

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Each generation has their differences. Times change and people adapt but one thing that has always seemed to remain consistent is love.

Dr. Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at Cornell, joins “Take Care,” this week to discuss his new book, “30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationship and Marriage,” and how love has lasted throughout the generations.

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