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.

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

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Although playing video games may seem like a big reason some children live a sedentary lifestyle, they may also be one key to reducing obesity.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Amanda Staiano tells us about her research on how being active indoors through use of video games could reduce childhood obesity. Staiano is an assistant professor at the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. She also co-authored the study, "Exergames for Physical Education Courses: Physical, Social, and Cognitive Benefits," and gave a TED talk on the topic at LSU this year.

What you need to know about bedbugs

Apr 16, 2016
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For many years, worrying about letting the bedbugs bite wasn’t something most Americans had to think about before going to sleep. But over the past decade or so they seem to have come back with a vengeance.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Harold Harlan, a bedbug specialist, tells us what we need to know about bedbugs and how we can avoid them. Harlan is a retired military medical entomologist whose research through raising bedbugs has been instrumental to helping the U.S. develop a federal response to the problem. Through his work he has earned the Environmental Protection Agency's bronze medal, the highest honor the EPA bestows.

Exactly what are bedbugs?

Apr 15, 2016
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After virtually disappearing for years, bedbugs have returned as a public health issue in cities across the country. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Harold Harlan, a retired military medical entomologist, to find out more about bedbugs and the hazards they bring.

The science behind sensitivity

Apr 9, 2016
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Scary movies, large crowds, and obnoxious party lights are things that can bother all of us from time to time. But if you find yourself avoiding these types of things at all costs, you may have a trait that makes you do so.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Ted Zeff explains this trait and how those that have it are considered to be highly sensitive people, or HSP. Zeff is a leading authority on the trait of high sensitivity and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the author of several books including “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide.”

How to make a first-time vegetable garden a success

Apr 9, 2016
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Having your own vegetable garden can be a delight in the warm weather—picture being able to open the door and pick fresh vegetables for dinner. But if you’ve never gardened before, getting started can seem a bit tricky.

This week on “Take Care,” gardening expert Amy Jeanroy lets us in on the makings of a successful garden. Jeanroy covers herb gardening for the how-to website About.com, and has operated a family greenhouse business for the past 15 years. She's also the author of “Canning and Preserving for Dummies.”

Psychologists and researchers are increasingly coming to understand the idea that some people are more sensitive than others to things like noises, smells and upsetting situations. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen explore the condition of being a highly sensitive person with psychologist and author Ted Zeff, an expert on the topic.

The hidden world of bacteria that lives inside us

Apr 2, 2016
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What if we were more bacteria than human? You might imagine we’d be a walking sickness that was never healthy, looking to latch on to the next person to live on. But the truth is—we are.

There are more bacterial cells that make up the human body than our own cells. But just because they’re bacterial cells doesn’t mean they’re bad for us. In fact, they sustain human life. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Raphael Kellman tells us how the bacteria that live in our bodies can determine and improve our health. Kellman is an internist, a pioneer in holistic medicine, and founder of the Kellman Center for Functional and Integrative Medicine in Manhattan. He's also the author of "The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss." 

Don't hide your age, celebrate it

Apr 2, 2016
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When we’re teenagers we can’t wait to grow up. Then we move out and realize—being an adult is hard. Then we think how we can’t wait to be even older so the hard stuff can stop being hard. Then we get older and wish we were young again. Aging is something we all do and all think about at some point in our lives, but is one of the aspects of our bodies we have no control over.

This week on “Take Care,” Gina Barreca talks about the dreaded process of aging, and why it shouldn’t be so dreaded. Barreca is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, a columnist for the Hartford Courant, has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. She is the author of “They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor” and "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?"

Why is getting old a bad thing?

Apr 1, 2016
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With any luck, getting old is something that happens to all of us. So why does aging sometimes seem like a dirty word? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Gina Barreca, a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut and a columnist with The Hartford Courant, about society's views on aging.

What are freckles and why do some have more than others?

Mar 26, 2016
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The reason why our skin is light or dark can date back to evolution thousands of years ago. People that originated in places with high sun exposure have darker pigmented skin to protect them from the rays of the sun, and those that originated in areas with low sun exposure have lighter pigmented skin. But what is it about the pigment of our skin that causes freckles?

Dr. Emmy Graber can answer this question. This week on “Take Care,” the dermatologist and former director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center, and current president and founder of the Dermatology Institute of Boston, speaks with us about what a freckle is and why we have them.

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Eat, breathe, sleep, repeat -- this is usually the typical daily schedule of a newborn child. But what happens when a child loses the ability to do one of these things?

This week on “Take Care,” Virginia Sole-Smith tells the story of her daughter Violet who required a feeding tube for the first two years of her life. Sole-Smith is a journalist and has written about health and women's issues for Self, Newsweek, Elle, Harper's and BuzzFeed. She also shared her personal story in an article published in The New York Times Magazine in February 2016.

When babies refuse to eat

Mar 25, 2016

Feeding a baby may seem like one of the most natural things possible. But many infants end up on feeding tubes because of various medical conditions. Then once the illness is resolved, the baby refuses to eat. That's what happened to Virginia Sole-Smith and her one-month old baby Violet. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Sole-Smith, a journalist who has written about her daughter's experience with the condition of oral aversion.

Why some might keep their cancer a secret

Mar 19, 2016
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There are a number of diseases known to man that are incurable, some more serious than others. But if you had a serious incurable disease, would you want everyone around you to know? Or would you want to keep it to yourself?

These are questions many of us don’t have to think about, but for someone diagnosed with cancer, it may be something they put some serious thought into. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Mindy Greenstein discusses some of the problems cancer can cause “from both sides of the hospital bed.” Greenstein is a clinical psychologist and author, a consultant in the department of psychiatry at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is a cancer survivor herself.

What to do when allergies spring forth this season

Mar 19, 2016
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That last patch of snow on your lawn is finally melting, the sun is out and warming your face, and the trees and flowers are coming back to life. Spring is in the air and you’re ready to start enjoying the outdoors again, but there’s one thing that’s slowing you down: allergies.

Spring allergies can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and keep you from enjoying the no-longer-cold weather. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Neeta Ogden tells us what can cause those unwanted allergies and how to manage them this spring. Ogden is an adult and pediatric allergist, asthma specialist, and immunologist in New York City, and is a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Cancer: To share or keep secret?

Mar 18, 2016

Some cancer patients choose to be open and public about their diagnosis and treatment. But others prefer to keep their struggle with the disease a secret from anyone but their closest family and friends. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Mindy Greenstein, a psycho-oncologist who is also a cancer survivor herself. They discuss the pros and cons of both decisions

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You’ve finally made it to your bed after a long day of work where your TV welcomes you with your favorite show. You’ve eaten your three meals of the day, but as your favorite character is being rushed to the hospital you notice a sound that doesn’t quite belong: the growling of your stomach.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with running to the kitchen during a commercial break to grab a quick snack, but at a late hour what you grab matters. The ingredients in many foods can be detrimental to your sleep. This week on “Take Care,” hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp talk to registered dietician and nutritionist Kerri-Ann Jennings about her article, “8 Foods to Avoid Before Bedtime.” Jennings writes for “Yoga Journal,” “Men’s Health,” the Huffington Post, and Cooking Channel TV.  

Conceptions and misconceptions about physical therapy

Mar 12, 2016
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A physical ache, pain or injury can send you to the doctor, who may suggest surgery or pain medication. But there may be another option. A method in which people are often able to increase their strength and mobility, regain health, and avoid harsh treatments that may cause long-term side effects.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Erson Religioso speaks with us on what physical therapy is and how it may sometimes be the healthier treatment option to choose for injuries. Religioso has a doctorate degree in physical therapy, is an expert in manual therapy, and is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo.

What to eat -- or not eat -- before bedtime

Mar 11, 2016
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On WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" many guests have discussed what food people should eat -- or not eat -- to stay healthy. Getting a good night's sleep is part of staying healthy. This week, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with dietician and health writer Kerri-Ann Jennings about which foods to avoid before bedtime.

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

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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.