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.

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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.

Deciding when to stop treatment

Aug 3, 2014
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It is one thing to have a natural death, but it is a different issue entirely when a potentially fatal illness forces you to make difficult treatment decisions.  These decisions can often be complicated by the wishes of the patient, family members, doctors, and even spiritual beliefs, but there are ways to make the process less difficult those involved.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner discusses how best to deal with situations in which medical treatment becomes futile.  Lerner is a professor of medicine at New York University and the author of The Good Doctor:  A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics.

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

Figuring out fiber

Aug 3, 2014
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Fiber is a word that is often thrown around in conversations regarding digestive health.  Fiber comes in many forms, and it can be difficult knowing which types are the best for you.

This week on “Take Care,” nutritionist Joan Rogus talks about the importance of fiber in your diet and how to get the appropriate amount.  Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Joan Rogus.

A difficult decision: stopping treatment

Aug 1, 2014

When a patient has a terminal disease, 0ne of the hardest conversations to have is about when to stop treatment. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," interviewed Dr. Barron Lerner about medical directives. This week, they spoke to him how physicians and family members can bring up the topic about a patient's wishes for halting treatment. Dr. Lerner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine

Planning for the worst with medical directives

Jul 27, 2014
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Although we may like to think that we will always have control of our lives, there may come a time when we are incapable of making sound decisions for our health.  Determining the best way to deal with those situations is difficult, but thanks to advances in medical ethics it may be a little easier.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner talks about the different kinds of medical directives and how they can help make an illness-related death easier on the patient’s caregivers. Lerner is an author and professor of medicine at New York University.  His most recent book is "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics."

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

Becoming a quality 'qualitarian'

Jul 27, 2014
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Using a list for grocery shopping can be helpful for remembering which food items to purchase, but is your list optimized for your health? 

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff talks about the importance of selecting and incorporating quality foods into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website ashleykoffapproved.com, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Ashley Koff.

Getting the most out of medical directives

Jul 25, 2014

Thinking about the end of life is not something many of us want to do. But today a variety of medical directives exist that can help your family members and health care providers know your wishes ahead of time. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" interview Dr. Barron Lerner about what different medical directives do. Dr. Learner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

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You may have had your last cold a few months ago, but did you know that there are many ways you can get sick during the summer? Taking some time to familiarize yourself with summer illnesses before stepping outside can go a long way towards staying healthy this season.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cynthia Morrow discusses summertime diseases in our area and how to avoid them.  Morrow is a public health physician and teaches public health and preventive medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

Make the negative positive, one step at a time

Jul 20, 2014
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Do you dwell on mistakes you’ve made throughout the day? Alternatively, maybe you forgive yourself quickly. Both of those tendencies are learned and trained behaviors, according to our guest this week.

This week on "Take Care," we spoke to Linnea Duvall. Duvall is a marriage and family therapist based in Santa Monica, California. She works to shift her patients' destructive self-talk from negative to positive.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Linnea Duvall.

Navigating Alzheimer's disease

Jul 13, 2014
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Alzheimer’s disease may not be one of the fastest-acting illnesses, but its psychological and emotional effects on patients and their families can be devastating.  Although a cure for the disease has yet to be found, there are many lifestyle changes that can be taken to help prevent and slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

This week on “Take Care,” Drs. Richard Isaacson and Dale Atkins discuss some of the issues associated with Alzheimer’s and how to fight the disease once you or someone you know has been diagnosed.  Dr. Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the author of "Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide" and "The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment."  Dr. Atkins is a licensed psychologist who works with Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with both Dr. Isaacson and Dr. Atkins.

Preventing and coping with Alzheimer's disease

Jul 11, 2014

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is predicted to triple -- and many families are already dealing with the effects of this debilitating disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Dale Atkins, a psychologist, author and Alzheimer's expert, about preventing and coping with Alzheimer's disease.

The Grain Brain diet: adopting a demanding nutrition plan

Jun 29, 2014
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It’s breakfast time, and you’re about to dig into a plate of—salmon?

This week on “Take Care,” we present the second installment of our interview with Dr. David Perlmutter, who explains how to transition into his low-carb diet.  Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He is also the author of Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain’s silent killers.

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

A sensitive subject -- living with aging parents

Jun 29, 2014
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Though it may not seem very long ago that you moved out of your parents’ house, it may be time to consider having them move in with you.  While living with a parent has many advantages, it is important to take time to decide if it is best for you and the person moving in.

This week on “Take Care,” David Horgan discusses the challenges of having a parent move in and how to make the experience beneficial for both you and your parent.  Horgan is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director.  He is also a co-author of “When Your Parent Moves in:  Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with David Horgan.

Preparing to have an aging parent move in

Jun 27, 2014

Recent advances in medicine are causing people to live longer. Couple that with the economically stressful times and you often find families deciding to have aging parents move into their adult child's home. Whether it's for financial reasons or to maximize caregiving... There can be many bumps along the road. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," costs Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with David Horgan, medical educator and author, about his personal experiences with elder care and the best way to welcome mom or dad into your home.

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You may be careful to eat whole grain breads and cereals instead of white bread, but did you know that some experts say even those foods could be hurting your health?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Perlmutter discusses the negative health effects of carbohydrates and how to reduce those effects.  Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He is also the author of Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain’s silent killers.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. David Perlmutter.

Signs and symptoms of thyroid disease

Jun 22, 2014
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You’ve heard of the thyroid, but how much do you really know about it? 

This week on "Take Care,"  Dr. David Cooper explains the functions of the thyroid and the various diseases that it can harbor.  Cooper is the director of the Thyroid Clinic and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. David Cooper.

Why carbohydrates may be bad for brain health

Jun 20, 2014
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In recent years, many people have adopted a low-carbohydrate diet to help with weight loss or because they want to eat less gluten. But some new research shows there may be a connection between carbs and cognitive function. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of "Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar -- your brain’s silent killers."  Dr. Perlmutter talks about his book and the potential health benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet.

The science behind being 'hangry'

Jun 15, 2014
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Find yourself impatient and lashing out at people? The solution, according to a recent study, may be in the kitchen.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Brad Bushman talks about the concept of "hangry," or being more angry and aggressive when you're hungry. Bushman, a professor of communications and psychology at Ohio State University, recently conducted a study on the subject that involved 107 couples and found that participants with lower blood glucose levels more frequently showed signs of anger.

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

Ensuring a healthy vacation

Jun 15, 2014
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As summer approaches and the weather improves, many of us begin to make plans for international travel.  Part of the allure of vacationing in other countries is the opportunity it provides us with to experience other cultures and enjoy the sights and smells of new places.  In order to ensure that you are able to do such things, it is important to take some necessary health precautions both before stepping on the plane and after reaching your destination.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky describes the various ways in which we can prevent illness while abroad.  Kozarsky is a professor of medicine at Emory University as well as director of TravelWell, a clinic for international travelers.  She is also a consultant on travelers’ health with the CDC.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Kozarsky.

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While someone may successfully fight off a cancer diagnosis, the battle usually doesn’t end there. Cancer survivorship brings with it a number of different issues that may inhibit a person’s ability to return back to a normal life.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Patricia Ganz discusses issues surrounding cancer survivorship. Dr. Ganz is a medical oncologist and director of the UCLA Livestrong Cancer Survivorship Center of Excellence, is on the faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine, and was a co-founder of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

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

Can it! Preserving summer's fresh fruits and vegetables

Jun 8, 2014
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Berries, cucumbers and green beans oh my! If you love the freshness of summer produce, you might want to try canning fresh fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy them all year long. And now’s the time to start planning your canning project.

This week on “Take Care,” Amy Jeanroy, author of “Canning and Preserving for Dummies,” discusses the many ways beginning canners can get started.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Amy Jeanroy.

While more Americans are being diagnosed with cancer now, more patients are being cured or living chronically with the disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Patricia Ganz, an oncologist and co-founder of the national coalition for cancer survivorship. Dr. Ganz discusses the many health issues that cancer survivors face, and how the medical community is working to address them.

Lorraine Rapp: When we use the term survivor, who are we talking about? Who is included in that group?

From Hoffman to high schools, heroin use is on the rise

Jun 1, 2014
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Two years ago, the use and abuse of drugs called bath salts seemed to be in the news every day. This year, it’s heroin. The number of heroin deaths is on the rise in a staggering way. But why has this drug that’s been around for more than 100 years experiencing a resurgence now?

Click 'Read More ' to hear our interview with J. David Goodman.

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It’s summertime. It’s hot. Your car has been parked in the blazing sunshine all day. You get in and the seats feel like they’re burning your legs and the steering wheel is untouchable. You may think of it as uncomfortable, an inconvenience. But a car’s interior can reach a temperature high enough to be dangerous.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Jan Null.

Why heroin use has become an epidemic

May 30, 2014

Use of the illegal narcotic heroin is on the rise across the nation and in New York state. In the last decade, the number of people hooked on heroin is estimated to have doubled. And it is claiming lives from actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to SUNY Oswego students. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with The New York Times reporter J. David Goodman, who has reported extensively on the causes and effects of the heroin epidemic.

Lorraine Rapp: Why do you think there is a rise in heroin use? What’s behind that?

Answer to preventing illness may be in Vitamin D

May 18, 2014
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Vitamin D is the vitamin most often associated with sunshine, but could it also be used to prevent cancer and heart disease?

This week on Take Care, Dr. Joann Manson, a professor of medicine at Harvard University and chief of preventative medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses how clinical trials could prove that Vitamin D could help prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.

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

Sneezing more? Blame the 'pollen vortex'

May 18, 2014
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April showers may bring May flowers, but May flowers bring something that millions dread every year—pollen, the nemesis of allergy sufferers everywhere.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Linda Cox discusses why this year’s allergy season may be more difficult than most. Dr. Cox is an allergist and immunologist from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is also president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Linda Cox.

The polar vortex is a term many of us learned for the first time this winter. But what you may not know is that the cold, long winter could be the reason so many people are sneezing right now. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Linda Cox, an allergist and immunologist who is president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about what's being called the "pollen vortex."

Lorraine Rapp: What is it about a long and severe winter that sets us up for an extreme allergy season?

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You've heard about it for years and you've come to accept it as fact, but is it backed by medical science or is a story repeated so often that it's taken on a veneer of truth? We pick apart medical facts from health and wellness urban legends in our segment "Debunk or da Truth." We ask the experts and come up with an answer you can trust. Here are some of the myths we've been busting lately:

The earworm

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Any diagnosis of cancer can be scary. But cancers of the head and neck bring unique challenges because of the importance of this region to the body. These cancers can impact a patient’s ability to speak, swallow or breathe.

A cancer diagnosis is never welcome. But cancers of the head and neck can be particularly difficult to diagnose and treat. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with Dr. David Pfister, the chief of the head and neck oncology service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center about the risk factors for these types of cancer.

Lorraine Rapp:  What are the most common forms of cancer that appear in the head and neck regions?

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