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Imagine you’re in an enclosed space that you feel you can’t escape easily, like a crowded elevator or a room with no windows. For some, this can automatically trigger their response to get out of there, or cause avoidance of these situations altogether.

Claustrophobia can cause these feelings, and is something many people can suffer from. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Robin Zasio, a psychologist who specializes in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and related conditions, helps define claustrophobia and the treatment that can help eliminate it. Zasio is founder, owner, and director of The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, and The Compulsive Hoarding Center, all located in Sacramento, Calif. Zasio is also the author of "The Hoarder In You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life."

Movement matters more than sitting or standing at work

Oct 15, 2016
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Recent research has suggested sitting all day is bad for a person’s health. According to U.S. News and World Report’s Anna Medaris Miller, standing desks have come in vogue due to companies using the research in marketing campaigns. But, she says solely standing is not the answer.

This week on Take Care, Medaris talks about the benefits and harms of standing at work she learned while reporting her story “5 Ways Your Standing Desk Is Doing More Harm Than Good.”

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Many Americans spend a good portion of the day sitting. Between a 40-hour work week and a commute, time spent sitting adds up, as do the associated health problems. Enter the standing desk. A popular option, the standing desk may be an effective way to combat risk factors associated with sitting.

But it's not just sitting that gets a bad rap. Standing for long periods of time can also take a toll on the body. Nurses, teachers and other professionals often complain of back pain and other stress associated with being on their feet day in and day out.

The skinny on skin conditions

Oct 8, 2016
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Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is a skin condition that begins shortly after birth. While it usually goes away as a child gets older, it can sometimes continue into adulthood.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Whitney High, associate professor of dermatology and pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, discusses several skin conditions, their causes and ways to treat them. High is the director of the school’s dermatology lab and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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We can all be a bit forgetful sometimes, but when it becomes a life concerning issue, like dementia, there isn’t much that can be done in terms of treatment. However, new research suggests there may be action that can be taken in terms of prevention.

This week on “Take Care,” science and medical journalist Dan Hurley tells us how brain training games may lead to a significant reduction in risk for dementia. Hurley wrote the article, “Could Brain Training Prevent Dementia?” for the New Yorker on the study, and is the author of the book, “Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power.”

Can you train your brain to prevent dementia?

Oct 7, 2016

The debate over whether brain training games can help prevent dementia has gone back and forth over the last few years. This week, a review of the evidence concluded that the answer was no. But a study announced at the Alzheimer's Association meeting in July showed the games hold promise. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with medical journalist Dan Hurley, who wrote about the study for the New Yorker.

How a journalist debunked a decades old health tip

Oct 1, 2016
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The recommendation to floss was removed from the federal dietary guidelines in January after 25 years, due to a lack of evidence to back up the suggestion.

Jeff Donn, the Associated Press reporter who broke the story in August, found the first thread to pull after a routine meeting with his son’s orthodontist when the doctor asked if Donn wanted a good tip.

This week on “Take Care,” Donn, a 30-year staffer for AP and a 2012 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, shares his story about how he debunked flossing as well as talking to government agencies, which led to the recommendation being removed.

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One in three American adults have a condition that’s like a ticking time bomb—high blood pressure. While there's a genetic component to high blood pressure for some, many can cut their risk significantly with one simple change.

This week on “Take Care,” health expert Johannah Sakimura explains how a change in diet can lead to a big change in blood pressure. Sakimura is a registered dietician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, with a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition. She has also written several articles on foods that lower blood pressure.

The flossing fallacy

Sep 30, 2016
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Earlier this year, the federal government withdrew its recommendation that Americans should floss their teeth twice a day. It turns out there's not much proof that flossing is effective at preventing cavities and gum disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak Associated Press reporter Jeff Donn about how he broke the story that led to reversal of the recommendations.

Rising costs make cancer fight feel unaffordable

Sep 24, 2016
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A cancer diagnosis can be a “catastrophic event,” according to Dr. Greg Knight of the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The disease itself is terrifying to face; however, Knight says patients are avoiding the reality because they are unsure how they will be able to afford treatments, medications and the impact the disease has on day-to-day life.

This week on “Take Care,” Knight, a clinical oncologist, shares the findings of his group’s study, titled “Financial Toxicity in Adults with Cancer, Adverse Outcomes and Potential,” as well as how the costs have changed and how patients can approach paying those costs.

Take focus off body image and put it on enjoying life

Sep 24, 2016
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As a woman, you may leave the house feeling great about how you look. Then you get somewhere and look around at other women in the room and suddenly feel not so great because you think they look better. The social anxiety of body image is something women have experienced for a long time, but may currently be at an all-time high.

This week on “Take Care,” Gina Barreca talks about the evolution of how body image became such a hot topic for women, and why it shouldn’t have to be. Barreca is a feminist theory and English professor at the University of Connecticut, a columnist for the Hartford Courant, and has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. She is also 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?"

The cost of treating cancer

Sep 23, 2016
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Treating cancer is only half the battle. For many patients, paying for that treatment can be just as difficult. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Greg Knight of the Levine Cancer Institute/Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Knight’s study "Financial Toxicity in Adults with Cancer: Adverse Outcomes and Potential," was presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

What you may not know about proper refrigeration

Sep 17, 2016
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Thanks to refrigeration technology, trips to the grocery store don’t have to be made on a daily basis. However, there are still some safety concerns to keep in mind when storing food.

This week on “Take Care,” food safety expert Benjamin Chapman tells us what we should pay attention to when it comes to proper refrigeration. Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, and is the co-host of the podcast “Food Safety Talk.”

Root canal therapy lacks pain, saves teeth

Sep 17, 2016
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The idea of undergoing a root canal makes some people hesitant to make a trip to the dentist. Yet, the procedure has likely been done for thousands of years. Egyptian soldiers have been found with evidence that they had something like root canals. The treatment has lasted because it is a way to help maintain natural teeth, which experts say is best for patients.

This week on “Take Care,” endodontist Dr. Linda Levin sheds some light on the procedure that she likes to call a therapy, what it actually does for a patient’s mouth and how it is better for him or her in the long run. Levin is the president of the American Association of Endodontists, as well as an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Keeping food cold, fresh & safe

Sep 16, 2016
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Many of take for granted that our refrigerator is going to keep our food cold and fresh. But refrigerators have become an essential tool in ensuring food safety. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with food safety specialist and North Carolina State University professor Benjamin Chapman about how to make sure your refrigerator is keeping your food as safe and healthy as possible. Chapman also is a co-host of the podcast Food Safety Talk.

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With acts of terror and war becoming all too common in the world today, it’s become an issue for parents about how they should address it with their children. They want their child to be aware, but they don’t want to scare them.

This week on “Take Care,” marriage and family therapist Susan Stiffelman shares how parents can break bad news to their children, while maintaining a sense of security. Stiffelman is a credentialed teacher, a licensed psychotherapist, and delivers weekly parenting advice as Huffington Post's “Parent Coach.” She is also the author of the bestselling book, "Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected," and the new book "Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids."

Acupuncture: needling the body to heal itself

Sep 10, 2016
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If acupuncture seems like something better performed on voodoo dolls, you may not be aware of the practice’s long historical tradition, and its more recent embrace by mainstream medicine.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Pina LoGiudice, a physician with training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, discusses how acupuncture works, and what it is used of. LoGiudice was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

How to talk to kids about the news

Sep 9, 2016
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When scary news events like mass shootings and terror attacks happen, what should parents tell their kids? In a world where news is everywhere, how do you help them understand the situation without scaring them. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Susan Stiffelman, a family therapist and best-selling author about how and what to tell your kids about what's going on in the world. Stiffelman also delivers weekly parenting advice as Huffington Post's “Parent Coach.”

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Knowing how to care for a specific genetic disorder before a child is born can make life a bit easier for all involved. This is where prenatal genetic testing can come in, however, it wasn’t always offered to everyone.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jill Hechtman tells us about new advances in prenatal screening, and why it is now being recommended to more than just women with high risk pregnancies. Hechtman is the medical director of Tampa Obstetrics and the chairman of the department of OB/GYN at Brandon Regional Hospital. She is also a frequent face on NBC as "Dr. Jill" and occasionally FOX News.

Cosmetic dermatology gains in popularity

Sep 3, 2016
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The desire to look younger is nothing new. But while historically plastic surgery has been perceived as something for the wealthy and celebrities, cosmetic dermatology has now entered the mainstream. In 2013, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery reported significant growth in cosmetic dermatology over the previous year, with some procedures up by as much as one-third.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Emmy Graber, president and founder of the Dermatology Institute of Boston discusses the benefits and risks of some of the most common types of cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Advances in pre-natal testing

Sep 2, 2016
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Prenatal genetic testing used to only be given to pregnant women with risk factors and those over age 35. But now, with new non-invasive procedures, new recommendations encourage all pregnant women to be tested. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Jill Hechtman, medical director of Tampa obstetrics, about how the new prenatal tests work.

Reducing obesity through new bariatric procedures

Aug 27, 2016
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Although obesity has been determined a disease of its own, there are also many other life-threatening diseases that can stem from it. This can include diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, high cholesterol, and many more.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Steven Edmundowicz talks about new approaches to bariatric surgery with fewer side effects, and the different ways the procedure can reduce obesity. Edmundowicz is the medical director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Colorado Hospital, and is a visiting professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Living with a chronic disease can feel overwhelming when trying to keep up with treatment. However, some aspects could be improved simply by creating better communication between a patient and their doctor.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Victor Montori talks about his new approach to the doctor-patient relationship, which he calls minimally disruptive medicine. Montori is a part of the knowledge and evaluation research unit at the Mayo Clinic and is the director of community engagement and late stage translational research for the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

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Sometimes doctors don't understand how hard it is for patients with chronic diseases to keep up with their treatment. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Victor Montori of the Mayo Clinic, who has developed a concept called "minimally disruptive medicine." The idea is for doctors and patients to communicate more about how best to fit a treatment plan into a patient's life.

Rebuilding the doctor-patient relationship

Aug 20, 2016
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When you visit the doctor you might feel like you spend more time in the waiting room than in the actual examination room. But with dozens of patients a day, it can be difficult for primary care doctors to spend more time with each person.

This week on "Take Care," Tom Blue explains how patients can get more face-to-face time with their doctor through something called concierge medicine. Blue is a pioneer in concierge medicine and has been building private physician practices since 2002. He is also the executive director of the American Academy of Private Physicians, and is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of LeadHealth, which focuses on functional medicine to control health care costs and improve the lives of its members.

Digging into the hidden subconcious of the brain

Aug 20, 2016
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Do you ever find yourself wondering why you do the things you do every day, or reach the decisions you make? Most of the time, small everyday tasks and decisions aren't given much thought by our conscious mind, but our unconscious mind may always be thinking about them.

This week on "Take Care," Shankar Vedantam, a science correspondent for NPR who focuses on human behavior and social sciences, explains what he calls the hidden brain and his work on the topic. Vedantam is the host of the NPR podcast "The Hidden Brain," which has explored topics such as unbearable boredom, the art of forgery, and what drives romantic relationships besides love. He is also the author of the book, "The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives."

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One complaint about today's medical system is that treatment can seem impersonal. The idea of concierge medicine tries to combat this by charging a monthly fee to allow doctors to take fewer patients and provide more individual focus. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Tom Blue, executive director of the American Academy of Private Physicians, about concierge or private medicine.

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If you were asked what the best place for your cell phone is, you might say your pocket. But a recent study has shown keeping your cell phone on your person may be connected to certain types of cancer.

This week on “Take Care,” journalist Dina Fine Maron shares the findings of this study. Maron’s article, “Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions,” appeared in Scientific Americanin May 2016. Maron is an award winning journalist, the health and medicine editor for Scientific American, and is a contributor to the publication's podcasts and Instant Egghead video series.

How to make healthy life changes from tiny habits

Aug 13, 2016
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When it comes to making a change in our life, such as reducing stress or losing weight, it can seem difficult. But if we broke it down into small steps that eventually turned that change into an everyday routine, it might not seem so scary.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. B.J. Fogg tells us about this new theory he calls “Tiny Habits:” a model he’s created for human behavior change, guided by research and design. Fogg is a psychologist and innovator who directs the persuasive tech lab at Stanford University, is the author of “Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do,” and has been selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the “10 Gurus You Should Know.”

How tiny habits can lead to lasting change

Aug 12, 2016

Change is hard. And if you're trying to make a healthy change -- like losing weight or quitting smoking -- the challenge may seem monumental. This week, WRVO's health and wellness show features an interview with B.J. Fogg, A Stanford University psychologist and innovator. He says the secret to lasting change is developing changes in your behavior, which he calls tiny habits.