Take Care

The return of recess

May 20, 2017
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As public schools have been pressured to emphasize academics in recent years, one of the traditions of the school day that often gets put on the chopping block is recess. But studies show that recess provides a variety of benefits beyond a break in the school day for kids.

This week on “Take Care,” Michelle Carter, senior program manager of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, better known as SHAPE America, discusses the benefits recess can provide. Carter has also served as a health and physical education teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system.

Want whiter teeth? Don't head to your local pharmacy

May 20, 2017
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A pearly white smile isn’t always easy to come by. While some blame genetics, coffee and tea, teeth yellowing is a natural part of aging. Teeth whitening is a fairly new obsession, but with gels, lights, pastes and strips, the trend continues to pick up speed.

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Dr. Mark Burhenne about the different kinds of whitening products available and if they’re effective or even safe. Burhenne is a practicing dentist of over 30 years and creator of the popular website “Ask the Dentist."

Reading, writing and recess

May 19, 2017
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Over the years, some school districts around the country have gotten rid of recess to make more time for academics. But studies show that recess has many benefits -- and not just increasing physical activity. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Michelle Carter, a senior program manager for the Society of Health and Physical Educators or SHAPE America, about the campaign to bring back recess. Carter has also served as a health and physical education teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system.

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Whether you’re nine or 90, falls pose a risk to anyone on their feet. They can be unexpected, startling, and dangerous – especially as we get older – and as the leading cause of concussion and traumatic brain injury, it’s important to know what we can do to protect ourselves, should we take a tumble.

To find out about the right way to fall, “Take Care” spoke with physical therapist Jessica Schwartz, who works with athletes and individuals with prosthetic limbs on how to prevent falls and respective injuries.

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Of all the factors that influence our well-being, our environment itself is one often overlooked. We consider exercise and nutrition, sleep and stress -- but new research suggests that an optimal, “green” environment may be more influential than previously understood, increasing both productivity and overall health in the workplace and beyond.

To learn more about the latest in green environments, “Take Care” was joined by Piers MacNaughton, associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and Global Environment. MacNaughton recently managed a study on environmental influences in the hopes of determining what an “optimal built environment” looks like.

Green buildings, better workers?

May 12, 2017
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Companies are always looking for ways to make their employees more productive. Now, a new study shows that making buildings more environmentally friendly, or “green,” can make them healthier for the workers inside -- and improves those workers' cognitive functions. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Piers MacNaughton, an associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment. Dr. MacNaughton was the project manager for the study.

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Often when we think of therapy, we imagine an office complete with a desk, a chaise lounge, and a clinician with a clipboard. But as technology continues to transform the way we live, changes in therapy are yet another sign of the times. Different from traditional, in-person therapy, online therapy has its own criteria and benefits, and is becoming an increasingly popular option for individuals seeking mental health treatment.

To find out more about online therapy, “Take Care” spoke with associate executive director of practice research and policy for the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lynn Bufka.

Combating arthritis: The word on knee injections

May 6, 2017
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Characterized by painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints, arthritis is an affliction that ails many. As weight-bearing joints, the knees are particularly prone to the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. In an effort to find relief, some may consider surgery and medication. For others, corticosteroid injections in the knee have become an effective means to combat their osteoarthritis.

To find out more about these knee injections and their effectiveness, “Take Care” spoke with Dr. Robert Shmerling, associate physician and clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Going online for talk therapy

May 5, 2017

Technology is transforming many aspects of medicine -- including psychotherapy. Online talk therapy is a growing business. But is it as effective as traditional therapy? And does talking about your personal issues over the internet with a therapist remain private and secure?

This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Lynn Bufka, associate executive director of practice research and policy at the American Psychological Association, about what to consider before choosing online talk therapy.

The latest recommendations for breast cancer screening

Apr 29, 2017
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For many women, breast cancer screenings are an important consideration for their health and peace of mind. In recent years, however, screening recommendations have changed, and some may be left unsure of what to do. When is the right time for a baseline mammogram? And how often again after that?

To answer these questions and more, “Take Care” was joined by Dr. Jane Charlamb, director of the Division of Breast Health and Lactation Medicine in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Charlamb’s clinical practice focuses on benign breast disease, breast cancer screening, and prevention in high risk women.

Getting protein on the go

Apr 29, 2017
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Getting protein during a sit-down meal may not be hard, but getting more protein in snacks can be more difficult. Many protein-rich foods like meat are hard to consume when you’re on the go.

This week on "Take Care," nutritionist Joan Rogus discusses protein’s role in our diet and the various snacks that are packed with it, including some surprising ones. Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

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The guidelines for screening for breast cancer have changed over the years. This has led to a lot of confusion among women about who needs to be screened and when. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Jayne Charlamb, Director of the Division of Breast Health and Lactation Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, about why the guidelines have changed and what the current recommendations are.

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With so many health products and practices promising to provide quick fixes to all that ails us, it can be difficult to discern which ones actually work. But for doctors and medical researchers, the question of effectiveness becomes an opportunity for clinical studies.

To find out more about some of these studies, “Take Care” spoke with Dr. Joann Manson, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Why sleep deprivation & driving don't mix

Apr 21, 2017
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Much attention has been given to the dangers of driving while drunk. But, if you're sleep deprived and you get behind the wheel, it can be just as risky. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research for AAA, about the dangers of drowsy driving.

Cupping: not just for Olympians

Apr 8, 2017
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If you tuned in to the Olympics last summer, you may have noticed a few athletes with large, round bruises on their backs. Myofascial decompression, commonly known as “cupping,” began as a traditional Chinese practice, but has since become a standard modality for patients and athletes alike, including gold medalist Michael Phelps. So what does it entail, exactly?

To find out, “Take Care” is joined by Dr. Kevin Rindal, a chiropractor and member of the 2016 USA Olympic Swim Team medical staff. Rindal specializes in chiropractic spinal and extremity manipulation, as well as soft tissue rehabilitation. He is also the founder and CEO of InHealth, a sports injury and performance facility in Seattle, Washington.

Yogurt: as good as they say?

Apr 8, 2017
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Widely regarded as part of a balanced diet, yogurt has been nothing short of trendy in recent years. On any given trip to your local supermarket, you’re likely to come across dozens of varieties, so which ones are actually good for you?

To shed some light on the nutrition behind yogurt, “Take Care” spoke with Johannah Sakimura, who received her master’s in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition, and is now a registered dietician and nutritionist from the Atlantic Health System.

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Remember those circular purple bruises on swimmer Michael Phelps’ body during the summer Olympics? For many of us, that was the first time we heard anything about cupping. It's a treatment meant to help the connective tissue around muscles called fascia.

Cooling caps for chemotherapy

Apr 1, 2017
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Chemotherapy is one of the most effective ways of treating cancer, but it has some unfortunate side effect -- like hair loss. And for women, that side effect is frequently the most traumatic.

This week, assistant professor of medicine at the Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and High Risk Clinic Dr. Julie Nangia joins “Take Care” to discuss how women undergoing chemotherapy might be able to save their hair by wearing cooling caps.

Chiropractic: What you need to know

Apr 1, 2017
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From Olympic athletes to everyday patients alike, many people are turning to chiropractors to relieve pain and increase joint mobility. With roughly 80 percent of Americans experiencing lower back pain in their lives, it’s no wonder chiropractic has become a popular choice.

To find out more about the practice and how it works, “Take Care” was joined by Dr. Kevin Rindal, chiropractor to the 2016 USA Olympic Swim Team, including gold medal Olympian, Michael Phelps. Rindal specializes in chiropractic spinal and extremity manipulation, soft tissue rehabilitation, and sports injury rehabilitation. He is also the founder and CEO of InHealth, a sports injury and performance facility in Seattle, Washington.

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One of the many disturbing side effects of cancer treatment is the hair loss that chemotherapy can cause. A recent clinical trial tested a new device that might help reduce hair loss -- scalp cooling caps. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with the study's lead researcher, Dr. Julie Nangia, an assistant professor of medicine at the Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, the director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and High Risk Clinic.

Who's who in the exam room

Mar 25, 2017
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Have you ever gone into a doctor’s appointment and been left wondering who took your blood pressure? Who asked about that prescription? Chances are you’re not alone.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know who’s who in the exam room. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Robert Schmerling, associate physician and clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, talks about this exam room dilemma.

Is asthma being overdiagnosed?

Mar 24, 2017
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The Centers for Disease Control says that 1 in every 13 adults in the U.S. has asthma. But now there's evidence asthma may be overdiagnosed and other conditions are often the cause of a patient's breathing problems. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Shawn Aaron, a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. His team's recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that one-third of people diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the disease.

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We all know exercise benefits us physically, but could going for a morning jog help prevent most diseases and boost brain function as well?

This week on Take Care, nationally recognized sports medicine physician, bestselling author and fitness instructor Dr. Jordan Metzl discusses the physical and mental benefits exercise has on our bodies.

Sock selection: know your options

Mar 18, 2017
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From dressy to athletic, cotton to bamboo, there is a wide selection of socks to choose from nowadays. But with all the brands, varieties, and purposes of these different socks, it can be hard to decide which are right for you. To find out more, “Take Care” spoke with Dr. Victoria Foley, a podiatrist and foot surgeon, who is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, to hear her take on the many socks available on the market.

Should exercise be prescribed by doctors?

Mar 17, 2017
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Most medical researchers agree -- Exercise is good for you. But a recent study shows that most physicians do not have the training or expertise to help their patients make exercise part of their health regime. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician, about prescribing exercise. Metzl practices at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Genetics and cancer: why testing can aid prevention

Mar 11, 2017
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No one wants to talk about cancer. A disease that has taken the lives of so many, even the word itself has an ominous connotation. But as much as we don’t want to talk about it, new genetic technology suggests that starting the conversation about your family’s cancer history might be in everyone’s best interest.

In her new book, "A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of your Genetic Inheritance," Dr. Theodora Ross addresses how our family’s medical history plays a role in our health. To shed some light on the genetics of cancer, as well as genetic counseling, Ross spoke with “Take Care” to explain the importance of knowing your family history. Ross, a cancer geneticist, is director of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s cancer genetics program.

Should you avoid aspartame?

Mar 11, 2017
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The harmful effects sugar can have on the body has been given a lot of attention. Known for sabotaging diets and packing on extra calories, many people try to avoid sugar by seeking out artificial sweeteners as an alternative. But according to a new study by the Harvard Medical School, one common sugar substitute, aspartame, could be sabotaging your diet, too. And ironically enough, it is often used most in “diet” products (diet soda, for example).

To understand more about this study, this week on “Take Care” Dr. Richard Hodin, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, discusses the effects of aspartame on the body.

Cancer and your family

Mar 10, 2017

Cancer is a scary word and people are often reluctant to talk about. That can make it difficult to find out about your family history of the disease. And even if you do know that many of your relatives have had cancer, would you get tested for it yourself? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Theodora Ross, who directs the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Cancer Genetics Program.

Shared housing: an option for the elderly

Mar 4, 2017
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In recent years, the baby boomer generation has seen a rise in shared housing, or a “Golden Girls” style of living, where rather than living alone, elderly people opt for roommates. There are plenty of reasons for older individuals, namely women, to consider living with a roommate or two, and to find out about some of those reasons, “Take Care” spoke with author, journalist, and baby boomer expert Sally Abrahms.

Cold sores and canker sores: What's the difference?

Mar 4, 2017
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Whether caused by infection, injury, or stress, cold sores and canker sores are a common occurrence for many of us. Undoubtedly, they’re both very irritating, but is there a difference between the two? To find out, “Take Care” spoke with Dr. Mark Burhenne, a tenured dentist and the expert behind the popular website, “Ask the Dentist: Oral Health for Total Wellness.”

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