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Not eating, deliberately, has been a way to make a political statement for centuries. And for even longer, it’s been a normal part of some religious practice. But far more recent uses of fasting are for weight loss and other health benefits -- scientifically proven benefits like lowered cholesterol and reducing systemic inflammation.

Dr. Valter Longo joins us on “Take Care” this week to discuss the benefits, challenges and problems associated with fasting. Longo is a professor of gerontology and biological science at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He’s also director of the USC Longevity Institute.

Can't sleep? Try an antihistamine

Aug 19, 2017
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Can’t sleep? It happens to the best of us. Lack of sleep can interfere with most aspects of life. Your mood, appetite and ability to concentrate are a few things that can suffer when you haven’t made it to a full eight hours of sleep.

But what if we told you there was over-the-counter relief? This week, Dr. Elizabeth Higdon joins us to discuss the basics of sleep aids sold at your local pharmacy. Higdon is a community pharmacist and instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus in Colchester, Vermont.

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Fasting has been around for centuries, and has been utilized for everything from religious observance to political protest. But research in mice has found that intermittent fasting can have significant health benefits, like improved cardiovascular function and better memory.

Sun sensitivity, sun allergies & PLE

Aug 12, 2017
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For many people, one of the joys of summer is spending time in the sun. But other people are extremely sensitive to sun. And some people can have an allergic reaction to the sun called polymorphous light eruption.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses sun sensitivity and polymorphous light eruption. Ingleton is also an instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Would you admit a mistake if it meant legal action and potentially the end of your career? Doctors are put in a hard spot when it comes to making an error. Mistakes happen, no matter what your profession, but when life is on the line -- how do you come to terms with a bad decision?

Some in the medical community are now training doctors to better make mistakes, to admit to them and to learn from them. Joining us this week to discuss this approach is Dr. Neha Vapiwala. She’s a vice chair of education, radiation oncology and the advisory dean at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Vapiwala wrote an essay on this topic, which appeared in “The Philadelphia Enquirer.”

When sun sensitivity becomes something more

Aug 11, 2017
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After a long winter, many people look forward to spending time in the sun when summer rolls around. But for some people, that's difficult because they have sun sensitivity. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, a professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital and instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ingleton discusses sun sensitivity, sun allergies and polymorphous light eruption.

Who monitors meal kit safety?

Aug 5, 2017
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Meal kits are all the rage right now. With many of us continually searching for healthy meals that are as convenient as possible, what could be better than having all the ingredients for a home-cooked meal delivered directly to your home? But shipping perishable foods in a way that keeps them safe and fresh can be a challenge.

This week on “Take Care,” Don Schaffner, a food microbiologist at Rutgers University, discusses the safety precautions meal kit consumers should be aware of. Schaffner was part of a team funded by the USDA to study the microbial safety of mail order foods, and he's currently involved in developing best practices and guidance for companies that ship perishable foods via the mail. He also co-hosts a podcast on microbial food safety at foodsafetytalk.com.

Types of hernia, risk factors and treatment

Aug 5, 2017
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A hernia doesn’t always cause pain. In fact, often doctors only find a hernia during a physical exam of their patient. And surgery isn’t always necessary. We’re busting some myths about hernia this week and asking questions you may have been too scared to ask.

Dr. Michael Rosen joins us this week on "Take Care" to discuss some common types of hernia, as well as treatment options. Rosen is a professor of surgery at Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He’s also the director of the Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Hernia Center.

Are meal kits safe?

Aug 4, 2017
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Meal kits are one of the newest trends trying to offer a convenient way to get a healthy, home-cooked meal. But how can you be sure the perishable food shipped to your door is safe and healthy? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Don Schaffner, a food microbiologist at Rutgers University, about the safety precautions meal delivery services need to consider. Schaffner was part of a team funded by the USDA to study the microbial safety of mail order foods.

Putting salt back into your diet

Jul 29, 2017

Americans eat too much salt. And that causes high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Right? That’s been the message for the last several decades. But what if salt wasn’t really the culprit?

This week’s guest on “Take Care” believes cutting salt intake causes more harm than good. Dr. James DiNicolantonio is the author of "The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong, and Why Eating More Might Save Your Life." DiNicolantonio is a leading cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute.

Mercury in fish a possible risk factor for ALS

Jul 29, 2017
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Many of us eat fish as part of a healthy diet. Full of healthy fat and nutrients, it’s a staple for people around the globe. But there’s another side of fish that’s less positive -- a possible link between mercury in fish and ALS.

Joining us this week on “Take Care” are two researchers of a recent study that found that eating certain types of fish may increase the risk of developing ALS.  The researchers are Dr. Elijah Stommel, a professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Angeline Andrew, an assistant professor of neurology at the Geisel School in epidemiology and biostatistics and an experienced molecular epidemiologist.

Fixing the salt issue

Jul 28, 2017
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For decades, Americans have been told to eat less salt and that sodium contributes to high blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke. But what if salt wasn't the culprit? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. James DiNicolantonio, the author of the new book, "The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong." DiNicolantonio is a leading cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute.  He says salt should not be demonized.

How happiness relates to health

Jul 22, 2017
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Just a couple of decades ago, many of us would have been stunned to hear that companies were installing nap pods or allowing their employees to work from home to ensure they get ample family time. You may not have known about mindfulness or the benefits some find in meditation. And you likely would not have guessed that countries are paying as much attention to their citizens’ happiness as they are their economic standing.

The effects of optimism on health

Jul 21, 2017
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Scientists and researchers have found many relationships between our health and our happiness -- it seems that the two are not mutually exclusive. Dr. Laura Kubzansky is a professor of social and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, a new center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her task, in the coming years, is to understand the relationship between psychological well-being and physical health.

Rewiring your brain for happiness

Jul 20, 2017
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The brain is not only the regulator of our entire body, but also the basis for the experiences we’re having, good or bad. We’re pretty dependent on our brain, according to Dr. Rick Hanson. He’s a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of many books about the brain and happiness.

“So, one of the key takeaways here is to realize that this phenomenal organ -- three pounds of tofu-like tissue inside the coconut between your ears -- is vulnerable and fragile,” Hanson says.

Is happiness genetic?

Jul 19, 2017
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Researchers define happiness as consisting of two components: having a sense that your life is good and having relatively frequent happy experiences. But what if genetics determined how happy you feel on a day-to-day basis?

Motion sickness: A new theory

Jul 15, 2017
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Motion sickness is a phenomenon that can keep many people from enjoying a cruise, an amusement park ride, or even a drive in a car. And with the advent of virtual reality, you don’t even have to be moving anymore to experience motion sickness.

New studies are challenging the assumption that motion sickness has to do with the relationship between the inner ear and the vestibular system, which provides sensory information about motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. “Take Care’s” guest this week is Dr. Thomas Stoffregen. He’s professor of kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and has been studying motion sickness for more than 25 years.

Understanding stuttering

Jul 15, 2017
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Stuttering affects over 3 million Americans. While it’s often easy to recognize that someone has the condition, there are many myths surrounding what causes stuttering.

This week on “Take Care,” Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, helps clear up some of those misconceptions about stuttering. The foundation is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of stuttering. Fraser is the daughter of Stuttering Foundation founder Malcolm Fraser, who established the organization in 1947.

What's really making you motion sick?

Jul 14, 2017
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If you suffer from motion sickness, it can be difficult flying in a plane, taking a cruise on a ship or even riding in a car. For years, the explanation was that the stimulation in your eyes and middle ears while on a ship or in a car would make you sick because it's different from a normal experience. But one doctor thinks there may be another explanation.

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The fight to cure cancer is backed by researchers, doctors, federal agencies, and even tech entrepreneurs. While small victories are won each day in labs and hospitals across the globe, the fact remains that there is no surefire way to cure cancer. There are promising new treatments, though, and many on the front lines dedicated to the cause.

Jacqueline Detwiler joins us this week on WRVO’s health and wellness show “Take Care” to speak about what the next steps are when it comes to finding a cure for cancer. She’s a journalist and the articles editor at Popular Mechanics magazine. Detwiler’s article “It’ll Take an Army to Kill the Emperor” (in the June 2017 edition of Popular Mechanics) is the result of three months immersed in the field of cancer research.

Taking the heat as we age

Jul 8, 2017
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Whether you love hot weather or can’t stand the heat of summertime, if you’re young and healthy, your body has a pretty efficient system for cooling itself down. But the body’s natural system for keeping a steady core temperature becomes less efficient as we age. That’s why older adults are at risk for heat-related illness like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Basil Eldadah of the National Institution on Aging discusses why older adults are more likely to experience heat stress. Eldadah is supervisory medical officer of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology at the NIA.

What's needed to disrupt cancer

Jul 7, 2017
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Finding a cure for cancer. It's been the dream of many -- from people affected by the disease, to scientists, and even presidents. Jacqueline Detwiler, articles editor for Popular Mechanics, spent three months immersed in the field of cancer research. She crossed the country to visit seven cancer institutes and interviewed 35 researchers. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Detweiler about what she learned about the future of treating cancer.

Mom was right, sit up straight to help shoulder pain

Jul 1, 2017
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You lift up your arms to get something just out of reach and you feel it -- pain in your shoulder. It used to be a slight twinge, but now it’s a consistent ache. Should you be considering a visit to the doctor?

This week’s guest on “Take Care” explains that even if your shoulder pain is a result of some other problem, there are treatment options available. Joining us to discuss these issues is Dr. Stephanie Siegrist. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Siegrist is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has practiced orthopedics in Rochester for over 20 years.

Aerobic exercise that goes swimmingly

Jul 1, 2017
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When it’s time to exercise, many of us get out the sneakers and plan on getting hot and sweaty. But there’s one kind of aerobic exercise that keeps you cool – swimming. And it comes with some benefits you don’t get from land-based exercise.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Tanner, an expert in exercise physiology and human performance, talks about the health benefits of swimming. Tanner teaches in the Kinesiology Department at Indiana University and is the co-author of "Swimming Past 50" and co-editor of the “Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science: Swimming.”

Screening for prostate cancer

Jun 24, 2017
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As men age, the likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer goes up. And since prostate cancer is the most common cancer for American men, how to screen for this disease has been quite controversial.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo discusses the latest recommendations for prostate cancer screening. Bibbins-Domingo chairs the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that issued new recommendations in April 2017. Bibbins-Domingo is professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Watch your salt, whether it's kosher, table, pink or sea

Jun 24, 2017
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Salt used to be salt. It was iodized, it sat on the table in a shaker, and it was used during cooking and after. While basic table salt is still a staple of many households, other salts have come on the market and offered quite a bit of competition. This week we ask, “What’s the difference?”

Kerri-Ann Jennings joins us on “Take Care” to talk about salt and why it’s still best to take it easy with the salt shaker. Jennings is a registered dietitian and freelance nutrition writer who contributes to WebMD, FoodNetwork.com and other publications.

Tick-borne diseases on the move

Jun 17, 2017
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Residents of the Northeastern U.S. have become increasingly familiar with Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks. But the tick population in this country is spreading and growing, and along with it, so are the diseases they carry.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Richard Ostfeld, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York, discusses the latest information on ticks and tick-borne diseases. The Cary Institute examines the science behind environmental solutions. Ostfeld also teaches at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut, and has authored the book, "Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System."

Going nuts for butters

Jun 17, 2017
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While many American kids grow up eating peanut butter, in recent years, a wide variety of different kinds of nut and seed butters have hit the grocery store shelves. But what kind of nutritional value to they all provide?

This week on “Take Care,” sports nutritionist Nancy Clark gives us a primer on nut and seed butters. Clark is the author of “Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook.” She writes the monthly nutrition column “The Athlete's Kitchen,” which appears in over 100 sports and fitness publications and websites.

Water systems & safety worries

Jun 10, 2017
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In the United States, most people take it for granted that they will be able to go to the faucet, turn it on and get clean water. But in recent years, cases where something goes wrong with municipal water systems have made headlines and put the state of the nation’s water infrastructure under a microscope.

This week on “Take Care,” Richard Anderson, senior advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council, discusses how municipal water systems work, and the challenges communities face in delivering safe, clean water to residents. Anderson has held his position as advisor since 1999. 

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Recent incidents in Flint, Michigan and Hoosick Falls, New York have brought to light the problems with many municipal water systems. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Richard Anderson, senior advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council about the state of the country's water infrastructure. Anderson has held that position since 1999.

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