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The time to pull out the winter sporting gear has come, but with it comes the possibility of injury

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Navan Duggal discusses the strain winter sports can have on the body and what you can do to decrease the risk of injury. Duggal was chief of the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is currently in private practice at Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons.

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When Rebecca Soffer lost both of her parents in her early thirties, she realized how isolating grief can be. She envisioned a community of younger adults sharing stories, not judgment, in a productive and honest way.

This week on “Take Care,” Rebecca Soffer shares her story and the website that came out of her experience. She is the co-founder and CEO of the website Modern Loss.

Why snow plus sports so often equals injuries

Dec 19, 2014

Winter sports are certainly popular in northern and central New York. But whether it’s skating, skiing or sledding, falling on the snow or ice is inevitable -- and can lead to injury. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Syracuse-based orthopedist Dr. Naven Duggal about the risks of winter sports and how to prevent injuries.

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A vocal doctor-patient relationship is crucial especially when a patient's needs should be addressed. 

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses the importance of increased communication between doctors and patients. Grover is chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Gout -- how it starts and how to decrease its risk

Dec 14, 2014
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When an individual has their first encounter with gout, it can develop quite suddenly, over a period of hours.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Robert Shmerling talks about risk factors and how to reduce your likelihood of getting gout.  Shmerling is a Harvard Medical School professor and clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Focusing on the patient

Dec 12, 2014

Doctors used to be seen as authority figures who could not be questioned. But as society becomes more service oriented, patient-centered care has become something that the medical community is increasingly focused on. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Atul Grover of the Association of American Medical Colleges about how this emphasis is changing the way doctors are trained.

Health Information Technology: the future of medicine

Dec 7, 2014
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With so much information being stored on the web today, it may come as a surprise that medical records have only recently begun the conversion into a digital format known as HIT, or Health Information Technology.  Like any big change, using electronic medical records poses many potential benefits and risks.

This week on “Take Care,” David Whitlinger discusses the factors involved in the switch from paper-based medical records to electronic medical records.  Whitlinger is executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative and former director of healthcare device standards and interoperability for the Intel Corporation’s digital health group.

Maintaining a healthy weight through the holidays

Dec 7, 2014
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It happens every year. The holiday season rolls around and suddenly you can’t eat enough. Some people argue that holiday food is the best food of the year, but what can we do to make sure we don’t end up ruining a year’s worth of diet and exercise?

This week on “Take Care,” registered dietician Ashley Koff suggests strategies to eat healthy and not gain too much weight during the holiday time. Koff is a contributing editor to Prevention magazine, the author of two books and on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

A common sight in doctors’ offices is a huge wall filled with paper patient files. But there's a move in the medical world to ditch the paper and go electronic. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with David Whitlinger, executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative about the benefits of electronic medical records.

Lorraine Rapp: What’s prompted the transition from a paper system to an electronic one?

Acne -- not just for teenagers

Nov 23, 2014
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You may have left the carefree days of teenagers years behind long ago, and the physical and emotional changes that come with being that age. But then, if you're an adult, why are you still getting acne?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Emmy Graber discusses why we continue to get acne as adults and what we can do to treat this disease. Dr. Graber is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center and is also the director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center.

How your childhood shapes your eating habits

Nov 21, 2014

When it comes to making choices about what to eat, often people pick food they like over what's good for them. But what makes a meal comfort food is largely determined by cultural factors -- such as geography, ethnicity and socio-economics. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with public health expert Dr. Cynthia Morrow about how culture affects eating habits.

Lorraine Rapp?: How do you think our family background and culture influence the decisions we make regarding food choices?

Know your genetic history

Nov 16, 2014
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One of the many thoughts that arise when a genetic condition is diagnosed is if there’s a possibility that it would be passed on to children.

This week on “Take Care,” genetic counselor Vickie Venne talks about the importance of knowing your family history and how genetic counseling can help families. Venne, the former president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, is author of “The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health” and was the first licensed genetic counselor in the United States.

Advice to help you prepare for disaster

Nov 16, 2014
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There is a lot more that goes into preparing for any disaster than one might think. The usual flashlight and batteries just won’t cut it.

This week on “Take Care,” Commissioner Jerome Hauer shares advice on how to prepare for a disaster. Hauer is head of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

How to prepare for a natural disaster

Nov 14, 2014
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Living in upstate New York brings with it a variety of weather -- and natural disasters, like blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen have part two of their conversation with Commisioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, who outlines what residents can do to prepare themselves for a weather emergency.

How New York state prepares for the worst

Nov 9, 2014
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When disaster strikes, it generally is a surprise. But whether it's a natural disaster or a human-caused one, government entities can prepare for how to deal with them when they arise.

This week on “Take Care,” Commissioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services discusses what New York state has done to prepare for emergencies. 

Can a dog's nose detect ovarian cancer?

Nov 9, 2014
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Dogs are known for their ability to smell things from a mile away. Now researchers are trying to put that talent to good use, training dogs to detect ovarian cancer in women with just their noses.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cindy Otto discusses how dogs’ sense of smell is leading researchers to catch ovarian cancer. Otto is the founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine.

Preparing for disaster

Nov 7, 2014
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First September 11, then hurricanes, flooding and superstorms -- New York state has had to deal with its fair share of disasters, both natural and manmade. But what has the state learned from these events to help us deal with future catastrophes? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Commissioner Jerome Hauer of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services about what has been done to prepare for the next big crisis.

Vegetable vitality

Nov 2, 2014
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You are probably aware of the health benefits of vegetables, but you may not know that their nutritional content can range widely depending on a variety of conditions.  The type, shape, storage, and preparation of vegetables can all influence the amount of antioxidants and other nutrients that you get out of them.

This week on “Take Care,” Jo Robinson talks about some of the healthiest vegetables and how to get the most nutritional value from them.  Robinson is a health writer and investigative journalist.  Her most recent book is “Eating on the Wild Side:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

Radon -- the silent killer

Nov 2, 2014
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Radon, a radioactive yet colorless and odorless gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. About 20,000 people die of it each year.

This week on “Take Care,” John Martin discusses how radon makes its way into homes and how people can eliminate it. John Martin is an Environmental Protection Agency spokesman.

The causes and concerns of radon exposure

Oct 31, 2014

The first time many people learn about radon is when they're buying or selling a house. But this gas, which has no smell, is more than just something to check off in your home inspection. Radon is a leading cause for lung cancer. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with John Martin from the Environmental Protection Agency about the causes and concerns of radon exposure.

Linda Lowen: What causes radon? Where does it come from and why is it a health hazard? How does it enter our homes?

Out cold: an overview of anesthesia

Oct 26, 2014
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While in the past people may have bitten down on something hard or imbibed prior to and during invasive medical procedures, today we are fortunate to have the advanced medical field of anesthesiology to make operations as pleasant as possible.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jane Fitch discusses the types of anesthesia and their various applications.  Fitch is president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and professor and chair of the department of anesthesiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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You wake up, brush your teeth and head to the refrigerator for breakfast, but really wish you could have enjoyed that extra 30 minutes of sleep. Well, according to a few recent studies, you might be able to do so afterall.

This week on “Take Care,” health reporter Gretchen Reynolds, talks about how skipping breakfast may not be such a bad thing.  Reynolds writes for the New York Times "Well" blog and is the author of the book “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer.”

Breakfast: Not the meal of champions?

Oct 24, 2014

For generations, parents and nutritionists repeated the claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with health reporter Gretchen Reynolds about new scientific research showing that this may not be the case. Gretchen Reynolds writes for The New York Times Well blog

Lorraine Rapp: For years we’ve been told not to skip breakfast especially if we’re trying to lose weight. Why all of a sudden, are the experts backing off that advice?

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It’s getting cold in here and that means it’s time to come inside, close the windows and turn on the heat. And when you turn on the heat, the air filter in your furnace kicks into high gear -- filtering out particles and allergens so clean air can circulate through your home.

This week on Take Care, we speak with home improvement expert Bob Vila. When it comes to providing trusted and reliable information to homeowners, Vila may be the most recognized name in home remodeling. He has nearly 30 years under his tool belt as America’s handyman host and he shares his suggestions for breathing the cleanest, healthiest air in our homes.

Getting physical: is the physical exam becoming obsolete?

Oct 19, 2014
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You may consider the physical exam an essential part of any visit to the doctor’s office, but its role in health care has seen a general decline over recent years due to improved technology, questions regarding the necessity of the exam, and the dearth of time that doctors have to properly evaluate each patient.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Danielle Ofri talks about the importance of the physical exam and its role in providing effective health care.  Ofri is an internist at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection in The New York Times.

Keeping it down: acid reflux disease and how to treat it

Oct 12, 2014
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For many of us, the burning sensation associated with acid reflux disease or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a familiar yet fortunately infrequent experience. However, recurring symptoms of the disease can lead to reduced quality of life and an increased risk for serious health conditions.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Rajeev Jain discusses the symptoms of acid reflux and the treatments for the disease. Jain is chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Dallas and a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

The many shapes and sizes of mushrooms

Oct 12, 2014
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Although mushrooms are a popular ingredient in many dishes, their nutritional benefits are often overlooked. 

This week on “Take Care,” nutritionist Joan Rogus describes some of the more popular kinds of mushrooms and how to get the most nutrition out of them. Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

Acid reflux disease basics

Oct 10, 2014

Acid reflux disease is not enjoyable for those who suffer from it. But acid performs an important function in the body. This week on WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Rajeev Jain, the chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas about what causes acid reflux and how to treat it.

Lorraine Rapp: Before we talk about acid reflux disease, would you explain exactly where acid comes from, and what its role is in the body?

TV news anchor's journey from medication to meditation

Oct 5, 2014
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Acting on impulse is a problem many people deal with, but many do not know how to control. However, one television news anchor says there is a way to control your thoughts and actions before you yell at the person that cut you in line at Starbucks.

This week on “Take Care,” ABC News anchor Dan Harris discusses the benefits of meditation and how it made him change his view on his life. Harris is the author of the newly published book, “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story.” Harris currently works as a correspondent for ABC News and is a co-anchor for Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America.

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Meditation may seem like something that would be hard to do, or difficult to work into your schedule. But experts say there are many health benefits to meditation that can be achieved if you can find the time.

This week on “Take Care,” Jane Pernotto Ehrman talks about how meditation can benefit you and your health. Ehrman is the lead behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Lifestyle Medicine in the Wellness Institute.

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