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Not just for show: Tattoos and medicine

Oct 14, 2017
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The body modification trend has seen an uptick in people getting decorative tattoos. Tattoos have a long history of being used for not only decoration, but a symbol of status, determining ownership of slaves, and to punish criminals. Despite the long history, questions of tattoo safety still remain. 

Joining us is Dr. Bruce Katz, director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital, to discuss tattoo safety, removal and new uses in medicine.

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Dry skin, hair, and nails are common, but if it is not something you’re used to dealing with it could be leading to more serious problems. Dryness can be caused by any number of things including how you take care of yourself, the products you use, or your environment.

Joining us is Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, who is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital and a clinical instructor of dermatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to discuss what could be causing dryness.

Are there health benefits of tattoos?

Oct 13, 2017
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Tattooing is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. Most tattoos are ornamental, but tattoos can play a role in medicine and health. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show, Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen talk with Dr. Bruce Katz, director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital, to discuss tattoo safety, removal and new uses in medicine.

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You do everything you can to protect your children and this includes vaccinating against any illness they might encounter. Most states mandate that your child gets the meningitis ACWY vaccine. While this will protect your child against most strands of meningitis, it doesn’t account for bacterial meningitis or meningitis B.

Patti Wukovits, a registered nurse, thought she had her daughter covered when she received the vaccine mandated by New York state law. Wukovits’ daughter Kimberly came home from school with common symptoms of the flu, the next day she was admitted to the hospital for meningitis B. Kimberly passed away three days before her high school graduation. Patti established the Kimberly Coffey Foundation in her honor.

Joining us is Patti Wukovits and Dr. Allan Tunkel, associate dean for medical education at the Warren Alpert School of Brown University, to discuss not only Kimberly’s story, but the effects this disease can have on the young adult population.

The dangers of meningitis: one mother's story

Oct 6, 2017
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Meningitis is a disease most people are vaccinated against, and is often treatable if contracted. But it's still a very serious disease, and in some cases it can be deadly. This week on Take Care, WRVO's health and wellness show, we hear the story of one woman who lost her daughter to meningitis. 

Protein-packed breakfasts without the eggs

Sep 30, 2017
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Frequently referred to as the most important meal of the day, there can be no question that a well-balanced breakfast is an important health consideration. And another important consideration -- getting enough protein.

Eggs are one breakfast selection guaranteed to pack a protein punch, but are they the only way to start your day with protein? To find out, “Take Care” spoke with Johannah Sakimura, a registered dietician and nutritionist for the Atlantic Health System, with a master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia.

Are elderly people getting enough protein?

Sep 29, 2017
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Many people have started to add more protein to their diets in recent years, either to build more muscle or lose weight. But research shows that elderly adults -- especially those who are critically ill -- need more protein than what is recommended. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen talk with Stuart Phillips, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, who published a review challenging the current recommendations.

Sleep plays a vital role in memory retention

Sep 23, 2017
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Your memory is getting worse. If you don't write it down you can forget to do everyday tasks like picking up groceries or the kids after school. You chalk it up to stress or getting older, but your sleeping habits could be affecting your memory as well. 

Dr. Phyllis Zee is a professor in neurology and chief of the division of sleep medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She joins us today to discuss the impact sleep has on your memory.

Certain types of video games are affecting your brain

Sep 23, 2017
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The effect of video games on the brain has been a long debated topic. One recent study shows that first and third person shooter games like “Call of Duty” have a different effect on your brain than games like “Super Mario Brothers.”

Dr. Gregory West, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Montreal joins us to discuss the study and the effects gaming may have on your brain.

How video games can affect the brain

Sep 22, 2017
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A lot of people play video games, and there's research that shows that playing video games can affect your brain. One study says some types of games can have a beneficial effect on the brain, while others can be detrimental. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen talk with Dr. Gregory West, a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal, and the lead author of the study that looks at how different types of video games affect the brain.

Rural areas struggle with health care availability

Sep 16, 2017
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Healthcare is readily accessible in urban areas and people living there have a lot of choices when it comes to the type of care they receive. That isn't the case for people living in rural communities. Dr. Alana Knudson is the program area director in the Public Health Department at NORC, an independent research institution at the University of Chicago, as well as the co-director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.

Knudson discusses the concerns rural communities might face when it comes to accessing healthcare in their area.

Incidental findings lead to more costs than benefits

Sep 16, 2017
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A chest X-ray ordered by your doctor for the cough you have been dealing with may not reveal anything about your cough, but an entirely different problem. This is called an incidental finding. While these findings can occasionally lead to something good, they can also cause unnecessary worries and costs. Joining us this week to discuss incidental findings is Dr. Robert Shmerling.

Shmerling is the clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as faculty editor of Harvard Health Publications and an associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The state of rural healthcare today

Sep 15, 2017
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If you live in or near a city, you're never far from a healthcare provider if you need one. But if you live in a rural area, it can be a lot harder to find the medical help you need close by. And for some people, driving several hours each way to see a doctor may not be worth it. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen talk with Dr.

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Choking, fires, and motor vehicle crashes are all accidents that can cause otherwise preventable deaths. Easy tasks like knowing CPR, having smoke detectors in your home, and buckling your seatbelt are all things that could prevent an accidental death. 

Joining us is Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, an organization that focuses on eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. Hersman is here to discuss how legislators as well as private citizens can take steps to help prevent some of these accidental deaths.

Obesity linked to osteoarthritis in the hands

Sep 9, 2017
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From aging to obesity, and even normal wear and tear could effect if you will suffer from osteoarthritis in your lifetime. While there is no known way to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis, there are steps you could take to prolong the health of your hands.

Joining us this week to discuss some of the preventative measures you can take, as well as treatment options, is Dr. Daniel Polatsch. Co-director of the New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lenox Hill Hospital, Polatsch is one of the leading doctors in comprehensive management of complex hand, wrist, and elbow disorders in New York.

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According to the National Safety Council, someone in the U.S. dies every four minutes from what is considered a "preventable death." Things like car accidents, choking, falls, etc. are all preventable, so how can people reduce their risk of these tragic events happening. 

This week on WRVO's health and wellness show, Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, about preventable deaths and how we can lower our risk. 

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You can exercise for your health, practice mindfulness or eat a balanced diet -- but have you considered writing for your health? Expressive writing has a host of benefits and we’re going to cover them this week with our guest Dr. James Pennebaker.

Pennebaker is a psychologist with 10 books and over 300 scientific articles to his credit. He’s the regents professor of psychology and executive director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker’s most recent title is “Opening Up by Writing it Down.”

Warning signs of an aneurysm are not always obvious

Aug 26, 2017
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You think it would be obvious if a critical blood vessel in your body was in danger, but that isn’t always the case. Aneurysms, if they haven’t ruptured, are often found by accident during routine scans. The wear and tear that causes an aneurysm isn’t something you can avoid completely, but there are ways that you can lower your chances of ending up with this dangerous condition.

Joining us this week to talk about some of the often overlooked warning signs of aneurysm and the latest in treatment is Dr. Robert Singer. A neurovascular surgeon, Singer practices at Eastern Maine Medical Center where he’s also coordinator of the Neuroscience Institute.

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There are a number of way you can improve your health. You can eat right and you can exercise, among other things. But there's research that shows that writing down your thoughts can also have a significant impact on your health. 

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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.

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