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ABC News reporter and anchor Dan Harris seemed to have a charmed life. Harris reported from around the world as a network television correspondent -- all before the age of 30. But under the surface he was anything but calm.

This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, Harris tells the story of his journey from drug abuse to discovering how meditation could quiet the internal voice that was keeping him from being happy. Hear more this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on WRVO.

“Take Care” is dedicated to providing WRVO’s listeners with reliable and useful information regarding health and wellness issues.  Although most of our interviews involve specialists in certain areas of medicine, this time we wanted to interview someone on the other side of health news.

This week on “Take Care,” Nancy Shute talks about her experiences as a health journalist and what she has learned along the way.  Shute is co-host of “Shots,” NPR’s health and medical blog.  She also writes for Scientific American, National Geographic, and U.S. News and World Report.

Green tea time brings health benefits

Sep 26, 2014

Today's consumers seem to be always looking for foods that have lots of health benefits. Green tea is one of those foods that have been recently credited for everything from helping you lose weight to preventing cancer. This week on WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with one of the country's top dieticians, Ashley Koff, about why drinking green tea is a healthy choice.

Lorraine Rapp: What is it about green tea that makes it so healthy?

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In today’s world of lightning-fast communication and advanced technology, productivity is a priority for virtually everybody.  The focus on productivity often takes away from those parts of our lives that may seem less important but are actually essential to our health, such as sleep.  You may think that a few cups of coffee can compensate for a lack of sleep, but new research reveals that prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain and a slower metabolism.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Eve Van Cauter talks about the importance of having healthy sleeping habits for dietary and digestive health.  Van Cauter is professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s sleep metabolism and health center.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Van Cauter.

Keeping the pounds off with sleep

Sep 19, 2014

A growing body of research is linking obesity to sleep deprivation. This week on “Take Care,” WRVO's weekly health and wellness show, hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Dr. Eve Van Cauter, a physician and the director of the University of Chicago's Sleep, Metabolism and Health center, about why people feel hungry when they are tired and haven't had enough sleep.

Lorraine Rapp: Why is there a tendency to overeat when we’re tired?

Keeping cool: how to treat hot flashes

Sep 14, 2014
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Hot flashes are a normal part of any woman’s progression through menopause that are often viewed as a simple passing phase. While many women go through menopause with little discomfort, others have a much harder time dealing with their symptoms and look for available treatment options.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. JoAnn Manson discusses hot flashes and the things that women can do to reduce the severity of their symptoms. Manson is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s hospital.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Manson.

In recent years, raw food diets have become popular. This week on “Take Care.” WRVO's weekly health and wellness show, hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Yuri Elkaim, a holistic nutritionist and blogger for U.S. News and World Report. Elkaim explains how to get the benefits of eating more raw foods, even if you don't want to completely give up your favorite grilled, steamed or baked dishes.

Linda Lowen: What are the principals behind a raw food diet and when we say raw, are we really talking raw?

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Recent changes to the National School Lunch Program have been controversial, with some student, parents and educators complaining about them. A few school districts nationwide have even decided to drop out of the program.

This week on “Take Care,” Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants in Washington, D.C., discusses the history of the school lunch program, the new guidelines, and the reason behind why some school districts are dropping out.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Tracy Fox.

Understanding brain tumors

Sep 7, 2014
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Brain cancer may not be as common as other forms of cancer, but over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain tumors each year. 

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Tracy Batchelor discusses the kinds of brain tumors and the ways in which they are treated. Batchelor is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and executive director at the Massachusetts General Hospital brain tumor center. Dr. Batchelor treated the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Batchelor.

Recent changes to make the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program more nutritious have been controversial. In fact, several central New York schools have opted out. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants in Washington, D.C. about how the program works.

Lorraine Rapp: Bring us up to date, if you would, on what changes were made and what was the reason behind it?

Making healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle

Aug 24, 2014
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It is a familiar occurrence.  You get home from work with plans to go for a run or head to the gym, but you decide that you are too tired and end up watching television instead.  Why is it that you watch television even though you know that exercising would be a much more productive and healthy use of your time?

This week on “Take Care,” B.J. Gallagher discusses the reasons why we do not always do what is best for us and how we can make positive changes to our lifestyles.  Gallagher is a sociologist and author of the book “Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know Are Good for Me?” 

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with B.J. Gallagher.

How to make hard but healthy choices

Aug 22, 2014
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You may know that you should eat lots of vegetables and exercise more to stay healthy, but although you know these things, you may not choose to do them. This week on Take Care, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with sociologist and author B.J. Gallagher about why we don't always act in our own self-interest, and how we can change that pattern.

Lorraine Rapp: How does a negative self-image and poor self-esteem actually stop us from doing the things we know are good for us?

Continuing education for doctors

Aug 17, 2014
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After many years of hard work at medical school, recently graduated students may like to believe that they have finally completed their education.  However, since medical practice and treatments are constantly evolving, doctors are required to receive periodic supplementary education in order to maintain their practices.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses continuing medical education and its importance for both physicians and their patients.  Grover serves as chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Grover.

Approaches to hair loss in women

Aug 17, 2014
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If a man starts losing hair as he gets older, it is usually accepted as a normal part of aging.  Many women also experience thinning hair related to aging but work hard to hide it.  Women may expect the other signs of aging, such as wrinkling and grey hair, but hair loss often catches them off guard.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Maria Hordinsky about the causes of hair loss in women and how to prevent or mitigate its symptoms.  Hordinsky is professor and chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Hordinsky.

Picking the right fruits

Aug 10, 2014
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One of the perks of summer in New York state is the ability to purchase local fruit.  While every kind of fruit is healthier than most other foods, choosing certain kinds of fruit and preparing them the correct way can significantly increase their nutritional benefits.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jo Robinson discusses which fruits are the healthiest and how to select and store 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.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Robinson.

Physiatry: an obscure type of medicine

Aug 10, 2014
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You are probably familiar with physical therapists and physicians, but have you ever heard of physiatrists

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Farrah Siddiqui discusses the medical field of physiatry and how it is practiced.  Siddiqui is an interventional physiatrist at RSM Medical Associates based in Syracuse, New York.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Siddiqui.

Figuring out what physiatry is all about

Aug 8, 2014

The field of medicine may seem like it's getting more and more specialized and technical, but there's a medical specialty that's been around for decades, relies on the basics of physical medicine and many people have never heard of. This week on "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Syracuse-based physiatrist Dr. Farah Siddiqui to explain what physiatry is.

Lorraine Rapp: Physiatry is a relatively new medical specialty.  What exactly does a physiatrist do?

Deciding when to stop treatment

Aug 3, 2014
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It is one thing to have a natural death, but it is a different issue entirely when a potentially fatal illness forces you to make difficult treatment decisions.  These decisions can often be complicated by the wishes of the patient, family members, doctors, and even spiritual beliefs, but there are ways to make the process less difficult those involved.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner discusses how best to deal with situations in which medical treatment becomes futile.  Lerner is a professor of medicine at New York University and the author of The Good Doctor:  A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

Figuring out fiber

Aug 3, 2014
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Fiber is a word that is often thrown around in conversations regarding digestive health.  Fiber comes in many forms, and it can be difficult knowing which types are the best for you.

This week on “Take Care,” nutritionist Joan Rogus talks about the importance of fiber in your diet and how to get the appropriate amount.  Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Joan Rogus.

A difficult decision: stopping treatment

Aug 1, 2014

When a patient has a terminal disease, 0ne of the hardest conversations to have is about when to stop treatment. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," interviewed Dr. Barron Lerner about medical directives. This week, they spoke to him how physicians and family members can bring up the topic about a patient's wishes for halting treatment. Dr. Lerner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine

Planning for the worst with medical directives

Jul 27, 2014
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Although we may like to think that we will always have control of our lives, there may come a time when we are incapable of making sound decisions for our health.  Determining the best way to deal with those situations is difficult, but thanks to advances in medical ethics it may be a little easier.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner talks about the different kinds of medical directives and how they can help make an illness-related death easier on the patient’s caregivers. Lerner is an author and professor of medicine at New York University.  His most recent book is "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics."

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

Becoming a quality 'qualitarian'

Jul 27, 2014
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Using a list for grocery shopping can be helpful for remembering which food items to purchase, but is your list optimized for your health? 

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff talks about the importance of selecting and incorporating quality foods into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website ashleykoffapproved.com, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Ashley Koff.

Getting the most out of medical directives

Jul 25, 2014

Thinking about the end of life is not something many of us want to do. But today a variety of medical directives exist that can help your family members and health care providers know your wishes ahead of time. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" interview Dr. Barron Lerner about what different medical directives do. Dr. Learner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

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You may have had your last cold a few months ago, but did you know that there are many ways you can get sick during the summer? Taking some time to familiarize yourself with summer illnesses before stepping outside can go a long way towards staying healthy this season.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cynthia Morrow discusses summertime diseases in our area and how to avoid them.  Morrow is a public health physician and teaches public health and preventive medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

Make the negative positive, one step at a time

Jul 20, 2014
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Do you dwell on mistakes you’ve made throughout the day? Alternatively, maybe you forgive yourself quickly. Both of those tendencies are learned and trained behaviors, according to our guest this week.

This week on "Take Care," we spoke to Linnea Duvall. Duvall is a marriage and family therapist based in Santa Monica, California. She works to shift her patients' destructive self-talk from negative to positive.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Linnea Duvall.

Navigating Alzheimer's disease

Jul 13, 2014
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Alzheimer’s disease may not be one of the fastest-acting illnesses, but its psychological and emotional effects on patients and their families can be devastating.  Although a cure for the disease has yet to be found, there are many lifestyle changes that can be taken to help prevent and slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

This week on “Take Care,” Drs. Richard Isaacson and Dale Atkins discuss some of the issues associated with Alzheimer’s and how to fight the disease once you or someone you know has been diagnosed.  Dr. Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the author of "Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide" and "The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment."  Dr. Atkins is a licensed psychologist who works with Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with both Dr. Isaacson and Dr. Atkins.

The Grain Brain diet: adopting a demanding nutrition plan

Jun 29, 2014
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It’s breakfast time, and you’re about to dig into a plate of—salmon?

This week on “Take Care,” we present the second installment of our interview with Dr. David Perlmutter, who explains how to transition into his low-carb diet.  Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He is also the author of Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain’s silent killers.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Perlmutter.

A sensitive subject -- living with aging parents

Jun 29, 2014
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Though it may not seem very long ago that you moved out of your parents’ house, it may be time to consider having them move in with you.  While living with a parent has many advantages, it is important to take time to decide if it is best for you and the person moving in.

This week on “Take Care,” David Horgan discusses the challenges of having a parent move in and how to make the experience beneficial for both you and your parent.  Horgan is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director.  He is also a co-author of “When Your Parent Moves in:  Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with David Horgan.

Preparing to have an aging parent move in

Jun 27, 2014

Recent advances in medicine are causing people to live longer. Couple that with the economically stressful times and you often find families deciding to have aging parents move into their adult child's home. Whether it's for financial reasons or to maximize caregiving... There can be many bumps along the road. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," costs Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with David Horgan, medical educator and author, about his personal experiences with elder care and the best way to welcome mom or dad into your home.

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You may be careful to eat whole grain breads and cereals instead of white bread, but did you know that some experts say even those foods could be hurting your health?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Perlmutter discusses the negative health effects of carbohydrates and how to reduce those effects.  Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He is also the author of Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain’s silent killers.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. David Perlmutter.

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