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Lasik eye surgery: how it works and what to expect

Feb 13, 2016
Chandler Pullen

The eye is one of most complex organs in the human body. There are different muscles involved in moving your eyes across this page to read, and many internal components allowing you to see the words and focus the light from your computer screen.

But in many cases, how your eyes refract light can be impaired, requiring you to wear glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Bryan Lee, a LASIK specialist who was named one of the top 40 ophthalmologists under 40 in the world, and serves on the Council of American Academy of Ophthalmology, speaks with us this week on “Take Care” and explains the alternative to eye glasses and contact lenses.

Jane Brody literally wrote the book, and the newspaper column, on personal health. Brody has written on medicine and health for the New York Times for more than 50 years,  and is the author of more than a dozen books on topics like nutrition and cooking. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Brody, who shares her experiences as a trailblazing health journalist.

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Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation—these are symptoms none of us like to talk about, but they are also the leading symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In some cases, symptoms may be mild and ignored, but in other cases they can be severe and interfere with day-to-day life.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Salam Zakko, a gastroenterologist and founder of the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute at Bristol Hospital, sheds some light on the disorder that no one likes to talk about.

What your grip strength says about your health

Feb 6, 2016
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Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on genetic testing to tell you what diseases you're at risk for, testing the strength of your grip could give you similar information about how long you might live.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Darryl Leong explains a new revelation that grip strength may be an indicator of mortality. As an assistant professor of cardiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Leong, along with a team of researchers, conducted a four year-long study focusing on this correlation.

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Medical researchers have spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to predict how long a person will live. One recent study found a surprising indicator of mortality: the strength of a person's grip. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with the author of the study, Doctor Darryl Leong, a cardiologist from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

Nothing to fear

Jan 30, 2016
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Everyone is afraid of something. But avoiding the things you’re afraid of may be holding you back personally and professionally in ways you may not even be aware of.

This week on “Take Care” speaks with author Patty Chang Anker, who herself was deathly afraid of a variety of things. She tackled those fears one by one and also researched fear – interviewing experts and other people with fears. That journey led to the book “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.”

How to avoid sickness this winter

Jan 30, 2016
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With cold and flu season in full swing, many of us are being exposed to unwanted germs, and feel we have too much on our plate to be stuck in bed sneezing and coughing. Fortunately, there are some ways to avoid these dreaded illnesses this winter.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Philip Tierno gives us some tips on how to stay healthy when the people around us are not. Tierno is a professor in the departments of pathology and microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is better known however, as Dr. Germ for his research and his book on germs, “The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them.”

How to avoid getting a cold or the flu

Jan 29, 2016

It's that time again -- cold and flu season. And if a family member or close co-worker comes down with a cold, what's the best way to avoid catching whatever they've got? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of pathology and microbiology at NYU and a world-renowned expert on germs. Dr. Tierno discusses how cold and flu germs are spread.

Antidepressants help ease a range of symptoms

Jan 23, 2016
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With symptoms that include fatigue, decreased energy, low appetite and weight loss (or overeating and weight gain), insomnia or oversleeping, and headaches -- depression can be a debilitating medical condition. Fortunately, antidepressants have been around for decades and many have proven effective for patients.

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Dr. Michael Hirsch about antidepressants. Hirsch is a psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is also lead editor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy.

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People who feel an uncontrollable need to move their legs when they are at rest, or feel sensations or pain in their legs, may have restless legs syndrome, or RLS. You may have seen commercials on TV about medications to help RLS, but not really understand what it is.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jacci Bainbridge, a professor in the department of clinical pharmacy at the University of Colorado at Denver and the Health Sciences discusses what RLS, it’s treatment and who’s most likely to get it. Bainbridge is also on the board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation.

Understanding antidepressants

Jan 22, 2016
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Antidepressants have been around for decades, but there is still much confusion about how they work and who should take them.  This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Michael Hirsch, a psychiatrist and psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School about why these drugs are an important tool in fighting depression.

Don't lose sleep over a visit to a sleep lab

Jan 16, 2016
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Sleep is essentially to human life. So when something goes wrong and your sleep is regularly interrupted, or you can’t stop sleeping, it can be a serious problem. After seeing a doctor, your next stop might just be a sleep lab. The thought of spending a night in a lab can be a scary idea for many people.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lois Krahn demystifies the process of studying sleep in the lab. Krahn is a psychiatrist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona which sees over 3,000 people annually.

Eating paleo: the science behind the diet and lifestyle

Jan 16, 2016
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It’s been called the caveman diet, but does it really replicate what people ate in the Paleolithic era? The Paleo diet has gained popularity in recent years for its focus on fresh, high-quality, unprocessed foods and its avoidance of grains, starches and added sugar.

This week,  Sarah Ballantyne -- a scientist turned Paleo advocate -- will introduce us to the science behind eating Paleo. Ballantyne is the founder of ThePaleoMom.com and author of many New York Times bestselling books on the same topic.

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The paleo diet is one of the more popular current diets -- based on a theory that modern day man would be healthier if he or she ate more like a caveman. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Sarah Ballantyne, scientist turned paleo activist and author. Balantyne discusses the theories behind the diet and some of the new research into possible benefits.

How to be a smart health insurance consumer

Jan 9, 2016
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It might seem like there’s nothing more confusing than choosing a health insurance plan. Insurance and health terms alike can seem like a foreign language. And all most consumers want is a plan that’s going to help keep them healthy without breaking the bank.

This week on “Take Care,” Erin Singleton helps translate the complicated world of health insurance. Singleton is chief of mission delivery at the Patient Advocate Foundation, a national non-profit that helps individuals resolve issues related to their medical diagnosis.

Odds are you will get a torn meniscus

Jan 9, 2016
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A nice long walk here, a quick jog there -- many of us take our mobility for granted, until it becomes an issue. Our knees bear the weight of our body (pressure about four times the weight of our body, to be exact) and injuries to the knee may be more common than you think. When pain comes creeping along, it could be a tear in the meniscus. Meniscus tears are relatively common in older adults and can result in the inability to walk comfortably, locking of the knee and even debilitating pain.

This week, Dr. Gregory Martin joins us with meniscus basics and a look at which options are key to prolonging flexibility and mobility. Dr. Martin is a board-certified, Harvard-fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. He’s also author of the book “Education for Knees: Everything You Need to Know for Happy, Healthy and Pain-Free Knees.”

Comparing health insurance plans can be a confusing and complicated process. PPO, HMO and EPO may seem like they’re part of a foreign language. But this week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Erin Singleton of the Patient Advocate Foundation. She helps decipher the meaning and importance of things like co-pays, deductibles and shared costs.

Legionnaires' disease: cause, diagnosis and treatment

Dec 6, 2015
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Legionnaires' disease has been in the news recently with cases in New York City and Syracuse. But many people don’t know much about the illness other than it derives its name from a 1976 Legionnaires’ convention when attendees contracted the disease.

The good news is that much has been learned about the Legionnaires’ since then. Much of that knowledge is due to the work of Janet Stout, one of the top authorities on Legionnaires' and an engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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There are few things as intimate as food, according to this week’s guest. Food affects the quality of our day; we celebrate with food; we’re passionate about food -- for health and pleasure. And this fascination presents an opportunity for exploitation, says Dr. David Katz, who has been following the diet debate for years.

Behind the mystery of Legionnaires' disease

Dec 4, 2015
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Legionnaires' disease has been in the news recently with cases in New York City and Syracuse. But many people don't really know what this illness is. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Janet Stout, one of the top authorities on Legionnaires' and an engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

DCIS and what it means for women's health

Nov 22, 2015
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Everyone is aware of breast cancer, but not everyone knows much about the various kinds of breast cancer. DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, is a non-invasive type of breast cancer which may or may not become invasive breast cancer. This week on “Take Care,” we focus on DCIS with Dr. Tari A. King.

Dr. Tari A. King is Chief of Breast Surgery at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the associate division chief for breast surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Talking turkey about labels this Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2015
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With the holidays approaching, turkey is at the top of many shopping lists. A trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming with so many different options including organic, free-range and hormone-free meats. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss what these terms mean with Susan Moores.

Susan Moores is a registered dietitian and former national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Moores has also written for the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC and covers healthy eating at her website SusanMoores.com.

DCIS: One of the most common forms of breast cancer

Nov 20, 2015
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One in five women diagnosed with breast cancer will be told she has DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Tari King, chief of breast surgery at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the associate division chief for breast surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, about what DCIS is and how it differs from other kinds of breast cancer.

More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Think food allergies are just for kids? Think again

Nov 15, 2015
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While food allergies are most common in babies and young children, adults are also susceptible. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss food allergies with Dr. Neeta Ogden.

Dr. Neeta Ogden is an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist in private practice in New York City, as well as a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

A common problem no one wants to talk about: hemorrhoids

Nov 15, 2015
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Hemorrhoids are a condition that nobody wants to talk about, but that more than half of all Americans will experience in their lifetime. This week on “Take Care,” we get to the bottom of hemorrhoids with Dr. Rajeev Jain.

Dr. Rajeev Jain is a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Dallas and clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Food allergy or intolerance?

Nov 13, 2015
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There's a lot more attention on food allergies these days. But what's the difference between an allergy and a food intolerance? And can you grow out of or develop new food allergies as you age? This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen ask Dr. Neeta Ogden these questions. Ogden is an allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Challenging conventional wisdom about growing old

Nov 8, 2015
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As Baby Boomers continue to age, more and more are reaching the retirement age. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss aging and how attitudes toward aging can be changed with Dr. Bill Thomas.

Dr. Bill Thomas is co-founder of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit organization focused on creating quality of life for elders and their care partners. He is a physician, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare and an award-winning author.

The benefits of beans

Nov 8, 2015
Johannah Sakimura

Beans are a staple of many countries because of their protein and affordability. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the health benefits of beans and why you should be adding them to your diet with Johannah Sakimura.

Johannah Sakimura is a registered dietician who writes the Nutrition Sleuth column at Everyday Health. She has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.

Retiring old perceptions about aging

Nov 6, 2015
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As the influential baby boomer generation gets older, they are reinventing what it means to be a senior citizen. But much of American society views being elderly negatively. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Bill Thomas, a physician, author and expert on eldercare about changing this perception.


Health impacts of agricultural pesticides

Nov 1, 2015
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Many consumers have become concerned with the health impacts of ingesting residual pesticides used to protect fruit and vegetable. This week on “Take Care,” we talk with Dr. Dave Stone about the health implications of agricultural pesticides.

Dr. Dave Stone is a toxicologist and director of the National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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