Take Care

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You care about your health, but it can be expensive. Between doctor’s visits, co-pays, and prescription medication, the final bill can be more than you expect. But what if there was a way to make it cheaper?

This week on “Take Care,” Matthew Chaiken tells us about his new company Blink Health, and how they’re able to cut out the middle man when it comes to buying prescription drugs at the pharmacy. Chaiken co-founded Blink Health with his brother Geoffrey in 2014, and they launched the company’s website and mobile app this past February.

Mindful eating: Let your body tell you when you're full

Aug 6, 2016
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You may feel you don’t always eat because you’re hungry, but to fulfill other emotions, such as boredom, stress, sadness or anger.

Overeating can often be a result of mindless eating when we’re feeling these emotions, according to this week’s “Take Care” guest, Dr. Lynn Rossy. Rossy is the author of the book "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life,” and is a licensed clinical psychologist for the wellness program at the University of Missouri. She is also on the board of directors for the Center for Mindful Eating.

Being mindful of your eating

Aug 5, 2016
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Sometimes physical hunger isn't the only reason we choose to eat. Mindless eating, a topic we explore this week on "Take Care," can bring comfort and mask other issues.

This week on WRVO's health and wellness show, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Lynn Rossy, a clinical psychologist at the University of Missouri's Wellness Program. Rossy helps people learn to check in with their bodies, recognize when they're full and avoid overeating.

Some find art more therapeutic than words

Jul 30, 2016
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Even if your version of drawing is simple stick figures, you may find yourself feeling relaxed when you doodle on papers or color. Creating art has even been proven to have a therapeutic value in the medical world.

The term art therapy was coined in the 1940s, and today is applied in a variety of settings to aid both children and adults in expressing and releasing trauma. This week on “Take Care,” international art therapy expert, Cathy Malchiodi gives us an insight to art therapy and how it works. Malchiodi is a research psychologist, art therapist, and clinical counselor. She is also the founder and director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, and is the president of Art Therapy Without Borders.

Gallstones; why they form and how they can be prevented

Jul 30, 2016
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It’s a small organ on the right side of the body behind the liver. It’s three inches long, shaped like a pear and it can cause us severe pain if our cholesterol builds up -- but we can live without it. Can you guess what it is? 

The gallbladder is the organ that fits this description. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Salam Zakko enlightens us on what this organ does and why it's sometimes removed. Zakko is a gastroenterologist and the executive director at Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute and Clinical Research Foundation at Bristol Hospital. He is also a clinical professor in medicine at the University of Connecticut.

How art therapy can help some deal with trauma

Jul 29, 2016
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The therapeutic value of art has long been recognized. Today art therapy is used to treat adults and children with a variety of mental health issues. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with research psychologist and art therapist Cathy Malchiodi about how art therapy is used to help patients.

Staying safe when lightning strikes

Jul 23, 2016
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When we think of something with low odds, like winning the lottery, we might compare it to getting struck by lightning. However, the chances of getting struck by lightning may be higher than you think.

There is actually a one-in-12,000 chance this could happen in your lifetime, according to the National Weather Service. This week on “Take Care,” lightning expert John Jensenius tells us what we need to know about lightning and how to stay safe when it strikes. Jensenius is a meteorologist and lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Donating blood and organs, if possible, is encouraged in the medical world to save lives. But recently, medical professionals may also be looking for a new type of donor—fecal.

Fecal transplantation dates back to 4th century China, according to the Fecal Transplant Foundation, and is a recent, but often effective, treatment for a specific type of colitis. To explain fecal transplantation this week on “Take Care,” is Dr. Rajeev Jain. Jain is a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, the chief of gastroenterology at Texas Heath Dallas, and is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Suffering economy causes stress in college graduates

Jul 16, 2016
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For generations kids have been told that if they work hard in school, they’ll get a good job. But this doesn’t seem to be so simple for the millennial generation, as there just aren’t enough jobs in the current economy to go around.

Little berries are big super food

Jul 16, 2016
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Whether you buy them fresh or frozen, pick them off the bush or grow them yourself, berries are one of the best foods to have in the house. They’re tasty and, nutrition-wise, pack a big punch for such a small food.

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The millennial generation is experiencing high levels of stress over work and career. Large student loans, difficulty finding a job after college and the new economy are causing mental health issues for a growing number of younger people. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Vinita Mehta, a clinical psychologist and journalist about this increase in anxiety among millennials.

Exercise intensity may affect your mood

Jul 9, 2016
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For many years research has proven just how much daily exercise can improve our overall health. But even with this information, some of us still dread exercise and can’t get past the idea of the sweating, aching, and tiredness it can make us feel.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Paddy Ekkekakis explains why some of us may feel this way toward exercise more than others. Ekkekakis is a professor at Iowa State University and has been researching pleasure and displeasure responses resulting from exercise and physical activity for the past 25 years. His current focus is on the psycho-biological mechanism of the sense of fatigue, and reasons for avoiding physical activity.

How to keep your feet healthy this summer

Jul 9, 2016
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You've kept them bound up and under wraps all winter, and now your feet want to get out and enjoy the sun just like you do. But with more exposure comes more possibility for injury and infection.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Neal Blitz shares with us how to keep our feet healthy this summer. Blitz is a reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon, and the creator of the Bunionplasty bunion surgery procedure. He is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and maintains a private practice in New York City.

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Medical experts agree that exercise can help prevent a variety of diseases and disorders and is generally good for you. But exercising does not put everyone in a good mood. This week WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" takes a look at the relationship between mood and exercise in an interview with Paddy Ekkekakis of Iowa State University. Ekkekakis has researched how exercise causes pleasure and displeasure.

The dangers of sun exposure and melanoma

Jun 25, 2016
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A day on the lake, an afternoon of yard work, watching a baseball game; these are all events that can put us in direct sunlight. But with a 200 percent increase in melanoma diagnoses since the 1970s, we may need to take more precaution when it comes to the sun.

Fortunately, there have been improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the past few decades.This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lynn Schuchter explains the rise in melanoma and gives us the latest on treatment and prevention. Schuchter is the medicine division chief of hematology-oncology at Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  She also leads the melanoma program at the university, and is a professor of hematology-oncology.

Things to keep in mind when grilling this summer

Jun 25, 2016
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Nothing beats the taste of flame grilled food in the summertime. But there are some things to keep in mind in terms of safety when using the grill.

This week on “Take Care,” food safety expert Benjamin Chapman tells us what we need to know. Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. He's also the co-host of the podcast “Food Safety Talk.”

Why sustainability should be incorporated into our diets

Jun 18, 2016
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When we think about healthy eating, many of us view it in regards to our personal health. However, we may need to view it in terms of a healthy environment as well.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Walter Willett tells us the dangers industrially producing food can have on the environment, and why a sustainable diet should become a necessity. Willett is the chair of the nutrition department at Harvard University School of Public Health, and the Fredrick John Stare professor of epidemiology and nutrition. He is also the chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Council of the annual Menus of Change leadership summit, which analyzes issues involving public health, the environment, and the food industry.

What you need to know about latex allergy

Jun 18, 2016
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There are many things a person can be allergic to. However, an uncommon, but serious allergy that can sometimes be overlooked is latex.

A latex allergy can cause severe discomfort, and in extreme cases death. To explain this allergy on “Take Care” this week, is Dr. Neeta Ogden. Ogden is an adult and pediatric allergist, asthma specialist and immunologist in private practice in New York City. She is also a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The pharmacist's role and what it takes to become one

Jun 11, 2016
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They wear a white lab coat, but aren’t your typical doctor. They work behind a counter, but they don’t serve you food. A pharmacist fills your prescriptions and makes sure they are safe for you. But how do they earn their white lab coat and spot behind the counter?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Elizabeth Higdon tells us what it means to be a pharmacist. Higdon is an instructor in the department of pharmacy practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus in Colchester, Vermont. She also holds a doctor of pharmacy degree, teaches classes on over-the-counter medications, and works as a community pharmacist.

Steps to a successful herb garden

Jun 11, 2016
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If you’re not big on gardening, but still want to add a fresh taste to every dish, an herb garden may be something to consider.

This week on “Take Care,” gardening expert, Amy Jeanroy tells us how to make this simple, yet useful, garden a success. Jeanroy covers herb gardening for the how-to website About.com, and has operated a family greenhouse business for the past 15 years. She is also the author of ”Canning and Preserving for Dummies,” which is now in its second edition.

A pharmacist's role in your health care

Jun 10, 2016
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Many of us rely on pharmacists for nothing more than filling a prescription. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Elizabeth Higdon, an instructor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, about the role pharmacists can play as part of your health care team.

Keeping tennis & golf injury free this summer

Jun 4, 2016
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Summer is approaching, and with the nicer weather, you may become more active by breaking out those golf clubs and tennis rackets. However, you could be one swing away from an elbow, wrist, or hand injury if you don't take the proper precautions.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. John Fatti tells us how these injuries can happen, and what to do to avoid them. Fatti is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist and elbow injuries, and he is the president of SOS -- Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists --in Syracuse, NY.

When foods sound healthy, but aren't

Jun 4, 2016
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If you grocery shop with a healthy diet in mind, the labels “fat-free” and “sugar-free” may jump out to you. However, these foods may not be as healthy as their labels make them sound.

Many fat-free and sugar-free foods have little nutritional value, and contain additives and artificial ingredients, according to this week’s “Take Care” guest, Kerri-Ann Jennings. Jennings is a registered dietician and the former editor of Eating Well Magazine. She also writes for Yoga Journal, Men's Health, the Huffington Post, and Cooking Channel TV. Her article "8 Healthy-Sounding Foods That Aren't," appears on the Food Network website.

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The immune system generally keeps you healthy, but there are times when these biological processes can actually harm you. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease -- which arises when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own bodily tissues.

This week, on “Take Care,” Dr. Robert Shmerling explains the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Shmerling is clinical chief of the rheumatology division of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior editor of internet publishing at Harvard Health Publications.

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Over the last several decades, microwave ovens have become a standard kitchen appliance in many American homes. But for some, doubts remain about their safety and impact on the nutritional value of food cooked in them.

This week on “Take Care,” food scientist Don Schaffner takes us behind the microwave door to explain how microwave ovens work, and the ways this kind of cooking technology interacts with food. Schaffner is an extension specialist in food science and distinguished professor at Rutgers University. He is a world-renowned expert on food safety and protection and is the co-host of a podcast on microbial food safety.

Science & safety of microwave cooking

May 20, 2016
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Microwave ovens have become a staple in American kitchens. But many people do not understand the science behind how they cook food. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Don Schaffner, a food scientist and professor at Rutgers University, about how microwaves work and whether or not they are really safe.

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It’s a difficult fact to swallow -- Americans are heavier than ever. For a number of decades, we’ve been told that dietary fat was unhealthy and eating fat would make us gain weight. Fat equals fat, right? Our guest this week explains that the equation is not that simple. The tide is turning on fat.

Dr. Mark Hyman is a physician, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. His latest book is “Eat Fat, Get Thin,” and that’s what he believes -- we can add fats back into our diet (keeping in mind that not all fats are created equal) and stay healthy. Hyman is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, a medical editor at The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor to CBS This Morning and The Today Show.

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To many adults, having health insurance is a no-brainer. It’s something you just have to have. And now under the Affordable Care Act, it’s required to have medical insurance, or pay a penalty. Even under the new law, the age group that’s the least likely to get insurance, is the healthiest.

This week on “Take Care,” Kevin Counihan, the CEO of healthcare.gov explains all the various options young people have to get insured. Healthcare.gov is the federal government’s marketplace exchange to buy health insurance.

Insuring young adults

May 13, 2016
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More young adults go without health insurance than any other age group. The Affordable Care Act made it possible for anyone up to age 26 to stay on his or her parent’s medical insurance. But how exactly does that work? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Kevin Counihan, the CEO of healthcare.gov, the federal government's health care exchange.

Divorce later in life becoming more common

May 7, 2016
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Over the last 10 years, divorce rates have been steadying in the U.S., with the exception of one age group.

This week on “Take Care,” journalist Abby Ellin tells us why, more and more, older couples seem to be splitting up. Ellin is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her work has also appeared in Time magazine and the Village Voice. Ellin's article, "After Full Lives Together, More Older Couples Are Divorcing," appeared in The New York Times last October.