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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.

Fixing the salt issue

Jul 28, 2017
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For decades, Americans have been told to eat less salt and that sodium contributes to high blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke. But what if salt wasn't the culprit? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. James DiNicolantonio, the author of the new book, "The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong." DiNicolantonio is a leading cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute.  He says salt should not be demonized.

How happiness relates to health

Jul 22, 2017
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Just a couple of decades ago, many of us would have been stunned to hear that companies were installing nap pods or allowing their employees to work from home to ensure they get ample family time. You may not have known about mindfulness or the benefits some find in meditation. And you likely would not have guessed that countries are paying as much attention to their citizens’ happiness as they are their economic standing.

The effects of optimism on health

Jul 21, 2017
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Scientists and researchers have found many relationships between our health and our happiness -- it seems that the two are not mutually exclusive. Dr. Laura Kubzansky is a professor of social and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, a new center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her task, in the coming years, is to understand the relationship between psychological well-being and physical health.

Rewiring your brain for happiness

Jul 20, 2017
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The brain is not only the regulator of our entire body, but also the basis for the experiences we’re having, good or bad. We’re pretty dependent on our brain, according to Dr. Rick Hanson. He’s a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of many books about the brain and happiness.

“So, one of the key takeaways here is to realize that this phenomenal organ -- three pounds of tofu-like tissue inside the coconut between your ears -- is vulnerable and fragile,” Hanson says.

Is happiness genetic?

Jul 19, 2017
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Researchers define happiness as consisting of two components: having a sense that your life is good and having relatively frequent happy experiences. But what if genetics determined how happy you feel on a day-to-day basis?

Motion sickness: A new theory

Jul 15, 2017
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Motion sickness is a phenomenon that can keep many people from enjoying a cruise, an amusement park ride, or even a drive in a car. And with the advent of virtual reality, you don’t even have to be moving anymore to experience motion sickness.

New studies are challenging the assumption that motion sickness has to do with the relationship between the inner ear and the vestibular system, which provides sensory information about motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. “Take Care’s” guest this week is Dr. Thomas Stoffregen. He’s professor of kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and has been studying motion sickness for more than 25 years.

Understanding stuttering

Jul 15, 2017
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Stuttering affects over 3 million Americans. While it’s often easy to recognize that someone has the condition, there are many myths surrounding what causes stuttering.

This week on “Take Care,” Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, helps clear up some of those misconceptions about stuttering. The foundation is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of stuttering. Fraser is the daughter of Stuttering Foundation founder Malcolm Fraser, who established the organization in 1947.

What's really making you motion sick?

Jul 14, 2017
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If you suffer from motion sickness, it can be difficult flying in a plane, taking a cruise on a ship or even riding in a car. For years, the explanation was that the stimulation in your eyes and middle ears while on a ship or in a car would make you sick because it's different from a normal experience. But one doctor thinks there may be another explanation.

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The fight to cure cancer is backed by researchers, doctors, federal agencies, and even tech entrepreneurs. While small victories are won each day in labs and hospitals across the globe, the fact remains that there is no surefire way to cure cancer. There are promising new treatments, though, and many on the front lines dedicated to the cause.

Jacqueline Detwiler joins us this week on WRVO’s health and wellness show “Take Care” to speak about what the next steps are when it comes to finding a cure for cancer. She’s a journalist and the articles editor at Popular Mechanics magazine. Detwiler’s article “It’ll Take an Army to Kill the Emperor” (in the June 2017 edition of Popular Mechanics) is the result of three months immersed in the field of cancer research.

Taking the heat as we age

Jul 8, 2017
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Whether you love hot weather or can’t stand the heat of summertime, if you’re young and healthy, your body has a pretty efficient system for cooling itself down. But the body’s natural system for keeping a steady core temperature becomes less efficient as we age. That’s why older adults are at risk for heat-related illness like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Basil Eldadah of the National Institution on Aging discusses why older adults are more likely to experience heat stress. Eldadah is supervisory medical officer of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology at the NIA.

What's needed to disrupt cancer

Jul 7, 2017
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Finding a cure for cancer. It's been the dream of many -- from people affected by the disease, to scientists, and even presidents. Jacqueline Detwiler, articles editor for Popular Mechanics, spent three months immersed in the field of cancer research. She crossed the country to visit seven cancer institutes and interviewed 35 researchers. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Detweiler about what she learned about the future of treating cancer.

Mom was right, sit up straight to help shoulder pain

Jul 1, 2017
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You lift up your arms to get something just out of reach and you feel it -- pain in your shoulder. It used to be a slight twinge, but now it’s a consistent ache. Should you be considering a visit to the doctor?

This week’s guest on “Take Care” explains that even if your shoulder pain is a result of some other problem, there are treatment options available. Joining us to discuss these issues is Dr. Stephanie Siegrist. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Siegrist is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has practiced orthopedics in Rochester for over 20 years.

Aerobic exercise that goes swimmingly

Jul 1, 2017
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When it’s time to exercise, many of us get out the sneakers and plan on getting hot and sweaty. But there’s one kind of aerobic exercise that keeps you cool – swimming. And it comes with some benefits you don’t get from land-based exercise.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Tanner, an expert in exercise physiology and human performance, talks about the health benefits of swimming. Tanner teaches in the Kinesiology Department at Indiana University and is the co-author of "Swimming Past 50" and co-editor of the “Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science: Swimming.”

Screening for prostate cancer

Jun 24, 2017
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As men age, the likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer goes up. And since prostate cancer is the most common cancer for American men, how to screen for this disease has been quite controversial.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo discusses the latest recommendations for prostate cancer screening. Bibbins-Domingo chairs the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that issued new recommendations in April 2017. Bibbins-Domingo is professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Watch your salt, whether it's kosher, table, pink or sea

Jun 24, 2017
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Salt used to be salt. It was iodized, it sat on the table in a shaker, and it was used during cooking and after. While basic table salt is still a staple of many households, other salts have come on the market and offered quite a bit of competition. This week we ask, “What’s the difference?”

Kerri-Ann Jennings joins us on “Take Care” to talk about salt and why it’s still best to take it easy with the salt shaker. Jennings is a registered dietitian and freelance nutrition writer who contributes to WebMD, FoodNetwork.com and other publications.

Tick-borne diseases on the move

Jun 17, 2017
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Residents of the Northeastern U.S. have become increasingly familiar with Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks. But the tick population in this country is spreading and growing, and along with it, so are the diseases they carry.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Richard Ostfeld, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York, discusses the latest information on ticks and tick-borne diseases. The Cary Institute examines the science behind environmental solutions. Ostfeld also teaches at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut, and has authored the book, "Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System."

Going nuts for butters

Jun 17, 2017
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While many American kids grow up eating peanut butter, in recent years, a wide variety of different kinds of nut and seed butters have hit the grocery store shelves. But what kind of nutritional value to they all provide?

This week on “Take Care,” sports nutritionist Nancy Clark gives us a primer on nut and seed butters. Clark is the author of “Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook.” She writes the monthly nutrition column “The Athlete's Kitchen,” which appears in over 100 sports and fitness publications and websites.

Water systems & safety worries

Jun 10, 2017
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In the United States, most people take it for granted that they will be able to go to the faucet, turn it on and get clean water. But in recent years, cases where something goes wrong with municipal water systems have made headlines and put the state of the nation’s water infrastructure under a microscope.

This week on “Take Care,” Richard Anderson, senior advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council, discusses how municipal water systems work, and the challenges communities face in delivering safe, clean water to residents. Anderson has held his position as advisor since 1999. 

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Recent incidents in Flint, Michigan and Hoosick Falls, New York have brought to light the problems with many municipal water systems. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Richard Anderson, senior advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council about the state of the country's water infrastructure. Anderson has held that position since 1999.

Combating aging: the latest in medical technology

Jun 3, 2017
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Getting older is an inevitable part of our lives, with age-related issues and conditions inspiring new advancements in technology to aid those affected. Whether it’s medication management, falling, or other problems facing aging adults, the latest medical technologies are offering new ways to combat those barriers.

To find out more about some of these new technologies, “Take Care” was joined by Dr. David Lindeman, director of the Center for Technology and Aging -- a research group in Oakland, California.

Bagged lettuce better than no lettuce

Jun 3, 2017
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Bagged lettuce may seem like one of those true conveniences of modern life. You want to eat more salad, but don’t want to spend time washing, tearing and chopping. But is eating bagged lettuce as healthy for you as a good old head of lettuce?

This week on “Take Care,” Kerri-Ann Jennings, a registered dietitian and freelance nutrition writer, answers that question for us. Jennings contributes to WebMD, FoodNetwork.com and other publications.

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Many seniors need to -- or want to -- remain in their homes as they get older. It’s often referred to as “aging in place.” But they often need help. More and more, that help is coming in the form of new technology. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with David Lindeman, director of the Center for Technology and Aging in Oakland, CA about some of the new gadgets and devices that can help the elderly remain safe and healthy at home.

The return of recess

May 20, 2017
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As public schools have been pressured to emphasize academics in recent years, one of the traditions of the school day that often gets put on the chopping block is recess. But studies show that recess provides a variety of benefits beyond a break in the school day for kids.

This week on “Take Care,” Michelle Carter, senior program manager of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, better known as SHAPE America, discusses the benefits recess can provide. Carter has also served as a health and physical education teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system.

Want whiter teeth? Don't head to your local pharmacy

May 20, 2017
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A pearly white smile isn’t always easy to come by. While some blame genetics, coffee and tea, teeth yellowing is a natural part of aging. Teeth whitening is a fairly new obsession, but with gels, lights, pastes and strips, the trend continues to pick up speed.

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Dr. Mark Burhenne about the different kinds of whitening products available and if they’re effective or even safe. Burhenne is a practicing dentist of over 30 years and creator of the popular website “Ask the Dentist."

Reading, writing and recess

May 19, 2017
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Over the years, some school districts around the country have gotten rid of recess to make more time for academics. But studies show that recess has many benefits -- and not just increasing physical activity. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Michelle Carter, a senior program manager for the Society of Health and Physical Educators or SHAPE America, about the campaign to bring back recess. Carter has also served as a health and physical education teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system.

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Whether you’re nine or 90, falls pose a risk to anyone on their feet. They can be unexpected, startling, and dangerous – especially as we get older – and as the leading cause of concussion and traumatic brain injury, it’s important to know what we can do to protect ourselves, should we take a tumble.

To find out about the right way to fall, “Take Care” spoke with physical therapist Jessica Schwartz, who works with athletes and individuals with prosthetic limbs on how to prevent falls and respective injuries.

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Of all the factors that influence our well-being, our environment itself is one often overlooked. We consider exercise and nutrition, sleep and stress -- but new research suggests that an optimal, “green” environment may be more influential than previously understood, increasing both productivity and overall health in the workplace and beyond.

To learn more about the latest in green environments, “Take Care” was joined by Piers MacNaughton, associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and Global Environment. MacNaughton recently managed a study on environmental influences in the hopes of determining what an “optimal built environment” looks like.

Green buildings, better workers?

May 12, 2017
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Companies are always looking for ways to make their employees more productive. Now, a new study shows that making buildings more environmentally friendly, or “green,” can make them healthier for the workers inside -- and improves those workers' cognitive functions. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Piers MacNaughton, an associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment. Dr. MacNaughton was the project manager for the study.

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Often when we think of therapy, we imagine an office complete with a desk, a chaise lounge, and a clinician with a clipboard. But as technology continues to transform the way we live, changes in therapy are yet another sign of the times. Different from traditional, in-person therapy, online therapy has its own criteria and benefits, and is becoming an increasingly popular option for individuals seeking mental health treatment.

To find out more about online therapy, “Take Care” spoke with associate executive director of practice research and policy for the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lynn Bufka.