Take Care

Is the brain connected to the gut?

Jun 26, 2015

In recent years, medical researchers have been discovering more about the link between gut health and overall health. This week's on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," neurologist and author Dr. David Perlmutter talks about the idea that microbes in the gut could affect neurological conditions. Dr. Perlmutter writes about explores this connection in his book “Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life.”  

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

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Lung cancer is considered the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. How can it be prevented and who is more likely to get it?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Martin Edelman talks about what can cause lung cancer and who can develop it. Edelman is head of the Solid Tumor Oncology Department at the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Is Facebook making us sad?

Jun 21, 2015
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Facebook and the world of social media has given the average person easy access to friends, family and even strangers’ lives with the click of a button or swipe of the thumb. But does having that access make our lives sadder?

This week on “Take Care,” Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers addresses the surprising link between Facebook and depression. Steers is a social psychologist at the University of Houston. Her study, "Seeing Everyone Else's Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depressive Symptoms," was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Facebook, social comparison and depression

Jun 19, 2015
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Americans are spending more and more time on social media. But that can lead to an unexpected impact on the mental health of social media users. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "take care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview University of Houston social psychologist Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers about her research into the links between Facebook and depression. Steers’ study "Seeing Everyone Else's Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depressive Symptoms," was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Diabetes: Symptoms, signs and causes

Jun 14, 2015
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Diabetes has reached epidemic levels, and in fact is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but many people don't know exactly what it is, beyond the fact that is has something to do with sugar levels.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Nathan discusses diabetes, how it’s caused and what symptoms to check for if you’ve developed it. Nathan is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the General Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

Food trucks: Consider this on-the-go cuisine a go

Jun 14, 2015
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Food trucks, while mobile, have a foothold in many urban areas. And they’re not just providing American food staples – your classic grilled cheese or hot dog. Some of these trucks are quite near gourmet, specializing in locally-sourced food or a particular culture’s cuisine. But are they safe? Is the food prepared in the truck? Do food trucks follow the same regulations as regular restaurants?

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Richard Myrick about food truck safety. Myrick is an expert in the field, the founder of Mobile-Cuisine.com (the online trade magazine of the mobile food industry) and the author of the book “Running a Food Truck for Dummies.”

Why food trucks may be safer than you think

Jun 12, 2015
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Food trucks have made a name for themselves in many communities and even on national television. Sometimes they offer food made only from local ingredients, specialty items or even gourmet dishes. And if there's a long line, you know it's good! But is it safe? What kind of regulations do these mobile restaurants and kitchens adhere to?

This week on Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak to Richard Myrick. Myrick is one of the foremost leaders in the field and author of the book "Running a Food Truck for Dummies."

Preventing falls as you get older: exercise is the key

Jun 7, 2015
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Many older people have a great fear of falling – and with good reason. When a senior citizen falls, the likelihood of serious injury is far greater than when a younger person does. And for the elderly, falls can be disabling and even lead to death.

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Laurence Z. Rubenstein, professor and chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Rubenstein has researched and worked extensively on the development of interventions to prevent falls in older adults.

What seniors can do to help prevent falls

Jun 5, 2015

When younger people fall down, it may lead to some bumps and bruises. But for senior citizens, falls are much more likely to be life changing -- leading to broken hips or disability. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Laurence Rubenstein, chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine about the dangers of falls for the elderly and how to prevent them.

No yolks about it, eggs are healthy

May 31, 2015
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One day you hear they’re good for you and other days you hear they’re bad. The healthiness (or unhealthiness) of eggs have been debated for decades. Does the protein outweigh the cholesterol? What makes an egg good or bad and should we continue incorporating eggs into our diets?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Luc Djousse discusses the nutritional value of eggs. Djousse is director of research in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Want a taste? Taste buds and supertasters

May 31, 2015
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The human tongue is an organ that enables us to enjoy the sense of taste. And on the tongue lies those bumps that we call our taste buds, which makes eating chocolate so pleasurable and ice cream so indulgent.

This week on “Take Care,” hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp talk to Dr. Linda Bartoshuk about how those taste buds work and why people have different tastes than others. Dr. Bartoshuk is the director of human research at the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste, and is the scientist behind the groundbreaking discovery of supertasters -- individuals who have stronger reactions to taste than most of us.

Eggs -- incredible again?

May 29, 2015
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First medical experts told us not to eat too many eggs because they're high in cholesterol. But earlier this year, we were told that eating cholesterol is not what causes heart disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care", hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Luc Djousse, director of research in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. They discuss the nutrients found in eggs and how dietary cholesterol really works.

Green thumb, healthy plate

May 24, 2015
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Vegetables that people grow themselves have benefits not available through any other source. If you want salad for dinner, you can walk into your own garden and pick it yourself. You know nobody else has handled it, it hasn't traveled miles to your table and you're getting all of nature's nutrients at their peak.

So how hard is it to grow a vegetable garden? This week on “Take Care,” Marie Iannotti recommends five healthy vegetables that are also easy to grow for the modest gardener. Iannotti is a longtime master gardener, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture educator, master gardener program coordinator, and a member of the Garden Writer's Association and The Garden Conservancy. She's the author of two gardening books and is the gardening expert at About.com.

Nurses who provide care to cancer patients do some of the most emotionally difficult work there is in medicine. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Pattie Jakel, a clinical nurse specialist in the Oncology Program at the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital in California. They discuss the ethical dilemmas oncology nurses often confront.

Chewing tobacco means big league risks

May 17, 2015
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As baseball season gets underway, there's a revival of not only hot dogs, but chewing tobacco. Baseball’s history with chewing tobacco began early on, when players sought to keep their mouths from getting dry due to hot, dusty conditions. What are the dangers of chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco, and why has it been overlooked even as society clamps down on cigarettes?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Pfister discusses the dangers chewing tobacco has on the mouth area and the entire body. Pfister is the chief of the head and neck oncology service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Nail salon safety: how to avoid a foot bath faux pas

May 17, 2015
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A visit to the nail salon is a time to relax, decompress and spruce up your digits, but don't think you're out of the water (or foot bath) just yet. Have you considered the safety of your visit?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Dana Stern talks about nail salon safety and how to avoid catching fungal infections. Stern is assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Chewing tobacco is one of the oldest methods of consuming tobacco. And even as American society has clamped down on the use of cigarettes, the various forms of smokeless tobacco on the market don't get nearly as much attention. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care,"  hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. David Pfister, chief of the Head and Neck Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City about why this kind of tobacco is so dangerous.

Do you know what's in your herbal supplements?

May 10, 2015
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When you buy herbal supplements, are you really getting what you pay for? Is the label accurate?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Arthur Grollman talks about herbal supplements. Grollman is a professor of pharmacological sciences, a professor of experimental medicine and director of the Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Herbal supplements: how regulated are they?

May 8, 2015

Vitamins and supplements are big business in the U.S. But herbal supplements have recently come under scrutiny amid accusations that sometimes they do not even contain the herb they are advertised to. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Arthur Grollman, professor of pharmacological sciences and experimental medicine at Stony Brook University, bout exactly how herbal supplements are -- or are not -- regulated by the government.

How to mother a child who's not a kid anymore

May 3, 2015
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As a mother, when your children have reached their 20s and have left the nest, how do you find the balance between giving them their independence while still parenting?

This week on “Take Care,” Harriet Lerner discusses mothering a young adult. Lerner is a psychologist and author of the bestselling book “The Dance of Anger.”   

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Historically speaking, the heel has always been a soft spot. If you find you've got a pain occurring in the heel -- whether it's when you’ve gotten up in the morning or after you’re done exercising -- it might be plantar fasciitis.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Navan Duggal talks about plantar fasciitis, who it affects and what people can do to ease their discomfort. Duggal is former chief of the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is currently in private practice at Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons.

Mothers of 20-somethings have to negotiate a new relationship with a child who's not a child anymore. But may still expect mom to "take care of things" in a crisis situation. This week on “Take Care,” WRVO's health and wellness show, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with psychologist and author Harriet Lerner. They began by asking her whether mothers should feel responsible for how independent -- or dependent -- their adult children are.

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Spring time means a return to the outdoors and spring cleaning. Unfortunately, spring cleaning or other home improvement projects sometimes result in trips to the emergency room or even death.

This week on “Take Care,” hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp discuss home improvement injuries with Dr. Ryan Stanton. Stanton is an emergency physician at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky.

Prevention is key to avoiding mold in the home

Apr 26, 2015
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Mold isn't just an eyesore, it can also damage the structural integrity of your home and negatively impact your health. A hidden leak or humid basement can quickly become a serious (and seriously expensive) problem.

This week on “Take Care,” Bob Vila discusses how mold is caused and how to prevent it in the home. Vila is the TV-handyman host of “This Old House” on PBS and author of “Bob Vila’s Complete Guide to Remodeling Your Home.”

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Dealing with a major medical crisis in your life is stressful enough. But suppose something goes wrong, and the outcome isn't what you had expected? When does a patient move from being merely disgruntled and dissatisfied to seriously considering a lawsuit?

This week on “Take Care,” Chris Stern Hyman discusses medical malpractice and its principles. Hyman is a healthcare attorney, former litigator and founder of Medical Mediation Group in New York City.

The myths of detox diets

Apr 19, 2015
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Can mixing cayenne pepper, lemon juice, syrup and water help flush out toxins from your body? Can detoxing help weight loss?

This week on “Take Care,” Susan Moores discusses the negative effects detox diets have on the body. Moores is a registered dietician and former national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Why energy drinks aren't your average cup of joe

Apr 12, 2015
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Caffeine gets many people through the day. An increasingly popular form of caffeine comes in energy drinks, but when consumed in large doses, it can pack quite a punch – sometimes a dangerous one. How do you know if you have consumed too much caffeine? When is it time to stop?

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Kathleen Miller discusses the dangers of energy drinks and their effects on the body. Miller is a senior research scientist and assistant professor in sociology at the University at Buffalo.

Inside the ambulance: from dispatch to hospital

Apr 12, 2015
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When you hear those high pitched sirens coming from the road, you know someone somewhere is being transported to a local hospital or urgent care center. There’s a lot of science that goes into those transports to ensure their safety and efficiency.

This week on “Take Care,” Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Scott Matin on how ambulances and their crews operate. Matin is a 25-year veteran of emergency medical services and vice president of clinical, education and business services for MONOC Mobile Health Services in Wall Township, New Jersey.

Cataract surgery's ease and success surprises many

Mar 29, 2015
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If you've ever driven an old car with cloudy headlights, you know that the amount of light that passes through the lens is reduced. This is the basic principle behind cataracts in the human eye, and most are related to aging.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Chang explains how a cataract forms and what cataract surgery is like, along the benefits of the procedure. Chang, one of the world’s top cataract surgeons, is a clinical professor of optometry at the University of California San Francisco and author of “Cataracts: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment.”

Have you ever wondered how to revamp your eating habits during cold and flu season to strengthen your immune system? There are five simple foods you can add to your diet to help you reach immune health and achieve nutritional balance.

This week on “Take Care,” Michelle Dudash discusses immune boosting foods. Dudash is a registered dietician, a Cordon Bleu-certified chef and the author of “Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love.”