When actress Angelina Jolie decided to have her breasts surgically removed to prevent her from getting breast cancer, it brought unprecedented attention to the growing trend of prophylactic mastectomies. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO’s health and wellness show, “Take Care,” spoke with Dr. Ann Partridge, a medical oncologist and Harvard professor, about why more women are electing to have this surgery.
Your employer is concerned about rising insurance costs and you don’t want to see your benefits slashed, so they ask you to participate in some medical tests and enroll in a wellness plan. If you and your fellow employees participate, you’ll qualify for discounts on your premium and deductible.
Is this an invasion of privacy? Where do these records go and who will see them? Will your colleagues know if you didn’t participate in the wellness program?
This week, “Take Care” interviews Dr. Deborah Peel, a physician, and a leading advocate for patients’ rights and the founder of Patient Privacy Rights, a bipartisan coalition for patient privacy. Dr. Peel says she understands the need to have healthy, happy employees but does not agree with what she calls the “short-sighted” solution.
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Eighty percent – that’s the number of adults who will experience back pain sometime in their life. And the cost of treating back problems is rising consistently.
This week on “Take Care,” a conversation with Wayne Rath, a physical therapy expert in the treatment and prevention of back and neck pain. He has been recognized as one of the twenty most influential physical therapists in orthopedic physical therapy and was a clinical assistant professor in the physical therapy school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
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Join us this Sunday on Take Care for a discussion on patient privacy rights. What happens when you surrender privacy for lower insurance premiums at work? A national patient's rights advocate warns us of the risks involved.
Then, got back pain? As many as 80 percent of Americans do at some point in their lives. A leading back expert explains how to minimize back pain and offers tips on prevention. Plus- coming soon to a farmer's market near you: tender lettuce, sun-warmed strawberries, and red ripe tomatoes. Get expert tips for smart shopping from a local producer who heads up a year-round farmer's market.
When it comes to preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, the key may be found in one simple saying, according to Dr. John Fatti: “Let your brain listen to your hand.”
This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Fatti explains how carpal tunnel syndrome happens and how to avoid it. Dr. Fatti is founder of the Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Hand and Wrist Center. His work in the field of upper extremity care has been featured in several of the nation’s top medical journals.
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For decades, communities across the United States have fluoridated their water in the name of public health. Many studies have shown that fluoride strengthens and improves teeth and reduces the incidence of tooth decay. But some communities have decided against providing fluoridated water for a number of reasons. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. William Bowen explains why he believes fluoridating public water is still a good idea.
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In the last several years, about 140 communities across the country have decided to stop added fluoride to their water supplies. In November, the village of Pulaski's water board voted to no long put fluoride in their water. Earlier this week, the Watertown City Council heard arguments that they should do the same thing. Communities like these worry the element could be harming their citizens, corroding their pipes or feel like it's just a government intrusion. This trend comes despite dentists and the Centers for Disease Control calling fluoridation of water a major public health advancement of the last century. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care" recently spoke about this controversial issue with Dr. William Bowen, a dental health expert and professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who has also worked for the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC.
As more Americans try to eat healthier, consumers are trying to find out more information about the food they purchase at the grocery store. And that means reading the labels. But terms like "organic" and "all natural" can be confusing. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness program "Take Care," recently spoke to NYU professor of sociology and nutrition, Dr. Marion Nestle about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates food labels and how consumers have demanded changes in those rules.
Are there hidden hazards in your home? Are you bringing in other substances that are unknowingly causing us harm? On this week’s Take Care, Sloan Barnett, a New York Times bestselling author and consumer reporter, talks about the potential harm in everyday household products like cleaners, deodorizers, and even makeup -- as well as her personal experience with converting her home to a more natural, heath conscious environment.
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This week on Take Care, Dr. Anthony Scalzo talks about the diagnosis of the most common cancer for men -- prostate cancer -- and its treatments. Dr. Scalzo is a medical oncologist at Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, and medical advisor for the support group Man to Man, which helps men cope with prostate cancer and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
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They’re small, sweet and easy to eat. Just pick, rinse, and pop one in your mouth. Not only do berries taste good, they’re good for you as well. Regardless of shape or size, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries -- any berries -- experts say they provide significant health benefits, which is why some people call them the new super fruit.
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. But many of those malignancies develop so slowly, the patient is never effected by it. That fact has started a debate over who to screen for the disease, and when. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's weekly health show "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a medical oncologist at Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, about how men should deal with this issue.
In the coming weeks on Take Care, we'll feature an interview on prostate cancer. Every man who's diagnosed faces unique challenges, often around the question of treatment. An oncologist will join us to explain why watchful waiting may be the preferred option for many. Plus, the latest super fruit.
This week on “Take Care,” an interview with Dr. Seth Greenky on joint pain and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Greenky is the department chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and associate professor at SUNY Upstate medical College.
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It can be overwhelming -- even for a well person -- to stand in the cold and flu aisle at the pharmacy wondering what version of a medication is best to take. Powdered packets, syrups, capsules, chewable tablets, gel tabs, dissolving tabs, coated pills -- there are endless options of ways for you to take your medicine. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lindsay McNair helps us understand the significant differences in how these formulas work.
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Two of the most common surgeries among people over 65 are knee and hip replacements. Baby boomers in particular are seeking relief because they often don't want joint pain to slow them down. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show, "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Seth Greenky, the chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, about the causes of joint pain and what to do about it.
It seems like new studies come out all the time that offer evidence for how long, when, or what kind of exercise you should do. But fitness expert Gretchen Reynolds says it may take a lot less exercise than you think to see benefits to your health. The author of "The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer” spoke with Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, the hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show "Take Care."
WRVO Public Media is adding a new half-hour program to its Sunday evening broadcast schedule. "Take Care," a conversation on health and wellness, will be co-hosted and produced by Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen.