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Celiac disease -- more than gluten intolerance

Sep 6, 2013

Gluten intolerance has recently become a popular nutritional catch phrase. But behind the hype of the many gluten-free products currently on the market is an actual disorder called celiac disease. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” recently spoke with Dr. Daniel Leffler, who is the director of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston about how the disease is diagnosed and treated.

How should you make the medicine go down?

Sep 1, 2013
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Capsules, chewable tablets, gel tabs -- Over-the-counter medications now come in so many different formulations, it's difficult to figure out what to take. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen....hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Spoke to Dr. Lindsay McNair, a pharmaceutical physician and professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, about how to best take your medicine.

Lorraine Rapp: There are so many forms that these over the counter medications come in. What was behind their development?

The tragedies caused by prescription drug abuse, addictions, overdoses and ruined lives are not unique to New York state, but Assemblyman Michael Cusick realized a couple years ago that Staten Island, where his district is located, could be considered the epicenter of the problem.

“We have numbers that are staggering of people overdosing from prescription drugs and the theft of prescription drugs," Cusick said. "The misuse is rampant here on Staten Island."

Measure, manage & motivate: how fitness trackers can help

Aug 18, 2013

Do you ever wonder how many steps you’ve taken in a day or how many calories you’ve burned off on the treadmill? Do you wish you could have someone make sure you get out of bed and to the gym?  This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Jennifer Jolly, an Emmy-winning consumer technology journalist and host of USA Today’s “TechNow,” about the newest trend in working out – fitness trackers.

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How anticipation and reward make the brain love music

Aug 18, 2013

It’s hard to make it through the day without listening to music whether it is on the radio, a computer or a portable mp3 player. But why do we get so happy listening to our favorite song, singing in the shower or even learning to play a musical instrument? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Robert Zatorre, a professor of neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, on why music makes our brains sing.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Robert Zatorre.

Why 'music makes our brain sing'

Aug 16, 2013

For many people, music evokes an emotional response of pleasure. Neurologist Dr. Robert Zatorre, of McGill University in Montreal, has studied why our favorite songs cause those feelings. He recently wrote about his findings in a New York Times article "Why Music Makes our Brain Sing." And, as Dr. Zatorre told Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," the answer lies in the way the brain processes anticipation and reward.

Lorraine Rapp:  What has your research revealed as to why music affects us the way it does?

The 'big mistake' of painkillers

Aug 11, 2013
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They’re supposed to kill pain, but they could be hurting patients more than helping them. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Barry Meier, a New York Times reporter and the author of A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake, about painkillers in the medical field.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Barry Meier.

Gradual hearing loss is one of those conditions a lot of us will face as we get older, but it may be hard to realize it’s happening. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," recently spoke with Joseph Pellegrino, director of audiology at the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Syracuse University, about how hearing loss happens and some new technologies that help people cope with hearing loss.

Lorraine Rapp: Is hearing loss inevitable as we age and what happens physically to cause it?

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Some of us can’t get going in the morning without a cup of coffee, but could it actually be good for us? Today on “Take Care,” we talk to New York Times “Well” blogger and health journalist Gretchen Reynolds about the benefits, and drawbacks of a cup of Joe. Reynolds wrote about recent scientific studies on coffee and caffeine in the June 9, 2013 edition of the New York Times Magazine.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Gretchen Reynolds.

Conscious eldering - growing old with purpose

Aug 4, 2013

As Americans are living longer and longer, the question arises – how do you want to live your life in your senior years? This week on “Take Care,” we interview Ron Pevny, a counselor, psychotherapist, and the founder of the Center for Conscious Eldering in Durango, Colorado.

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Today, many people may find themselves with two or three decades of life to live after retirement. But how do you make those years “golden,” and not a period of decline? Pevny says the answer lies in “conscious eldering.”

Will a cup a day keep the doctor away?

Aug 2, 2013
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If you can't get through your morning without a couple cups of coffee, there's good news. Recent health studies show that coffee may be good for your brain and may help prevent certain diseases. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," recently spoke with health journalist Gretchen Reynolds about what researchers are learning about the health benefits of coffee.

Lorraine Rapp: Tell us about some of the recent studies linking coffee consumption with the reduction in developing some certain diseases.

Osteoarthritis affects millions, but who's most at risk?

Jul 28, 2013
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It may be common to have pain and stiffness in your joints -- especially as you age-- but what’s the difference between routine pain and a serious disease? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Robert Shmerling about osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, which affects millions of people. Shmerling an associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, senior medical editor at Harvard Health Publications and associate physician and clinical chief of rheumatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Shmerling.

Spice up your health

Jul 28, 2013
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Many of us try to stay healthy by eating things like fresh fruits and steamed vegetables, but are there any health benefits from what you find in your spice rack? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Denise Foley, editor at large for Prevention magazine and author of five books, including the Women’s Encyclopedia of Health and Emotional Healing, about the health effects of spices.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Denise Foley.

Is osteoarthritis inevitable?

Jul 26, 2013

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people. This most common form of arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. 

Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show, "Take Care," spoke to Dr. Robert Shmerling, a rheumatologist and Harvard professor, about whether everyone gets arthritis with age -- and what can be done about it.

Medical Disclaimer

Jul 25, 2013

Information on this broadcast is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

The ABCDEs of melanoma

Jul 21, 2013
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Melanoma has been on the rise in recent years. Why is that and how can we protect ourselves? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Lynn Schuchter, chief of hematology-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center, about the most serious form of skin cancer.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Lynn Schuchter.

Neuroscience shows the brain is "wired for story"

Jul 21, 2013
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Summer is the perfect time to dive into a good story. But did you know that stories are vital to the way the human brain learns? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Lisa Cron, author of “Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence,” about the science behind storytelling.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Lisa Cron.

How humans are "wired for story"

Jul 19, 2013

Humans are different from other mammals in many ways, but scientific evidence shows that one of the greatest distinctions is that the human brain is hard-wired to learn through storytelling. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke to writer Lisa Cron who wrote a book on why people crave and need stories.

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The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body -- both anatomically, and as researchers are finding out, to the health and well-being of the body.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Thomas Salinas, a professor of dentistry at the Mayo Clinic, about how the health of our mouth, teeth and gums affects our entire body.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Thomas Salinas.

Health hazards of water in public pools

Jul 14, 2013
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Public pools are a community hotspot during the summer to cool off, but could they be harmful to your health? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Centers for Disease Control's Healthy Swimming Program, on how to be cautious when using public pools this summer.

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How healthy is the water in public pools?

Jul 14, 2013

Public pools and water parks are popular spots this time of year, but how healthy is the water in those pools? Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke to Michelle Hlavas, the head of the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Swimming Program

What to do "When Doctors Don't Listen"

Jul 7, 2013
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When was the last time you got every question answered when you visited the doctor? Have you ever felt rushed out of the room after waiting for your doctor for a long time? It can even happen during an appointment with the most well-intentioned physician. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Lena Wen, co-author of the book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, about how to get the most out of your next doctor’s visit.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Lena Wen.

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Summertime means flip-flops, canvas and plastic shoes and maybe even going barefoot. But how do these summer footwear trends affect your health? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Neal Blitz, chief of foot surgery and associate chairman of orthopedics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City, about the risks our favorite shoes may cause us this summer.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Neal Blitz.

Getting your doctor to listen

Jul 5, 2013

Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like you weren't able to tell your physician everything you wanted to? It's a common complaint and one that is hard to overcome. Dr. Leana Wen is a physician and the co-author of the book, "When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests." Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" spoke to Dr. Wen about this issue.

Vaccines aren't just for kids anymore

Jun 30, 2013
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For some grown-ups, vaccines bring up thoughts of childhood when dreaded shots were followed by a cool Band-Aid and perhaps a lollipop. However, public health officials say immunizations are just as important for adults. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Carolyn Bridges, associate director for adult immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Carolyn Bridges.

Dealing with youth mental illness

Jun 30, 2013
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More education on mental illness in youth is needed throughout American society. That’s the conclusion of two guests this week on “Take Care.” Michael Fitzpatrick, the executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Karen Winters Schwartz, who has two children who dealt with mental health issues, both agree education is key to helping young people and their families cope with mental illness. Winters Schwartz wrote a book "Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder," a fictionalized account based on her experience with one of her children; she also is a board member of NAMI.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Michael Fitzpatrick and Karen Winters Schwartz.

Vaccinations for adults

Jun 28, 2013

Most parents are very aware that public health officials recommend certain vaccines for their children. But many adults have no idea what immunizations and booster shots they should be getting themselves. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke with Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the Centers for Disease Control about vaccines for adults, particularly seniors.

Lorraine Rapp: Would you explain how vaccines work and what actually takes place in the body?

Lessons for living

Jun 23, 2013
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In the age of the Internet, when was the last time you sought out an elder for advice? In a recent survey in the United Kingdom, nine out of 10 elders said they were being overlooked for advice from their grandchildren.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University and a professor of gerontology at the Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2004, he founded The Legacy Project for which he collected practical advice for living from over 1,000 senior citizens across the nation. The project led to his book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.”

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Karl Pillemer.

How to avoid Lyme disease

Jun 23, 2013
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Lyme disease is no longer just a risk for those “outdoorsy” people. Now if you’re gardening, playing in the backyard or outside at all, you can be at risk for Lyme disease. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County Health Commissioner, about the increased risk of Lyme disease in the area.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

Does an aspirin a day really keep the doctor away?

Jun 16, 2013
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A growing number of doctors recommend a daily aspirin to patients who have cardiovascular disease. But many patients still have questions about who should be taking aspirin, and new research about the benefits of aspirin are still being conducted,

This week, “Take Care” speaks with Dr. Charles Hennekens, the world’s leading authority on aspirin research in cardiovascular health. He was the first to demonstrate that aspirin prevents a first heart attack, and the first to discover the life-saving properties of aspirin, both for patients experiencing heart attacks as well as heart attack survivors. He’s held the distinction of being the third most widely cited medical researcher in the world for over a decade.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Charles Hennekens.