Health Matters

Health Matters focuses on the health care needs of the mountain region. The program is a co-production of Morehead State Public Radio and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC). AHEC's offices are located at the Saint Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. Host Dr. Tony Weaver and his team of health experts interview guests and discuss health issues like obesity, tobacco use, heart disease, exercise and other topics concerning the well being of eastern Kentuckians.

Health Matters won the 2013 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons media award!
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Health Matters Radio Show

#516 Show Summary (Dr. Allan Butterfield Show):

Dr. Butterfield’s research has changed the way American scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease. After spending an entire career on oxidation-reduction reactions in the Alzheimer’s protein “amyloid beta”, he has developed a mechanism and support from animal models on how this protein is instrumental in causing the nerve damage seen with this devastating disease. Join us as we delve into the wondrous world of redox proteonomics; we promise you won’t regret it.

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#515 Show Summary (Dr. Eric Higgins “Retina World We Thinking? Show):

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in working-age Americans.  Dr. Higgins, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UK, is using an automatic camera to transmit images of the patient’s retina, diagnosing diabetic eye disease while saving time and money.  You should see about this show.  We just kill ourselves with the funny puns sometimes.

The Minor Glitch Show

Nov 5, 2013
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#514 Show Summary (The Minor Glitch Show):

This show has it all—peanut butter to diagnose Alzheimers disease, lab rats addicted to Oreos, and our thoughts on the health insurance exchanges.  If you can’t log on, why not chat with Health Matters this weekend.

Tip:  Price is critical, but consider other elements of an insurance plan as well.  Check the doctors and hospitals you can access, which medications and how much of the bill are covered.


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#513 Show Summary (8.5 Annual Fall Fall Spectacular):

Don’t you dare! Make a slip, take a dip, or a trip – you can thump a bump up on your hip! With only a slight twist, the old grade school Halloween song becomes the theme for our annual autumnal sliptacular program. St. Claire Rehab Medical Director Dr. Melanie Ledford is our guest.

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#512 Show Summary (Chewing the Lean with Kelly and Jean show):

Tom Hanks has type II diabetes. There is more sleep inducing tryptophan in chicken than there is in Turkey. Visualizing yourself as a thin person doesn’t always help your diet. Our guest, St. Claire Regional Dietitian Jean Jones, and her EKU dietetic intern Kelly Jewell separate fat from fiction this week.

Ahmed Abdel-Latif show

Oct 14, 2013
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#511 Show Summary (Ahmed Abdel-Latif show):

There are two types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells that come from embryos and can become any type of cell in the body, and adult stem cells that are designed to replenish one particular type of cells. Dr. Abdeul-Latif works with adult stem cells to restore damaged heart muscle after a heart attack. He explains his current experiments, and explains stem cells, in this show.

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#509 Show Summary (Dr. Dementia with Dr. Greg Jicha Show):

Dr. Jicha is the region’s leading authority on Alzheimer’s disease, a top-notch researcher, and a dedicated clinician. He discusses the role of cardiovascular risk factors, aluminum, concussions, and red wine in modifying your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Tip: Dr. Jicha says the key to diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease is a change. If you are a forgetful person, then you are a forgetful person. If your memory changes, you need to see a doctor.

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#508 show summary (Don’t Cross That Red Line! Show):

Health Matters salutes the strategy of diplomacy by ultimatums with a show on E cigarettes, Pro football, and flu vaccinations. If your team lost last week, take along bubblebath and console yourself with us.

Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you begin to vaccination now. You have many new vaccination options, but you should get going.


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#507 Show Summary (What’s in Your Colon Show):

What is a musical hallucination? This disturbing question faces our guest, dietitian Jean Jones, as she has constant music running in her head at work. We present a case report, and the fun begins. Then a moment of seriousness while we consider the tragic obesity epidemic sweeping our nation. But back to fun and happy times and how to avoid the “freshman 15”.

Tip: both measles and chickenpox are extremely contagious diseases. If you have not had these diseases or been vaccinated, talk with your doctor.


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#506 Show Summary (You Need Us, We Regulate You show):

Named for a quote from a bad conference, this show also struggles for redemption. We talk about how your brain keeps track of time, the affordable care act, acid reflux, and vaccinations. With great material like this, all we need is a little more talent…

Tip: Remember the alarm symptoms for acid reflux, or GERD – trouble swallowing, bleeding, weight loss, and recurrent vomiting. These should prompt a doctor’s visit and possible endoscopy.


Mark O’ Polio show

Sep 4, 2013
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#505 Show Summary (Mark O’ Polio show):

25 healthcare workers have been murdered in the past 12 months, while trying to vaccinate young people for polio in Third World countries. We salute them and other healthcare workers for their sacrifices while trying to take care of our health. Unfortunately, a Health Matters salute consists of a show filled with offbeat medical tips, such as how to remove your manly part from a zipper, the beer most likely to send you to the emergency room, and the penalties of being a firstborn.

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#504 Show Summary (I’d Walk a Mile from a Camel Show):

The latest research indicates that camels may be the source of the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a deadly respiratory infection in the Middle East. This show is full of surprises, from rural Kentucky’s lower rates of heavy drinking to the influence of the moon on your sleep. Keep your vaccinations up-to-date, stay away from camels, and enjoy this week’s show.

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#504 Show Summary (Politically Correct Death Panels Show):

Cancer screening will change dramatically in the US over the next year, as we stop treating things that don’t kill people and start screening for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer. This show is about establishing our priorities in cancer screening. We also talk about blow darts, the benefits of coffee, and Alzheimer’s villages.

Dr. Donna Grigsby Show

Aug 12, 2013
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#503 Show Summary (Dr. Donna Grigsby Show):

Dr. Grigsby is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. She is concerned that our children are overusing stimulants such as caffeine and ADHD medications, while forgetting basic health habits such as getting enough sleep before a test. If you didn’t wake up in time for our show, take a listen to this rebroadcast.

Under the Dome Show

Aug 5, 2013
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#502 Show Summary (Under the Dome Show):

Remember – August is Hair Loss Awareness Month. Health Matters does not endorse any hair replacement product or technology. We do worry about West Nile virus, falling life expectancy in Eastern Kentucky, and tall women developing cancer. We will explain why this week.

Tip: We believe that municipal mosquito control efforts will need to be intensified in order to avoid outbreaks of West Nile virus infections.


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#501 Show Summary (Granddaddy of All Health Matters Show):

This show is dedicated to my first grandchild, Adelaide Marie Schutte, born July 15. We have fascinating research involving newborn babies and go-carts, as well as a summary of new research from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

Tip: Mosquito bites are more dangerous than they used to be. Protect yourself from West Nile disease by disrupting mosquito breeding areas where you live.



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#500 Show Summary (Health Matters 500: What Went Wrong? Show):

The lawyers are preparing their closing arguments, and a Senate subcommittee will open hearings next week – how did Health Matters get on the air? And how have we stayed on the air for 10 years? Health Matters marks our 10 year anniversary with a look back, devastating news on prescription narcotic drugs, and a glimmer of hope regarding deaths from all-terrain vehicles.

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#499 Show Summary (Hoosier Sugar Data Show):

This show has it all – dietetic interns, binge eating, beef jerky, Mediterranean diet, and zombie vegetables. Cohost Jean Jones brings students Sarah Dietrich and Andrea Corkran.

Tip: Diabetes can be diagnosed with a morning glucose over 126 mg/dL, a random glucose over 200 mg/dL, or a hemoglobin A1 C (blood test) greater than 6.5%.


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#496 Show Summary (How Do You Spell Pescosolido? Show):

The Good: we have invited two Rural Physician Leadership Program first year medical students, Stacey Bowlds and Kristina Pescosolido to sit in on our program.

The Bad: Kentucky loses 3317 people every year to lung cancer. 90% of these cancers are preventable if we stop smoking, and 20% of these cancers are curable if we find them early with CT lung screening.

The Ugly: Rick Phillips

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#495 Show Summary (Eleftherios Xenos Patient Safety Show):

Dr. Xenos is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UK, and recently has been chosen to help lead UK Chandler Medical Center’s efforts to improve safety at the hospital. Hospital safety includes protection against acquiring new infections in the hospital, avoiding falls and injuries, and making sure the proper medicines are given to the proper patient at the same time. We will discuss how to visit a loved one in the hospital, and talk about Dr. Xenos’ clinical work in endovascular surgery.