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Dr. Thad Woodard

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Health Literacy

Health Literacy

In the United States, two-thirds of the population read at an eight-grade level or below. When it comes to health information, most Americans have the ability to read and write at the fifth-grade level. What are the consequences and costs of poor health care literacy and what is being done to improve this problem?

KSKA: Monday, July 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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July 25, 2014
Talking with Patients About End-of-Life Care

Talking with Patients About End-of-Life Care

Communication – can physicians do better? What do patients want? This week on Line One, we’ll discuss talking with patients, especially about end-of-life care, with Anchorage pulmonologist Dr. John Clark and Dr. Stephen Rust, director of the Palliative Care at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

KSKA: Monday, 2/10 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
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February 7, 2014
Culturally Appropriate Health Care

Culturally Appropriate Health Care

Cultural diversity is increasing in the U.S. and in health care. On the next Line One, Dr. Woodard and his guests Dr. Benjamin Danielson of the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle discuss  the ways culture affects health care.

KSKA: Monday 1/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 17, 2014

Helping the Autistic Child

There is a proven therapy to help children with autism. It is not a cure but it does help. On our next program we discuss the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis in the education and management of children with autism with Rebecca Parenteau of The Alaska Center for Autism and Suzanne Letso of the Connecticut Center for Child Development.

KSKA: Monday 12/9 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 6, 2013
Early Childhood Brain Development

Early Childhood Brain Development

On the next Line One: Your Health Connection, pediatrician and children’s librarian Dr. Dipnesh Navsaria joins Dr. Woodard to discussion the important effects of reading and stress on the early childhood brain development.

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KSKA: Monday 9/9 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

September 6, 2013
Cognitive Aging

Cognitive Aging

Dr. Pamela Greenwood is a long time researcher on cognitive aging at George Mason University whose work in this area has led her to explore on how we might be able to slow down the process. On the next Line One, we will discuss her work and the book written with associate Dr. Raja Parasuaman, Nurturing the Older Mind and Brain.

KSKA: Monday 8/12 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 9, 2013
Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Learn about the  purpose of sleep and discuss various disorders with sleep specialist Peter Osterbauer, MD, of the Alaska Sleep Disorder Center in Anchorage.

KSKA: Monday, 7/22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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July 19, 2013

Screening for Lung Cancer

A large recent study found that certain people receiving a low-dose lung CT had a 20% lower chance of dying from lung cancer than those who got chest x-rays. This and other studies have led to a recommendation to screen for lung cancer in some patients. This week’s Line One program will discuss the pros and cons of lung cancer screening and for whom screening may be appropriate.

KSKA: Monday 7/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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July 12, 2013
Important Advances In Brain Science

Important Advances In Brain Science

Important advances in the understanding of the structure and function of the brain have been plentiful recently so it is time to review what we have learned. Few are better to address this than our guest this week Dr Virginia Campbell, producer and host of the popular Brain Science podcast.

KSKA: Monday 7/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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July 5, 2013
Blood Bank of Alaska

Blood Bank of Alaska

43,000 pints of blood are used eby the U.S. and Canadian health care systems everyday. On the next Line One program, Dr. Wood and his guests from the Blood Bank of Alaska will discuss how blood banks obtain, process, and use blood and blood products.

KSKA: Monday 7/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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June 28, 2013
Reducing the Impact of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Reducing the Impact of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

On the next Line One: Your Health Connection, Dr. Woodard hosts Pamela Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationn (SAMHSA), a public health agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Call-in with your questions and comments.

KSKA: Monday 5/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 17, 2013
Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology

Many kids often drop out of sports as they feel unsuccessful. This doesn’t have to be. Dr. Woodard’s guest, Mayo Clinic Sport Psychologist Dr. Max Trenerry will discuss how to keep kids interested in sports as well as other sports psychology topics on  the next Line One: Your Health Connection.

KSKA: Monday 4/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 5, 2013
Outbreaks of Illness Associated with Raw Dairy Products

Outbreaks of Illness Associated with Raw Dairy Products

For various reasons some Alaskans have been choosing to ingest raw, unpasteurized dairy products. Recently this has led to two outbreaks of serious illness. On the next Line One, the risks and benefits of this practice will be discussed with physicians who investigated these outbreaks and a national expert on investigations of food borne outbreaks of illness.

KSKA: Monday 4/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 29, 2013
Yoga For Health: The Risks and Benefits

Yoga For Health: The Risks and Benefits

The number of Americans who practice yoga increased nearly 30 percent in the past four years. The latest figures shows that over 20 million Americans are now practicing, about 9 percent of U.S. adults. The top reasons to practice yoga were to improve flexibility and overall conditioning, and for stress relief. On the next Line One we will explore evidence for benefit as well as risk of the use of yoga for health benefits.

KSKA: Monday 3/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 1, 2013

Kidney Disease

On the next Line One, Anchorage kidney disease specialist Dr. Steven Tuckerjoins us to discuss how our kidneys work and their function changes with age, their relationship to hypertension, and the causes and treatment of kidney failure. Join us with your questions and comments on kidney disease.

KSKA: Monday 2/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 1, 2013

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Recently the incidence has begun to slowly decline in men but has remained stable in women. This week we will discuss the risk factors, symptoms and treatment of this very dangerous cancer.

KSKA: Monday 1/28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 25, 2013
Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics

On the next Line One, director of education for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Doug Diekema joins host Dr. Woodard to ethical issues in medicine, including how to balance parental freedom, child welfare, and public health regarding mandatory school immunizations. Joins us with your questions and comments.

KSKA: Monday 1/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 18, 2013
Waterloo’s Dr. Spine

Waterloo’s Dr. Spine

Almost all of us have back pain at some time in our lives. As a nation we spend $50 billion each year on low back pain. On the next Line One, we will discuss this problem with world renowned expert and Professor of Spine Biomechanics, Dr. Stuart McGill. Learn his views on the origins of back pain and get his suggestions on prevention and rehabilitation. We will also learn about back exercises for peak performance in athletes.

KSKA: Monday 1/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 11, 2013
Hardcore Drug Addition, Mental Health, and ADD

Hardcore Drug Addition, Mental Health, and ADD

The world struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. Until we have a better understanding of the roots of addiction success in treating the problem may remain elusive. Dr. Gabor Maté is on the front line of Vancouver’s efforts to affect hardcore drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV. We’ll discuss his experience described in his book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction on the next Line One: Your Health Connection.

KSKA: Monday 1/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 4, 2013

When Your Baby is in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit

1 in 8 babies will be born premature and spend an extended period of time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit or “NICU”. On the next Line One, Stephanie Musselman, medical social worker at the Providence Newborn Intensive Care Unit joins host Dr. Woodard to discuss helping families cope with the stress of newborn in intensive care.

KSKA: Monday 12/17 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 14, 2012