Dr. Thad Woodard
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
KSKA: Monday 9/9 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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