Dr. Thad Woodard

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lineone (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | About Dr. Woodard

Each year roughly 3,700 Alaskans hear the words: “You have cancer.” Managing the physical and emotional symptoms of a cancer diagnosis can be challenging for patients and their families. Palliative care provides a team-based approach that improves quality of life by addressing these symptoms and treating the whole person, not just their disease. KSKA: Monday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Download Audio

On the next Line One we'll dive into a discussion on the cultural and technological barriers to more affordable, accessible and effective health care in the U.S. Our guest is Dr. John Patrick, author of "Health Attitude," a book delving into the complexities of the health care industry. KSKA: Monday, Nov. 23, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Download Audio:

We have discussed colon cancer before but it’s been awhile since we looked at it from the surgeon’s point of view. On this program, join Anchorage colorectal surgeons Drs. Kerrie Bossard and Dan Rossi in a discussion about colon cancer and the role of surgeons in this and other colorectal diseases. KSKA: Monday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Former Anchorage mayor Rick Myrstrom has lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. He believes he's actually healthier than he would have been had he not developed diabetes. Learn what he means by that on the next Line One. KSKA: Monday, July 6, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

"The Internet is a rewarding place for both kids and teens, but the potential risks to privacy and personal safety are real," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. On the next Line One, we'll discuss these warnings with the officers of the APD cybercrimes division. KSKA: Monday, June 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Many individuals treated for HIV infection are now living to a near normal life expectancy, an enormous change since this illness was first coming to awareness in the 1980’s. Who becomes infected, when, and how has changed as well. This program will discuss what we all need to know today about HIV/AIDS. KSKA: Monday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

"Breast is best," goes the common advice for new mothers - but what if a mother's own breastmilk isn't available? Is it safe to feed your infant milk from a friend, or even a milk bank? Tune in on the next Line One to learn more. KSKA: Monday, June 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio

Skin is the largest organ in the human body. For pediatric dermatologist Dr. Gina Brown, skin works like a mirror - it shows illness, heredity and the effects of one's surroundings. On the next Line One, join Dr. Woodard for a discussion on pediatric dermatology. KSKA: Monday, June 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Along with the rise of the automobile, video screens and relatively inexpensive food comes obesity. “Aside from the 15.2 percent currently obese, another estimated 20 percent of children who aren’t currently obese will become obese as adults, if current national patterns continue," according to economist Mouhcine Guettabi, who joins Dr. Woodard on the next Line One. Download Audio: KSKA: Monday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating - they're all serious eating disorders that pack serious health consequences. Dr. Woodard and his guest, Dr. Ellen Rome, head of Adolescent Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, will define these problems, discuss in whom they occur and why, and what can be done to treat them. KSKA: Monday, May 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio:

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. Download Audio

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. Listen now: 

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 Listen Now

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 Listen Now

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. Listen Now 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 Listen Now

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 Listen Now

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 Download Audio

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 Download Audio

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 Download Audio