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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

Anxiety Disorders

About a quarter of us suffer from an anxiety disorder is our lifetime. Significant anxiety in childhood or as an adult is a predictor of adult depression. On the next Line One, host Dr. Woodard and his guests discuss the origins, manifestations, consequences and treatment of anxiety disorders including panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress and generalized anxiety. Join us with your questions.

KSKA: Monday 12/10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 7, 2012
Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D.

Gay and Lesbian Parents and Their Children

Parenting is tough enough but what if you are gay or lesbian parents. How have your challenges different and how have others like you fared? And what about your children, how are they coping and what are their experiences? On the next edition of Line One Your Health Connection host Dr Thad Woodard and his guest Clark University psychologist Dr. Abbie Goldberg discuss the experiences of same-sex couples and their children.

KSKA: Monday, 12/3 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

November 30, 2012

Nurturing Anchorage Youths

Franklin Roosevelt stated “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” But how do we do this? First we need information, reliable information about youth. This week on Line One, we will look at some facts about our youth in Anchorage and how two organizations are using the information to help develop youth for the future.

KSKA: Monday 11/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 16, 2012
Ask Dr. Woodard

Ask Dr. Woodard

Dr. Thad Woodard is your host and guest this week on Line One, (due to a last minute cancellation). Dr. Thad originally came to Alaska as a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control. He’s been a pediatrician in Anchorage with a special interest in allergy and asthma since 1980. Call in with your questions for Dr. Woodard today 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Line One: Your Health Connection.

KSKA: 11/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 9, 2012

HIV / AIDS in Alaska

There is no cure for HIV / AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease. Monday on Line One, Dr. Woodard and his guests will explore the basic knowledge of HIV / AIDS and the available resources in Alaska.

KSKA: 11/5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 2, 2012

Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The leading causes of death in adolescents are linked to teen drinking and drug use. However, alcohol is responsible for more teen deaths than all other drugs combined. Mondays’ Line One guest is Dr. John R Knight founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children’s Hospital Boston. His goal is to improve screening and intervention for adolescent substance abuse in medical office settings.

KSKA: 10/29 at 2:00 pm

October 26, 2012
Check VO2 max on treadmill. Photo courtesy UAA Human Performance Lab.

Exercise Performance

Monday on Line One: Your Health Connection we’ll have two guests in the studio from the UAA Human Performance Lab to take your questions. Join us as host Dr. Woodard and guests discuss the importance of staying active for health, how to get started, and advice for those who are trying to reach peak performance.

KSKA: Monday 10/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

October 5, 2012

Health Care Improved

Monday on Line One Dr. Woodard hosts Dr. Dale Bratzler from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to discuss health care quality improvement and reducing patient harm in health care. Join us with your questions and comments.

KSKA: Monday 10/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 28, 2012
Deciding on Divorce

Deciding on Divorce

Monday on Line One, Dr. Woodard hosts Chicago area psychologist Dr. Carroll Cradock who specializes in divorce. They will discuss when divorce is the best option, other options besides divorce, and the effect of divorce on the parents and children. Join us with your questions and comments 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

KSKA: Monday 8/20 at 2:00 pm

August 17, 2012
Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics

This program features a discussion on the medical ethics of such issues as health care reform, end of life care, physician assisted suicide, and embryonic stem cells.

KSKA: Monday 8/6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

August 3, 2012
Understanding Health Reform

Understanding Health Reform

Confused about how the new health reform law really works? Join us with your questions. We continue a discussion on health care reform with one of the nation’s leading health care economists Dr. Uwe Reinhardt, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

KSKA: Monday 7/30 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 27, 2012


Anchorage psychologist Dr. Kevin O’leary joins host Dr. Woodard Monday on Line One. They will talk about various psychotherapies and types of psychologists. What makes a good therapist? What what makes a good patient? Join us will your comments and questions.

KSKA: Monday 7/23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 20, 2012
Prostate Cancer Screening & Treatment

Prostate Cancer Screening & Treatment

Monday on Line One, Anchorage urologist Dr. Bill Clark and medical reporter, Laura Newman of Patient POV join host Dr. Woodard to discuss the latest recommendations for screening and treatment of prostate cancer from the U.S.Preventative Services Task Force. Join the conversation 2:00 – 3:00 pm on KSKA.

KSKA: Monday 7/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 6, 2012