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.
Seventy percent of all active nicotine users wish they had never started, and about half tried to quit at least once in the last year. The negative health implications of tobacco use are well documented, and the social acceptance of the practice is waning. Despite the awareness and obvious reasons to quit, most who try find it an exceedingly difficult proposition that often ends in failure. Join Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and guest clinical psyclologist Dr. Ron Ohlson as they discuss the psychological challenges of overcoming nicotine addiction.
KSKA: Monday, July 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Can adverse experiences, and even diet very early in life, predict behaviors and health later in life? Evidence is accumulating that this is indeed the case. And mechanisms to explain these lifelong effects are increasingly being found and studied. How does early life contribute to health in adulthood? Join Line One host Dr. Woodard and guest psychiatrist Dr. Mark Erickson to learn more.
KSKA: Monday, July 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
What are the biases of medical research? Are the numbers ever tweaked or manipulated to support a particular outcome? Do doctors ever draw on misinformation in the treatment of their patients? On the next Line One, join host Dr. Thad Woodard and guest Dr. Andrew Swartz to talk about the growing field of evidence-based medicine.
KSKA: Monday, July 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Nighttime bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is very common in childhood, affecting about a fifth of 5-year-olds and can continue in to adolescence and even adulthood. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard for a discussion on normal versus abnormal urination with Alaska urologist Dr. Laura Merriman.
KSKA: Monday, June 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
According to the CDC, too many people don’t know they have HIV. Nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have this infection. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day; communities and individuals are encouraged to get tested, know their risks, and to get treatment if necessary.
KSKA: Monday, June 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
How much do you know about your immune system? If you’ve ever wondered how your body’s defenses spring into action drop of a hat, this is the program for you. Host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests Dr. Jeff Demain and Dr. Ben Westley will talk about one of the human body’s most remarkable systems.
KSKA: Monday, June 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The birth of a new child to is usually an exciting and rewarding time for a family. In addition to the joy a baby brings, it is also likely the biggest adjustment a person or a couple will experience in their lifetimes. Maternal mental health is rapidly being recognized as one of the most critical, complex, and underdiagnosed components of child development, bonding, and intimate partner relationship health. Join Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and experts to learn more.
KSKA: Monday, June 9, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Are there significant environmental exposures causing breast cancer? If so, what are they? Join Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard and his guests as they address these questions and discuss what is known about factors linked to breast cancer.
KSKA: Monday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Thad Woodard and guests will discus three common forms of infectious hepatitis, types A, B and C. They’ll discuss transmission, risk factors, natural history and treatment options for these similar, but very different, illnesses.
KSKA: Monday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Despite impressive advances in the understanding of asthma and safe effective treatment options asthma remains a major cause of work and school absenteeism, excess health care utilization, and health care expenditures. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests to learn more.
KSKA: Monday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard brings child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Siegel to the program to talk about severe disruptive behaviors with a focus on patients with autism. Dr. Siegel comes to Alaska from the Tufts University School of Medicine.
KSKA: Monday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, nearly 2,000 Alaskan children were in out-of-home placement in January 2014. The vast majority of those cases were due to child abuse and neglect. Office of Children’s Services Director Christy Lawton puts it like this: “Unfortunately, child abuse is happening in Alaska every day, in every community, among every ethnicity, and every socioeconomic group.” Join host Prentiss Pemberton and guests to talk about child abuse – causes, consequences and prevention – on the next Line One.
KSKA: Monday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Maximizing academic performance depends on the educational system and the student. On the next Line One, host Dr. Woodard will discuss a leading cause of school underachievement, attention deficit disorder, with Dr. Lyn Clark of Anchorage. Topics discussed will include causes of ADD/ADHD, symptoms, diagnosis, other problems often accompanying ADD/ADHD, and treatment options proven to be effective.
KSKA: Monday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Screening recommendations for prostate cancer have changed, leading to confusion and uncertainty for some. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard and guest Dr. Josh Logan to clarify current recommendations and the reasoning behind them.
KSKA: Monday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week Line One Dr. Woodard will discuss the health effects of second-hand smoke and e-cigarettes with Marge Stoneking of the American Lung Association and Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network.
KSKA: Monday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Blood Bank of Alaska is a member of an international network of sites conducting research to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type I diabetes. Host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests will discuss this research and the involvement of the Blood Bank of Alaska and also serve to recruit appropriate Alaskans into the research.
KSKA: Monday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
We all know people who make us feel better when we are around them, who inspire us to be kinder, gentler and more humane. Ever wonder why people like that tend to be happier and more successful? Research studies consistently show that individuals who exhibit and express the most gratitude are happier, healthier, and more energetic. Join show host Prentiss Pemberton as he talks to clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Beathe about the power of positive thinking.
KSKA: Monday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those most seriously affected by this crime. Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and guests will discuss the impacts of domestic violence on the upcoming show.
KSKA: Monday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.