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The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey

The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey

Behaviors associated with poor health can be assessed and this leads to understanding of how to best use limited resources to improve overall population health. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) is one instrument used to understand such behaviors in teens. Today’s program reviews the most recent YRBSS, its results, and efforts to address areas of concern.

KSKA: Monday, April 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 10, 2015
Kimber Olson, LCSW

‘Checking Out’ — Dissociative Disorders from A-Z

We all dissociate to some degree or another but sometimes self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse, sexual acting out, excessive media consumption, or shopping, become the means we use to remove ourselves from our realities and relieve us temporarily from our suffering. On the next Line One, local therapist, Kimber Olson, LCSW, joins host, Prentiss Pemberton for a discussion about trauma, dissociation, and dissociative disorders.

KSKA: Monday, April 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
Trauma — America’s Biggest Health Threat?

Trauma — America’s Biggest Health Threat?

This week, host Prentiss Pemberton joins one of the world’s leading experts on trauma, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, for a discussion about the mechanisms and areas of the brain that are activated and altered during prolonged or intense exposure to extreme fear or isolation.

KSKA: Monday, March 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 27, 2015
Epidemiology and screening of colorectal cancer

Epidemiology and screening of colorectal cancer

This week, Dr. Woodard will be following on the theme of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” with a show on colorectal cancer epidemiology and screening. Two local experts join the show for a conversation on this health issue at the forefront of the public consciousness.

KSKA: Monday, March 23, 2015, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
Dr. Woodard fields your health care questions

Dr. Woodard fields your health care questions

On the next Line One, we’re leaving it to the listeners to tap into Dr. Woodard’s expertise on a wide variety of health-related topics. If you have questions about infants, children, or adolescents, immunizations, the social factors contributing to health, improving patient-provider communication, measles, whooping cough, allergy, asthma, or any other issues that may be bothering you why not call during the program or email to lineone@alaskapublic.org and see what he has to say.

KSKA: Monday, March 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 13, 2015
Medicare for Alaskans

Medicare for Alaskans

According to the Alaska Commission on Aging, seniors are the fastest growing population and comprise the largest percentage of all ages in Alaska. On the next Line One, Judith Bendersky, program manager for the State of Alaska Medicare Information Office, will provide an overview of Medicare and answer common questions as well as offer the opportunity for listeners to ask their own questions about Medicare.

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

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March 6, 2015
Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

The streets, trail and woods of Anchorage can be a mean place for a homeless person. Now, imagine that person is your 15-year-old son or daughter. Nobody knows the realities faced by these kids more than the front-line workers from Covenant House Alaska who work the streets daily in an attempt to preserve the health and lives of this vulnerable population. Please Join us for the second of our three-part series addressing the issue of teenage homelessness in Alaska.

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

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February 27, 2015
Brooke Winner, MD

Contraception Effectiveness

According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, approximately half of unintended pregnancies in the United States are due to contraceptive failure. This week on Line One, obstetrics and gynecology expert, Dr. Brooke Winner joins the show to speak about the effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraception.

KSKA: Monday, Feb. 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 20, 2015
Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overestimated, although for many, this essential need is a constant battle. Our next guest, Dr. Ross Dodge, medical director for sleep medicine at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, will discuss his work dealing with sleep disorders.

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

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February 6, 2015
Autism and Environmental Toxins

Autism and Environmental Toxins

A lot of research effort is going into finding the cause of autism. Our next guest, Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California Davis MIND Institute, an authority on environmental effects on health, will discuss with Dr. Woodard the evidence for a role of environmental chemicals in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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

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January 30, 2015
High Conflict People: How to Live and Work with Challenging Personalities

High Conflict People: How to Live and Work with Challenging Personalities

Blaming others, extreme behaviors, all-or-nothing thinking and unmanaged emotions all characterize the “high conflict person.” Host Prentiss Pemberton and guest, Bill Eddy, explore the mind of high conflict people and what you can do to live with and manage them.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Genetic counseling specialist Anke Kelly joins the next Line One.

Pediatric and Prenatal Genetic Counseling

The ability to identify and sometimes intervene in genetic health problems is growing rapidly. However, the public understanding of genetic disease, genetic testing and the use of information obtained is often quite limited. This program will help listeners understand genetic counseling and what it can offer.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Are Narcotics Overused for Noncancer Pain?

Are Narcotics Overused for Noncancer Pain?

It appears we are in the midst of an epidemic of mortality and morbidity related to the overuse of narcotic medications for noncancer pain in this country. Our guest, Dr. Gary Franklin, has written a position statement for the American Academy of Neurology on the issue. This program will discuss the possible reasons for the problem and suggested remedies.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 9, 2015
Aches, Pains and Aging

Aches, Pains and Aging

Musculoskeletal pain with aging is common and associated with many disorders. On the next Line One, we’ll discuss the general recommendations for prevention and treatment of this common issue. The goal is to help prevent disability with aging.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 2, 2015
Alaska’s Homeless Youth

Alaska’s Homeless Youth

How does a young person come to be homeless in Alaska? In the first of a three-part series on teen homelessness in Alaska, Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and guests will delve in to what it’s like to live on the streets. In the first of three parts, we’ll hear from the Covenant House, a group that serves hundreds of homeless youth in Alaska each year.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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December 26, 2014
On Immunity and Inoculation

On Immunity and Inoculation

On the next Line One, we revisit the “immunization question.” Dr. Woodard is joined on the program by author Eula Biss, whose recent book “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” was selected as one of the New York Times’ top 10 books of 2014.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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December 19, 2014
Your Amazing Brain: ‘An Owners Guide for Maintenance and Performance’

Your Amazing Brain: ‘An Owners Guide for Maintenance and Performance’

Ever wonder how we know what we know, and if we really know it at all? What about the question of certainty and the significance of perception? How do fear and anxiety get stuck in our brains and how do we break free of them? Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and Anchorage neuropsychologist, Dr. Paul Craig, tackle these questions and more as they dive into a discussion about the amazing organs we call our brains.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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December 12, 2014
Podiatrist Dr. Kenneth Swayman joins us on the next Line One program on Monday, Dec. 8.

Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

On the next program we’re swan-diving into common problems of the foot and ankle — think plantar faciitis, bunions and more. The phone lines will be open for listener questions and comments. Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard is joined by Anchorage podiatrist Dr. Ken Swayman.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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December 5, 2014
Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and received the Nobel Prize in 1945, along with Dr. Howard Florey and Dr. Ernst Chain, “for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases.” In his Noble Prize lecture he warned of the development of antibiotic resistance. On this Line One program, host Dr. Woodard discusses the ominous and growing problem of antibiotic resistance 70 years later. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jay Butler and infectious disease pharmacist Dr. Thaddus Wilkerson join the show.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 26, 2014
Premature Birth: Costs and Prevention

Premature Birth: Costs and Prevention

Premature birth increases an infant’s risk of several dangerous and costly medical problems. It can also be emotionally difficult for families. On the next Line One, we’ll discuss premature birth – its causes, treatment, prevention and emotional and economic costs with Samantha and Rob Oslund and Dr. Matt Hirschfeld of March of Dimes.

KSKA: Monday, Nov. 17, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014