In July 2015 the state Division of Public Health, in response to a dramatic rise in the number of people using, abusing and dying from heroin throughout the United States, released a report describing the health impacts of heroin use in Alaska. On today’s show, Jennifer Stukey and Dr. Jay Caldwell with the Narcotic Drug Treatment Center in Anchorage and Dr. Jay Butler, director of the Division of Public Health will discuss heroin abuse and the public health consequences that ensue.
KSKA: Monday, Oct. 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Ear, nose and throat physicians are trained in disorders of speech, hearing and balance. In today’s program we’ll be joined by Drs. Mark Lorenz and Stephen Schaffer with the Alaska Center for Ear, Nose & Throat to talk about these disorders.
KSKA: Monday, Oct. 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
There are few things worse than the rejection and hatred a parent feels from a child who has been turned against them. Parental alienation occurs when a child turns against a loving parent for reasons that are irrational and based primarily on the feelings the “alienating parent” has for the targeted parent. Please join host Prentiss Pemberton and his guest, Dr. Matthew Sullivan, for a discussion about divorce and the devastation that occurs when children are caught in the crossfire of a high-conflict divorce.
KSKA: Monday, Sept. 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Putting infants to sleep on their backs has halved Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but co-sleeping, another risk for infant death during sleep is increasing. For the last 20 years, two infants each month die in their sleep environment in Alaska. This program looks at what we know about these deaths, what sleep environments are associated with heightened risk of infant death, and suggestions to improve the safety of infant sleep.
KSKA: Monday, Sept. 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Over 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain, and persistent pain often causes functional impairment and disability, psychological distress and sleep deprivation. The use and misuse of opioids for management of chronic pain is a major concern. On the next Line One, join Dr. Andrea Trescot to discuss this major medical and social issue.
KSKA: Monday, Sept. 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Health care is more complex than ever, chronic diseases are becoming a major problem, and cost, access and quality are increasingly scrutinized. Nursing has been changing and continues to change to adapt to these changes and needs. This program will discuss in depth the changing roles and opportunities for nurses in health care.
KSKA: Monday, August 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder manifests in early childhood with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. The prevalence in school-age children is estimated to be about 10 percent, making it one of the most common disorders of childhood; and the disorder can persist into adulthood. Today’s program delves into this disorder, especially its origins, outcomes and treatment options.
KSKA: Monday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Any quantity of alcohol during pregnancy has been associated with a host of lifelong effects on the developing fetus. On this program we will look at the evidence for this, describe the effects, discuss how the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is made, and enumerate efforts for prevention. There is no treatment that reverses these effects of alcohol.
KSKA: Monday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The dementia first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 remains the most common but not the only form of dementia. Dr. Woodard and guests discuss the common dementias, their causes and symptoms, and the newest information that may help prevent their occurrence.
KSKA: Monday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Addiction costs society millions in productivity, is one of the major contributing factors to incarceration, and takes a devastating toll on individuals and families from every socioeconomic background. Why do millions of people struggle daily to maintain a sober lifestyle despite the fact that the consequences are so severe? Join host Prentiss Pemberton and his guests as they explore what can be done to treat this devastating condition.
KSKA: Monday, July 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Current U.S. statistics suggest about 8 percent of us have asthma. This highly variable lung problem can range in severity from so mild it may be difficult to diagnose, to a disabling condition. On the next Line One program, guests Marge Stoneking of the American Lung Association in Alaska and Anchorage allergist Dr. Melinda Rathkopf will be discussing asthma while answering your questions.
KSKA: Monday, May 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, but most do not know they are infected. On the next Line One, join two local experts to discuss this hidden epidemic as national Hepatitis Awareness Month kicks off.
KSKA: Monday, May 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.