We in the U.S. spend more on health care than any other developed country and by many measures have less quality care. In addition many Americans have no health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act attempts to provide access to health care to more Americans but does little to address costs and quality. In this program we discuss efforts to address the two other problems with our health care system - cost and quality with Dr. Richard Antonelli of Children’s Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School. KSKA: Monday 10/28 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Anger is a completely normal and necessary human emotion. But, it can get out of control, turn destructive, and lead to problems with your health, family relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. On the next Line One, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Bruce Pemberton, Ed.D will join us to discuss “Toxic Anger” and how healthy anger can motivate us and improve our lives. KSKA: Monday 8/26 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Increased intake of calories from food accompanied by less physical activity to burn off calories has been associated with a dramatic rise in obesity. Recognition of this problem has led to efforts to control the problem. On this edition of Line One we will discuss some of the efforts to prevent childhood obesity in Alaska and review the evidence for their success. KSKA: Monday 8/19 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

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

On the next Line One, our discussion the focuses on the facts and figures, the risk factors and warning signs,and the key research findings on suicide and suicide prevention. The guests are John Madigan, Senior Director of Public Policy for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Deborah Bonito, wife of Senator Mark Begich, and co-chair of a Senate spouse’s organization that focuses on suicide prevention. KSKA: Monday 8/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Download Audio

Why are some people happy despite great suffering while others, with seemingly everything, suffer deep emotional distress? How are our emotions driven by our thinking and behavior? Can we actively and intentionally improve our happiness? On the next Line One, Prentiss Pemberton returns as host to discuss the science and psychology of Happiness with Anchorage Psychologist Jennifer Beathe. KSKA: Monday 7/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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

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

Cell phone use, bullying, school violence, and substance abuse are all areas of concern for parents these days. How significant are these problems in our Anchorage area high schools? On the next Line One: Your Health Connection host Prentiss Pemberton and his guests will discuss these topics and explore how prevalent they are in the Anchorage area. They will also address what parents can do to support their children and what we can as a community can do to assist the Anchorage School District in dealing with these threats to our children’s health and well being. KSKA: Monday 4/22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Listen to a special edition of Line One: Your Health Connection when host Dr. Woodard interviews ABC News' John Donovan about his forthcoming book on autism. Hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council this interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Hilton Anchorage on Friday April 12 and can be heard Monday on KSKA's Line One. KSKA: Monday 4/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Listen Now

Cataracts are a common cause of poor vision especially in the older population. Without treatment vision will worsen over time but treatment is available. Our guest today, Dr. Matthew Guess, specializes in cataracts and will discuss the causes, prevention, symptoms and treatment of different types of cataract. KSKA: Monday 12/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

This week on Line One, Dr. William Clark from the Alaska Urological Institute joins host Dr. Thad to explore prostate diseases beyond prostate cancer. What is prostatitis? Prostate hypertrophy? Monday 9/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Monday, August 29 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Ginny Grupp of AlaskaFit Boot Camps joins host Dr. Thad Woodard on Line One this week to her best selling book, 3 Steps To Your Best Body in Record Time. Does the darkness or cold of winter impact your ability to stay healthy? Get some tips from Ginny.

Monday, August 15 @ 2:00 pm Did you know that breast feeding has been shown to protect babies from developing allergies? It's also been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers for the mother. Dr. Thad Woodard will talk about lactation and breast feeding with Dr. Karin Caldwell on the next Line One - Your Health Connection.

Monday, August 8 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm In honor of National Health Center Week, August 7-13 Line One host Dr. That Woodard welcomes two guests, Dr. Anne Musser from Alaska Family Residency Program and Joan Fisher from Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.

Monday, August 1 at 2:00 pm Join host Dr. Thad Woodard in the next Line One: Your Health Connection as he leads a discussion on cancer survivorship. He will be joined on air by Julia Thorsness, of the State Division of Public Health, Doug Ulmer, CEO of Lance Armstrong Foundation, and cancer survivor Shelley Romer, of the Alaska Cancer Care Alliance.

Monday, July 25 at 2:00 pm Alaska is one of the few states participating in the emerging practice of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), a combination of procedures and methods used to judge the potential effects of a program or practice on the health of a population. This week on Line One, state epidemiologists, Paul Anderson and Joe McLaughlin join host Dr. Thad Woodard to discuss how they're using HIA's to improve the health of Alaskans.

Monday, July 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm As more facts become available about skin cancer, more questions pop-up. What are the types of skin cancer? Who is at risk? What are the treatments available?

Monday, July 11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Parenting an adolescent can be challenging in terms of communication. Licensced clinical social worker Richard Steinzeig is our in-studio guest this week on Line One, and we'll be talking about how temperaments differ between male and female teenagers, how social media affects parenting teenagers, and the top ten parenting traps.

Monday, June 27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm How does the economic and political systems of a society shape health risks and treatment resources? This week on Line One, Dr. Sergei Bogojavlensky joins host Dr. Thad Woodard to discuss the relationship between anthropology, medicine and medical practice.