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
Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental health issue and the use of it as a diagnosis for our youth is on the rise. The medications used to treat this disorder have significant side effects and the long term effects on brain development are not well known. On the next Line One, Dr. Robert Wald of Bridges Counseling Connection join Dr. Woodard and co-host Prentiss Pemberton to discuss the questions and controversy surrounding the issue of pediatric bipolar disorder.
KSKA: Monday 2/25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
We hear a lot about knee injuries and treatment, but the shoulder is another joint that is a common cause of pain and disability. Our guest on the next Line One is an Anchorage orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of shoulder disorders, Dr. Robert Gieringer. Join us to learn about common reasons for shoulder pain and their treatment options.
KSKA: Monday 2/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Adolescence can be a difficult time for many. Each year thousands of Alaska’s youth deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, alcohol/drug abuse, and failure in school. Many of these young people also struggle with low self worth, challenging home lives, and a sense of hopelessness. Often, Parents struggle to find answers that will help their children lead more functional and meaningful lives.
KSKA: Monday, 11/26 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
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
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
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
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
Prentiss Pemberton and Dr. Thad Woodard co-host the next edition of Line One: Your Health Connection with guest Dr. Ebony McClain-Owens who will discuss the important role of parenting in child development and the effects that child abuse has on mental health throughout one’s life span.
KSKA: Monday 10/22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Concussions have suddenly become a big deal, especially in athletics. Why the increased interest and what does it mean, especially for athletes, parents and coaches? On the next Line One, Lynne Young of the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee joins host Dr. Thad Woodard to discuss the newest information on concussion recognition, treatment and prevention along with the ASAA ‘Return to Play’ (RTP) recommendations.
KSKA: Monday 10/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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