Dr. Justin Clark

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LISTEN: Pediatric surgery resources

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Alaska may be a small state but its services for pediatric surgery and oncology are robust. What services are available in Alaska?

LISTEN: All about anesthesia

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If you have ever had a medical procedure done before, chances are you had some form of anesthesia. How safe is anesthesia, and how has it changed during COVID?

LISTEN: Using transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression.
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LISTEN: Electroconvulsive therapy and inpatient psychiatric treatment

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Much of the stigma involving electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, is from portrayal in movies. But when done correctly, it can cause changes in brain chemistry that can reverse certain mental health conditions like severe depression.

LISTEN: Treatment options for severe back pain

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Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. It is also the second leading cause of disability.

LISTEN: What resources are available for people affected by HIV and AIDS?

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The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, or Four A’s, is a nonprofit geared toward preventing new HIV cases and providing much needed service to those who are HIV positive.
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LISTEN: What do Alaskans need to know about COVID-19 vaccination?

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The FDA recently approved two vaccines for emergency use in the United States. They're already being distributed in Alaska, but how can people who want the shots get them once they're available? Alaska’s Chief...

LISTEN: Navigating Medicare can be difficult. Let’s clear up the confusion

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Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15. The options can be very confusing. There's Medicare Part A, B, C, and D. What do they all mean? Who qualifies for each and how much does it cost? Is enrollment optional or required if you are over 65? What about Medicare scams?
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LISTEN: Where can you get COVID-19 info you can trust? A local infectious disease specialist weighs in.

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As the pandemic continues it is easy to become fatigued with information. Where can you even get information that you can trust?
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LISTEN: Managing Alzheimer’s is difficult for both patients and their families. What resources are there in Alaska?

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Alzheimer’s disease affects the lives of 8,500 Alaskans. While the disease is devastating to the patient, it also provides incredible challenges for caregivers and family.
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LISTEN: Why is organ donation an important part of modern medicine?

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In 2019, 129 organs were successfully donated by Alaska patients and transplanted.

LISTEN: What is vein disease? What are the signs and symptoms?

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Varicose veins are one of the most common signs of vein disease in the legs. They are often caused by defective valves in the leg veins causing blood to pool. There are now many treatment options ranging from noninvasive compression stockings to more invasive surgical treatments
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LISTEN: As medicine has evolved, so has the role of the physician assistant.

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The role and training of a physician assistant, or PA, has evolved over time. They provide a service as a midlevel provider or physician extender which has become particularly crucial for rural medicine in Alaska.
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LISTEN: Pelvic physical therapy can be an important part of postpartum recovery

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The anatomy and function of the pelvis is complicated and recovery after childbirth can be both challenging and confusing. Join host Dr. Justin Clark for Line One and a discussion on how pelvic physical therapy can help in postpartum recovery and return to exercise and normal life.

LISTEN: How kidney health impacts overall physical health

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Our kidneys are amazing organs that filter our blood of waste and extra water to create urine. The function of our kidneys can be impacted by many things from high blood pressure, to diabetes and even trauma.

LISTEN: Genetic testing can tell you your risk of cancer, and it’s available here in Alaska

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As technology and science advance we continue to find genes that play a role in both cancer and non-cancer diseases. Testing can show if you are at risk for a disease and also impact how you are treated.
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LISTEN: Alaska Regional and Providence CEOs discuss Anchorage’s hospital capabilities during COVID-19

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COVID-19 is sweeping its way across Alaska and the entire world. What are the capabilities of our hospitals? How much PPE do we have here?

LISTEN: Getting to the heart of cardiac surgery

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Problems of the spine can manifest themselves in many ways, like back pain, neck pain, and even shooting pain down your arms and legs. Not all back problems require surgery, however, there are some conditions where surgery can make a big difference.
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LISTEN: Show some backbone: delving into surgery of the spine

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Problems of the spine can manifest themselves in many ways, like back pain, neck pain, and even shooting pain down your arms and legs. Not all back problems require surgery, however, there are some conditions where surgery can make a big difference.

LISTEN: When it comes to pediatric surgery, there are more in-state options than you think

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Finding out your child needs surgery can cause stress and anxiety. What if your child is born with an abnormality that requires surgery? What happens when a child gets cancer? How do you know what can be treated in Alaska and what needs to go out-of-state?