Dr. Thad Woodard

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The Environment and Health

Monday, August 08, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Modern humans evolved 200,000 years ago yet our immediate environment hardly changed until the onset of the industrial revolution about 250 years ago. Daily our genes, our skin, our respiratory tract, our intestines, our brains are exposed to relatively new substances compared to exposures for 200,000 years. What are the effects on our health? LISTEN NOW

Medicaid Reform and Expansion in Alaska

Monday, August 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Initiated and driven by the Accountable Care Act, and changes in Medicare payment mechanisms, health care systems in the U.S. seek to improve access, quality, and cost. On the next Line One program we discuss Medicaid reform and expansion in Alaska. LISTEN NOW

Blood Bank of Alaska

Monday, August 08, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. 4.5 million Americans receive blood each year. In Alaska the Blood Bank of Alaska has our backs covered when and if we need blood or blood products. However, blood banks depend on the public to help meet the demand. We discuss the Blood Bank of Alaska on the next show. LISTEN NOW

Spine Function and Back Pain

KSKA: Monday, August 01, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. There are very few of us that have not experienced lower back pain. Most will improve within one to two months, but recurrences are common and for a few, lower back pain becomes chronic. On the next Line One we'll talk about injury prevention and rehabilitation. LISTEN NOW

Medicare and the demise of fee- for- service payment in medicine

Monday, July 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. In this Line One program we discuss the origins and expected effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) change in payment to physicians and it's affects on patients. LISTEN NOW

Obesity and Surgical Options

Monday, July 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. The origins and treatment of obesity are both complex. For some individuals the benefits of surgery begin to outweigh the risks. On the next Line One program we discuss the causes and treatment of obesity. LISTEN NOW

National HIV Testing Day and preventing the spread of HIV

Monday, June 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Due to the remarkable success of the treatment of HIV/AIDS efforts are now being increased to prevent infection. Knowing if you may be infected allows the use of effective treatment to prevent spread. June 27 is designated National HIV Testing Day to encourage people to learn their HIV status. This program will focus on how HIV transmission to others can be dramatically decreased.

Cobalt Poisoning from Hip Replacement Surgery

Monday, June 6, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. After discovering that he had cobalt poisoning due to corrosion of his hip implant Dr Steve Tower began to investigate how extensive this problem is in others. This program will review his findings which now include the correlation of cobalt related cognitive decline. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Personalized Psychiatry

Monday, May 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Personalized medicine is an approach to disease prevention and treatment that takes into account differences in people’s genes, environments and lifestyles. This approach can also be adapted to psychiatry and the discussion will focus on personalized approaches to psychiatric disorders. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Marijuana legalization in Alaska

Monday, May 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Personal recreational marijuana use and possession became legal in Alaska on February 24, 2015. On this Line One program we will discuss where the State is in the development of regulations and what we know about the effects of marijuana and it’s legalization in other states. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Hepatitis A, B, C

Monday, May 2, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Three relatively common viral infections of the liver sound very similar in name but are quite different in communicability, complications, prevention and treatment. Hepatitis A, B, and C on the next edition of Line One Your Health Connection. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

The Ecology of Breast Cancer

Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Our genes are the ultimate book of instructions for all that happens in our body. Breast cancer results from mistakes in genes or their instructions; and these mistakes are often caused by environmental influences. This program discusses known and suspected environmental risks for breast cancer and some possible preventative suggestions. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

The Mat-Su Behavioral Health Environmental Scan

Monday, April 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. The major determinates of human health include health policies, social factors, health care, genetics and individual behavior. In this program we will discuss health, behavioral health, and access to care through focusing on the Mat-Su Behavioral Health Environmental Scan. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Mosquito Borne Illness

Monday, March 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Mosquitoes are estimated to transmit various diseases to more than 700 million people each year and over one million people annually die of these diseases. This makes mosquitoes the deadliest animal in the world. On this program Anchorage infectious disease specialist Dr. Ben Westley will discuss common mosquito borne illnesses, their risk, treatment, and prevention. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a quite variable, potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. In this disorder the immune system attacks the protective myelin covering of nerve fibers which perturbs the transmission of information between your brain and the rest of your body. This program will discuss the symptoms, treatment and support services in Alaska for patients with multiple sclerosis. KSKA-FM: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m and again at 8:00pm. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Mammography and Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

New cases of breast cancer, the most common female cancer, unlike many cancers that are decreasing have been stable for the last 10 years in the U.S. but death rates have been slowing improving. Anchorage radiologist Dr Heather Tauschek and Dr Thad Woodard will discuss mammography, the rationale for breast cancer screening recommendations, and newest recommendations for breast cancer screening on this Line One program. KSKA-FM: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m and again at 8:00pm. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Preventing and Treating Colorectal Cancer

The rates for new colorectal cancer cases have been falling over the last 10 years. Death rates for these cancers and 5 year survival rates are improving as well. On this program host Dr. Thad Woodard and his guests will discuss prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment which will help listeners keep these statistics improving. Monday, March 7, 2016. 2:00 p.m DOWNLOAD AUDIO

What We Know About Human Aging

Humans all over the planet are living longer, but why this is true is often misunderstood. On this program Dr Thad Woodard and Dr S Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, discuss why we are living longer and what this means to research efforts to slow aging and prolong life. KSKA: Monday, February 22, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio

Historical Trauma

The examples most commonly associated with Historical Trauma include, Slavery, the Holocaust, and the systematic annihilation of the way of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives during and after European colonization. The impacts of Historical Trauma are inter-generational and can include; the attachment relationship with caregivers; the impact on parenting and family functioning; the association with parental physical and mental illness, and the disconnection and alienation from extended family, culture and society. Join us for a discussion on the causes, consequences, and treatment of Historical Trauma. KSKA: Monday, February 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. LISTEN NOW

Taking Control of Your Diabetes

TCOYD is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to educating and motivating people with diabetes and their loved ones to take a more active role in their own health and to provide continuing diabetes education to medical professionals to better care for their patients. KSKA: Monday, Feb. 1, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. LISTEN NOW