Health Matters is a hour-long program that focuses on the health care needs of the mountain region. The weekly program is a co-production of Morehead State Public Radio and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. AHEC offices are located at the Saint Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Host Tony Weaver, a practicing physician in Rowan County, and his team of health experts interview guests and discuss health issues like obesity, tobacco use, heart disease, exercise and other topics concerning the well being of eastern Kentuckians.
Since this is our final Health Matters show, we decided to call it Quitz, or according to WMKY station manager Paul Hitchcock, “The End of an Error”. We discuss Covid 19-sensing dogs, new CDC guidelines, mammograms, and as a parting gift, we give you permission to eat eggs. Thanks to all the staff at Morehead State Public Radio, for allowing us to pollute the airwaves for 17 years.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish show
We begin with a woman who found electroconvulsive therapy to be a partial cure for colorblindness. Then, a detailed discussion of the bathrooms of New York, 5 rules for surviving a pandemic, an update on airport screenings, and the proper diet to reduce your risk of cancer. It’s a great way to sign off for the summer.
Real Epidemiologists Don’t Shake Hands show
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society guidelines for diet and physical activity, the show includes the latest Covid-19 numbers, apologies from Sweden’s health minister, when 511 epidemiologists think they can resume activities, and some measure of hope that we will be able to keep the pandemic under control. Be safe, and wear your masks!
The Bob and Doug Show
Bob Behnken has a PhD in mechanical engineering from Caltech. Doug Hurley studied civil engineering at Tulane before becoming a test pilot in the Marine Corps. Each flew two Space Shuttle missions. Now, they have piloted the SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station. Health Matters celebrates their achievement with information about tick repellents and Covid 19.
Oedipus Rex show
Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Oedipus learns that he is doomed to kill his father. This makes Health Matters think about people who do not wear masks and are doomed to put their grandparents in danger. Of course, cigarette smokers are doomed to endanger those around them as well. We try our hand at prophecy, looking at the future of shopping malls, live entertainment, and colleges and universities. We also talk about swimming, prostate cancer, and the disappearance of influenza
No Mask, No Gloves, No Service show
As Kentucky tries to go back to work, we review the worldwide Covid 19 numbers, talk about swimming safety, vaccines, and the unreliability of information on twitter. We speculate on how the pandemic will change our hurricane response this fall, and ponder what New Zealand will do next, since they have practically eliminated the virus.
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I live in New Orleans. I used to listen to this show on MSPR when I was in grad school while driving to work and would catch a bit of it. Either its really good or I'm a creature of habit because I've listened weekly since probably 2010.
Well worth your time
These podcasts are wonderful because I can listen to Dr. Tony Weaver from all the way in Minnesota. Health Matters is informative and fun to listen to. Kind of like "Car Talk," but with medicine. Sort of...
A very good show
This is my favorite podcast. And despite the description of being focused on the mountain region of Kentucky, the health topics covered and the approach taken are broad-ranging. (I live in Silicon Valley, so that’s saying something!) The host, Dr. Tony, is smart, engaging, and maybe a bit corny (part of his disarming style)....anything but a stiff, dispassionate, white-coated practitioner. He has his regular lay-person side kicks (Jesse Robinson or Rick Phillips) who ask the down-to-earth questions and keep the humor rolling, as well as his regular physician associates who can really talk turkey. The shows always have a chosen theme and usually feature a special guest--anyone from a cardiac specialist to a road-smart state trouper. Dr. Tony also livens up the mix by including a tongue-in-cheek ”sponsor”, a health concern sub-theme that he sheds light on at the beginning of each of the show’s three segments.
The Health Matters show is fun and very informative without ever going over your head. I highly recommend it.