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Call the Doctor is a health care series broadcast live every Tuesday at 7:00pm by the PBS station WVIA-TV serving a regional audience of hundreds of thousands in 22 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. The 1 hour show features a panel of top medical and health care professionals informing viewers about important and relevant health issues. The panel answers live call-in and email questions from viewers.
Viewers may call in questions during the show at 1-800-326-9842 or click here prior to or during the show to submit your questions online.
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All-New Live Programs:
Lung Cancer, When a Cough Can Kill
Tuesday, December 3 at 7pm on WVIA-TV
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. and worldwide. About 226,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. Smoking cessation is the most important measure that can prevent the development of lung cancer. it is also one of the most preventable kinds of cancer. The principal function of the lungs is to exchange gases between the air we breathe and the blood. Lung cancer and smoking often, but not always, go hand in hand. As lung cancer stages advance, lung cancer symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus or coughing up blood. Our guests include: Jacqueline Ji-Eun Lee, MD, Thoracic Surgeon, Geisinger Health System, Delta Medix, Dr. Lenahan, Pulm/Crit Care, Christopher A. Peters, M.D. Medical Director, Northeast Radiation Oncology Centers (NROC) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College, Dr. Carl O. Helvie, registered nurse, with two masters and a doctorate in public health and wellness. He has 60 years experience as a nurse practitioner, educator, author and researcher, and Mr. Russell F. Collins, Delta Medix, Lung Cancer Patient
A Nurse's Perspective
Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm on WVIA-TV
The relationship between the doctor and nurse can have a difference in the care of a patient. Nurses are generally the ones who see what is going on with a patient. They are at the bedside giving the care, noticing changes and communicating these findings to the doctor. Nurses are advocates for their patients and when they feel a plan of treatment is not right for the patient. Our guests include: Jackie McCole RN, CCM, Director of Case Management, Strategic Initiatives Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Health System, Representative from Allied Services Integrated Health System, CRRN - (certified rehabilitation registered nurses), Cherrie Bentler, C.R.N.P., M.S.N., A.O.C.N.P., Nurse Navigator, Delta Medix, and Denise Nagy, RN, who is a Senior Professional in Managed Care at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Programs available on WVIA On-Demand
Therapy Sessions, What's Working?
New emerging therapies are developed all the time. Some of them are creative arts therapies that use art, dance, drama, movement, music or play to explore a patient’s feelings or for rehabilitation. Some therapies even use animals. Find out more about art, music, and animal therapies on this episode of Call the Doctor. Helpful websites: Geisinger Health System, Allied Services, Marywood University, Marley's Mission
Neurosurgery Now and What's Next
Most people think of neurosurgery as brain surgery — but it is much more! It is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injury to, or diseases/disorders of the brain, spinal cord and spinal column, and peripheral nerves within all parts of the body. They are medically trained neurosurgical specialists who can also help patients suffering from back and neck pain as well as other illnesses.Helpful websites: Geisinger Health System, Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery at Wyoming Valley, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Allied Services
Do YOU Have an Eating Disorder? - Part 1
Do YOU Have an Eating Disorder? - Part 2
Eating disorders are a group of conditions marked by an unhealthy, unrealist view of food and weight and are usually linked to deeper psychological issue. They are serious illnesses that impact millions of people each year and can be life-threatening. Helpful Websites: Rebecca’s House, Joy Armillay, National Eating Disorders Association,and Geisinger Health System.
Child Abuse: Everything You DON'T Want To Know
Child Abuse happens more often than you think, with more than 600,000 abused and neglected children each year. Think you would recognize the symptoms? If untreated, this abuse will affect a child for their entire life. Learn everything you DON'T want to know and possible save a child from abuse. Helpful Websites: Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC),The Wright Center and The Children's Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Are You Aging Gracefully?
None of us want to grow old and we try to fight it every day with exercise and eating right. But there is no way to stop the aging process and there is no fountain of youth or miracle cure. Are you doing all you can to stay healthy and age gracefully? Helpful websites: Allied Services, Misercordia University, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Geisinger Health System and Alzheimer's Association- Greater Pa Chapter.
Is a Blood Clot ready to kill you?
Blood flows within our blood vessels and forms blood clots when it fails to circulate adequately. Some blood clots are good and some are so bad that they can be deadly. Heart attacks and strokes result from the sudden formation of a blood clot that travels to heart or brain. Helpful websites: Geisinger Health System, Regional Hospital of Scranton and Medicus Urgent Care.
Drop Foot: Causes and Corrections
Do you have difficulty lifting the front of your foot? Does your foot drag along when you walk? You might have a neurological condition called drop foot. It is not a disease and may be a symptom of, or a sign of an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem. Helpful websites: Allied Services, Geisinger Health System, Susquehanna Health, and Physicians Health Alliance
Is Robotic Surgery Safe?
Robotic surgery may allow surgeons to perform some complex procedures with more precision, through smaller surgical cuts, than is possible with traditional open surgery. It has some advantages, even though it can take longer to perform. But is it safer for the patient? Helpful websites: Regional Hospital of Scranton, Commonwealth Health, and Geisinger Health System
Tired? Swollen? Is it Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition that results from impaired flow or a blockage of the lymphatic system, an important part of your immune and circulatory systems that is crucial to keeping your body healthy. Symptoms include swelling in one or more extremities. Helpful Websites: Delta Medix, Lymphology Association of North America, Geisinger Health System, Commonwealth Health and Allied Services
Oral Hygiene Important to Your Health?
There are many proven benefits of having good oral health and maintaining your dental hygiene, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory for golden years. A healthy mouth is directly related to a healthy body. Helpful Websites: Commonwealth Health, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Geisinger Health System.
Gastoparesis - Constant Nausea. Stomach paralysis?
Gastroparesis is delayed gastric emptying. It is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don't function normally to contract and break up food and move it through the gastrointestinal tract. The most common symptoms of Gastroparesis are nausea, a feeling of fullness. Helpful Websites: Commonwealth Health, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Geisinger Health System
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. The progression, severity, and specific symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person to person. New treatments and advancements are giving hope. Helpful websites: Commonwealth Health, Allied Services, and National MS Society
Menopause & Hot Flashes
Menopause is a natural process that represents the end of menstruation. Estrogen levels may fluctuate causing hot flashes; which are feelings of intense heat with sweating along with a rapid heartbeat. Hot flashes occur in more than two-thirds of North American women. Helpful websites: The North American Menopause Society, Geisinger Health System, and Hot Flash Havoc.
In the early stages, prostate cancer often causes no symptoms for many years. It tends to develop in men over the age of fifty and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. The prostate is not essential for life, but it’s important for reproduction. Helpful Websites: Delta Medix, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Geisinger Health System, Urology Associates of Kingston, Prostate Aerobics, and Kegel Aerobics
The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad, and is a normal, healthy emotion. Chronic, explosive anger can spiral out of control, and have serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on your health. Helpful Websites: First Hospital, an affiliate of Commonwealth Health, Geisinger Health System and Buzzini & Jacobson Psychologists
Familial hyperlipidemia is a disorder of high cholesterol and high blood triglycerides that is inherited. It is the most common genetic lipid disorder of increased blood fats that causes early heart attacks. There may not be any physical symptoms for those affected. Helpful Websites: Commonwealth Health, Geisinger Health System, and National Lipid Association.
Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. It is characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Helpful Websites: Allied Services Integrated Health System, Misericordia University, and MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Congenital Heart Disorders
Congenital heart defects are problems with the structure of the walls of the heart, and may produce symptoms at birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood. It is a major birth defect affecting approximately 1 in 100 children and about 500,000 adults in the U.S. and can lead to heart failure. Helpful Websites: Commonwealth Health, Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), and The Paul Cardall Family Foundation
Addiction Affects the Family
No one in the family is spared from the affects of alcohol or drug addiction. More than one-half of adults in the U.S. have a close family member who has abused alcohol or is addicted to drugs. Family members may be abused physically, verbally demeaned or neglected. Helpful websites: Geisinger Health System, Clearbrook Treatment Centers, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, A Better Today INC.
Colds, Nothing to Sneeze At
Symptoms may include sneezing, coughing, sore throats, runny noses watery eyes, fevers and congestion but chances are it is the common cold. It is the most frequent infectious disease in humans. There is no cure for the common cold, but the symptoms can be treated. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System,Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Medicus Urgent Care, and Flu + You.
Hospice Care Solutions
Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides humane and compassionate care to people when curative treatments are no longer helping. Hospice can improve quality of life whether in the patient's home, a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility. Learn more on this episode of Call the Doctor. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System and Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton, The Commonwealth Medical College, Susquehanna Health, and Celtic Health Care .
Hearing Loss Solutions
You can't reverse hearing loss, but you and your doctor or hearing specialist can take steps to improve what you hear. There is help for the 38 million people in the U.S. that have hearing loss. There are solutions like hearing aids. Cochlear implants and direct bone conduction systems. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System and Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton.
Epilepsy’s Latest Treatments
Epilepsy or seizure disorders are neurological conditions in the brain, which affect the nervous system and may cause, falls, loss of consciousness or massive muscle spasms. 2.3 million Americans live with epilepsy. Learn about the latest treatments for Epilepsy. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System and Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton.
Iron is so important that without it life would cease to exist. Too much or too little iron in the system can be fatal. There are many types of Iron Disorders. Women, children and the elderly are at higher risks. All it takes is a simple test to check your iron. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System, Hematology and Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania, PC, & Iron Disorders Institute
Psychological Damage from Bullying
Bullying can affect everyone at any age and the damage can last forever. Studies show people who are abused are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, depression, or anxiety. Each day 160,000 students refuse to go to school to avoid being bullied. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System, The Highmark Healthy High 5 Bullying Prevention Institute, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program , Center for Safe Schools, and The Ophelia Project.
How the Brain Works
Education has changed tremendously over the years and it is not your Parent’s ABC’s anymore. As the world advances so are the ways we teach. We all learn in different ways and now we understand how the brain processes and uses information. Helpful Websites: Pennsylvania State University, Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School, Scranton, Marywood University , The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, and Dr. David Sousa.