Randy Dexter is here to talk to us about PTSD and other veterans affairs. Dexter joined the Army as a combat medic after 9/11, and was caught in an IED explosion during his 27 months in Iraq. He struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism for years, white knuckling on the edge of a cliff until he was saved by an unlikely best friend — his service dog, a laid-back white-and-brown lab mix named Captain.
Did you know that last year the death rate of Americans grew? That’s something that hasn’t happened in nearly 20 years. Translation: For the first time in a long time, the average American is living a shorter life. Nevada Health is here to help. We’re a brand new weekly radio show from KUNV and UNLV. We sit down to pick the brains of the state and region’s top doctors, scientists, and health experts to arm you with the know-how to improve you and your loved ones’ health. You’ll learn everything from how to cut your risk of heart attack and back pain, to easy ways to convince your family—and yourself—how to move more and eat better. You’ll even pick up simple tactics to navigate the twisted terrain of hospitals and health care. Are YOU ready to improve your health?
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In the fourth game of this year’s Major League Baseball World Series, Hailey Dawson, a 7-year old Las Vegas local, will throw out a first pitch. Hailey’s throwing hand only has three fingers, and she compensates by using a 3-D printed robotic hand engineered by this episode’s guest, UNLV Professor Dr. Brendan O’Toole. He’ll tell us about his journey with Hailey and the future of prosthetics and 3D printing.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Dr. Margaret Terhar is a breast surgeon at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) and Medical Director of The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital. She joins Nevada Health to talk about the new science of breast cancer—what we now know about the disease, and what we’d still like to know.
Chronic diseases like type two diabetics, heart diseases, and cancer are the number one killer of Americans. They are far too common and they are some of the most difficult time consuming and expensive diseases to manage, but also some of the most preventable. Research shows that with simple lifestyle tweaks we could prevent 80 percent of heart diseases, strokes and diabetes, as well as 40 percent of all cancers. Here to talk more about those life style changes is Sharon Jalene, a nutrition and kinesiology teacher and researcher at UNLV.
America is in an opioid crisis: 64,000 people overdosed last year, and more are expected to die this year. The crisis may stem in part from a single pill, Oxycontin, and its developer’s insistence that the pill was fundamentally different than every other pain pill. That led to questionable practices in how the meciation was prescribed, potentially leading to more abuse. To tell the story of Oxycontin, Nevada Health welcomes Harriet Ryan. She’s an investigative journalist with the LA times who last year wrote a blistering investigation into the drug and its maker, Purdue pharma.