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Line One: Mental health services for Alaskan students

As mental health needs in Alaska and the nation increase it has become harder to find resources for care, particularly for children and teens. Issues with inpatient care in Alaska have made headlines. However, newer intensive outpatient programs help to bridge this gap.
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Line One: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Inspire

Around 22 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment often involves wearing a mask to sleep at night. Inspire is a new technology that eliminates the need for a mask by implanting a small device in the chest to stimulate breathing while you sleep. It is similar to a pacemaker and is now being offered in Alaska. Join me, Dr Justin Clark as I explore the indications and outcomes of this new device. That’s Line One, Wednesday at 10 am, repeating at 8 pm on Alaska Public Media FM 91.1.
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Line One: Thyroid nodules and cancer

Most thyroid nodules are not serious and do not cause symptoms, but a small percentage of thyroid nodules are cancerous.
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Line One: All things poop

Have you ever wondered if your bowel movements are normal? Is it too soft? Too hard? A weird color? Is it painful? We'll discuss bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.
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LISTEN: COVID updates from a medical professional

A year and a half after COVID-19 shut down America, it seems to be as strong as ever. The numbers continue to rise and our hospitals are overflowing once again. What do we need to know about the Delta variant and breakthrough infections? Does vaccine effectiveness fade? What’s the story on booster shots and unverified treatments? 
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LISTEN: Navigating assisted living for seniors

Assisted-living homes are highly flexible and supportive communities that offer staff support for activities. As our population ages, it's becoming a popular option for seniors nationwide. What services are available in Alaska?

LISTEN: Pediatric surgery resources

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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.