Got 15 minutes? Tune in to episodes from the Ochsner On Air library of Community Health Podcasts and listen to highly qualified Ochsner Health System team members talk about the health issues that affect you. Whether you want to know more about breast cancer, joint health, pregnancy issues or general health concerns, select Ochsner podcasts to hear complex topics covered in an easy to understand, straightforward manner - in 15 minutes or less.
By Tracie Carter , MD
Childhood immunizations are designed to stimulate an immune response which makes the body create antibodies it can then use if exposed again.
These immunizations undergo intense testing for both effectiveness and safety before they are released to physicians’ offices. Dr. Carter discusses why it is important for parents to ensure that their children receive the needed immunizations at the designated time.
Dr. Carter practices at Ochsner Health Center in Slidell and can be reached at 985-639-3755.
By Timothy Riddell
Twenty percent of today’s adults have a cholesterol level higher than 240, which is considered high. Having high cholesterol puts you at risk for other illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, peripheral artery disease and heart disease.
Lifestyle changes such as a low fat, balanced diet and regular exercise can lower your cholesterol. Dr. Riddell discusses the difference in HDL and LDL and offers additional tips for lowering your bad numbers and boosting your good numbers.
Dr. Riddell practices at Ochsner Health Center in Covington and can be reached at 985-875-2828.
Today’s Teen Girl
By Kendra Michael , M.D.
Today’s teen girls face a barrage of media images and messages that can wreak havoc on their self esteem. Parents can help their teen girl by talking with their daughter about these images and fostering positive self esteem. Even though it may seem that girls are developing faster, Dr. Michael says physiologically girls are still developing at the same rate, which traditionally begins at age nine.
Learn more about what you need to know when raising a teen girl including information on the HPV vaccine, what to look for as signs of an eating disorder and what the most common medical issues are for young girls.
Dr. Michael practices at Ochsner Health Center in Prairieville and can be reached at 225-744-1111.
By Melissa Love , M.D.
Exercise can have tremendous health benefits including reducing cholesterol as well as stroke and cancer risk.
Exercise as a family can be especially beneficial as it gives family members time together and makes everyone more accountable to sticking with the plan. Dr. Love discusses how much exercise is recommended and offers tips to finding the right program for you and your family.
Dr. Love practices at Ochsner Health Center on Summa Avenue and can be reached at 225-761-5480.