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WTAM Radio,  home of Akron General Health ConnectionAkron General, a trusted source for hospital and healthcare services, offers radio listeners throughout Northeastern Ohio the latest in health and medical information on Akron General Health Connection, heard every Saturday at 7 a.m. on NewsRadio WTAM 1100.

Dr. Debbie Plate, host of Akron General Health ConnectionHosted by Dr. Debbie Plate, the Akron General Health Connection features health experts from Akron General who discuss breaking medical information, tips for healthy living, and the latest information on programs and services offered through Akron General.

Dr. Debbie Plate is a board-certified family physician practicing at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine.

She is a Clinical Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Akron General and her responsibilities include teaching both residents and students. She also serves as the Family Medicine Clerkship Site Director and the Undergraduate Director, and has been appointed as a Full Professor of Family Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Akron General Health ConnectionIn addition to her role as a teacher, Dr. Plate has a private practice at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine and enjoys her role as a caring, primary care physician. She attended the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio and completed her family medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center in 1991.

Her interests include women's heart health, geriatric health, patient and medical education, and teaching students and residents to be well-trained and caring primary care physicians.

Dr. Plate is married with two grown children who are in college. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano, hiking and gardening.

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DateTopicSummaryFor More Information
October 3, 2015Mental HealthDid you know that one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Dr. Plate welcomes psychiatrist Dr. Dustin Blakeslee to talk about some common mental health disorders What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

Dustin Blakeslee, DO

October 10, 2015Breast HealthDid you know that breast cancer kills more women than any other cancer except lung cancer? Dr. Plate talks with breast surgeon Dr. Amanda Mendiola and certified breast health nurse navigator Kathy Lukity about what every woman needs to know about breast cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Breast Health: Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care

What Can I Do if I Am at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Amanda Mendiola, MD

October 17, 2015TeleStrokeEach year in the U.S., nearly 800,000 people have a stroke, making it the number four cause of death. The key to surviving a stroke is to identify early warning signs and obtain immediate medical treatment to minimize damage. Dr. Plate talks with Dr. William Reisinger about a TeleStroke program that is saving lives by connecting rural community hospitals to neurologists at Akron General. What is stroke?

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

TeleStroke program at Lodi Community Hospital

October 24, 2015Vascular DiseaseThe vascular system is in part made up of the pipes that keep your blood flowing throughout your body. If a pipe gets blocked or narrowed, things can go wrong. Dr. Plate welcomes vascular surgeons Dr. Dennis Wright and Dr. Jill Zink to talk about how to keep your blood vessels healthy and free from disease. Vascular Conditions and Diseases

Overview of the Vascular System

Dennis Wright, MD

Jill Zink, MD

October 31, 2015Chemical Dependency and AddictionAccidental drug overdose deaths have increased exponentially in the last decade, both nationally and statewide. In Ohio alone there has been a 366% increase. Dr. Plate welcomes chemical dependency and addiction specialist Dr. Ann DiFrangia to discuss opiate addiction, including heroin and fentanyl, overdose prevention and emergency treatment with naloxone. What is substance abuse/chemical dependence?

Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

DAWN Clinic (Death Avoided with Naloxone) at Edwin Shaw

Ann DiFrangia, DO

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