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Health Connection on WTAM 1100
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WTAM Radio,  home of Akron General Health ConnectionCleveland Clinic Akron General, a trusted source for hospital and healthcare services, offers radio listeners throughout Northeastern Ohio the latest in health and medical information on Cleveland Clinic 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 Cleveland Clinic 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.

In 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
Sept. 24, 2016LIVE at the Akron MarathonIt may not be as trendy as yoga or CrossFit, but running is still a great aerobic workout to burn fat and reduce stress. Join Dr. Plate and Dr. Brown as we are live at the First Energy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay. We’ll talk with special guests about the health benefits of running and how to safely train for a marathon. How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Oct. 1, 2016Mental 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

Oct. 8, 2016Mind-Body Medicine for HealingWorry, anxiety and stress can be more than distractions. Constantly replaying in your mind daily problems and fears can affect your mental and physical health. Dr. Plate talks with Cleveland Clinic behavior health specialist Jane Pernetto Ehrman about how using guided imagery, relaxation and meditation can help patients sleep better, use less pain medication, approach surgery and other procedures more comfortably, recover and heal faster. Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine

The Power of Meditation

What is imagery?

Oct. 15, 2016Cancer SupportHe’s the most recognized male figure skating star in the world. He has won 70 titles, awards and honors and is a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Join Dr. Plate as she welcomes Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton about how he turned his experience with testicular cancer and then a benign brain tumor into an opportunity to help others. Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute

An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends

Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation

4th Angel Patient & Caregiver Mentoring Program

Oct. 22, 2016Vascular 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 talks with vascular surgeon Dr. Dennis Wright about how to keep your blood vessels healthy and free from disease. Vascular Conditions and Diseases

Overview of the Vascular System

Dennis Wright, MD

Oct. 29, 2016Breast CancerWith 230,000-plus new cases of breast cancer per year in the United States, there is a good chance someone in your family has been affected by this disease. Dr. Plate talks with the Director of Medical Breast Services at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Holly Pederson, about breast cancer genetics, heredity and high-risk management. About Breast Cancer

Busting Myths About Your Genes and Breast Cancer

Holly Pederson, MD

Nov. 5, 2016Recovery After SurgeryOne of the first questions you may ask your doctor after surgery is, “How soon can I go home?” Dr. Plate talks with general surgeon Dr. Mark Horattas and Kelly Bahr, RN about a new treatment program at Akron General that is helping patients recover from surgery faster, have fewer complications, have less pain and return home from the hospital sooner. Mark Horattas, MD

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Nov. 12, 2016Radiation TherapyRadiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. At some point during their treatment, approximately one-half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy. Dr. Plate talks with radiation oncologist Dr. Susan Hong about some of the types of radiation therapy available, treatment plans and some of the common side effects. Radiation Therapy at Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Institute

Susan Hong, MD

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