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Marking 30 years as the region's premiere medical information program...
Call the Doctor
Wednesdays at 7:30pm on WVIA-TV
Thursdays at 10pm on WVIA-TV
Sundays at 4pm on WVIA-TV
Call the Doctor is the regions premiere medical series, with a focus on addressing critical health & wellness needs of our region. Call the Doctor supplies viewers with direct contact, during the broadcasts and after, with available local resources that can help those in need through their difficult and sometimes isolating health journeys.
March 7th - Sleep Disorders: What Keeps You Up At Night?
What are sleep disorders and what causes them? Sleep disorders are a series of conditions that affect a person’s ability to get the required number of hours of sleep on a regular basis. This condition has become increasingly common in the United States with more than seventy five percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 59 having sleeping difficulties.
In some cases, this ailment can be a symptom of a medical or mental health problem that could include difficulty in falling or staying asleep, anxiety, daytime fatigue or a strong desire to take naps during the day. The causes could range from allergies and respiratory problems to chronic pain and nocturia, a disruption of sleep caused by frequent urination. There are different types of sleep disorders that could affect the patient. Insomnia is a condition that refers to the inability of falling or remaining asleep and can be caused by jet lag, stress, hormones or digestive problems. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes the body to take in less oxygen and allows pauses in breathing while asleep. Narcolepsy can be described as having sleep attacks that occur during the day when a person will suddenly feel extremely tired and fall asleep without warning. This condition can cause sleep paralysis and is often associated with neurological disorders.
March 14th - Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis
Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves they connect. There are more than 600 diseases of the nervous system, two of which are Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis. Approximately 400,000 Americans, mostly young adults, suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic, autoimmune disease which affects the central nervous system that includes the spine, optic nerve and brain. Symptoms for this condition depend on which nerve fiber is damaged. Injury to the cerebellum portion of the brain could cause imbalance and a lack of coordination. If nerve fibers to the bladder are affected, urinary incontinence may result. There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis, however, patients can lead an active life for many years by making lifestyle adjustments that includes a regular exercise program along with walking, swimming or riding a stationary bike.
Myasthenia Gravis is also an autoimmune disease that causes weakness in a person’s voluntary muscle that they control such as eye movement, facial expression and breathing. The disorder can become life threatening when the muscles that control breathing become to weak to do their job. There are a variety of treatments that doctors can apply to relieve symptoms of this disease that include corticosteroids or immunosuppressant’s.
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Meet the Team
Paola Giangiacomo is a multiple award winning journalist and a 20-year veteran of Broadcast Journalism. Giangiacomo got her start at KMCT in Monroe, Louisiana where she became a weeknight Anchor. She later moved to Anchor/Reporter positions at WBKB in Alpena, Michigan, WWCP/WATM in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and then on to WNEP in Moosic, Pennsylvania where she reported, anchored and produced for nearly 13 years. Giangiacomo holds a B.A. in Broadcast - Cable Communications from Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
In addition to being seen on WVIA’s upcoming season of Call the Doctor, Paola can be heard delivering news on FOX News Headlines 24/7 on SIRIUSXM Channel 115.