Patient Education

Family Health RadioFamily Health Radio

Family Health was produced at the WOUB Center for Public Media with support from the Osteopathic communit for 30 years and went off the air in July 2012.  The series reached 11 million listeners on more than 250 domestic stations and an international audience in about 180 nations via the American Forces Network Radio.

The program's format consists of simple and effective- daily segments of two and a half minutes, with practical, easy-to-understand answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about health and health care.  The host, Harold C. Thompson III, D.O., assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, also included timely, practical, and consumer-orientated information about how to evaluate health information on the internet. Family Health Radio was supported in part by the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

Listen to the two and half minute programs by clicking on the titles.

Health literacy

Going to the emergency department

First aid kits

Eat more fruits and veggies


Kidney diseases

Hookahs and water-pipes

Recovery month

Picking a nursing facility

The damage from one hit of cocaine

Doctor patient relationship

Double jointed

Radon gas

Special needs of a diabetic athlete



Eating out while on a diet

Diet soda and stroke

Cholesterol lowering foods

Recycling household waste

The proper amount of water to consume

B vitamins explained

Treating burns

Top calorie burning workouts

Eye exams

Child abuse prevention month

Foot problems

A healthy weight for your child

Cooking oils

Family fitness

Retirement and health


Chocolate myths

ACL injury

Reye's Syndrome

Chronic pain

Epileptic seizures

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Skin moles

Laptop computer posture

Strep throat

Cancer survivor

Tennis and Racquetball

World AIDS Day

West Nile Virus

Great American Smoke-Out

Is soy a complete protein


What ingredients make cigarettes harmful

Age's effect on muscles

Communicating with your doctor

What causes fainting

Best way to treat sunburn

Is your doctor an M.D. or a D.O.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Boosting your energy

Medicine cabinet

Taking medications on schedule

Keeping your mind sharp through exercise

Junk Food Addiction

Cold cuts?

Are jams and jellies unhealthy?

Fat-burning tips

Head lice

Reduce your chance of heart disease

Yellow Ribbon Week

What can you expect from an osteopathic doctor

Children and exercise

Environmental and disease calculator

Dark circles under your eyes


Weight lifting seniors

Sinus surgery

Men and osteoporosis

Food myths

Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes

Healthy senior lifestyle

Care provider information

Quality doctor's visits

Participating in medical research projects

Jet lag

A family history of colon cancer


Shopping for a cane

Siestas (Naps)

Systolic blood pressure

Hearing loss

Preventing teenage suicides

Black eyes

Is coffee good or bad for your health?

Fiber in your diet

Sleep apnea and memory

Motivating yourself to exercise

Heart disease and anxious - depressed people

Improper exercise

Degenerative disk disease

Panic attacks

Eating too much sugar

Average health IQ

How can exercise help you burn off fat

Are baby walkers dangerous

How can you prevent kidney stones

Relieve the strain of a long trip

Who needs a nutrition counselor

Can you ever be too old to exercise

Treat mild to moderate dehydration

Health problems facing teenagers

Older drivers on the road

Stopping excessive burping

More Resources and Information

It's Never too Early to Start Your End-of-Life Planning

by John C. Wolf, DO

The natural consequence of being born is death. Most of us will have at least some advanced warning before we die from diseases such as heart disease or cancer. Some of us will die suddenly and unexpectedly. It's never too early to start end of life planning.

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Bringing Cultural and Spiritual Sensitivity to End-of-Life Care

The ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity that gives America its own unique background is also adding a new dimension to the special needs that healthcare practitioners must address when providing end-of-life care to members of these different communities.

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Managing Pain Effectively to Assure Quality of Life at End of Life

Effectively managing the physical pain associated with terminal illness does not extend a dying person's life. However, lessening that pain can enhance the quality of life at the end of life by enabling people to coherently discuss a child's future, put their affairs in order, or perhaps even visit a special place one last time.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Pain

OMT is effective as an adjunctive therapy to help control and ease somatic pain that many people suffer from during the final stages of life. Somatic pain includes that of the muscles, skin, bone, and other soft tissues.

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Osteopathic Medicine and End-of-Life Care

As the average life expectancy in the US increases and the number of older Americans continues to rise, more and more adults, their families, and healthcare professionals are addressing the many issues and decisions surrounding "end-of-life" care and support.

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Selecting and Financing End-of-Life Care Programs

Typically, hospice care at the end of life is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance companies, and managed care organizations. Community contributions, memorial donations, and other gifts often make free care possible for patients without sufficient funds, and some programs charge patients according to their ability to pay.

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A Message from Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) . . .

Hospice Care Enhances Dignity and Peace As Life Nears Its End

Hospice care, a fully reimbursable Medicare Part A benefits option for beneficiaries and providers since 1983, offers the services designed to address the physical and emotional pain through effective palliative treatment when cure is not possible.

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