Health Focus

  Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina will be featured weekly in a series of radio interviews on South Carolina Public Radio called Health Focus.  

Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner will host this series of health and medical features, covering a wide array of topics.   

Bobbi Conner has been producing and hosting public radio programs for over 30 years.  She was the longtime host of the national Parents Journal public radio program. Conner has lived in the Charleston area for over twenty years.  The MUSC professionals interviewed in this radio series are top experts and researchers in their field. Listeners will hear about the latest medical advances and new treatments on a broad range of topics; from diabetes, to childhood cancer treatments; from Autism research; to lifestyle changes to promote a healthy heart.   The Health Focus features air weekdays throughout the day.

Ways to Connect

Mindfulness

Jan 16, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about Mindfulness—an approach to improve psychological wellbeing and reduce stress.  Dr. Rheingold is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Basco about keeping children and teen safe from opioids in the home.  Dr. Basco is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Health.

Pneumonia

Jan 9, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lynn Schnapp about signs, symptoms and treatment of pneumonia.  Dr. Schnapp is a Professor and Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Dean Kilpatrick about the new Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, which is being created to provide services and resources for people affected by mass violence. Dr. Kilpatrick is the Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Patrick O’Neil about healthy weight management and tips to lose excess weight.  Dr. O’Neil is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Weight Management Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine Holmstedt about the signs and symptoms of stroke and why prompt treatment is essential. Dr. Holmstedt is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Tele-Neuroscience at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Lewin about research related to In-Vivo Microscopy—a new technology that allows physicians and researchers to look at living tissue, at a microscopic level.  Dr. David Lewin, is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Freedy about including mental health and behavioral health issues during a primary care visit.  Dr. Freedy is a Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Science Curriculum for the Family Medicine Residency Program at MUSC.

The Amazing Liver

Dec 19, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Rockey about the essential functions of the liver, and the supporting role it plays for other organs in the body.  Dr. Don Rockey is a Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Maria Riva about night terrors and nightmares in childhood and what parents can do to help.  Dr. Maria Riva is a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist at MUSC Children’s Health.

The Science of Sleep

Dec 12, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about the latest understanding of sleep, and why it is so essential for good health.  Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Medical Director of the Sleep Lab at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael De Arellano about training teachers and helping children in Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  Dr. De Arellano is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he serves on the faculty at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Basco about children and influenza.  Dr. Basco is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about new discoveries related to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Hinson is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lucinda Halstead about vocal health, and being alert to vocal changes that may need medical evaluation.  Dr. Halstead is an Ear, Nose and Throat Physician and the Medical Director of the Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Russell Blackwelder about the prevention and treatment of frailty in older adults.  Dr. Blackwelder is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Geriatric Education for the Department of Family Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David White about diagnosing and treating ear infections (and chronic ear infections) in children.   Dr. White is a Professor in the College of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Program at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jackie Kraveka about the latest developments in treating childhood cancer.  Dr. Kraveka is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at MUSC Children’s Health.

Rotator Cuff Disorders

Nov 14, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shane Woolf about rotator cuff injuries—one of the most common types of shoulder injuries.  Dr. Woolf is an Associate Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela Choi about healthy eating and essential nutrition during pregnancy.  Dr. Choi is an Assistant Professor and Obstetrician and Gynecologist at MUSC Women’s Health. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alec DeCastro about the signs, symptoms and treatment of concussion in children and teens.  Dr. DeCastro is an Assistant Professor and the Chief of Primary Care Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about medical testing that helps identify which cancer patients are likely to benefit from current immunotherapy treatments. Dr. Wrangle is an Oncologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Vena about MUSC’s participation in a large National Institutes of Health Initiative—called ECHO—which is studying environmental influences on the health of children.  Dr. Vena is a Professor and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at MUSC.

Sickle Cell Research

Oct 30, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Julie Kanter about several new therapies being developed to improve treatment for Sickle Cell Disease.  Dr. Kanter is an Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director of Sickle Cell Disease Research at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Duncan about his research to find cures for rare childhood diseases.  Dr. Duncan is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Clarissa Clemmens about the signs, symptoms and treatment of Strep Throat in children and teens.  Dr. Clemmens is a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Bunt about the health benefits of regular exercise and a Prescription for Exercise for patients from their primary care provider.  Dr. Bunt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jeffrey Winterfield about research related to Complex Arrhythmias or abnormal heart beats.  Dr. Winterfield is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Director of the   Ventricular Arrhythmia Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Satish Nadig about research underway at MUSC to develop new treatments with less side effects for patients who receive organ transplantation.  Dr. Nadig is an Adult and Pediatric, Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon and Co-Director of the Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Lab at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nancy DeMore about breast cancer screening recommendations for women, including women at average risk and increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Dr. DeMore is a Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Breast Center at MUSC.

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