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

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr.Teresa Kelechi about research underway to explore a home-based, prevention and treatment plan for patients with recurring foot and leg ulcers. Dr. Kelechi is a certified wound care nurse and Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

Sarcoidosis

Feb 20, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ennis James about the diagnosis and research related to Sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease of unknown cause).  Dr. Ennis James is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician and the Clinical Director of the Susan Pearlstine Sarcoidosis Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Heather Boger about a training and education program for medical students, emphasizing caring for older adults (65+).  Dr. Boger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Senior Mentor Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Peter Kalivas about research related to brain changes in addicted teens that undermine the ability to quit drugs and alcohol. Dr. Kalivas is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John McGillicuddy about research underway, studying the effectiveness of mobile technology to help patients with strict medication routine following transplant.  Dr. McGillicuddy is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Susan King about why adolescents are vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction, and what parents can do to help prevent addiction.  Ms. King is a Clinical Instructor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.  

Fatty Liver Disease

Jan 31, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Rockey about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Dr. Rockey is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nancy Moore about new surgical techniques being used in breast cancer treatment. Dr. Nancy Demore is a Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Breast Center at MUSC.  

Acute Pancreatitis

Jan 24, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gregory Cote about acute pancreatitis.  Dr. Cote is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Harris Sone about maintaining strong bones in the older adult years.  Dr. Slone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and a Sports Medicine physician at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Curry about the positive role that microorganisms in our body can play in our health. Dr. Curry is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at MUSC.

Eczema in Childhood

Jan 16, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lara Wine Lee about Eczema during childhood.  Dr. Wine Lee is an Assistant Professor and also the Director of Pediatric Dermatology at MUSC Children’s Health.  

Teens and Tobacco

Jan 10, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about the health problems caused by teen tobacco use and tips for parents to help educate teens about these issues.  Dr. Gray is a Professor and also the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Puja Sukhwani Elias about specific lifestyle and dietary changes that can help reduce reflux disease symptoms.  Dr. Elias is an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shane Woolf about tips to begin a regular routine of exercise to promote better health in the adult years. Dr. Woolf is an Associate Professor and the Chief of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Janech about nature-inspired research related to kidney function and kidney injury.  Dr. Janech is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Director of the Nephrology Proteomics Laboratory at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lindsay Squeglia about teen alcohol use and the adolescent brain and development.  Dr. Squeglia is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward Wilson about keeping children safe from eye injuries in the home.  Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Susan Wilcox about what goes on when a critical care patient needs to be transported for specialized treatment or evaluation. Dr. Wilcox is the Medical Director for Emergency Teams at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Vena about the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes research underway to better understand environmental factors that affect child health.  Dr. Vena is a Professor and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Public Health Science at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Cox about what’s new regarding research and treatment for Asthma.  Dr. Cox is a Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Allergy at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about plans underway in South Carolina to make hospitals more baby-friendly.  Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC Children’s Health. 

Sepsis

Dec 6, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Dee Ford about sepsis—a serious illness that happens when a person has an overwhelming immune response to an infection. Dr. Ford is a Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about the vital role that folate (or folic acid) can play in preventing certain birth defects.  Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chris Gregory about research showing the benefits of physical exercise to help reduce depression for stroke-recovery patients.  Dr. Gregory is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and Research and the Division of Physical Therapy at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chanita Hughes Halbert about prostate cancer disparities in S.C. and the U.S.   Dr. Hughes Halbert is the Smart-State Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

Ulcers

Nov 22, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrew Brock about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ulcers.  Dr. Brock is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.

Uterine Cancer

Nov 21, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Creasman about the diagnosis and treatment of uterine cancer. Dr. Creasman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of OB/GYN, whose specialty is gynecological cancers at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold      about a specific talk-therapy approach (called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) that is effective in helping people with anxiety disorders.  Dr. Rheingold is a Clinical Psychologist, 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. Ron Acierno about research based in South Carolina that explores elder mistreatment across the U.S.   Dr. Acierno is directing this elder mistreatment research and he is also the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

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