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

Multiple Sclerosis

Jul 3, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Aljoesen Walker about Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Walker is a Neurologist and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Ms. Melissa Montiel about speech disfluency or stuttering in childhood. Melissa is a Speech-Language Pathologist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shane Woolf about common knee conditions and injuries in adults. Dr. Woolf is an Associate Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC.

Epilepsy

Jun 20, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about seizures and epilepsy. Dr. Bonilha is a Neurologist and brain and language researcher at MUSC.

 This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about the benefits of monitoring blood pressure at home for patients with pre-hypertension or hypertension. Dr. Lackland is a Professor in the College of Medicine and Co-Director of the Stroke Research and Education Center at MUSC.

Managing Stress

Jun 13, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about tips and routines to help manage 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. Mark Hamann about research related to natural products and also the development of medicine and treatments from these products found in nature. Dr. Hamann is the Cooper Endowed Chair of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences and Public Health at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about ways to stay physically fit in the older adult years. Dr. Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lucinda Halstead about vocal health for performers, public speakers, teachers and others with extra demands on their vocal chords. 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. Ruth Campbell about nutritional choices designed to help patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease.  Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gayenell Magwood about community-based research underway in South Carolina looking for ways to improve stroke recovery for all African Americans.   Dr .Magwood is a Professor in the College of Nursing and a Nurse Researcher at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gayenell Magwood about community-based research underway in South Carolina looking for ways to improve stroke recovery for all African Americans.   Dr .Magwood is a Professor in the College of Nursing and a Nurse Researcher at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Ms. Rene Garrison about Physical Therapy and also self-care for cancer survivors.  Rene is a Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Ms. Rene Garrison about Physical Therapy and also self-care for cancer survivors.  Rene is a Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at MUSC.

Asthma Treatment

May 22, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr .John Cox about Asthma treatment and essential guidelines for using Asthma medications correctly. Dr. Cox is a Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

Asthma Treatment

May 22, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr .John Cox about Asthma treatment and essential guidelines for using Asthma medications correctly. Dr. Cox is a Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about research exploring the role that the human microbiome plays in good health and in disease.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor and the Vice Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jodie Rush about common knee problems and physical therapy. Dr. Rush is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Physical Therapist at MUSC.

Dr. Laura Carpenter This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about a large, national research study related to Autism, called SPARK (Simmons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge). Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicolas Milano about the benefits of exercise for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Milano is a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC.

Foster Parenting

May 2, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wallis about the important role that foster parents play in the lives of children in foster care. Dr. Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Foster Care Support Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health.

Stroke Disparities

May 1, 2017

Dr. Robert Adams This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Adams about research underway in South Carolina exploring disparities in stroke and stroke recovery. Dr. Adams is a Distinguished University Professor of Neurology and Director of the South Carolina Stroke Center of Economic Excellence at MUSC.

Stroke Disparities

May 1, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Adams about research underway in South Carolina exploring disparities in stroke and stroke recovery.  Dr. Adams is a Distinguished University Professor of Neurology and Director of the South Carolina Stroke Center of Economic Excellence at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about the latest research concerning teens and marijuana.  Dr. Gray is a Professor and also Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lara Wine Lee about sun protection for infants, toddlers and older children.   Dr. Wine Lee is an Assistant Professor and a Pediatric Dermatologist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Teresa Kelechi about research underway to explore a program of foot-fitness exercises for patients with mobility issues. Dr. Kelechi is a Certified Wound Care Nurse and Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alan Diehl about new breakthroughs in biomedicine and cancer treatment.  Dr. Diehl is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Associate Director of Basic Sciences at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dry Eye

Apr 11, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. George Waring about a common eye condition called Dry Eye.  Dr. Waring is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about language problems (Aphasia) following a stroke.  Dr. Bonilha is a Neurologist and brain & language researcher and at MUSC. 

Dietary Supplements

Apr 4, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Bernadette Marriott about multivitamins and other dietary supplements.  Dr. Marriott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at MUSC, and earlier in her career she was the Founding Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.  

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