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

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.

Reflux Disease

Nov 8, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Castell about diagnosis, treatment and research related to reflux disease (or GERD).  Dr. Castell is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Esophageal Disorders Program at MUSC.  

Healthy Aging

Nov 7, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Heather Boger about specific routines and habits that encourage healthy aging for adults 65 years and older.  Dr. Boger is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and Director of the Center on Aging at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Ethier about new research that incorporates Cancer Genomics and Immunotherapy.  Dr Ethier is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Bernadette Marriott about how to best use the new labeling on packaged foods to make healthy food choices.  Dr. Marriott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Director of the Nutrition Section in the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

Ovarian Cancer

Oct 25, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Whitney Graybill about possible early warning signs and the treatment of Ovarian cancer.  Dr. Graybill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at MUSC, whose specialty is gynecological cancers.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Mills about possible complications of the common cold for young children.   Dr. Mills is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hospitalist at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

         This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Joy Lauerer about the education, training and responsibilities of nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric mental health.  Dr. Lauerer is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and she is the lead faculty for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at MUSC.

Gallstones

Oct 17, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Joe Elmunzer about the diagnosis and treatment of gallstones.  Dr. Elmunzer is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Chair for Endoscopic Innovation at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Julie Kanter about Sickle Cell disease and the care needed for children and adults living with this chronic disease.  Dr. Kanter is an Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director of Sickle Cell Disease Research at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. George Waring about a common eye disorder that often begin in the middle adult years.   Dr. Waring is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. George Waring about a common eye disorder that often begin in the middle adult years.   Dr. Waring is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery at MUSC.

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