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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mae Millicent Peterseim about research and new treatment for one type of inherited childhood retinal disease.  Dr. Peterseim is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and she is the Pratt Chair for International Ophthalmology at Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.

Eleanor Grayson is examined with a telehealth machine in her home at The Village at Summerville.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 South Carolinians lived in nursing homes in 2015.

Some nursing home residents can still be mostly independent, while others require constant care. Dr. Russ Blackwelder, the associate medical director at The Village at Summerville, says his patients will do better if they stay in their home environment and avoid the hospital whenever they can.

But the doctor can’t be at the facility 24/7, and for years that meant automatic hospital trips for patients that needed to be seen.

Liberia, South Carolina - An African American Appalachian Community.
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June is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  The mental health problem can develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. For members of the military, PTSD can develop because of combat and missions where soldiers were exposed to horrible and life-threatening experiences. According to the health clinic at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, 22,000 veterans are seen for mental services in general, many of them are referred for PTSD therapy.

Statewide Telehealth Summit Attracts Major Players in Healthcare Industry

Jun 12, 2018
The 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina.
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Each year, Palmetto Care Connections hosts an Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina. 

2018 marks the sixth annual summit. The summit brings together providers, payers, and policy makers. During the summit, major players in healthcare recognize wins and discuss telehealth on both a national and local level.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lee Lewis about anxiety in childhood and anxiety disorders.   Dr. Lewis is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chrystal Paulos about cancer research related to adoptive cell transfer immunotherapy. Dr. Paulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and she is the Endowed Peng Chair in the Department of Dermatology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tim Lyons about important discoveries related to diabetes from the past thirty years of research.  Dr. Lyons holds the John A Colwell Endowed Chair of Diabetes Research and he’s the Director of the Division of Endocrinology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about the potential misuse and diversion of ADHD prescription medicine during the teenage years. Dr. Gray is a Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gretchen Seif about routines, exercise and therapy to help manage arthritis on a daily basis.  Dr. Seif is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions at MUSC.

Alcohol Cravings

May 28, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about dealing with alcohol craving, when trying to quit or reduce alcohol consumption. Dr. Anton holds the Thurmond Wellness Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is the Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.

Rare Diseases

May 22, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Charlie Strange about rare diseases and also research underway related to rare diseases. Dr. Strange is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert about lifestyle behaviors that can help address some health disparities.  Dr. Hughes-Halbert is the Smart-State Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity at MUSC and she was recently elected into the National Academy of Medicine.

Research about Viruses

May 15, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Paula Traktman about research related to viruses, and how research helps design new therapies.   Dr. Traktman is the Hirschmann Endowed Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Immunology. She is also the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Turner about research related to Advanced Glycation End Products (or AGEs) and diseases that often develop in the older adult years. Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MUSC.

Drew Wynne at a party.  He died while using a paint stripper containing methylene chloride at his business.
Wynne family

His voice sounds excited, yet hesitant.  Brian Wynne has just learned the Environmental Protection Agency will take action on a proposed ban from the Obama administration that would keep a potentially deadly chemical from being used in paint strippers commonly found on store shelves.  He met with the EPA chief two days ago, sharing the story of his younger brother from Charleston who died after being exposed to that very chemical, methylene chloride.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Book about treatment for two problems related to opioids: physical dependence on opioids and opioid use disorder.  Dr. Book is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Division of Addiction Sciences at MUSC.

Cancer Research

May 7, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gustavo Leone about noteworthy developments in cancer research in recent years.  Dr. Leone holds the DeWolff Endowed Chair in Medical Oncology and he is the Director of Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicolas Milano about preserving and protecting our memory as we get older.   Dr. Milano is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Amy Martin about the connection between oral health and general health.  Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor in the College of Dental Medicine and Director of the Division of Population Oral Health at MUSC.

The Williamsburg Regional Hospital's building in Kingstree was irreparably damaged during the 2015 floods.
Laura Hunsberger

For more than a year, the Williamsburg Regional Hospital has been serving patients from a temporary facility located right next to their old building. The hospital was damaged beyond repair during the thousand-year floods. Eventually, the hospital determined that they had to move out of the old building.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marian Dale about specific exercise routines that can help patients who have Parkinson’s disease.   Dr. Dale is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Neurologist in the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about the diagnosis and treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome during childhood. Dr. Koch is a Professor and the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rebecka Fulmer about preventing falls in the older adult years. Dr. Fulmer is a Physical Therapist in the Department of Outpatient Physical Therapy at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ramin Eskandari about using 3D printing in the planning stage for pediatric neurosurgeries.  Dr. Eskandari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at MUSC.

HPV & Throat Cancer

Apr 10, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Terry Day about throat cancer related to HPV (human papillomavirus).  Dr. Day is the founder of the Oral, Head, Neck Cancer Awareness Week that was started in 1998, and he is the Wellin Endowed Chair for Head and Neck Surgery at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

 The cost of raising a child to the age of 17 has been estimated to be about $234,000.  But that figure can easily quadruple for children with special needs.  Donald Bailey knows.  He is a special needs advocate and author whose grown son has autism.   He urges families with special needs members to make a plan for caring for that individual because, as it did with him, the question will eventually come around: what will happen when mom and dad (or other family) are no longer around to care for him/her? 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Barbara Head about pregnancy and childbirth after age of 35.  Dr. Head is an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at MUSC Women’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tim Lyons about the small, but mighty thyroid gland and also thyroid disorders.  Dr. Lyons is the John A. Colwell Endowed Chair of Diabetes Research and he is the Director of the Division of Endocrinology at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about the impact of domestic violence upon the health and mental health of those in abusive relationships. Dr. Rheingold is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and she is the Associate Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Program at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Connie Guille about research related to depression during medical education and medical training.   Dr. Guille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC and she was the lead researcher on this study.

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