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. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo about strategies to reduce workplace stress.   Dr. Orengo-Aguayo is an Assistant Professor and bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center at MUSC.

Kids and Influenza

Oct 8, 2018
Dr. Elizabeth Mack
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about protecting children from influenza.  Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Edward Wilson
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward Wilson about vision screening for infants starting at twelve months and throughout childhood. Dr. Wilson is the Miles Endowed Chair at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC and he is the Chair of the Children’s Eye Foundation Board.

Dr. Jennifer Harper
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jennifer Harper about a fitness and wellness program for breast cancer survivors.  Dr. Harper is a radiation oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center and she is also the founder of the Survivors Fit Club at MUSC.  

Dr. Shean Aujla
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shean Aujla about managing asthma in children and also new treatments for children with severe asthma.  Dr. Aujla is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and she is the Director of Pediatric Pulmonology at MUSC Children’s Health.

Dr. Christopher Cowan
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Cowan about research underway to better understand the genetic component of autism spectrum disorder.  Dr. Cowan is a Professor and he holds the William E. Murray SmartState Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of autism in childhood. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

Capsule Endoscopy

Sep 18, 2018
Dr. Andrew Brock
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrew Brock about capsule endoscopy, and how it is used to help diagnose diseases of the small intestine. Dr. Brock is a Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Teresa Kelechi about research underway to develop self-pain management interventions.   Dr. Kelechi is a Professor and the Co-Director of the Symptom Self-Management Center at the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about the latest guidelines related to the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure.  Dr. Lackland is a Professor in the College of Medicine and Director of the Stroke Research and Education Center at MUSC.

Dr. Terry Dixon, MUSC
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 This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Terry Dixon about hand, foot and mouth disease; a common childhood illness, that usually occurs in the summer or early fall.  Dr. Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and he’s a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rochelle Hanson about what parents can do to help their children cope after a national tragedy or acts of violence in the world.  Dr. Hanson is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and she is the Director of the Family and Child Program at the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about autism spectrum disorder in the adolescent years. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Duncan about 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.

Suicide Prevention

Aug 21, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tracy Stecker about help and treatment available for people who suffer from suicidal thoughts. Dr. Stecker is a Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mark Rubinstein about cancer immunotherapy research related to advanced lung cancer.  Dr. Rubinstein is a Cancer Immunologist at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sudie Back about treatment available for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.  Dr. Back is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Drug Abuse Research Training Program at MUSC, and she is a staff psychologist at the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about coping with grief and the importance of staying connected with friends and family.   Dr. Rheingold is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and she is Director of Clinical Operations of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about teens increasing use of electronic-cigarettes. 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. Keith Borg about keeping children and teens safe around water.  Dr. Borg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and he is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about how the human brain processes, stores and retrieves memories.  Dr. Bonilha is a Neurologist, epilepsy specialist and brain and language researcher at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stacey Maurer about the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. Dr. Maurer is a Clinical Psychologist and she is the Psychosocial Services Coordinator at Hollings Cancer center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about the dangers of mixing alcohol with certain common medications.  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.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Candi Jump about essential nutrition needed for a baby’s brain development. Dr. Jump is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and she runs the Premature Infant Nutrition-Follow-Up Program at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about the benefits and also precautions of exercise during pregnancy. Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Book about treatment for people who have developed an 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.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Turner about new approaches to treating acute stroke.   Dr. Turner is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neuroscience at MUSC.

Teen Depression

Jul 9, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wallis about teen depression. Dr.  Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tracy Stecker about suicide prevention and related resources for veterans.  Dr. Stecker is a psychologist and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about immunotherapy research underway, involving patients with non-small cell lung cancer.  Dr. Wrangle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology and he’s an Oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. 

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