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

Cesarean Delivery

Jun 26, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Krista Wagoner about cesarean delivery and efforts to reduce the number of unnecessary C-section deliveries.  Dr. Wagoner is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and she is an OB/GYN at MUSC Women’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alan Diehl about research and recent discoveries related to biomedicine and cancer. Dr. Diehl is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Associate Director of Basic Sciences at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about how the human brain processes language and produces speech. Dr. Bonilha is a neurologist, epilepsy specialist and brain and language researcher at MUSC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Periodontal Disease

Mar 26, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Joe Krayer about preventing and treating periodontal disease.  Dr. Krayer is a Professor in the College of Dental Medicine and Director of the Periodontics Residency Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sharlene Wedin about coping with chronic illness. Dr. Wedin is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

Influenza Research

Mar 19, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Paula Traktman about research related to the influenza virus.  Dr. Traktman is the Hirschmann Endowed Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Immunology and she is the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC.

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