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.

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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.

Pulmonary Emphysema

Mar 13, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Charlie Strange about the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary emphysema.  Dr. Strange is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at MUSC.

The Opioid Epidemic

Mar 12, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kathleen Brady about the opioid epidemic.  Dr. Brady is a Distinguished University Professor and Vice President for Research at MUSC, and she is the Director of the SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Vitamin D & Pregnancy

Mar 6, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about research related to Vitamin D 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. Dee Ford about complications from the flu during this year’s flu season. Dr. Ford is a Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director for the Medical Intensive Care Unit and for the ICU Outreach Program at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about myths and misconceptions about common childhood illnesses. Dr. Mack is a Pediatric Critical Care Physician at MUSC Children’s Health and she is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lupus

Feb 27, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gary Gilkeson about diagnosis, treatment and research related to Lupus.  Dr. Gilkeson is a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Lewin about the role that pathology tests play in cancer diagnosis and in determining treatment.  Dr. Lewin is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at MUSC.

Vascular Dementia

Feb 19, 2018
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicolas Milano about Vascular Dementia—which is the second most common cause of dementia in people over age 65—after Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Milano is a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC.

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Keith Borg about injury prevention during childhood.  Dr. Borg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and a Pediatric Emergency Physician at MUSC Children’s Health.

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to improve sleep. Dr. Rinn is a Physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and she is the Medical Director of the Sleep Lab at MUSC. 

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Army Martin about teaching children to practice good oral hygiene habits and preventing dental problems in childhood.  Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor in the College of Dental Medicine and the Director of the Division of Population Oral Health at MUSC.

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ray Turner about the positive benefits that a routine of moderate exercise has on the human brain and learning. Dr. Turner is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neuroscience at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about preconception planning to help reduce pregnancy risks and complications for women with pre-existing medical conditions.  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. Stephen Duncan about Stem Cell research.  Dr. Duncan is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about keeping children and teens safe from guns stored in the family home.  Dr. Hink is a Chief General Surgery Resident at MUSC and she is a member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma—working specifically on strategies to help reduce firearm injuries and death. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Bunt about primary care, with a focus on prevention. Dr. Bunt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

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