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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.

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

Jul 25, 2018
Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber consults with a patient through telehealth at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County.
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A new law that went into effect July 1 drastically changed the way advanced practice nurses can provide care in South Carolina.

Senate Bill 345, which Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law earlier this year, eliminated the 45-mile limit for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to provide care. Prior to the new law, APRNs had to be within a 45-mile radius of a supervising physician in order to practice.

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.

After-School Nutrition Program Reaches Rural Communities

Jul 18, 2018
Students at Hopkins Elementary School gather for after-school nutrition class taught by DHEC nutrition educators through telehealth.
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Dozens of students participate in an after-school program at Hopkins Elementary School in rural Richland County. After most of their classmates have gone home for the day, these kids go to the library. Plates, pasta shells, and measuring cups are scattered across the tables. And they’re focused on the TV.

USC sleep specialist Dr. Antoinette Rutherford says there's a cure for everyone who snores - it's just a matter of finding the right method for each individual.
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Snoring can ruin the sleep of millions of South Carolinians, and it doesn’t do the snorer any good, either.  Sleep expert Dr. Robert Puchalski says vibrations in the throat cause snoring, and by the passing of air through a tight space in the upper airway, in the way that wind instruments create sound.  At least half of people snore, according to USC sleep specialist Dr.

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.

Residents in Masindi, Uganda.
Photo provided by OneWorld Health

Most of us who live in the United States have the ability to access some type of medical service. Hopefully, we wouldn’t be faced with the task of walking over 120 miles to receive care. For some people though, that is the only option. In Masindi, Uganda, if you don’t have transportation and have a medical emergency, you may never make it to the clinic in time much less be able to afford the services.

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.

Electronic Medical Records Critical for Telehealth

Jul 16, 2018
Michael Haschker leads discussion around new telehealth equipment at the sixth annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina in Columbia.
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As technology changes the way patients and health care providers see each other, it’s also changing how our doctors document our health records.

More practices in South Carolina are using telehealth equipment, allowing clinicians to connect to patients through video. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance’s Michael Haschker says integrating an electronic medical records system into that equipment is crucial for the success of any telehealth program.

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.

Narrative: "I Could See Through My Hands"

Jul 9, 2018
Dean Byrd and Willard Byrd, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voice of our time. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Dean Byrd talked with his father Willard Byrd, a veteran of the Korean War. Willard had a unique role with the army. He was stationed in the Marshall Islands, where he worked as a machinist. He was also witness to something few people have seen. Here, Dean Byrd asks his dad to tell the story of seeing the first test of a Hydrogen Bomb, known as Ivy Mike, on November 1, 1952.

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.

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

Jul 2, 2018
An EMS and DMH Mobile Crisis Telepsychiatry vehicle.
Julia Shillinglaw

Seconds count when it comes to a suicidal patient and getting them to the care they need. EMS personnel often find themselves dealing with mental health patients. Because they do not have psychiatry expertise, EMS often has to transport these patients to the ER where they will sit until they can get a correct diagnosis. However, this could take hours and leads to the emergency vehicles being tied up while they may be needed for more urgent needs in their county.

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. 

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.

Narrative: The Big Red Barn Offers Help for Veterans Dealing with PTSD

Jun 20, 2018
As co-facilitators at The Big Red Barn in Aiken, Dan Stover and Sheldon Bullock help provide services for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Thelisha Eaddy

This edition of Narrative features an interview with veterans Dan Stover and Sheldon Bullock. Stover served in the Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Bullock served in the Army during the First Gulf War in Iraq. As co-facilitators at The Big Red Barn in Blythewood, they help provide services for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a conversation recorded by South Carolina Public Radio, they discuss how PTSD has affected them personally, especially as they had to confront misconceptions about the disorder.

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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.

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

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