Health Focus

 Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina are featured weekly on Health Focus. Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner hosts 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.

Dr. Christopher Pelic
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Pelic about the availability and use of tele-mental health services and therapy during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Pelic is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Medical Director of Telepsychiatry at MUSC.

Dr. Jennifer Dahne
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jennifer Dahne about the development of mobile apps to help with smoking cessation. Dr. Dahne is an Assistant Professor in the Addiction Sciences Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and she’s a research member of Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Aundrea Loftley
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Aundrea Loftley about a healthy lifestyle to help prevent stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart disease in women.  Dr. Loftley is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Endocrinologist at MUSC.

Dr. Christine San Giovanni
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine San Giovanni about the health and wellness benefits of Yoga for children and teens.  Dr. San Giovanni is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about making physical activity and active playtime a healthy way of life for children.  Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Brenda Hoffman about colon cancer screening options during the pandemic, and why early detection and treatment of colon cancer is important.  Dr. Hoffman is the Chief of the Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence of Digestive Health, Endocrinology and Metabolism at MUSC.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about recommendations for children two years of age and older, to wear face coverings (or masks) under certain scenarios during the pandemic.  Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Health Literacy during the Pandemic

Aug 31, 2020
Dr. Marvella Ford
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marvella Ford about how to stay informed and make good health decisions during the pandemic.   Dr. Ford is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and she’s the Associate Director of the Populations Sciences and Cancer Disparities Program at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.  

Dr. Andrea Rinn
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about practical tips to get a good night’s sleep during stressful times.  Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC. 

Dr. Thomas Koch
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about headaches (including migraines and stress headaches) in children and teens.   Dr. Koch is a Pediatric Neurologist and Director of Pediatric Neurology Education at MUSC. 

Dr. Wendy Balliet
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Wendy Balliet about coping with caution fatigue as the coronavirus crisis continues. Dr. Balliet is a psychologist who works with patients who have chronic health problems through the Division of Bio-behavioral Medicine and Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Mark Newbrough
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mark Newbrough about the problem of social isolation in older adults during the pandemic. Dr. Newbrough is an Associate Professor of Geriatric medicine and the Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program MUSC.

Dr. Erika Blank
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Erika Blank about walking for fitness and to promote good health and wellbeing during the pandemic.  Dr. Blank is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and she’s a primary care physician specializing in Lifestyle Medicine at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

Dr. Eric Meissner
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Eric Meissner about research related to COVID-19 antibody testing involving a group of health care workers in South Carolina.   Dr. Meissner is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and he’s the Principal Investigator on this COVID-19 antibody testing study at MUSC.

Dr. David Mahvi
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Mahvi about extra protection and health concerns for cancer patients during the pandemic.  Dr. Mahvi is the Chief of Oncology at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. 

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