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. Laura Carpenter
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about helping children with autism spectrum disorder adjust to changes during the pandemic, including creating new routines for kids and tips to help parents. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

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Dr. Aundrea Loftley
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Aundrea Loftley about the importance of managing high blood pressure and diabetes during the pandemic, including virtual visits with care providers to help accomplish this goal.  Dr. Loftley is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Endocrinologist at MUSC. 

Dr. Vanessa Hinson
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about challenges for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during the pandemic, plus updates about research and newly approved medicines for PD patients in 2020. Dr. Hinson is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at MUSC.

Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings about a plan to quit smoking during the pandemic and a look at the many benefits of quitting (plus practical tips to help succeed at quitting). Dr. Cummings is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is involved in research related to tobacco use prevention and smoking cessation at MUSC.

Dr. Michele Hudspeth
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Hudspeth about treating childhood cancer during the coronavirus crisis.   Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and she is the Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about the impact that the pandemic has had upon routine childhood vaccinations.   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.

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Dr. Joshua Smith
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Josh Smith about the increase in risk for developing an alcohol problem during stressful times, and tips for reducing alcohol consumption.  Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and he is the Clinical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

Dr. Christine Holmstedt
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine Holmstedt about the signs of acute stroke, and the decrease in the number of patients seeking evaluation and treatment for possible stroke during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Holmstedt is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of Clinical Stroke Services at MUSC.

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Dr. Anita Ramsetty
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Anita Ramsetty about the free medical care and health screening provided in rural SC during the pandemic through the CARES program.  Dr. Ramsetty is an Assistant Professor based in Family Medicine at MUSC and Director of the CARES program.

Dr. Connie Guille
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Connie Guille about helping pregnant women and new moms manage mental health problems during the pandemic. Dr. Guille is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and OB/GYN, and she is the Director of the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC.

Dr. Lee Lewis
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lee Lewis about helping children manage anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Lewis is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

Dr. Ashley Hink
MUSC

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about reports of increasing rates of domestic violence or intimate partner violence during the pandemic. Dr. Hink is a general, trauma and critical care surgeon at MUSC. 

Dr. Thomas Koch
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about neurofibromatosis and new treatment approved for patients with this neurogenetic disorder.   Dr. Koch is a Pediatric Neurologist and Director of Pediatric Neurology Education at MUSC.

Dr. Besim Ogretmen
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Besim Ogretmen about the development of a clinical research trial to see if T cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can be used to help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover.  Dr. Ogretmen is the Director for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Lipidomics and Pathobiology at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Andrea Rinn
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about practical tips to get a good night’s sleep during stressful times, due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

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