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. Stacy Blecher
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stacy Blecher about the health problems associated with chronic inflammation, and lifestyle changes to help prevent this condition.  Dr. Blecher is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, and she is a Hospitalist at MUSC.

Dr. Besim Ogretmen
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Besim Ogretmen about research related to chronic stress and cancer, and why efforts to reduce stress might be especially beneficial for cancer patients and cancer survivors.   Dr. Ogretmen leads the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Research Program at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Tracy Smith
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tracy Smith about the health risks and challenges related to adolescent tobacco use.  Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and she’s a Research Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Hollings Cancer Center.

Tenelle Jones
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Tenelle Jones about the positive impact that self-compassion can have on our emotional well-being, especially during stressful times. Tenelle Jones is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and she works as the Clinician for MUSC’s COVID-19 Resiliency Center.

Dr. Henry Lemon
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Henry Lemon about the importance of reading aloud to children in the first three years of life, and how this daily routine impacts a child’s development.  Dr. Lemon is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Care Network at MUSC Children’s Health. 

Dr. Michael Schmidt
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about the Messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines (mRNA); how they work and provide protection.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.  

Dr. Patrick O'Neil
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Patrick O’Neil about the transition to telehealth or virtual approaches to help individuals with weight management during the pandemic. Dr. O’Neil is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Weight Management Center at MUSC.  

Hepatitis C

Feb 1, 2021
Dr. Eric Meissner
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Eric Meissner about what causes Hepatitis C, who’s at risk, and effective treatment for this infection.   Dr. Meissner is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Director of HIV and Hepatitis Clinical Care and Research at MUSC.

Dr. Sarah Tucker Price
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Tucker Price keeping up with cancer screening and cancer prevention during the pandemic.  Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and she leads the in-house primary care program for cancer patients at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Marvella Ford
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marvella Ford about the increased vulnerability and mortality from COVID-19 among people of color in S.C., and the urgent need for the COVID vaccine in this population.  Dr. Ford is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and she’s the Associate Director of Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Amy Maurer
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Amy Maurer about adding upper body strength training to the fitness routines of older adults.  Amy is an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapist at MUSC Health.

Dr. Michael Schmidt
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about the surge in COVID cases in SC and how to protect yourself as you wait your turn for getting  the vaccine.   Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.

Dr. Sarah Book
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Book about real life tips for reducing alcohol consumption to improve health and wellbeing. Dr. Book is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC.

Dr. Christine San Giovanni
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine San Giovanni about practicing gratitude in the family during the pandemic and the positive impact on children. Dr. San Giovanni is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

Healthy Aging

Jan 5, 2021
Dr. Hermes Florez
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Hermes Florez about the positive actions we can take in our individual lives to promote healthy aging. Dr. Florez is the Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Healthy Aging at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

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