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.

Cancer Genomics

Dec 2, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Ethier about cancer genomics—a new frontier in cancer research that allows cancer treatments to be more tailored to individual patients. Dr. Ethier is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and also Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kimberly Orr about hearing loss during the senior years with an update about the latest hearing-aid technology. Dr. Orr is the Director of the Division of Audiology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Russel Norris about new research finding related to one of the most common heart defects in the human population—Mitral Valve Prolapse. Dr. Norris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.


Palliative Care

Nov 23, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Patrick Coyne about Palliative Care—a medical specialty for patients with serious or chronic illness. Mr. Coyne is the Director of Palliative Care at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about challenges and routines for managing daily medications during the senior years. Dr. Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Diane Kamen about research and treatment for Lupus. Dr. Kamen is the Director of Clinical Research, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian about research related to the health benefits of yogic breathing.  Dr. Balasubramanian is a Research Scientist at MUSC in the area of Cell Biology.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Carolyn Jenkins about lifestyle changes that individuals can make to help prevent diabetes. Dr. Jenkins is from the South Carolina Diabetes Initiative and the SC Translational Research Institute and she is a Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC is at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Mc Swain about a Pediatric telemedicine program in South Carolina for children with acute injuries. Dr. Mc Swain is a Pediatric Critical Care Doctor and the Medical Director for Inpatient Emergency Teleconsultation at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gail Stuart about graduate level nursing students who are pursuing advanced degrees through online education. Dr. Stuart is a Distinguished University Professor and Dean in the College of Nursing at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Keane about the latest research related to smoking and bladder cancer. Dr. Keane is Chair of the Department of Urology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Leslie Woodall about the education, training and responsibilities of Physician Assistants. Ms. Woodall is Clinical Coordinator for Evaluation in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, in the Department of Health Professions at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about the troubling increase in maternal death rates in SC and the efforts underway to identify causes and support prevention. Dr. Sullivan is the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Hudspeth about new, improved treatments for childhood cancer. Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


Adult Insomnia

Sep 28, 2015

  Dr. Andrea Rinn occasional and acute, adult insomnia. Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and she is the Director of the Sleep Lab at MUSC.


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