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Last Year's Operating Budget to Remain In Effect

It now appears that South Carolina’s state government will operate for the first half of its’ current fiscal year using last year’s budget.  A lack of action by the General Assembly this week left last year’s budget in place as lawmakers face continued uncertainty about the state’s economy.

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.

Individuals with pre-existing, chronic health conditions are probably the highest-risk group during this pandemic.  Couple that with the need for telehealth and other technology solutions and you can see why our next guest’s company has been very busy.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon-Michial Carter, CEO and co-founder of Chartspan in Greenville, SC.

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, recently said that the US Covid testing situation is a mess.  Some of the criticism is pointing out that rapid tests may be proving to be unreliable.  One South Carolina company is right in the middle of all this controversy.

Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Branch, co-founder of Vikor Scientific in Charleston, SC.

File photo of the S.C. Senate in session
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The state legislature will return to Columbia next week to once again consider what to do about next year’s operating budget.  Uncertainty about the economy and how much state tax revenue it will generate has lawmakers in a quandary.

Florence Senator Hugh Leatherman, the veteran chairman of the powerful Senate Finance committee said this week that when it comes to the economic uncertainty being caused by the pandemic it’s the most uncertain of times he has ever seen.

The pandemic has certainly changed the workplace, bringing employees’ health and wellness concerns to the forefront.  Our next guest says that the wellness part of that equation is not getting enough attention.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Burbage, CEO and founder of Wellness Five in Charleston, SC.

  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.

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One of the upsides to having children back in a physical classroom is that the state's child protective services workers can talk to kids again. A lot of them are dealing with abuse or neglect and it's easier to catch up with several of them when they're in one place, away from the people abusing and neglecting them.

Dr. Lommel preparing for a patient visit via Telehealth.
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On March 6, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. While it may not have garnered as much attention as the CARES act, its impact should not be overlooked.

Back in February, our state's oldest working distillery made the move to a greatly expanded location to accommodate growing demand.  Then COVID hit.  And like many other distilleries and breweries, they moved to outside bottle sales, started producing hand sanitizer, and have now started producing a socially-distanced concert series.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Newitt, co-founder of Firefly Distillery in North Charleston, SC.

Numerous pharmaceutical manufacturers are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.  Once that's done, the big question to be answered is, will people take it?
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Drug companies have been working furiously to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, with hopes for one late this year or early 2021.  As development gets nearer, an important question has arisen among some medical professionals:  once the vaccine has been produced, will people trust it enough to take it?

Now that we’re six months into the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, are our national and state economies responding as expected?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.

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.

With so many people losing their jobs due to this pandemic, and many finding new jobs with different companies, a common question our next guest has been hearing is “What do I do with my old retirement plan?”

Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Manly, an associate advisor with The Hobbs Group in Columbia, SC.

Health Literacy during the Pandemic

Aug 31, 2020
Dr. Marvella Ford
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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.