Susan Hidalgo-Smith

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Susan has long been part of the WRKF family. Having been indoctrinated in public broadcasting as on-air talent for membership campaigns at LPB, WRKF asked her to be the development director at the radio station. She went on to serve as WRKF's underwriting manager for 12 years and then the special events director for another three. Susan, part of a family of doctors, can't help but be fascinated with medicine and health. Out of that fascination came the award-winning "Conversations in Medicine”. 

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Conversations in Medicine
6:47 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Louisiana Healthcare Journal Expands to Little Rock

Louisiana Healthcare Journal started in Baton Rouge, then launched a publication in New Orleans in 2011.

It has been publishing in Little Rock since November, and now the Baton Rouge-based enterprise is looking to move into markets farther afield.


Conversations in Medicine
4:52 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Cancer Screening Clinic Seeks Smokers

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center operates the only cancer screening clinic in Baton Rouge, In 2012, the cancer center launched a screening program for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, especially smokers.

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Conversations in Medicine
11:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Exercise is Medicine Without the Negative Side Effects

Very few people exercise and almost everyone has a reason for not exercising. Bill Gvoich, Medical Wellness Program Director of Spectrum Fitness & Wellness, discusses the strong evidence between physical activity and health, and overall quality of life. For more information on Gvoich's health and exercise program, please visit www.gvoich.com.


Conversations in Medicine
9:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermatologist Adds New Laser to Arsenal

Dr. Stephanie Frederick, a dermatologist with the Baton Rouge Clinic, says the Sciton laser can be used to treat a multitude of skin conditions from acne to wrinkles.


Conversations in Medicine
3:56 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Cardiologist Gives Permission for Holiday Indulgence

Leon Kraft, an interventional cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, says it's okay to splurge, so long as you don't make it a routine.


Conversations in Medicine
10:45 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Physician Prescribes Telemedicine, Pill-Splitting to Cut Costs for Patients

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.


Conversations in Medicine
2:47 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Insurance Agent Recommends Paper Form Over Exchange Website

Since it launched Oct. 1, the online portal for the health insurance marketplace required by the Affordable Care Act has been plagued with glitches. It's been hard to find anyone who's been able to enroll for an insurance plan at Healthcare.gov yet.

Insurance broker Phil Muscarello says agents can help consumers fill out a paper application instead. For more information, visit www.pjmi.com.

Conversations in Medicine
3:41 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Baton Rouge Charter School Targets Dyslexic Students

Louisiana Key Academy is for children who are at risk for reading failure; most of the students have dyslexia.

LA Key Academy President Laura Cassidy says the diagnosis is very common. She says about 1 in 5 children have a disorder that makes reading a struggle.


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Conversations in Medicine
4:55 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

OB-GYN Group Stops Performing Elective Inductions

Associates in Women's Health in Baton Rouge has decided to only induce when the mother or the baby is at risk. One physician in the group, Dr. Terrie Thomas, is now an advocate for spontaneous labor. But she was initially reluctant to forgo elective inductions.


Conversations in Medicine
6:47 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Care for the Alzheimer's Caregivers

The average person with Alzheimer's has three to 10 caregivers over the course of the disease.

Barbara Auten, executive director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, explains the services the organization offers to families taking care of those who've been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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