Conversations in Medicine

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Whether it's how to deal with cancer or the latest obesity research, each week Susan Hidalgo-Smith hosts experts from the world of health for insightful conversation. The program has earned awards from the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Arthritis Association of Louisiana for excellence in medical reporting.

Treating the Patient While the Illness is Treated

Jul 27, 2014

As Dr. Mark Kantrow explains, palliative care is focused on relieving pain and providing emotional support for seriously ill patients. 


Dr. Charles Wood, now a radiation oncologist at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, thought he was communicating well with all his patients while in training in Philadelphia a decade ago. But he found that twice as many non-white than white patients there believed they'd been treated in a clinical trial unknowingly.


Head and Neck Cancers Less Prevalent, Harder to Treat

Jun 22, 2014

Dr. Laura Hetzler is a plastic surgeon working with the multidisciplinary team at the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She says what makes cancers in the oral cavity, throat, lips, and larynx so hard to treat is that those parts of the body are involved in complex functions like how a person speaks, eats, and looks.  

Preventing Skin Cancer, Especially in the Summer

Jun 8, 2014

Hematologist/oncologist Dr. Gerald Miletello says wear sunscreen, stay away from the tanning booth, and check yourself to protect yourself.


Why Cocoa is Good Medicine

May 11, 2014

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.


What Makes Alzheimer's Respite Center Award-Winning

Apr 27, 2014

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, says "patient-centered care" is the key to the success of Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.


Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all the cancer diseases if caught early.


Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas on Hospital System Trends

Mar 23, 2014


Pennington Opens Childhood Obesity Clinic

Feb 23, 2014

Dr. Daniel Hsia, an endocrinologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, says the new 14,000-square foot clinic offers a demonstration kitchen and activity rooms for children.


Neurologists, who treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, are excited to have many more FDA approved Multiple Sclerosis therapies on the market. Several more are in clinical trials or awaiting approval. Dr. April Erwin, a neurologist with Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, is optimistic that a cure is on the horizon. For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and treatment, please visit www.theneuromedicalcenter.com.


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