Conversations in Medicine

Sundays at 7:33 a.m. and 9:33 a.m.

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.

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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.

 Audio FileDr. Brad Vincent, Interventional Pulmonologist and Chairman of the Cancer Center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care TeamEdit | Remove

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.

Bill Gvoich, Personal Trainer with Spectrum Fitness Centers

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.

Dr. Stephanie Frederick, Dermatologist with Baton Rouge Clinic

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.

Dr. Leon Kraft, Interventional Cardiologist

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.

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, Louisiana Family Medicine

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.

Dr. Terrie Thomas, OB-GYN, Associates in Women's Health

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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Conversations in Medicine
2:57 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Estate Planning Attorney Evangelizes Organ Donation

Questions from his estate planning clients prompted attorney Paul Rabalais to investigate organ donation. Now Rabalais sponsors an annual 5K run/walk to support the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA). For more information about the 5K run/walk, go to www.lopa.org.

Paul Rabalais, Rabalais Law Firm

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