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
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

Conversations in Medicine
1:39 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Treatments for Blood Cancers Proliferate

Dr. Robert Emmons of the Ochsner Blood Cancers and Stem Cell Transplant Program says it's an exciting time for blood cancer treatment, with many new drugs and sources for stem cells.

Dr. Robert Emmons, Director of Hematologic Malignancy and Bone Marrow Transplant

Conversations in Medicine
11:48 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Live Music Bring Smiles to Hospital Patients During Treatment

Students from the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts are now lending their talents to Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine Program launched a year ago.

Mary Malloy, Baton Rouge General music therapist

Conversations in Medicine
3:25 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Second Annual Conference Focuses on Parkinson's

Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge presents physicians and researchers investigating Parkinson's on Saturday, July 27. Carol Harrison, a researcher who has Parkinson's herself, has been instrumental in coming up with the line-up for the Parkinson's Disease Conference in its first two years.

More information is available at www.pbrc.edu/events/parkinsons.

Carol Harrison

Conversations in Medicine
8:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

To a Thief, Your Medicare Card Is Better Than a Credit Card

In May, The Advocate reported officials had indicted healthcare practitioners in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for fraudulent Medicare billings totaling at least $80 million. Julie Agan, Senior Medicare Patrol Officer for EQ Health, says the fraud could get worse, but there are ways to guard against it.

Julie Agan, Senior Medicare Patrol Officer for EQ Health

Conversations in Medicine
10:08 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Bone Scans Can Help Keep Osteoporosis at Bay

Low bone mass is the most important risk factor for a fragility fracture. Dr. Reese Newsome, a musculoskeletal radiologist with the Baton Rouge Radiology Group, says anyone older than 55 should be screened.

Dr. Reese Newsome, musculoskeletal radiologist

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