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
1:54 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Artificial Heart Provides Bridge to Transplant

Dr. Hector Ventura leads the Ochsner team that implanted the "Total Artificial Heart" for the first time in February. Their patient, a father of five now awaiting a matching donor heart, was the first in the Gulf Coast region to receive the device.

Dr. Hector Ventura

Conversations in Medicine
7:41 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Ochsner's Transplant Team Heralded

The Multi-Transplant Institute Team at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was recognized as Number One in the U.S. for the year 2012 by CareChex, based on mortality and complication rates. Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Liver Transplant Director, says Ochsner's Living Donor Program helps prevent deaths of patients on the waiting list by reducing wait times. 


Conversations in Medicine
1:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Insurance Agent Provides Affordable Care Act Bullet Points to Clients

While politicians continue to wrangle over the roll-out of the federal Affordable Care Act, families and individuals are grappling with what it means for them.

Phil Muscarello

 

Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Study Asks if Apps Can Help Pregnant Women Control Weight Gain

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch is part of a group of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman's Hospital who will be following 306 pregnant women with smartphones.

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Neurologists Move Toward Oral Therapies, Injectables for MS Patients

Dr. April Erwin, with the Neuromedical Center, explains the latest drug therapies and clinical trials that may give Multiple Sclerosis patients hope for a more normal lifestyle.

Dr. April Erwin

Conversations in Medicine
10:57 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Physicians Explore Alternative Approaches to Alzheimer's Care

Physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's are exploring new approaches to caring for people with the disease. Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, is looking forward to the Keynote Address to be given by Dr. G. Allen Power at the 20th Annual Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease: "Thinking  Outside the Medicine Bag: Alternative Approaches to Care for People with Alzheimer's."

Barbara Auten

Conversations in Medicine
2:31 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

LA Has The Highest Rate Of Diabetes In The U.S.

Diabetes has multiple complications. Among them are kidney failure, lower limb amputation, blindness and it is a major cause of Heart Disease & Stroke. Dr. Andriette Martin Fitch, with Ochsner on Harding Blvd in Baton Rouge, is personally involved in the areas of Diabetes & Hypertension. She sees patients daily who are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spends a great deal of her day sending out the message to both parents & children. Her message to parents, "If you don't want your children, your spouse or your family members to die of Hypertension or Diabetes, make a change in your diet and exercise daily."

Dr. Andriette Martin Fitch

Conversations in Medicine
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Psychologist Infuses Art Into Clinical Practice

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue is the owner and mental health therapist at the innovative The Wellness Studio in Baton Rouge.


Conversations in Medicine
3:07 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Oral Surgeons Treat Far More Than Wisdom Teeth

Dr. Brian Dyess, oral and facial surgeon, finds that in today's dental culture, it is not unusual to find an oral surgeon, in his or her office, diagnosing and operating on patients who have very complex cases, such as, oral cancer from smoking, a jaw cyst or dental implants.


Conversations in Medicine
3:01 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Health Case Management Training Program a Success

In 2011, EQHealth Solutions created a pilot coaching program for Peoples Health Members and Nurse Case Managers at East Jefferson General Hospital. The success of that pilot, led to the Medicare Advantage Organization selecting the Health Care Coordination Program to provide training support for all it's Nurse Case Managers network-wide starting in late 2012.


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