Susan Hidalgo-Smith

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 Medicineâ

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NPR Story
6:17 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Treating the Patient While the Illness is Treated

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


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WRKF
6:44 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

In Clinical Trials, Minorities More Likely to Feel Like Guinea Pigs

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:18 pm

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.


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NPR Story
6:27 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Head and Neck Cancers Less Prevalent, Harder to Treat

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. 
 
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WRKF
4:37 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why Cocoa is Good Medicine

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.

Dr. John Finley, School of Nutrition & Food Science

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WRKF
4:07 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

What Makes Alzheimer's Respite Center Award-Winning

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.

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

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WRKF
4:22 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Colorectal Cancer Is The Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death In Louisiana

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

Dr. Barfield

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WRKF
12:07 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Medications for Multiple Sclerosis Aimed at Prevent Worsening of Disease

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.

Dr. April Erwin, Neurologist

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WRKF
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.


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NPR Story
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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Dr. Brad Vincent, Interventional Pulmonologist and Chairman of the Cancer Center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team

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