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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WRKF
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

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WRKF
3:57 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

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WRKF
10:47 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

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Insurance Agent Recommends Paper Form Over Exchange Website

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:30 pm

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.


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WRKF
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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WRKF
4:57 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

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WRKF
6:47 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Care for the Alzheimer's Caregivers

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 12:55 pm

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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WRKF
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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WRKF
1:40 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

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NPR Story
11:53 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Live Music Bring Smiles to Hospital Patients During Treatment

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:29 am

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

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