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
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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WRKF
3:27 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Second Annual Conference Focuses on Parkinson's

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:31 am

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

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WRKF
8:02 am
Sun June 23, 2013

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

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:39 am

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

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NPR Story
10:12 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Bone Scans Can Help Keep Osteoporosis at Bay

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:42 am

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

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WRKF
1:57 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Artificial Heart Provides Bridge to Transplant

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:44 am

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. Ventura

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WRKF
7:42 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.
 
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NPR Story
1:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Insurance Agent Provides Affordable Care Act Bullet Points to Clients

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:46 am

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

 

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Science & Health
7:37 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Study Asks if Apps Can Help Pregnant Women Control Weight Gain

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:08 pm

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

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WRKF
10:02 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Neurologists Move Toward Oral Therapies, Injectables for MS Patients

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:30 pm

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

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WRKF
10:58 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Physicians Explore Alternative Approaches to Alzheimer's Care

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:34 pm

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

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