Sound Medicine

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Sound Medicine is produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. Host Barbara Lewis interviews medical experts on a wide range of current issues in medicine, from Alzheimer research to the West Nile virus. The program educates and encourages listeners to make sound health decisions. It's also a forum for health issues affecting local communities.

Having pets has long been touted as a source of fun and relaxation. Rebecca Johnson, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy at the University of Missouri, talks with Kathy Miller, M.D., about her studies about the health benefits for senior citizens who have pets. She found that interacting with pets on a regular basis can lowe....

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The horse. After a West Nile virus vaccine for horses was distributed in the early 2000s, the number of equine cases plummeted. However, as the number of humans contracting the disease rises, so does the number of horses, with 88 cases reported in 24 states this year. Horses are infected …
Guest, Brian Wansink, John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing, Cornell University, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, shares the results of his study where he tested the difference in food consumption between differing environments.....
With the senior population expected to reach 72.1 million by 2030, a new report suggests that our current health system will be overwhelmed by the number of seniors seeking treatment for mental and substance abuse disorders. Currently, at least 5.6 million to 8 million older adults in America -- nearly …
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit followed a group of children from birth until age 18. The researchers studied participants' blood samples and found that those who'd lived with an indoor dog during their first year of life had about half the risk of becoming allergic compared to those …
New guidelines were recently released that detail the treatment path for childhood aggression. These guidelines are the result of the increased use of antipsychotics and mood stabilizing drugs to treat aggression in children in an outpatient setting. These drugs can cause troubling side effects in children. Several institutions and experts …
Medical students Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore from Washington University in St. Louis were motivated by their peers and their own uncertainty of the future of health care to try to explain our health care system. The result, "The Health Care Handbook," is a readable, concise and informative "user's manual" …
The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic recently celebrated four years of serving uninsured patients free of charge on the near eastside of Indianapolis. Since opening, the clinic has expanded to include students from Butler University School of Pharmacy, IU Department of Public Health, IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, …
In this weeks "Checkup" segment, Suzanne Devkota shares how certain types of bacteria are more efficient at collecting calories than others. This may be promising for scientists to be able to manipulate the bacteria in our guts to promote weight loss.....
Communication between health care professionals and surrogate caregivers for older adults who cannot make decisions for themselves is often fragmented, says Alexia Torke, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and a scientist at Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Torke studied the breakdown in communication between …
A team of Japanese researchers in a recently published paper titled "The Power of Cute". This study concluded that merely gazing at puppies, kittens, and other cute images may sharpen mental powers.....
According to a recent genetic analysis, four distinct types of the most common breast cancer tumors are thought to arise in the milk duct. "Breast cancer is not one disease; it is one of several different diseases that all happen in the breast," said Kathy Miller, M.D, breast cancer expert …
For the first time, researchers funded by the National Institutes for Health have mapped out the entirety of the human body's microbes. This so-called microbiome consists of 100 trillion microbes and 8 million microbial genes. Human cells are outnumbered by bacterial cells by a ratio of 10 to 1. George …
John Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shares the details behind the invention of sutures that boast new features which promote a speedy recovery, including sensors that detect heat, a sign of infection.....
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a decision to allow drug companies to test new cancer drugs on women with newly diagnosed, early-stage but aggressive breast cancer. This is a change from the former policy, which dictated that the drug had to first be tested on patients with more …
Berlin is also the author of "Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card," which she discusses in an accompanying segment with "Sound Medicine" women's health expert Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D, director of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and an expert in women's and …
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that women not receive routine screenings for ovarian cancer. This recommendation, based on a new study of 70,000 women, comes as a surprise to medical practitioners and public health experts, since ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate among the gynecological cancers. …
In the Los Angeles School District toothaches were found to be the culprit for more sick days and a higher probability of having lower grades. Leading dentists says that oral health must become more a priority in school-based health, educational, and social programs.....
A reported 9 percent of all asthma cases are work related, affecting about 1.4 million adults each year. These findings are a part of a recent Centers for Disease Control report that indicates that work-related asthma is becoming more prevalent. Kenneth Rosenman, M.D., chief of the division of occupational and …
Michael Irwig, M.D., Assistant professor, George Washington University School of Medicine, shares how men taking medications for balding may experience sexual dysfunction.....