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<p>his weekend, May 3 and 4, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly Public Radio Program hosted by Barbara Lewis, focuses on the U.S. health-care system and waking up after anesthesia.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — May 4

Robert Blendon, Ph.D., a professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss Americans’ views of the U.S. health-care system and how the quality and costs compare with systems in Canada, England and France. Dr. Blendon also will explore the differences in perceptions of the U.S. system between Democrats and Republicans.

Max Kelz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will share his recent research into the mechanics of waking up from anesthesia. Dr. Kelz worked with narcoleptic patients and found that waking up is more complex than the reversal of the process of going under anesthesia and he will explain how his findings could help others.

Sound Ethics host Eric Meslin, Ph.D., director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will speak with Carrie Rouse, a third-year medical student at the IU School of Medicine, about her work with student-led Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, whose aim is to expand access to life-saving medicines in low- to moderate-income countries. This is the continuation of last month’s discussion.

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by the Lilly Center for Medical Science, Clarian Health, and IU Medical Group; Jeremy Shere’s “Check-Up” is underwritten by IUPUI.