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<p>This weekend, May 17 and 18, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly Public Radio Program hosted by Barbara Lewis, focuses on the mental traumas of war, distracted teen drivers and tracking teens&#8217; whereabouts.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — May 18

A recent Rand report, Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, details how Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and prisoners of war are affected by mental illness and post traumatic stress disorder. Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., speaks with Beth Karnes, president of the Indiana Mental Health Memorial Foundation, about the current and future costs, both economic and social, of this crisis.

Have you ever taken note of how many teens are “driving while distracted,” whether it’s talking on a cell phone, changing the radio station, or simply not paying attention to the road? Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob discusses the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s studies which conclude that driver inattention is the leading factor in most motor vehicle accidents and that teen drivers are the most distracted of those who get behind the wheel. Sandy caught up with some of these “distracted” teens.

How can researchers track where teens go when not in or near home or school to see if this movement has an impact on health-related behavior such as smoking or sexual activity? Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., talks with Sarah Wiehe, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist, about her recent pilot study, which evaluated the feasibility of using global position system-enabled cell phones to track where 14- to 16-year-old girls spent their time.

As the summer sun season begins, Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., speaks with melanoma researcher Deborah Lang, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the department of dermatology at University of Chicago, about the “stem cell theory” of the development of cancer in skin cells.

Host Barbara Lewis interviews Parker Palmer, author of Courage to Teach. Palmer and his work have been important influences on the Relationship-centered Care Initiative at Indiana University School of Medicine. He will discuss how teachers of medicine can avoid burnout in their careers.

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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.