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<p>This weekend, May 24 and 25, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly Public Radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, focuses on boxing as a therapy for Parkinson&#8217;s, involving patients with treatments and &#8220;slow medicine.&#8221;</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — May 25

Sound Medicine’s Ora Pescovitz, M.D., will speak with Scott Newman, the director of public safety for Indianapolis, and Kristy Follmer, a professional boxing coach, about the use of boxing as therapy for patients with early-onset Parkinson’s disease and how the physical demands of boxing can relieve symptoms. Newman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago, is one of the founders of Rock Steady Boxing, a non-profit gym.

The conventional wisdom has been that patients who are actively involved with their treatments will have better outcomes. Austin Baldwin, Ph.D., of the University of Iowa and Iowa City VA Medical Center, used a group of middle aged men with hypertension to test that theory, and he explains his results to host Barbara Lewis.

Indiana University neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., who recently was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world,” joins Sound Medicine to discuss her brain research work and the importance of encouraging people to donate their brains for medical research.

Dennis McCullough, M.D., a geriatrician at Dartmouth Medical School, will discuss his new book, My Mother, Your Mother, and the principles of “slow medicine,” an approach that encourages less aggressive and less costly treatments – especially for elderly patients.

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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.