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<p>This weekend, August 16 and 17, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly Public Radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, focuses on the coming &#8220;silver tsunami,&#8221; the new 5-in-1 vaccine and mitochondrial disease.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — August 17

According to healthcare experts, there will be a sharp increase in the need for health professionals to care for aging Americans, which has been dubbed the “silver tsunami.” John Wallis Rowe, M.D., professor of Health Policy and Management for the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, will join Sound Medicine to discuss his recent report for the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine on this ominous issue.

Parents will soon be hearing about the new 5-in-1 vaccine for childhood diseases recently approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. Rachel Vreeman, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, will discuss the new vaccine, Pantacel, for active immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Sound Medicine then will look at mitochondrial disease, a problem with the cells that turn nutrients into energy. Most children that are born with the disease do not survive past their teens. Chuck Mohan, co-founder and CEO of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, will discuss the loss of his daughter, Gina, at the age of 15 and how research into this rare and often fatal disease is uncovering the role of damaged mitochondria, which are thought to play a role in some common diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, lupus and more.

On this week’s “Check Up” Jeremy Shere looks at why so many rock and roll drummers are so physically fit.

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health and IU Medical Group; Jeremy Shere’s “Check-Up” is underwritten by IUPUI.