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This Week on Sound Medicine — Oct. 5

The series will present information from national public health officials and ethicists who gathered in Indianapolis in July to discuss the ethical issues of planning and caring for the public during an influenza pandemic.

“Not If, But When” guests will look at Indiana’s preparations for an influenza pandemic. Public health agencies are already developing triage protocols to help hospitals determine who will receive life saving treatments if there are shortages of drugs or mechanical ventilators.

Sound Medicine’s April Bell will discuss how clinics in the IU-Kenya Partnership were able to carry on treating patients with HIV/AIDS during the recent post-election violence in and around Eldoret, where the Moi University medical school and hospital are located.

Sound Medicine also will then take a look at how the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief is viewed by the community of bioethicists with Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics.

Morton Meyers, M.D., author of Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs, will explain how current rigid research protocols are making it less likely for researchers to stumble across unexpected findings in the laboratory.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu.

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