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<p>This weekend, Nov. 29 and 30, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will discuss childhood arthritis, XDR-TB, treating colds, and a new book on loneliness.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Nov. 30

About one out of every 250 kids has some form of arthritis, making it one of the most common chronic illnesses children face. Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will look at current efforts to end the shortage of certified doctors we have now and train more doctors to diagnose and manage cases of childhood arthritis.

A new report states that just two cases of XDR-TB (extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis) were found in the United States last year. Neel Gandhi, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Gail Cassell, Ph.D., D.Sc., vice president of infectious diseases at Eli Lilly and Company, will explain XDR-TB and how it is linked to HIV and AIDS.

Rachel Vreeman, M.D., an IU School of Medicine pediatrician, will discuss the reasons for changes in the children’s cold medicine labeling. Dr. Vreeman also will provide various home remedies that can ease children’s cold symptoms.

Ralph Metson, M.D., clinical professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School, will explain how to prevent a cold from deteriorating into a sinus infection by flushing the sinus cavity with saline solution.

John Cacioppo, Ph.D., director of Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at University of Chicago, will discuss his book, Loneliness, and explain how it can be viewed as a mental illness.

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