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<p>This weekend, Dec. 20 and 21, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will chat with a nationally recognized immune system researcher.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Dec. 21

Charles Dinerallo, M.D., the 2008 Steven C. Beering Lecturer and award recipient at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss his research which centers on the immune system, specifically proteins that play key roles in the body’s ability to fight disease.

Riley Children’s Hospital pediatricians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman will discuss their latest “Medical Myths” including helpful hints for the holidays.

Cancer researchers have known for years that it was possible in rare cases for some cancers to go away on their own. Although mostly seen as an oddity, a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that it may happen more often than previously thought. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., a breast cancer specialist at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, will discuss the research that lead to the article.

A recent RAND study published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics concluded that avid teenage viewers of TV shows like Sex and the City were twice as likely to get pregnant (or get someone pregnant) than casual teen viewers or non viewers of programs that feature sexual activity without consequences. Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of sociology at the University of Washington and former sex columnist for Glamour magazine, will add perspective to the study.

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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.

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WBSB (Anderson), WFIU (Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, Terre Haute), WNDY (Crawfordsville), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend), WNIN (Evansville), WBOI (Fort Wayne), WBNI (Fort Wayne), WFCI (Franklin), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion), WBST (Muncie), WBSJ (Portland).

The show also runs on notable out-of state public radio stations:
KSKA (Anchorage, AK), KRCC (Colorado Springs, CO), WYSO (Dayton, OH), KEDM (Monroe, LA), WHDD (Sharon, CT), KWGS (Tulsa, OK), WCNY (Syracuse, NY).