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<p>This weekend, Dec. 6 and 7, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will focus on avoiding Medicare open enrollment scams, Gulf War illness and &#8220;placebos&#8221; prescribed for treatment.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Dec. 7

Becky Baker, project manager of the Indiana Association of Area Agency on Aging Education Institute, will join Sound Medicine and provide tips to avoid scams during the enrollment period for Medicare Part D.

Roberta White, Ph.D., chair of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health and the scientific director of the panel that studied Gulf War illness, will comment on the findings that the illness is real and was probably caused by exposure to neurotoxins.

Robert Hornik, Ph.D., researcher at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his findings that the $1 billion media campaign to fight teen drug abuse had little or no positive effect.

Peter Johnstone, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss his work with acupuncture in the treatment of cancer.

This month’s Sound Ethics will provide information on a recent survey which showed that up to half of U.S. doctors questioned regularly prescribed placebos for patients. Guests Eric Meslin, Ph.D., and Peter Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., will talk about the implications of both “sugar pills” and unproven medications used to ease patients’ minds.

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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.