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<p>INDIANAPOLIS — This weekend, Feb. 7 and 8, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will discuss this year&#8217;s flu season, brain surgery and prenatal genetic testing.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Feb. 8

Providing an update on this year’s flu season is Susan Rehm, M.D., vice chair of the department of infectious disease at Cleveland Clinic.

Allan Friedman, M.D., chief of neurosurgery and co-director of the neuro-oncology program at Duke University Medical Center, will explain how he can perform brain surgery without putting the patient under general anesthesia. Coincidentally, Dr. Friedman is the surgeon who operated on Senator Ted Kennedy’s brain tumor.

Mary Pell Abernathy, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Kimberly Quaid, Ph.D., professor of medical and molecular genetics, will discuss prenatal genetic testing.

Sound Medicine will air the second part of a discussion about the quality of health care news coverage with Gary Schwitzer, director of graduate studies in health journalism and communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and creator of

Writer Jena Pincott will answer an age-old question found in her new book, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup”, Jeremy Shere explores the effectiveness of abstinence vows.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

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

Check out Sound Medicine on the following Indiana public radio stations:
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:
KRCC (Colorado Springs, CO), WHDD (Sharon, CT), KEDM (Monroe, LA), WCNY (Syracuse, NY), WYSO (Yellow Springs, OH), KWGS (Tulsa, OK).