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This Week on Sound Medicine — March 17

David Dinges, Ph.D., chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will talk about the recent study by the Institute of Medicine that has recommended more rest for medical residents. Dr. Dinges led a study that recommends mandatory breaks and naps; changes that some feel would hinder the learning process.

Sound Medicine bioethist Eric Meslin, Ph.D., will discuss recent changes in U.S. health policy, including federal funding of embryonic stem cell research recently made by the Obama administration.

Ann Palmenberg, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular virology at the University of Wisconsin, will explain her work with the human cold genome and why she feels there will be no cure but will be better treatments for the common cold.

Doctor and nurse practitioner team Michael Buran, M.D., and Stephanie Whittaker, MSN, CNS, from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, will discuss their new palliative care program and how it benefits patients and their families.

Sound Medicine will debut “Grace Notes,” a series of first-person essays about end-of-life issues written and read by Larry Cripe, M.D., associate professor of medicine and oncologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere will explore smoking in movies and how kids are influenced.

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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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