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<p>INDIANAPOLIS — This weekend, March 7 and 8, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will discuss the effects of bariatric surgery, trans fats, and cancer treatments for teens.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — March 8

Shonni Silverberg, M.D., professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University, will discuss her recent findings that people who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience a significant loss of nutrients absorbed by the body which can lead to brittle bones and lost bone density. Dr. Silverberg, a mineral metabolism and bone disorder researcher, will explain the effects of the surgery on the body.

David Kovacich, M.D., a cardiologist at Indiana Heart Physicians and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services, will explain a new study which found that all trans fats, including natural ones, increase LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and increase the risk of heart disease.

Melissa Carpentier, Ph.D, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss her new book, Adolescents with Cancer: The Influence of Close Relationships on Quality of Life, Distress, and Health Behaviors, and explain the challenges of helping teens manage cancer treatments.

ABC News medical contributor Marie Savard, M.D., will explain her opposition to a recent study that suggested cutting calories may be helpful for seniors trying to improve their memory.

Barry Popkin, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center at the University of North Carolina, will discuss his book, The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race, which explores the economic and cultural systems he believes have contributed to the obesity epidemic.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere will explore the link between the colors red and blue in connection to work productivity.

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).