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<p>This weekend, May 2 and 3, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and her guests will discuss the North American/Human Flu also known as the swine flu, estrogen and public water systems and new medical devices designed to increase blood flow during CPR.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — May 3

An outbreak in Mexico of the North American/Human Flu also known as the swine flu is spreading through the U.S. and abroad. John Brownstein, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and director of computational epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital of Boston, will discuss how decreasing air travel can slow the spread of the flu.

James Lazorchak, Ph.D., a biologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will explore the challenges of keeping estrogen-based medications out of public water systems. Dr. Lazorchak will be a keynote speaker at the Second Annual Indiana Environmental Summit at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis on May 15, 2009.

Sound Medicine bioethicist Eric Meslin, Ph.D., and Michael Olinger, M.D., medical director of emergency medical services at Wishard Health Services and professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine, will discuss the medical and ethical aspects of a clinical trial of two devices that are designed to increase blood flow during CPR.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, Ph.D., will explore noise-induced hearing loss.

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