As the cases of H1N1 virus infections continue to slowly spread across the world, public health experts have been watching the processes in play and comparing those to previous responses. Stephen Jay, M.D., professor of medicine and former chairman of the Department of Public Health at IU School of Medicine, will talk about how public health decisions are made and how the current outbreak has been covered by the media. In addition, April Johnson, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at Purdue University, will discuss the virus and concerns about its recent transmission patterns.
Dennis Maki, M.D., professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using irradiation as a food safety strategy to reduce the number of food borne illness cases in the U.S. each year.
Maria Finnell, M.D., a pediatrician with the Riley Hospital for Children’s International Adoption Clinic, will explain the need for new treatment guidelines in the U.S. to deal with the growing number of children arriving in the country carrying pathogens for drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Sherwin Nuland, M.D., clinical professor of surgery and gastroenterology at the Yale School of Medicine, will discuss his latest book, The Soul of Medicine. The book includes stories based on his career as a surgeon focusing on doctor-patient and doctor-student relationships.
Also, Ryan Howell, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and quantitative psychologist at San Francisco State University, will explain his study which looked at which makes people happier, material possessions or memorable experiences.
In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, Ph.D., will talk about athletes’ use of caffeine as a performance enhancer.
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