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This Week on Sound Medicine- July 24 and 25


Nneka Leiba, M.Phil., MPH, an environmental health researcher with  Environmental Working Group, will discuss the organization’s call for more long-term studies of cell phone usage and the effects on health.

Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., deputy director for regulatory programs with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, a division of the Food and Drug Administration, will discuss the recent decision to study triclosan, an ingredient used in many antibacterial soaps that has been found to alter hormones in animals.

Karl MacDorman, Ph.D., director of the Android Science Center and associate professor of human-computer interactions at the Indiana University School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will discuss his work on interactions between patients and avatars and how it may help doctors relate to patients.

Sound Medicine contributor Lorna Benson will report on research that suggests a significant number of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths are caused by parents sleeping with children.

Also this week, a new installment of “Grace Notes” will air, a series of first-person essays about end-of-life issues that are written and read by Larry Cripe, M.D., associate professor of medicine and an oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

This week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup” will explore telomeres, the ends of chromosomes, with David Gilley, Ph.D., associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at IU School of Medicine.

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


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