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<p>This weekend, August 7 and 8, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss a promising breast cancer vaccine. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates warning labels for foods that present choking hazards; a weight-loss expert offers tricks for reading food labels; and a journalist tells the story of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a little-known government agency formed during the Cold War.</p>

Promising Breast Cancer Vaccine a Topic on This Week’s Sound Medicine


Cleveland Clinic immunologist Vincent Tuohy, Ph.D., explains how his team’s breast cancer vaccine stops the deadly, unregulated growth of breast cells. Such a vaccine can harm normal breast tissue, but the drug under development addresses this problem by putting breasts into “lactating retirement.” Human trials are several years away. Dr. Tuohy is a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

Pediatrician and researcher Gary Smith, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.PH., drafted the American Academy of Pediatricians’ policy statement on food choking hazards, and he leads the effort to require warning labels on foods that present choking hazards to children. Problem foods include hotdogs and grapes, which can plug a child’s airway, and raw carrots and popcorn, which are difficult to chew properly. Smith directs the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Susan Burke March, a dietitian and weight-control expert says that many so-called “natural” foods are surprisingly unhealthy. She offers great practical tips for reading product labels. Her latest book is Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally.

In his book, Inside the Outbreaks, author Mark Pendergast tells the fascinating story of a little-known government agency called the Epidemic Intelligence Service. EIS officers are epidemiologists and public health experts who investigate disease outbreaks worldwide. Pendergast discusses the EIS with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

In the Sound Medicine “Checkup” Jeramy Shere, Ph.D., discovers why pregnant women shouldn’t wear high heels.

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Sound Medicine is produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine in conjunction with WFYI Public Radio. The show 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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