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<p>This weekend, Sept. 25 and 26, Sound Medicine topics include multiple organ transplants; an effective test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease; and acupuncture for cancer patients.</p>

Multiple Organ Transplants, This Week on Sound Medicine


Dr. Rodrigo Vianna, director of intestinal and multivisceral transplantation at Clarian Hospital, is one of the few surgeons in the world who can perform multiple-organ transplant surgery — a procedure to replace just about everything in the patient’s abdominal cavity. Dr. Vianna will discuss the medical conditions that benefit from such a procedure with Sound Medicine co-host Dr. David Crabb.

University Pennsylvania researchers have developed a spinal fluid test that diagnoses Alzheimer’s disease. Ruben Vidal, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine with the Indiana University School of Medicine, will explain how the test works and when it may become available.

Jennifer Meador-Stone, M.D., volunteer clinical lecturer in medicine at the IU School of Medicine, will explain how acupuncture can be used to treat cancer patients — to alleviate pain and to lessen side effects from other treatments. Dr. Meador-Stone, who also is an acupuncturist, will give a talk on acupuncture as a cancer treatment.

In part two of our interview with David Stipp, author of “The Youth Pill,” Stipp will discuss the ethics of longevity research with Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and IU bioethicist Eric Meslin, Ph.D..

In addition, Larry Cripe, M.D., cancer specialist at the IU Simon Cancer Center, will read another essay in his Grace Notes series.

In this week’s Checkup feature, Eric Metcalf will ask Tufts University researcher Michael Levin, Ph.D., how our internal organs “know” how to grow on the correct side of the body.

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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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