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Preventing Strokes During Heart Surgery, This Week on Sound Medicine

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Marc Gerdisch, M.D., director of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Francis Heart Center, is one of the first doctors in the nation to use the AtriClip, a device that blocks blood flow to and from the left atrial appendage during surgery. The tool, recently approved by the FDA, will especially help patients prone to atrial fibrillation, a condition experienced by about 50 percent of heart-surgery candidates.

According researcher Bill Fifer, Ph.D., developmental psychobiologist at Columbia University, newborns can do simple learning while asleep. His study could lead to earlier testing for developmental disorders.

College students may be able to improve their grades if they regularly engage in vigorous exercise. Joshua Ode, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Saginaw Valley State University, discusses the link between exercise and a high college GPA.

IUPUI professor of biology and medicine David Stocum, Ph.D., founder of the Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, explains his technique for mentoring three New Jersey high school science students — who placed second in the ExploraVision science competition. One of Stocum’s winning students, tenth grader Elana Forman, will discuss her team’s idea: to create a “molecular cocktail” to initiate the regeneration of a human arm.

In the Sound Medicine Checkup, Jeramy Shere chats about head lice with Barb Frankowski, M.D., a pediatrician at Vermont Children’s Hospital and former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health. To prevent infestations in school, Dr. Fankowski says keeping kids home from school is the wrong approach.

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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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