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Designing a Green Hospital – This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine reporter Colleen Iudice explores the modern techniques being used to build an eco-friendly and sustainable hospital in Indianapolis, including a roof-top garden. The new Wishard Hospital will be designed to provide better patient care and cultivate a healthier community.

Twenty states are suing the federal government over the new health care reform bill, claiming that its insurance mandates are unconstitutional. IU health care policy specialist Aaron Carroll, M.D., will discuss the lawsuits and their possible outcomes.

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but ultra-aggressive disease that disproportionately affects younger and African-American women. Its unusual presentation makes the disease difficult to diagnose.  IU School of Medicine breast cancer researcher Bryan Schneider, M.D., will discuss ways to improve diagnosis and treatment with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths are dropping in the U.S. Is it due to better cancer treatments or better health habits? Barbara Lewis will pose the question to Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D. Dr. Miller is a breast cancer specialist and researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Hospital-management consultant Quint Studer will discuss how hospitals can improve patient care and improve efficiency — at the same time. His book is called Hardwiring Excellence.

Finally, in this week’s Checkup feature, Jeramy Shere will talk with Kansas State University nutrition professor Mark Haub, Ph. D., who discovered that it’s possible to eat 1,800 calories worth of junk food per day, and lose weight. Really.

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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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