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Promising Autism Research – This Week on Sound Medicine

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Sound Medicine reporter Eric Metcalf will talk with concussion experts who explain the importance of taking this brain injury seriously. Metcalf shares a cautionary tale about his own young son’s surprisingly severe concussion.

A new autism drug, carbetocin, addresses the social impairment disturbances that are key symptoms of autism. IU autism researcher Christopher McDougle, M.D., will chat with co-host Dr. David Crabb about this promising medication, which is now entering clinical trials. Dr. McDougle is senior consultant with the Christian Sarkine Center for Autism at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that the nation’s cancer rate will rise with its obesity rate. Alice Bender, R.D., will explain how being overweight increases one’s risk for specific cancers. Bender is communications manager for the American Institute of Cancer Research.

Protein drinks are unhealthy, period. IU School of Medicine internist and adolescent medicine specialist Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., will talk about a recently published report finding high levels of heavy metals in some popular protein drinks.

Katie Kreider, a second-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend, once had a career as a childbirth educator and midwife. Kreider will read a first-person essay on the importance of being “present” for one’s patients.

Two IU School of Medicine professors are changing the way anatomy is taught at medical school. Joel Vilensky, Ph.D., and Ed Weber, D.O., teach at IUSM Fort Wayne. They will talk with co-host Kathy Miller, M.D., about their new anatomy book, which matches classic anatomical drawings with common radiologic images, including 3-D reconstructions. 

Finally, the fabulous acai berry: is it hype or health food?  In this week’s Checkup feature, Jeramy Shere surveys the research. 

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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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