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The Benefits of Palliative Care — This Week on Sound Medicine

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A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that palliative care can actually extend patients’ lives. Professor of medicine and end-of-life specialist Gregory Gramelspacher, M.D., will discuss these findings. Dr. Grammelspacher is founder and director of the Palliative Care Program at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, and he directs the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss for people over 50. Ophthalmologist and retina specialist Daniel Spitzberg, M.D., will talk about a cocktail of vitamins and minerals that could slow the onset of the disease. Dr. Spitzberg is a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the IU School of Medicine.

Not all dietary supplements are created equal. Boston University gerontologist and researcher Thomas Perls, M.D., M.P.H., will debunk anti-aging claims made for growth hormones and testosterone supplements. Dr. Perls will discuss his journal articles on the topic with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

Osteopathic medicine, a growing branch of the medical profession, may address the nation’s shortage of primary care physicians. Medical historian Norman Gevitz, Ph.D., will provide a brief history of the American osteopathic movement for Sound Medicine‘s Kathy Miller, M.D. Dr. Bevitz chairs the Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has authored the renowned book, The DO’s: Osteopathic Medicine in America.

In this week’s Checkup feature, Indiana University tobacco-cessation expert Jon Macy, Ph.D., M.P.H., will explain why emphasizing the health benefits of quitting smoking may be the most effective way to get people to kick the habit.

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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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