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Routine CT Scans for Smokers – This Week on Sound Medicine


In a major study of heavy smokers, the National Cancer Institute found that routine CT scans can reduce the risk of death by lung cancer by 20 percent. This week, the chief of early detection research at the NCI, Christine Berg, M.D., talks with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., about the pros and cons of routine lung screening.

Students learn better when they’ve had enough sleep. A recent experiment found that starting the high school day just 30 minutes later can improve student alertness, mood and health.  Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School sleep researcher Judith Owens, M.D., M.P.H., chats about this unusual study with Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis.

Sleep is good. But what about resting? Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., talks with sleep expert Matthew Edlund, M.D., about his book The Power of Rest.  

Harvard Medical School researcher Gary Curhan, M.D., provides a disturbing statistic: one in five teenagers suffer hearing loss.  Dr. Curhan explains the phenomenon and its causes to Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

Also on the show this week: how obesity saps work productivity and why there are worries about electronic cigarettes.

For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine 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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