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Defining the Accountable Care Organization – This Week on Sound Medicine

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Indiana University health-care policy expert Aaron Carroll, M.D., will define a new term in the medical lexicon: the accountable care organization or ACO.  Dr. Carroll will explain what it is and why we’ll be seeing more of them in the future.

Here’s another unfamiliar term: spinal muscular atrophy or SMA.  This hereditary disease destroys nerves that control voluntary muscle movement and is the largest genetic killer of infants and young children worldwide. Reporter Diane Bock will profile Bill and Victoria Strong, a couple who’ve become advocates for SMA awareness and research.

Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis will talk with pioneering cancer researcher Arnold Levine, Ph.D., who discovered of a protein critical to understanding tumor growth. The gene that houses the protein has been dubbed the guardian angel gene because it can repair DNA and prevent cancerous cells from growing. Dr. Levine, who established and heads the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., is this year’s recipient of the Steven C. Beering Award, presented by the IU School of Medicine.

When it was revealed earlier this fall that American scientists working in Guatemala during the 1940’s had intentionally infected prisoners with syphilis, the U.S. State Department issued an apology almost immediately. We will hear from historian Susan Reverby, Ph.D., of Wellesley College, who unearthed the facts. And we will hear from two bioethicists who explain the ramifications of this 60-year-old story: Indiana University’s Eric Meslin, Ph.D., and University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D.

Also on the show this week:  IU professor of emergency medicine Mike Olinger, M.D., will describe an alternative CPR technique that does not include mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Plus, learn how beet juice may stave off dementia.

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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