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How Much Vitamin D? – This Week on Sound Medicine


Many Americans take calcium and vitamin D supplements, but official recommendations about dosages have changed recently. Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., chats with Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Sundeep Khosla, M.D., about how much calcium and vitamin D people really need. Dr. Khosla is president of The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Melanoma researcher Shernan Holtan, M.D., also of the Mayo Clinic, is exploring an odd similarity between cancer cells and cells in women during a healthy pregnancy. In both instances, immune cells are turned off. Dr. Holtan will chat with Barbara Lewis about her search for a way to regulate immune modulation in cancer cells.  

Shingles pain is intense. Even when an episode is supposedly “over” and the blisters have healed, the pain might linger for weeks or months. Jennifer Meador-Stone, M.D., an acupuncturist whose practice includes working with shingles patients, will discuss how acupuncture relieves shingles pain. Dr. Meador-Stone is a volunteer clinical lecturer in medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

Also this week, as part of his “Patient Listening” series, Dr. Rich Frankel will explore the healing power of music. Dr. Frankel meets with music therapist Eva Rudisile and musician Tull Glazener in the Sound Medicine studio. Together they discuss the positive and healthful effects music has on our lives.

In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, Eric Metcalf will talk with veterinarian Ernie Ward who explains why many Americans should put their pets on a diet.

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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