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Vaccines and Autism Controversy Explored This Week on Sound Medicine

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Recently, the original study claiming that vaccines cause autism has been debunked, and the British doctor who published the findings has been charged with falsifying data. But is the controversy over? This week, IU pediatrician Rachel Vreeman, M.D., will discuss the issue with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D. Dr. Vreeman is assistant professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

In the year since the massive earthquake in Haiti, that country has experienced several public health crises, including a cholera outbreak and a rise in tuberculosis. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., will speak with Kevin Schwartzman, M.D., from McGill University about the public health surveillance efforts underway in Haiti. Dr. Schwartzman is a clinical researcher at the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit at McGill University School of Medicine.

You’ve heard of abandoned cars. But abandoned prescriptions? Purdue pharmacy professor Mick Murray, Pharm.D., M.P.H., explains this growing problem to Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic. Dr. Murray is also a researcher at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis.

In a chat with host Barbara Lewis, leading cancer researcher Arnold Levine, Ph.D., will discuss causes of and cures for cancer, including his discovery of a cell protein that inhibits tumor growth. Levine leads the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., will talk with author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., about his book Emperor of All Maladies. The book takes a sweeping look at the history of cancer, starting with the ancient Egyptians. Dr. Mukherjee is assistant professor and oncologist at Columbia University in New York.

Also, in this week’s Checkup: Eric Metcalf wants to know why yawning is contagious.

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 Indiana University Health, IU Health Physicians and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

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