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A New Look at the Beta Amyloid Protein in Alzheimer’s Disease, This Week on Sound Medicine

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A Washington University School of Medicine neurologist, Dr. Bateman will discuss his view on the common belief that the brain’s over-production of the beta amyloid protein causes Alzheimer’s disease. His research shows that the problem may actually lie with the brain’s improper “drainage” of the protein.

It is a little known fact that individual insurance policies often do not cover pregnancy. Kaiser Health News columnist Michelle Andrews will explain the problem to Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D.

Nowadays, with health care organizations looking at pay-for-performance models for physicians, the accuracy of patients’ evaluations of their doctors is critical. Harvard researcher Clemens Hong, M.D., M.P.H., will discuss his study showing that a patient’s socioeconomic class markedly influences how he or she rates a physician’s effectiveness.

Also this week, Indiana University bioethicist Eric Meslin, Ph.D., hosts another installment of “Sound Ethics.” Dr. Meslin will meet with DePauw University historian John Dittmer, Ph.D., to discuss his book, The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care. Dr. Dittmer’s book retells the struggle of African American doctors seeking equal treatment in the 1960s.

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

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