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New Best Practices for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment, This Week on Sound Medicine


Fewer surgeries are better. Recent breast cancer research calls into question two common practices: surgical biopsies and the removal of cancerous lymph nodes. It turns out there are safer alternatives for both procedures. Sound Medicine’s breast cancer expert, Kathy Miller, M.D., will discuss the studies.  Dr. Kathy Miller is a breast cancer oncologist at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and the IU School of Medicine. She is a regular contributor to Sound Medicine.

Antibiotics for earaches. Earaches are the most commonly diagnosed illness in children and the most common reason physicians prescribe antibiotics for kids. Are antibiotics overprescribed for earaches? Pediatrician and researcher Alejandro Hoberan, M.D., concludes the answer is “no.” Dr. Hoberan, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will discuss his research findings with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

Weight-lifters on HGH. Today, young weightlifters frequently employ human growth hormone, or HGH, to build muscle mass. Harvard-affiliated psychiatrist Brian Brennan, M.D., M.Sc., will discuss the problem with Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D. Dr. Brennan is an instructor in psychiatry and associate director for translational neuroscience research at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

The Panic Virus.  In his new book The Panic Virus, author Seth Mnookin explores how the scientifically unsupported myth that vaccines cause autism is able to race through the media and grip the public imagination so thoroughly. Mnookin will discuss his ideas, and his book, with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D.

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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