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New Rules for Infant Car Seats, This Week on Sound Medicine


New rules for baby car seats.  The updated car seat recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is to keep children in rear-facing car-seats for a full two years.  It’s a change that pediatricians like Indiana University’s Marilyn Bull, M.D., have been advocating for years.  Dr. Bull, a pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, will explain why this change is necessary.

An argument for increasing the Medicaid budget. IU health policy analyst, Aaron Carroll, M.D., made waves online recently when he published his opinion that the federal Medicaid budget needs to be boosted, not cut as part of a federal deficit reduction plan. This week Dr. Carroll will dig into the topic more deeply.  Dr. Carroll is on the faculty of the IU School of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. He is a regular guest on Sound Medicine.

Recall list for medical devices.  Hip replacements, pacemakers, stents – wouldn’t it be useful to know if a device your body depends on has been recalled by the manufacturer? A new online registry provides this service.  One of the creators of the site, cardiologist Frederick Ling, M.D., will explain how patients and their physicians can use the service to get vital information about their medical hardware. Dr. Ling is associate professor of medicine in the Cardiology Unit and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Rochester in New York. 

Vaccines in colonial America.  Vaccines only sound modern. In fact, vaccines have been in use since the 18th century – even before the American Revolution. University of Michigan medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss the beginnings of vaccine-use in the colonial era with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D. Dr. Markel directs the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.

YOU: Having a Baby.  Author Michael Roizen, M.D., joins Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., to discuss a new book he’s co-authored with celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. This pregnancy guide focuses on “epigenetics” — how environmental factors affect gene expression.  Dr. Roizen will explain how women, primarily through diet, can influence their babies’ health. Dr. Roizen chairs the division of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and pain management at the Cleveland Clinic.

Also on this week’s show, nutritionist and essayist Alix Litwak advises newbie health nuts to start with baby steps.

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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