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Drug Testing in the NFL, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Performance enhancing drugs in pro football. Drug testing for players in the NFL was set to begin this season, but the new testing protocols have yet to be finalized. Gary Wadler, M.D., is former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list and methods committee. He will talk with Barbara Lewis about the NFL’s proposed policy, which includes testing for human growth hormones – a test requiring a blood sample.  Dr. Wadler is clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine.

A birth control pill for men. The idea for a male contraceptive pill has been around for a while, but so far, nothing has proven as safe and effective as “the pill” for women. But there has been progress. Sound Medicine’s Dr. Steve Bogdewic will speak with researcher Gregory Kopf, Ph.D., about his work on gamendazole, a drug that interrupts sperm maturation, rendering it nonfunctional. Dr. Kopf is associate vice chancellor for research administration at the University of Kansas.

The patient’s role in healing. In our final conversation with authors David Schenck, Ph.D., and Larry Churchill, Ph.D., the men will talk with Barbara Lewis about the ways exceptional doctors create successful therapeutic partnerships with their patients.  Drs. Schenck and Churchill are both on the faculty at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Their book is Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work.

More medical myths. Another team of authors, medical myth-busters Rachel Vreeman, M.D., and Aaron Carroll, M.D., will discuss common misconceptions about diet and exercise. Barbara Lewis will find out if celery is really a “negative calorie” food.  The latest book by Drs. Vreeman and Carroll is called Don’t Cross Your Eyes.

Twittercue: @soundmed this week, #NFL drug testing, #male contraceptives, & @aaronecarroll + @rachelvreeman on medical myths.

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