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Mercury Emissions from Power Plants, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Contamination from coal power. Barbara Lewis will talk with Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D., about coal-fired power plants and mercury contamination. Dr. Filippelli’s recently published study reports that in regions relying on coal-fired power, there are measureable amounts of mercury in the surrounding soil and water. Filippelli directs the IUPUI Center for Urban Health and is a professor of earth sciences.

Inspired by his own illness. You can certainly say that Brien Smith, M.D., is a physician who treats what he knows. Diagnosed with epilepsy at age 16, he decided while in medical school to specialize in neurology – so he could treat and advocate for others with his condition. Dr. Smith is chief of neurology at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also chairs the Epilepsy Foundation.

Book: Critical Care. Theresa Brown now works as an oncology nurse, but her original career was in academia as an English professor. In her new book Critical Care, Brown retells the story of her first year as a cancer nurse.  Brown will join Barbara Lewis to explain the impetus behind her radical, mid-life career change. Brown also contributes to the New York Times health blog, “The Well.”

Patient Listening: Art Shapes Medicine. Our Patient Listening series host Rich Frankel, Ph.D., will sit down with a father and son who weave the arts into their work in medicine. Father is Curt Oehler, M.D., a cardiologist, poet and print-maker who practices in Terre Haute, Ind. His son is IU medical student Drew Oehler. Drew, now in his third year of medical school, edits the literary publication Reflections, a book distributed to all entering IU medical students. The two men explain how the fine arts add balance to their lives.

For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.

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 Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Did You Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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