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Premature Births, Exercise for Cancer Patients, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Oct.30, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Campaign for full-term babies. Choosing to deliver a baby even a week or two early can have serious consequences for the newborn’s health.  For example, an early birth can necessitate a baby spend extra time in the hospital, a cost everyone pays. Alan Fleischman, M.D., will talk with Barbara Lewis about a new March of Dimes campaign called “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” Dr. Fleischman is senior vice president and medical director of the March of Dimes Foundation.

Cancer patients benefit from exercise. It’s been common practice for cancer patients to avoid physical activity during and after treatment. But this notion is now passé. Epidemiologist and chronic disease expert Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., recently published a review of studies looking at whether exercise was safe for cancer patients.  She will explain how exercise is actually beneficial for recovering cancer patients. Dr. Schmitz is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She chats with Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D.

Brain surgery 101.  One of the challenges of diagnosing brain cancer is that its symptoms mimic other diseases. IU Health physician Stephanie Wagner, M.D., is one of only two neuro-oncologists in Indiana.  This week Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., will talk with Dr. Wagner about brain tumors and brain surgery. Dr. Wagner is co-medical director of the IU Simon Cancer Center‘s neuro-oncology program and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

Learning compassion in gross anatomy: One of the first courses in medical school is gross anatomy, a lab class in which students dissect a human cadaver. Students attending their first two years of med school on the IU-Northwest campus in Gary, Ind., however, develop a unique relationship with the body they’re given.  It’s more than a learning tool; it’s their first patient.

This week, Sound Medicine previews its live recording session of the Nov. 9 Spirit & Place panel discussion called “From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care.”  Host Barbara Lewis will talk with the panel participants, including IU Northwest anatomist and program director Ernie Talarico, Ph.D., medical students who participated in the course and relatives of a body donor.

Essay: A Healer in Training. Katie Kreider is a third-year medical student at IU’s South Bend campus.  In her radio essay she shares experiences with local practitioners that have encouraged her about the state of health care in our country.

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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