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Improving the Odds for Transplant Patients, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Improving odds for kidney transplants. About one-third of patients in line for a kidney transplant have a “pre-sensitized” immune system primed to attack the new organ. IU transplant specialist Tim Taber, M.D., joins Barbara Lewis to explain what he and his team do to “de-sensitize” patients in order to increase the likelihood of a successful transplant surgery. Dr. Taber is associate professor at the IU School of Medicine, and he directs the kidney and pancreas transplant program at IU Health.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls project. In Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has teamed up with African-American churches to lower obesity among parishioners. The program is called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls. Reporter Scott Goldberg visits one Baltimore church to discover the secret of the program’s success.

New NIH rules for human subject research.  The National Institutes of Health is reviewing rules governing research that involves human subjects. The task will require balancing peoples’ need to keep their health information private with researchers’ need for contextual details. To learn how the regulations may change, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis sits down with the director of the IU Center for Bioethics, Eric Meslin, Ph.D.

Book: A guide to prostate cancer. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., chats with Columbia University urologist Aaron Katz about his new book, The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer. Dr. Katz explains his ideas about conventional and “integrative” therapies. He directs the Center of Holistic Urology and is an associate professor of clinical urology at Columbia University.

Bring back high school home economics. Michigan State University history professor Helen Zoe Veit, Ph.D., offers a suggestion for improving the national diet and lowering the obesity rate: bring back home economic class. Dr. Veit tells Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., how the old-fashioned home economics class — once a staple in American high schools — could improve our nation’s health.

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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