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Zinc for the Common Cold, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

Zinc treats cold symptoms. Renowned zinc researcher from Wayne State University School of Medicine Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the use of zinc for curbing cold symptoms and limiting a cold’s duration. Dr. Prasad’s findings appear in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

No graphic photos for cigarette packs. Earlier this year, anti-smoking advocates attempted to mandate the placement of gory images on cigarette packages. Recently, however, a federal judge found that the nine images approved by the FDA go beyond illustrating health risks and violate free speech. IU addiction expert Andrew Chambers, M.D., will address the effectiveness of ugly imagery on cigarette packages.

Reconstructing faces. Facial paralysis is a common side effect of multiple conditions. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., speaks with plastic surgeon Taha Shipchandler, M.D., about new techniques for manipulating muscle and bone that can correct, or at least minimize, paralyzed facial muscles. Dr. Shipchandler is with IU Health Physicians in Indianapolis, and he is assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Baby gender blood test. A new blood test can determine a baby’s gender as early as seven weeks after conception. Although commonly used in Europe, the test is not FDA-approved for use in the U.S. IU obstetrician-gynecologist Debra Kirkpatrick. M.D., explains how the test works and the potential health benefits of knowing a baby’s gender in advance. Dr. Kirkpatrick is associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the IU School of Medicine and serves as medical director of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Primary Care Center at Wishard Hospital.

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis chats with medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., about her new book, Get Me Out. In it, Dr. Hutter Epstein chronicles the fads and fables about conception, from ancient to modern times.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM). 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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