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A Model for Treating Uninsured Patients — This Week on Sound Medicine

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A clinic dedicated to serving the uninsured. For the past 20 years, an unusual clinic in Baltimore has been providing comprehensive care to the uninsured — without government funding. The Shepherd’s Clinic relies on medical professionals to volunteer their services, and it depends on patients to pay a voluntary fee of an hour’s wage. Sound Medicine reporter Scott Goldberg meets with Shepherd’s Clinic founder Jack VandenHengel and its medical director Lisa Keamy, M.D., who explain how they run this remarkable practice.

Financial stress affects family mental health. A slow economy affects families in multiple ways. Gustavo Carlo, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri, studies how financial uncertainty affects family relationships. In an interview with Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., Dr. Carlo explains that parents with financial problems are prone to depression, making them less effective parents. Carlo is the Millsap Professor of Diversity at the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Botox for migraines. So much attention has been focused on the cosmetic uses of botulinum toxin, usually known by its trade name, Botox, that it’s easy to forget about the drug’s serious medical uses. For example, the FDA recently approved Botox for preventing chronic migraines. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., sat down with Indiana University neurologist Jay Bhatt, M.D., to learn how it works. Dr. Bhatt is assistant professor of clinical neurology at the IU School of Medicine and practices with IU Health Physicians.

Multitasking parents. For most parents, multitasking is the norm. But is this a good thing? Our guest Barbara Schneider, Ph.D., says it depends whether you’re a mom or a dad. Professor Schneider has been examining differences between multitasking parents, and her recently published study found that mothers not only multitask more, they are more likely than fathers to find it burdensome. The study was published in the December 2011 issue of the American Sociological Review. Barbara Schneider teaches in the departments of education and sociology at Michigan State University.

Doc Chat with Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D. Not everyone agrees that the human brain can perform more than one cognitive task at a time, including Sound Medicine’s own Dr. Steve Bogdewic, a psychologist. In a chat with Barbara Lewis, Bogdewic says he thinks even the term “multitasking” is a myth. Dr. Bogdewic is a regular contributor to Sound Medicine. He is also executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development at the IU School of Medicine.

In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, Eric Metcalf explores why pediatricians are reluctant to discuss a child’s obesity with his parents. Plus, in his Did You Know? segment, Jeremy Shere reveals the age when human brains begin to lose function.

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.
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