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Uterus Transplants, Possibilities and Problems — This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Practical issues with womb transplantation. Doctors and ethicists are grappling with the practicalities and ethics of a procedure that has been performed only a handful of times. It’s a uterus transplant: the procedure to temporarily implant a uterus into a woman so she can have a baby. IU gynecologic oncologist Giuseppe Del Priore is leading a team laying the groundwork for a successful womb transplant.

In an interview with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., Dr. Del Priore will lay out the history of the procedure and explain how candidates for the surgery are selected. He directs gynecologic oncology at the IU School of Medicine and at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Womb transplantation, the ethics. Medical ethicists voice concern about an elective major surgery that endangers the life of both mother and child. Dr. Del Priore and Dr. Eric Meslin discuss reasons for and against such drastic medical measures.  

Mental habits for maintaining weight loss. Researcher and internist Christopher Sciamanna, M.D., M.P.H., joins Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., to discuss successful strategies to keep lost weight from returning. In a recent study of specific weight-control practices, Dr. Sciamanna found that individuals who practice particular mental habits were most successful in keeping the weight off. Sciamanna is an internal medicine physician at Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center.

Healing vibrations. Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob recently donned yoga pants and grabbed her mat to experience a unique yoga workshop where the sound of the world’s largest stringed instrument, the Earth Harp, accompanies the exercise routines. Roob meets with the yoga instructors who teach that sound vibrations can have healing powers on the body. 

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