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Avian Flu Research Suspended – This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

Controversial flu research suspended. Recently, two teams studying the H5N1 influenza virus discovered how to produce a version of the highly pathogenic  avian flu, which is easily transmissible in mammals. The researchers have agreed to suspend their research for 60 days to allow discussion of  how the findings should be reported. IU bioethicist Eric Meslin, Ph.D., discusses the moratorium and how it may affect the research. Dr. Meslin directs the IU Center for Bioethics.

Predictors for breast cancer updated. To discover a patient’s chance for developing breast cancer, one criterion physicians look for is a family history of breast cancer. In this week’s doc chat, IU breast cancer specialist Kathy Miller, M.D., explains  new research from Stanford that — contradicting an earlier study — suggests family history might not be so useful in assessing a woman’s risk of developing cancer, after all.  Dr. Miller is associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and a researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

New treatments for liver cancer. A new strategy for treating liver cancer involves radiation, microscopic beads and an isotope known as Y-90. To learn how Y-90 microsphere radioembolization attacks liver tumors, Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., meets with Indiana University liver cancer specialists Mary Maluccio, M.D., and Matthew Johnson, M.D. Drs. Maluccio and Johnson are on faculty at the IU School of Medicine and are researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Doc chat: the Dukan diet. The latest dieting craze is the Dukan diet, named for French doctor Pierre Dukan. Kate Middleton reportedly used it to drop a few dress sizes before her wedding to Prince William.  So Barbara Lewis asks Sound Medicine’s new regular contributor, Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., what she thinks about it. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is on faculty at the IU School of Medicine, and she serves as executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Book: The Complete Book of Bone Health. Osteoporosis is the most common health problem women face today. In fact, one in five women will die within a year of breaking a hip. The good news: There are things women can do to bolster their bones. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis interviews bone health expert Diane Schneider, M.D., who discusses her new book The Complete Book of Bone Health. Dr. Schneider is former associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, Jeremy Shere reveals what babies know about physics, and in his Did You Know? segment, Jeremy finds another benefit to olive oil.

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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