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The Risks and Rewards of Yoga — This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

Health benefits and hazards of yoga. A recent piece by New York Times journalist William Broad highlighted the life-threatening injuries one can sustain – including stroke – from performing certain yoga poses. This week, Broad joins Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., to discuss the downside  – and upside – of practicing yoga. William Broad is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a longtime practitioner of yoga. His new book is The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards.

Preventing ski injuries. It’s the high season for skiers right now. And while there’s not much snow east of the Mississippi, the Rocky Mountains are finally getting some good storms. Competitive skier-turned-physician Ed Laskowski offers advice for preventing injuries on the slopes. Dr. Laskowski is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist; he co-directs the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Book: A Day Without Pain. Pain specialist Mel Pohl, M.D., has written several books about chronic pain: not just its causes and treatments but about the factors that affect the ways we experience pain, including cultural traditions and gender. Dr. Pohl is medical director at the Las Vegas Recovery Center.

100-year-old brains shed light on mental illness. The scene: a dusty closet at a medical museum, a former mental hospital. Inside the closet: more than 400 jars containing brains preserved from 19th-century autopsies. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., speaks with the researcher testing these brain-tissue samples with 21st-century technology. Indiana University pathologist George Sandusky, Ph.D., DMV, will discuss mining century-old brains for DNA clues to better diagnose mental illness. Dr. Sandusky is a senior research professor of pathology and laboratory science at the IU School of Medicine.

Also this week: In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, how plastic surgeons repair stretched or “gauged” earlobe holes, and in the Did You Know? Feature, learn a simple trick for cutting down on snacks and losing weight.

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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