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This Week on Sound Medicine — Feb. 19


Sound Medicine airs on WFYI-FM (Indianapolis) at 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Broadcast times on other stations can be found at

Sara Bleich, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Policy, is a lead author of a study that says doctors who are overweight tend to not address obesity issues with patients. According to the study, 93 percent of physicians diagnosed obesity in their patients only if they believed their own weight was equal to or less than the patients’.

A marked difference in blood pressure readings taken from the left and right arms may be a sign of heart and blood vessel disease. American Heart Association spokesman Richard Stein, M.D., says it is common practice in Europe, but not in the U.S., to routinely take blood pressure in both arms during screenings.

Sound Medicine co-host Kathy Miller, M.D., will speak with Tom Delbanco, M.D., who is the principal investigator for OpenNotes, a research collaboration designed to address whether patients should have access to their medical records and how physicians feel about the approach. Dr. Delbanco is the Richard and Florence Koplow-James Tullis Professor of General Medicine and Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.

Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis will speak with Hillel Alpert, Sc.M., about the effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapies. A professor of public health at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Alpert followed 787 adult smokers who had recently quit smoking for his study.  

This week’s show will include a segment of Sound Ethics with co-host Eric Meslin, who will talk about global health initiatives with Peter A. Singer, M.D., MPH, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Singer chairs Canada’s Strategic Role in Global Health and serves as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the U.N. secretary general’s office and several African governments.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM). It is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The Sound Medicine segment, Did You Know, is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

Listen to Sound Medicine on the following Indiana public radio stations:
WBSB (Anderson), WFIU (Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, Terre Haute), WNDY (Crawfordsville), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend), WNIN (Evansville), WBOI (Fort Wayne), WFCI (Franklin), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion), WBST (Muncie), WBSJ (Portland), WLPR (Lake County) and WBAA (West Lafayette).

The show also airs on these out-of state public radio stations:
KOTZ and KINU (Kotzebue, Alaska), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.),  KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCNY (Syracuse, N.Y.), WYSO (Yellow Springs, Ohio), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KWGS (Tulsa, Okla.), KPOV (Bend, Ore.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), KLMS (Carlsbad, N.M.) and WLRH (Huntsville, Ala.).