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Identifying Developmental Problems in Kids — This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

Parents: Investigate warning signs. Clinical neuropsychologist Karen Schiltz, Ph.D., is an expert in identifying developmental problems in children. In her discussion with Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., Schiltz advises parents to trust their gut and to note carefully the frequency, intensity and pervasiveness of their child’s behavioral difficulties. Her new book, Beyond the Label, is a guide to testing children for behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. Schiltz is associate clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 

Treating cancer in Kenya. Sound Medicine‘s Dr. David Crabb interviews IU oncologist Jodi Skiles, who talks about her work with patients at the Moi Teaching Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, where she co-directs the Oncology Institute for the AMPATH program (Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare). Dr. Skiles discusses the difficulties diagnosing and treating cancers in a part of the world that lacks such basic medical equipment as radiation oncology machines. Back in the States, Dr. Skiles is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Building a long-term global health program. When initiating a global health program, it is important to consider its long-term sustainability. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis chats with Laura McNulty, co-founder of Health Horizons International, which serves poor communities in the Dominican Republic. McNulty explains the importance of listening to the local populace in order to build an enduring health care program. McNulty also serves as executive director of Health Horizons International.

Essential tremor, a common condition. Hand and other tremors occur in about 5 percent of the population, usually among the elderly. Sound Medicine‘s Dr. David Crabb asks IU neurologist Jay Bhatt, M.D., to explain a condition called essential tremor. With essential tremor, the shaking may start in the hand and spread to the neck or voice. Although essential tremor can be debilitating, medications and other treatments can successfully quell it. Dr. Bhatt is on the neurology faculty at the IU School of Medicine and has a practice with IU Health Physicians.

One man’s hero, another man’s bum. Emergency room physicians live extraordinary lives. Host Barbara Lewis speaks with emergency medicine physician Louis Profeta, author of The Patient in Room 9 Says He’s God. Dr. Profeta, who works at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, tells an amusing tale that illustrates the highs and lows of his job.

Also this week: In the Sound Medicine Checkup, positive imaginations make for productive workers, and in the Did You Know? feature, why wearing high heels is harmful.

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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