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Counterfeit Cancer Drugs – This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

Fake formulations of Avastin. Federal investigators are looking into low-cost and bogus versions of the drug Avastin that are making it into the U.S. market via the Internet.  Purdue professor Matthew M. Murawski, R.Ph., Ph.D., an expert on the pharmacy business, provides an overview of the problem and suggestions for physicians and consumers. Dr. Murawski is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue’s College of Pharmacy.

Aspirin reduces cancer risk. Two new studies suggest that taking a daily aspirin significantly reduces the risk of many cancers and prevents tumors from spreading. For details on the research, Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., speaks with the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Otis Webb Brawley, M.D. Dr. Brawley is a professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University.

Less time in the ICU. Patients recovering from a major heart attack or other serious illness typically spend days in the intensive care unit. Long periods of inactivity in the ICU, however, are debilitating. Bedridden patients can experience memory loss and even post-traumatic stress. A new critical care recovery unit at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis eases the transition for patients coming out of the ICU. Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., learns about the new unit from Wishard ICU physician Babar Khan, M.D., who helped set it up.

Marathons don’t cause heart attacks. The Boston Marathon takes place this week, and we have good news for folks wondering whether long-distance running is safe for their hearts. It is. Heart specialist and researcher Aaron Baggish, M.D., discusses his study’s findings with Sound Medicine’s Dr. Steve Bogdewic, himself a runner. Dr. Baggish is associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center. 

Book: The Messengers. If running one marathon isn’t enough, what would it be like to run a hundred of them? Dr. Steve Bogdewic chats with marathoner and author Malcolm Anderson. His book, The Messengers, consists of interviews with super marathoners, people who’ve finished at least 100 marathons. Anderson tells stories about extremely driven runners he’s met and explains why they’re so devoted to the sport.

Also this week, why it’s important to study “math anxiety.” And Jeremy Shere, Ph.D., explains how eating veggies can improve your skin tone.

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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