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Spray-on skin, aging eyes, PTSD and other topics discussed this week on ‘Sound Medicine’

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“Sound Medicine,” also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads, covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine.

Spray-on skin: Science fiction or advanced technology? While spray-on skin sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, this advanced technology has existed for several years, although it is not yet widely used. Listen to Rajiv Sood, M.D., an Indiana University School of Medicine professor of surgery and director of the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Health Services, talk about how spray-on skin can change the lives of burn victims.

Can aging eyes lead to insomnia and other diseases? Certain conditions associated with aging, like memory loss and slower reaction time, may be the result of the aging eye. Ryan Prall, M.D., an ophthalmologist at the Glick Eye Institute at the IU School of Medicine, discusses new research that suggests a link between aging eyes and a variety of illnesses, including insomnia, heart disease and cancer.

Are African-Americans predisposed to glaucoma? Glaucoma affects more African-Americans than any other ethnic population, and often occurs earlier in life — on average about 10 years earlier. Lyne Racette, Ph.D., also a Glick Eye Institute researcher, is looking at the eyes of healthy African-Americans to see what differences may account for their increased predisposition to glaucoma.

How does post-traumatic stress disorder affect combat veterans? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 18 combat-zone veterans commit suicide each day. Harry Croft, M.D., medical director of the San Antonio Psychiatric Research Center and a private practice psychiatrist, talks about his latest book, “I Always Sit With My Back Against The Wall” — a guide for soldiers suffering from this potentially life-threatening disorder and their families.

Doc Chat: Is it really beneficial for women with cardiovascular disease to take aspirin? Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, and national guidelines promote the use of a daily aspirin for women at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. So why don’t more women take an aspirin a day to prevent this disease? Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, discusses the surprising results of a study recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health and the recommended doses of aspirin.

“Sound Medicine,” co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is aired on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

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