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Kids and cavities, safe gardening and greening urban 'food deserts,' this week on 'Sound Medicine'


“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.

Are connections between oral health and heart disease valid? Guest Peter Lockhart, DDS, professor and chair of oral medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, discusses his new study that casts doubt upon the previously suggested link between periodontal health and arterial wall thickening.

What is behind the increased prevalence of preschoolers with cavities? For the first time in 40 years, there is an increased number of children with multiple cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mirroring this alarming trend is the increased number of children who have to be anesthetized to treat their great number of cavities and overall tooth decay. Tune in to hear Jeffrey Dean, DDS, MSD, executive associate dean at Indiana University School of Dentistry, share his thoughts regarding the origins of this trend and advice for parents of preschoolers to reduce the incidence of cavities.

Are “food deserts” present in your community? “Food deserts” are typically in low-income areas and are characterized by the unattainability of healthy foods. Gus Schumacher, former U.S. undersecretary of agriculture, visits “Sound Medicine” to discuss his innovative ideas that contributed to the foundation of Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based organization that improves the access and affordability of locally grown produce to traditionally impoverished communities.  

What safety issues can uproot your summer garden? Laura Henderson, executive director of Growing Places Indy and founder/director of the Indy Winter Farmers Market shares vital safety tips and information to keep your home-grown produce healthy and your garden thriving.

“Sound Medicine,” co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part 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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