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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Medicare changes, spanking and mental health, and medically complex children


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

What do potential changes in Medicare mean for future senior citizens? Mitt Romney’s recently crowned running mate, Paul Ryan, has proposed dramatic changes to the composition of Medicare over the past three years. “Sound Medicine” health care policy expert Aaron Carroll, M.D., shares the details behind Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden’s plan and how these changes could affect health care costs for future senior citizens, as well as the possibility of a bipartisan compromise for the future direction of Medicare.

Can spanking lead to mental health concerns later in life? Adults who reported such punishments as spanking, slapping, and hitting during their childhood had a greater likelihood of experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and alcohol and drug abuse dependence, according to a recent study at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Study author Tracie Afifi, Ph.D., visits “Sound Medicine” to discuss the conclusions of her study, which was one of the first to discern that milder forms of punishment are linked to mental illness, and whether her study is definitive enough to influence parenting style.

What are pediatricians doing to help families with medically complex children? Pediatrician Jim Ogan, M.D., recently established a program at the University of Virginia Medical Center to provide specialty care for medically complex children. Dr. Ogan authored an inspiring essay titled “Holy Moments” about a special neonatal intensive care patient. In a special segment, excerpts of Ogan’s essay are intertwined with the story of how the new program is helping children with unique medical problems.

What problems do children with high blood pressure face as adults? According to a recent study by the University of Michigan, up to 3 percent of American children have high blood pressure. This is significant because high blood pressure during childhood triggers heart changes, which typically follow them into adulthood, placing them at a high risk for heart disease. Joseph Flynn, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and chief of the division of nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital shares his reaction to the results of this study and to what he attributes the rise in children’s hypertension, as well as what parents can do to address this growing problem.

What do charge nurses experience in emergency rooms? In another installment of the “Patient Listening” series, Rich Frankel, Ph.D., talk with Keith Dwyer, R.N., about his journey as an emergency room charge nurse and paints a colorful picture about his experiences with patients.

“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).

“Sound Medicine” is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: WLRH (Huntsville, Ala.), KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.) and KEOS (College Station, Texas).