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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Farm policy, child safety ethics, and the most critical public health problems


The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Jan. 6, with a special emphasis on American farms, including policy changes and farm injuries in children and teens. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

“Sound Medicine” covers breakthroughs in research 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.

How does farm policy affect the nation’s nutrition and health? A large piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill has been stalled on the House floor because of budgetary concerns. The Farm Bill addresses issues such as rising milk prices, nutrition assistance programs for the poor and agriculture subsidies. Without the passage of this legislation, the farming industry has been reverting to outdated policy. Parke Wilde, Ph.D., discusses policy changes that would have a positive impact on the nation and how components of the Farm Bill would effect change. Dr. Wilde is an associate professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and the author of the upcoming book, “Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction.”

How common are farm injuries in children and teens? A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics reported that 25,000 children or teenagers are injured in farm-related accidents every year. George Gantsoudes, M.D., discusses what kind of farm injuries he sees most often in his role as an orthopedic surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and whether rural hospitals have adequate resources to treat such injuries. Dr. Gantsoudes is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.

What are the most grave public health concerns in the U.S.? Judith Monroe, M.D., director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides critical leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system.  Monroe, former Indiana state health commissioner, recently spoke in Bloomington about a wide range of public health concerns. She joins “Sound Medicine” host Barbara Lewis to discuss what she considers to be the biggest problems facing U.S. public health and the expanding role of government in health care.

Are you a good parent? Answering this question from a safety perspective requires an advanced form of ethical thinking, according to Peter Schwartz M.D., Ph.D. Schwartz, who recently wrote about this topic and posed several ethical situations regarding child safety, summarizes these scenarios and the concept of the “prevention paradox” with “Sound Medicine” host Anne Ryder. Schwartz is the acting director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.

“Sound Medicine” is 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. “Sound Medicine” airs 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: 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).