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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Changes for Medicare, fecal transplants, and studying stress to predict health


The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 10, featuring a doc chat on the potential impact of health care law on the states, a look at how some of Detroit’s homeless are getting critical medical care, and how our responses to stress today will affect our health in 10 years.

How might changes in health care law affect the poor? Aaron Carroll, M.D., explains that whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go beyond their budgets, directly affecting the well-being of residents and the finances of critical hospitals. Carroll is the director for the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and associate professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

How are Detroit’s homeless getting health care? Kyle Norris, a host/producer at Michigan Radio, reports on a traveling team of medical students and health professionals who meet homeless people on their own turf. Through a new mobile medical clinic that travels the streets in Detroit, they provide in-the-field, on-the-fly medical appointments.

Can feces provide a health benefit? David Crabb, M.D., talks with Lawrence Brandt, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, about using bacteria from transplanted feces to colonize the large intestine and replace damaged and/or inadequate bacteria already there. Although some studies have shown fecal transplantation works in nine out of 10 patients, it has not undergone clinical trials in the U.S. It is more widely accepted in Europe and Australia.

Can your response to stress today affect your health in 10 years? Using a subset of people who are participating in the MIDUS, or Midlife in the United States, study, a national longitudinal study of health and well-being that is funded by the National Institute on Aging, David Almeida, Ph.D. and his colleagues investigated the relationships among stressful events in daily life, people’s reactions to those events and their health and well-being 10 years later. Almeida is professor of human development at Pennsylvania State University.

Grace Notes: When does a rose become a memory? Larry Cripe, M.D., shares a meditation on his memories of his sister Berd, reflecting on a rose he kept from her Berd’s funeral. Cripe is associate professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine and medical director of palliative care at IU Health Hospital.

“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.

“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, 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).