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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Saying goodbye, and the risk of kidney damage and type 2 diabetes in children


INDIANAPOLIS — The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for March 17, featuring several segments covering kidney damage, diabetes in children and advances in Parkinson’s research. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

The goodbye song: Zach Sobiech is a teenager like any other, except he’s living with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer with only 400 cases diagnosed each year. Zach was diagnosed at 14 and has been fighting the deadly disease for three years. After exhausting all of his treatment options, Zach has been given only a year to live. He recorded the song “Clouds” as a goodbye song to his family and his life. The song has received over 1.5 million hits on YouTube and has made Zach a source of inspiration for many.

Are hospital readmission rates a good measure for quality of care? Aaron Carroll, M.D., a frequent “Sound Medicine” commentator, discusses the pros and cons of using hospital readmission rates — when patients return to the hospital shortly after being discharged — to measure hospitals’ quality of care and help determine their Medicare reimbursement. Dr. Carroll directs the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the IU School of Medicine.

Could everyday drugs be harming your children? Jason Misurac, M.D., a pediatric nephrology fellow at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, explains how non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, cause kidney damage in children. His study showed that when severely dehydrated children are given NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, it could potentially cause kidney damage. The study showed that nearly 3 percent of all kidney damage in children is caused by NSAIDs.

Why are we treating adult onset diabetes in children? Tamara Hannon, M.D., director of the clinical diabetes program at Riley Hospital for Children, discusses the rising number of children with type 2 diabetes — typically a disease of adulthood — and the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for managing it.

Can voice test determine Parkinson’s risk? The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative collected over 10,000 voice samples from those with and without Parkinson’s disease. The samples were then analyzed and used to create a voice-based test to help detect Parkinson’s indicators. The method proved to be 98.6 percent accurate. Max Little, Ph.D., the project director and a Wellcome Trust/MIT fellow, speaks with David Crabb, M.D., of “Sound Medicine” about this exciting advance in the field of Parkinson’s research.

“Sound Medicine” covers breakthrough research studies, the day-to-day application of recent advances in medicine and bioethical topics. It’s 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, 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: 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).