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Sound Medicine offers a summer reading list


INDIANAPOLIS — The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for May 26, featuring segments covering the best medical and health books to stuff in your beach bag this summer. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

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

“The Longevity Project”: What makes for long life? You may be surprised. Howard Friedman, Ph.D., will chat with Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., of “Sound Medicine” about traits common to people who live long lives. Dr. Friedman and co-researcher Leslie Martin are the latest in a line of scientists studying a cohort of people born in 1910, documented in the book “The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life From the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.” Friedman is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside.

“The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook”: More than 40 million U.S. women are the primary caregivers for an ill person, often their husband or long-term significant other. Diana Denholm, Ph.D., was one of these women, whose late husband suffered from colon cancer, congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s, among other medical conditions. From her experiences, Denholm authored “The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook,” which is packed with tips and techniques for women caring for seriously ill husbands. Denholm visits “Sound Medicine” to share some of the misperceptions about caregiving and some of her experiences caring for her husband over an 11-year period.

“A Day Without Pain“: Recovering from an injury on the slopes, or any other physical trauma, can result in chronic pain. Mel Pohl, M.D., has written several books on the topic of pain — not just its physical causes and treatments but also about the factors that affect how we experience pain, such as cultural traditions to gender. Dr. Pohl is medical director at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and medical director of the Las Vegas Recovery Center.

“You Are Not Your Brain“: Our brains can develop bad mental habits. But psychiatrist and author Rebecca Gladding, M.D., will explain that people have more control over their thoughts than they realize. Dr. Gladding is an instructor and attending psychiatrist at the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain”: In her new book, author Barbara Strauch takes on some popular assumptions about aging. She joins show host Barbara Lewis to discuss “The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain.” Strauch cites evidence showing that older brains develop and remain flexible, and she’ll argue that grown-up brains perform better at tasks such as making judgments and recognizing patterns. Strauch is the deputy science editor for The New York Times.

“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.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.) and KEOS (College Station, Texas).