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On ‘Sound Medicine’: ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ stroke prevention, fat shaming and office treadmills


INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Nov. 10, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the bestselling young adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” a conversation about heart disease in women, and a surgeon who traded his scalpel for a pen.

Behind the scenes of “The Fault in Our Stars”: John Green is the author of The New York Times best-selling young-adult-novel-turned-movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.” The story involves two young teenagers with terminal cancer who fall in love at a cancer support group. Shaliene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as Hazel and Augustus, the main characters, while cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh appear as extras. Field producer Erika Beras takes “Sound Medicine” behind the scenes and speaks with Green about the movie adaption as well as the cancer patients appearing in the film. “The Fault in Our Stars” is set to be released in June 2014.

Are black women more likely to be affected by heart disease? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, black women are more likely than white women to have heart disease. The study also found that black women are three times more likely to die from heart disease. “Sound Medicine” healthy living expert Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., discusses the study, the risk factors of heart disease and the differences in symptoms in the two groups of women. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is an associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine; she sees patients at Wishard Hospital.

Who has the highest risk for a stroke? Judy Monroe, M.D., is speaking at the IU National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health annual Women of Influence event; the topic of her talk is “Stroke: One of the Public Health Complications of Obesity.” According to Dr. Monroe, women ages 35 to 54 and those who are obese are at the greatest risk for stroke. She talks about strategies to help women stop this trend. Dr. Monroe is the deputy director for state, tribal, local and territorial support efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the benefits of walking while working? As part of the “Help Yourself” series, Sandy Roob investigates the effects of treadmills for those working in a sedentary environment. Kate Shoup is an Indianapolis-based freelance writer and editor who doesn’t like to exercise. But after setting up a treadmill in her office, she walks up to eight and a half miles a day while writing, researching and Facebooking. Although the initial investment was hefty, Shoup says getting a built-in workout every day is a great investment in her overall health.

What does “fat shaming” accomplish? Jeremy Shere talks to ethicist Arthur Caplin, University of Pennsylvania, about the practice and its unintended consequence.

A surgeon’s perspective on the beauty of operating: Sid Schwab, M.D., a semi-retired surgeon and author of “Cutting Remarks: Insights and Recollections of a Surgeon,” visits “Sound Medicine” to discuss his experiences as a surgeon.  Dr. Schwab describes the beauty surgeons witness when they operate and discover the secrets of each patient lying before them. He is an eloquent writer who frequently blogs and was recently featured on KevinMD.

“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.

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).

Please check local listings for broadcast dates and times.