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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Marijuana legalization, the effects of community violence, and apps for pets


INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Jan. 19, including segments about the health risks and benefits of legalizing marijuana, the public health challenges facing the federal government, and the effects of proper hand hygiene.

Should marijuana usage be legalized? In the past year Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. J. Michael Bostwick, M.D., comments on the risks, benefits and long-term effects of marijuana usage.  Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., also joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss the effects of marijuana on memory loss. Dr. Bostwick is a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is an associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine; she also sees patients at Eskenazi Health.

Can neighborhood violence cause PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is known as a disease that affects soldiers returning from areas of conflict. However, people who have lost a loved one to homicide or who live in areas with a high rate of community violence may be suffering from a form of PTSD as well. Field producer Erika Beras takes us behind the scenes of community violence and exposes a new form of PTSD. 

What public health challenges are facing the federal government? The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an article by David Chokshi, M.D., M.Sc., about the public health challenges faced by the federal government. Dr. Chokshi discusses the rising costs of health care. Dr. Chokshi is a physician in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington and a 2012-13 White House Fellow.

How effective is hand washing in preventing the spread of illness? As part of the “Help Yourself” series, Sandy Roob investigates the role hand hygiene has in preventing the spread of illnesses in a medical setting. Jennifer Spivey is an infection preventionist at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, and it’s her job to inspect employees’ hand hygiene habits. According to Spivey, “Eighty percent of all infections are transmitted by touch. … I always tell people the environment is not self-cleaning, nor are your hands.”

Is there an app for your pet? Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, joins “Sound Medicine” and host Barbara Lewis to discuss smartphone apps for pet owners. According to Dr. Murphy, there are multiple apps that can help pet owners keep track of vaccination records, map walks and give emergency medical advice.

“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.