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On 'Sound Medicine': Decreasing tobacco use, chronic wound care, and health care providers who smoke


INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 16, featuring segments about the dangers of smoking, advances in chronic wound care, and medical linguistics.

Has tobacco use decreased in the past 50 years? The first surgeon general’s smoking and health report 50 years ago stated that smoking causes lung cancer. Michael Fiore, M.D., MPH, MBA, recently co-wrote an article about the report’s effect on society. Dr. Fiore joins “Sound Medicine” to comment on the smoking culture before the report was published, the ramifications of the report, and current efforts to eliminate tobacco usage. Dr. Fiore is the director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Why do health care providers still smoke? A recent study conducted by Linda Sarna, Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nursing at the UCLA School of Nursing, showed that 7 percent of nurses and 2 percent of doctors still smoke. Dr. Sarna discusses her study, why doctors and nurses are still smoking, and how it’s possible for them to deliver smoking cessation messages while smoking themselves.

What is the best way to care for chronic skin wounds? The founder of the Johns Hopkins Wound Healing Center joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss chronic skin wounds caused by diabetes, poor blood circulation and rheumatological illnesses. Gene Lazarus, M.D., talks about who is at risk for non-healing skin wounds, the best way to treat them, and studies that could change the future of wound care.

Why are medical linguistics important? The words “syndrome” and “cancer” may sound harmless, but they could have lasting effects for doctors and patients alike. According to medical linguist Janet Byron Anderson, Ph.D., the complexity and historical meaning of words can become misconstrued. Dr. Anderson discusses what medical linguists do and why people should pay special attention to medical terminology.

When life is not enough: Larry Cripe, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, shares a touching story of acceptance and death.  

“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.