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On ‘Sound Medicine’: Childhood obesity, long-term birth control for teens, and how men can ‘Refuel’


INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” announces its program for March 2, including segments about combating childhood obesity, how the government is changing health care, and the best birth control options for teenagers.

How can parents help obese children slim down? A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a third of school-age children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.  The study also showed that overweight 5-year-olds are likely to be overweight or obese as eighth-graders. David Creel, Ph.D., a registered dietician and clinical psychologist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, discusses how parents can help kids lose weight through a combination of diet and exercise. Samer Mattar, M.D, a bariatric surgeon at Oregon Health and Science University, discusses bariatric surgery for teenagers as an alternative to diet and exercise.

What’s going on with the government and health care? Congress recently announced its intentions to fast track the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, which will provide physicians with a stable Medicare payment system. “Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., joins host Barbara Lewis to discuss the new legislation as well as what’s new with the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for research mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.

What is the new birth control advice for teenagers? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released a report that stated long-acting birth control implants and intrauterine devices are safe for use in teenagers. Healthy living expert Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., discusses the report as well as the advantages and disadvantages of birth control implants and IUDs.

How can we “Refuel”? John La Puma, M.D., recently combined his talents as a health care provider and chef to write and publish, “Refuel,” a lifestyle book for men that aims to refuel testosterone as well as increase strength and stamina. Dr. La Puma comments on his book, his 24-day plan and why testosterone is so important.

“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.