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On ‘Sound Medicine’: HIV-free babies, simulating life on Mars, and unpublished clinical trials


INDIANAPOLIS — The “Sound Medicine” program for March 30 includes segments about a possible “cure” for HIV-positive newborns, why researchers aren’t publishing their clinical trials, and the life of the Michelangelo of medicine.

Can HIV-positive newborns be cured? At the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections it was reported that several HIV-positive babies treated immediately after birth are now HIV free. The human immunodeficiency virus causes AIDS if left untreated. Elaine Cox, M.D., the pediatric HIV program director at the IU School of Medicine, discusses HIV treatment in newborns, how it differs from adults, and how HIV-positive expectant mothers can reduce the risk of transmission to newborns. 

Why did Indianapolis students travel to the AIDS capital of the world? An Indianapolis nonprofit called Saving Orphans through Healthcare Outreach teamed up with Crispus Attucks High School to send local students interested in medicine to Swaziland for two weeks to meet with teens there. Swaziland has the highest rate of AIDS in the world. Field producer Andrea Muraskin talks with students and teachers about their experiences and reactions on day-to-day life in Swaziland.

How will scientists simulate life on Mars? Earlier this month, Ronald Williams, Ph.D., left his position as the director of neuropsychology at Fort Wayne Neurological Center for an extended stay in Hawaii. While in Hawaii, Dr. Williams will not be lounging on a sandy beach; he will spend four months participating in HI-SEAS — the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation — a NASA-funded space simulation program. Dr. Williams, a volunteer clinical professor of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss his early fascination with space, how he was selected for the HI-SEAS program, and the goals for his four months in Hawaii.

Why are so many clinical trials unpublished? Christopher Jones, M.D., is the lead author of a new study that found many clinical researchers left their results unpublished. The study looked at over 600 trials registered on and found that 29 percent of studies did not publish their findings. Dr. Jones comments on why researchers aren’t publishing their results and why this should be a concern for the scientific community. Dr. Christopher Jones is on the faculty of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Who was the Michelangelo of medicine? Frank Netter, M.D., morphed a career in medicine into something he truly loved to do: draw. Dr. Netter was known as the Michelangelo of medicine in the medical community. To commemorate her father’s role and contributions to medical education,  Francine Netter recently published, “Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD.” Francine joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss her father’s work as a medical illustrator.

“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).

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