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For Black Women, Access To Birth Control Comes With Heavy Baggage

Some doctors see access to birth control as a tool in the fight to decrease maternal and infant mortality. Indiana has one of the nation’s worst rates of new mothers and infants dying, and those rates are even worse for black women . But a history of abuse has led to distrust of health care professionals in communities of color. Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds of the Indiana University School of Medicine spoke with Side Effects Public Media’s Lauren Bavis about systemic racism, reproductive justice -- and how contraception fits into those issues.

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Happier Birth Days: A Two-Part Panel Discussion

Experts explore what it will take to improve birth and health outcomes for Indiana's black moms and babies.

Sound Medicine 02-21-10

Feb 21, 2010

This week, cold and exercise-induced asthma in Olympic athletes; how hospital checklists reduce medical errors; and a child psychiatrist discusses how her mother's suicide affected her. Also, the effectiveness of hand sanitizers.

Sound Medicine 02-14-10

Feb 14, 2010

This week, part two of our series on biobanking human tissue; a low-acid diet to prevent osteoporosis; more natural approaches to hormone replacement therapy; and an interview with the author of "Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth." Also, a theory about food cravings and common household chemicals that may affect human fertility.

Sound Medicine 02-07-10

Feb 7, 2010

This week, we hear about ethical issues involved with banking human tissue, especially tissue from pediatric patients; also, how antioxidant supplements reduce the benefit of exercise; why kids need more vitamin D; and about ways to prevent ACL injuries in young athletes. In this week's Checkup feature, the safety of alcoholic energy drinks.

Sound Medicine 01-31-10

Jan 31, 2010

This week, Tanya Froelich on links between prenatal smoking and lead exposure to childhood ADHD; Aaron Carroll on the demise of the healthcare reform bill; Robert Gold discusses his book, The Forensic Pharmacist; Also, in our Patient Listening series, Rich Frankel meets a lung cancer survivor who explains why he kept his diagnosis a secret.

Sound Medicine 01-24-10

Jan 24, 2010

Sound Medicine this week: trauma surgery in Haiti; a vaccine for melanoma; treating dogs with brain cancer; the book, Brain: The Complete Mind; and a Grace Notes essay on the perils of prayer. Also, why pregnant women get morning sickness. And the hidden dangers of the intensive care unit.

Sound Medicine 01-17-10

Jan 17, 2010

This week on Sound Medicine: Computer models predict a large increase in type 2 diabetes cases; dreams as the pre-cursor to human consciousness; a short history of women in medicine; and another Grace Notes essay on the topic of prayer in medicine. Also, needlesticks in medical students and how sleep can be a memory aid.

Sound Medicine 01-10-10

Jan 10, 2010

In Sound Medicine this week: Why many women at risk for cancer refuse the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen; how acidity in soft drinks damages teeth; high-impact sports strengthen bones in seniors. Also, an update on healthcare legislation and the latest "Grace Notes" essay by Dr. Larry Cripe.

Sound Medicine 01-03-10

Jan 3, 2010

This week on Sound Medicine: IU bioethicist Eric Meslin explains why Darwin's Origin of Species still matters; also, hear reprised interviews with authors of these books: Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?; A Short History of Medicine; and A Brain Wider Than the Sky.

Sound Medicine 12-27-09

Dec 27, 2009

In this week's show: how much fat your exercise really burns; how prescription drugs get into our drinking water; how doctors communicate with decision-making "surrogates"; and hear a medical student tell about his first experience with a dying patient. Plus the Sound Medicine Checkup and Did You Know features.

Sound Medicine Radio Show December 20, 2009

Dec 20, 2009

Topics this week: research that shows high technology does not cut expenses or improve outcomes for hospitals and doctors' offices; how emergency care workers employ electronic medical records; author of the book Sugarless Plum, a biography of a diabetic ballet dancer; and author of the book Declarations of Dinosaur, about practicing family medicine. We also have another Grace Notes essay by Dr. Larry Cripe.

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The Workaround: A New Podcast From Side Effects Public Media

These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American health care system.

The Workaround: A Video Series

A deeper look at how everyday people work around the American health care system.

On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A New Video Series

The opioid addiction crisis is often reported on in desperate terms. But, to the people working on the frontlines of the problem, there are known and proven approaches that can help.