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Sound Medicine: April 22, 2007

Organ donation and organ transplant waiting lists are the focus of part of this week’s Sound Medicine program. 

Sam Davis, director of professional services at the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, and Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will discuss new proposals for kidney waiting lists.

David Undis will discuss LifeSharers, the non-profit network of organ donors he founded.

Also, Susan Morgan, PhD, a Purdue University communications associate professor, will discuss Hollywood’s role in the perception of organ donation. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that women who have been diagnosed with cancer in one breast should receive a magnetic resonance image, on the other.

Kathy Miller, MD, a breast cancer specialist at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, will discuss the findings and the importance of receiving cancer screening. "Preguntale el Pediatra" ("Ask the Pediatrician") is a Spanish-language radio call-in program which airs the last Friday of each month on WEDJ 107.1 FM, an Indianapolis Radio Latina station. Deanna Reinoso, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at IUSM, created and hosts the monthly show. She will discuss the program’s response from the Hispanic community. Each year millions of non-English speaking people arrive in U.S. emergency rooms, and, often times, there are not enough qualified interpreters to bridge the doctor-patient language gap.

Contributing reporter Mandy Trimble of WOSU, reports on the new "instant interpreter" service.