Indiana University School of Medicine

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Dr. Blessing Ogbemudia graduated from Indiana University’s medical school in May. As he was celebrating with a few friends, he received an anonymous message on Instagram. It contained an audio clip of someone talking about him. 

Bill Sullivan's new book, "Please To Meet Me," explores the way genes and environment shape our lives. Sullivan, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, talked with Side Effects' Stephanie Whiteside about the book and what he found out while researching it.

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During treatment and rehab, Dr. David Flockhart remained curious about his own advanced form of glioblastoma. Hear him discuss his new perspective as a patient.

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Lauren Weghorst

As his own brain and neurological function changed after his diagnosis with brain cancer,  Dr. David Flockhart observed himself with the eye of a scientist.  

'Poop Pills' Effective In Treating C. Difficile, Study Shows

Oct 31, 2014

"We've reported on this program before about fecal transplants. They’ve been shown to be an effective but complicated way to treat a stubborn infection known as C.diff, which affects many hospital patients with severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea. A recent paper published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association reports encouraging results from a small study that offers the same benefit but in a pill. Dr. David Crabb joins me in the studio to explain how this would work."

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"End of life choices can be even more complicated when an older person is hospitalized and can't always speak up for him or herself. Dr. Alexia Torke is associate director of IU Center for Aging Research. In a recent study, she found out that most often, family members end up acting as surrogate decision makers."

Indiana Project Screenings Show Need For More Mental Health Services In Youth Detention

Oct 24, 2014
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Indiana is at the forefront of providing mental health screening and services to juvenile offenders, but more efforts are needed to improve the services provided to detained youths, according to Indiana University School of Medicine research findings published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Combining Epilepsy Drug, Morphine Can Result In Less Pain, Lower Opioid Doses

Sep 16, 2014

Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control with fewer side effects. Moreover, the combination can reduce the dosage of the opioid needed to be effective, according to a team of pain researchers at Indiana University.

The result could bring significant relief to many patients with neuropathic pain, a difficult-to-treat condition often felt in the arms and legs and associated with nerve tissue damage.

A Look At Eye Melanoma

Sep 12, 2014
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"Dr. Tim Corson explained to Sound Medicine's Jill Ditmire recently that the key to treatment is stopping eye melanoma early before it can metastasize," says host Barbara Lewis. 

Study Links Skipping School, Failing Tests To More Sex, Less Condom Use In Teenage Girls

Sep 10, 2014
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What do skipping school, failing tests and engaging in risky sexual behavior have in common? Lots, according to Indiana University researchers who combed through 80,000 daily reports written by 14- to 17-year-old girls.