Sound Medicine Radio Hour

Speaking of Loss

Apr 27, 2015
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I knew that a child had died by the way that she paused and glanced at her husband when I asked “how many children do you have?” She was eighty-four years old and had been referred for a low platelet count. Her husband’s wide tie imprinted with schooners reminded me of the tie I wore to my sister Sarah’s wedding when I was seventeen.

In this final episode of the Sound Medicine Radio Hour: We tailor glasses to your eyes and blood transfusions to your blood type, so why isn't more of medicine specific to the patient receiving treatment? We hear from Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on how the new Precision Medicine Initiative plans to use the power of genetic sequencing to develop innovative treatments for cancer and other diseases. We check in with the director of a VA hospital to learn what progress has been made in the past year, and we learn about how a study on breast cancer in dogs can help human women. We'll also hear about a program in Dallas that brings music to palliative care patients, and hear a final essay from palliative oncologist Larry Cripe. 

Transgender Kids, Anesthesiologists, And More: Full Show, April 19, 2014

Apr 17, 2015

Patients with cancer answer the question: how should doctors deliver news of a terminal diagnosis? A new study provides evidence that young children who identify as transgender aren't "faking it" or "just tomboys." We learn how and when to use the portable defibrillators that are being placed in public spaces. And we'll hear from the other doctor in the operating room, the anesthesiologist. 

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This week on Sound Medicine: Making the workplace more welcoming for young people with disabilities, report from Brazil on why easy access to antibiotics could cause worldwide problems, and how direct access to your x-ray or MRI might change your conversation with your doctor.  Plus, we discuss the despair and peace that comes with long-term chronic illness. 

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This week on the Sound Medicine radio show, could schools' fear of litigation be keeping your kids from getting more out of gym class?  National guidelines recommend 60 minutes of exercise a day for children and teens, but our guest Dr. Greg Myer says more thinking needs to go into quality of exercise, rather than the quantity. We learn about new ways doctors and nurses are helping patients with multiple illnesses manage their care with fewer hospitalizations. Plus, genetic counselor Dr. Maria Baker on whether it's ever okay for doctors to Google their patients. And we get an advance look at the upcoming PBS documentary Rx: The Quiet Revolution, which airs April 2. 

Where We Stand With Cancer: Full Show, March 22, 2015

Mar 20, 2015
Lauren Weghorst

This week, Sound Medicine presents a full hour of conversations and stories about cancer. We hear from Larry Einhorn, the doctor who discovered the cure for testicular cancer, and his first patient. We visit the world's only repository of healthy breast tissue, and we learn how researchers are "training" the body's immune system to fight cancer.

Jason Persoff

This week on Sound Medicine, we sit down with policy analyst Aaron Carroll to decipher the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act. We learn some tips for preparing for the dreaded colonoscopy. And we hear from hospitalist and storm-chaser Jason Persoff, who treated survivors of the  devastating EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Plus, field producer Andrea Muraskin has a story of the ground-swell building around a life-saving drug that can reverse a heroin overdose. 


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This week's show features a ProPublica report on what happens after medical errors, and why the medical device tax is so controversial. Plus: how a rice byproduct is being tested as a way to prevent malnutrition in babies; help for refugees with mental health issues; and how getting rid of clutter could benefit your health. (Hint: it's never really about the stuff).