The National Institutes of Health recently decided to drastically reduce the number of chimpanzees used in NIH-funded biomedical research. “Sound Medicine” speaks with three experts in to discuss the ramifications of the NIH decision. Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., MPH, served as the chairman of the Institute of Medicine committee that recommended the reduction. William Hopkins, Ph.D., discusses the history of chimpanzees in biomedical research and why they are still valuable test subjects. Eric Meslin, Ph.D., weighs in from a bioethical standpoint.

Rhythm And Language

Oct 13, 2013

Having a good sense of rhythm is useful if you're a musician or dancer. But did you know that being able to follow a beat might also improve your language skills?

Sex And Alzheimer

Sep 22, 2013

In 2005, Sandra Day O’Connor resigned her position as a Supreme Court justice to care for her husband, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. While on the Alzheimer’s unit, Justice O’Connor’s husband fell in love with another woman. Justice O’Connor gave the couple her blessing, but it created a media sensation. John Portman, Ph.D., the author of “The Ethics of Sex and Alzheimer’s,” discusses the complicated sexual and emotional relationships of the spouses of Alzheimer’s patients.

You might that the more you know about how medicine works, the less likely you are to be a hypochondriac. Yet medical students are some of the most intense hypochondriacs around. Why? Jeremy Shere and Barron Lerner, M.D., explain this troubling trend.

How Can A Computer Program Detect Autism?

Sep 22, 2013

The Indiana University School of Medicine and Rutgers University have collaborated to help create a new screening tool that can more accurately diagnose autism in children as young as 3. Jorge Jose, D.Sc., vice president of research at Indiana University, is part of the research team developing the novel technology. By tracking and comparing the random movements of a child with autism to movements of other children, the program promises to help physicians and therapists create greater individualized therapy and treatments for children with autism.

We all know that smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health, but did you know that pediatricians may play a key role in preventing kids from picking up the habit?

What Are Concussion Clinics?

Sep 15, 2013

Why Are Concussions So Hard To Detect?

Sep 15, 2013

Should Hospitals Do Less?

Sep 15, 2013

Should Doctors Do Less?

Sep 15, 2013

Can You Hear Me?

Sep 15, 2013

Charles Watson, the president of Communication Disorders Technology, has created a standardized hearing test called National Hearing Test. The test is quick, easy, and can be done from home. Jeremy Shere has more.

Sound Medicine: September 1, 2013

Sep 1, 2013

The “Sound Medicine” program for September 1

  • How do microbes, the microbiome, and overall nutrition affect our health?

Sound Medicine: July 28, 2013

Jul 28, 2013

The “Sound Medicine” program for July 28

  • Affordable Care Act update with Dr. Aaron Carroll
  • Did you know: Soccer may be more dangerous than football
  • Could new anticoagulants replace Coumadin?
  • Epilepsy implant 
  • Checkup: Listening in constant fear
  • The Human Genome Project's impact on science in the past 10 years

Sound Medicine: June 2, 2013

Jun 2, 2013

The “Sound Medicine” program for June 2

  • Dealing with the devastating consequences of prescribing opioids for pain

Sound Medicine: January 27, 2013

Jan 27, 2013

Guest Leslie Becker-Phelps, M.D., shares that New Year’s may not be the best time to make resolutions because you may not be ready to enact a change.

Developmental biologist Eric Olson, Ph.D., has discovered that the hearts of infant mammals are capable of regenerating and repairing themselves. This extraordinary capability is lost once mammals become adults. Olson, a professor of molecular biology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, explains why adult hearts lose this ability and discusses his and others’ research on the possibility of cell regeneration in the adult heart so it can repair itself after an attack.