Indiana University
MAPS & DIRECTIONS Maps FIND PEOPLE Find People

Drug for Alcoholics Treats Fragile X Autism, This Week on Sound Medicine

May 5, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on Sound Medicine, acomprosate, a drug used to treat adult alcoholics, shows promise for autistic children with Fragile X syndrome. Other topics include how acomprosate works for alcohol abuse and how anesthesia works on the brain. Also, two adoptive mothers share their stories in our Patient Listening series. Sound Medicine airs on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations, this weekend, May 7 and 8.

Alcoholism drug treats autism.  Acamprosate, a drug used to treat alcohol abuse, improves communication and social behaviors associated with a common form of autism.  Indiana University autism researcher Craig Erickson, M.D., will discuss his ongoing study of acamprosate and Fragile X syndrome, the most frequent, single genetic cause of autism.  Dr. Erickson is assistant professor of psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine and clinical director of the Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center.

Doc Chat:  Acamprosate for alcoholics. Sound Medicine co-host David Crabb, M.D., an alcoholism researcher, will explain how acamprosate can help adult alcoholics who’ve stopped drinking.

The enigma of anesthesia.  It has been more than 150 years since the first person was put under anesthesia with ether. Using MRI scans and EEG monitors, Harvard researcher and anesthesiologist Emery Brown, MD, PhD, seeks to demystify anesthesia. Dr. Brown, also a professor of computational neuroscience at M.I.T., will discuss his unusual view of surgical sleep.

Patient Listening:  Adoptive mothers.  Sound Medicine’s Rich Frankel, PhD, is back with another installment of his Patient Listening series. In honor of Mother’s Day, Rich hears stories from two mothers who adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He explores the decision to adopt and the issues that arise from trans-racial adoptions. Rich Frankel is a professor of medicine and geriatrics at the IU School of Medicine. His Patient Listening series is a regular feature on Sound Medicine.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health, Indiana University Health Physicians and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on primary health care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

____________________

Listen to Sound Medicine on the following Indiana public radio stations:
WBSB (Anderson), WFIU (Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, Terre Haute), WNDY (Crawfordsville), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend), WNIN (Evansville), WBOI (Fort Wayne), WFCI (Franklin), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion), WBST (Muncie), WBSJ (Portland), WLPR, (Lake County), and WBAA, (W. Lafayette).


The show also airs on these out-of state public radio stations:
KOTZ and KINU (Kotzebue, AK), KRCC (Colorado Springs, CO),  KEDM (Monroe, LA), WCNY (Syracuse, NY), WYSO (Yellow Springs, OH), WYSU (Youngstown, OH), KWGS (Tulsa, OK), KPOV (Bend, OR), KMHA (Four Bears, ND), and KLMS (Carlsbad, NM).

Related Articles