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Ever-present Fat Cells, This Week on Sound Medicine

June 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on Sound Medicine, a new study of the after-effects of liposuction reveal surprising results. Also, a University of Michigan study finds early signs of cardiovascular disease in children, and experts discuss techniques for teaching medical students empathy. Sound Medicine airs June 25 and 26 on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations nationwide.

Post-liposuction fat cells. Endocrinologist Robert H. Eckel, M.D., of the University of Colorado, will discuss his research findings that fat cells reappeared in women a year after they had undergone liposuction treatment.

Children with heart disease.  American middle-school children are showing early signs of heart disease. Elizabeth Jackson, M.D., a researcher and cardiologist at the University of Michigan, will discuss her troubling research findings with Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D.

The Grinch Syndrome.  Cardiologist Benjamin Levine, M.D., a NASA researcher, will explain heart atrophy in astronauts, which he’s dubbed the Grinch Syndrome. Dr. Levine is professor of internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine — a joint program of UT Southwestern and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Medical students studying the humanities. Medical humanities scholar Emily Beckman, DMH, will chat with Sound Medicine’s Dr. Steve Bogdewic about teaching medical students empathy through literature and film studies.  Also, Wall Street Journal health writer Laura Landro will discuss a trend in medical school curricula to require courses on writing, literature, and art to encourage “right brain” thinking in future physicians.

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).

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