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Promising Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, This Week on Sound Medicine

July 21, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on Sound Medicine, a University of Louisville researcher will discuss a breakthrough in spinal cord injury recovery. Other segments include a pediatrician who will weigh in on the controversial new Florida “gag” law on gun questions, and a Regenstrief researcher who addresses "over-warning" about side effects on drug labels. Plus, Barbara Lewis will talk with a physician suffering from anorexia. Sound Medicine airs July 24 and 26 on WFYI, 90.1 FM. The show airs on public radio stations in Indiana and across the country; for air-times, see the Sound Medicine website.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Spinal cord injury researcher Susan Harkema, Ph.D, recently demonstrated how epidural electrical stimulation can return movement to paralyzed patients. Dr. Harkema will discuss her study and its implications for others paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. She directs rehabilitation research at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center in Louisville.

Florida “gag” law bans asking about guns. A recently adopted law in Florida makes it illegal for pediatricians to ask parents if they have guns in the home. In this week’s "doc chat" session, IU School of Medicine pediatrician Rachel Vreeman, M.D., will explain why it is important for physicians to raise the topic of guns with parents.

Too many warnings on drug labels. The average prescription drug label carries 70 side-effect warnings. After studying thousands of labels, Regenstrief Institute investigator Jon Duke, M.D., concluded that these disclaimers are more about protecting drug-makers from lawsuits than helping patients. Dr. Duke will explain how “over-warning” on drug labels makes choosing medications difficult for physicians.

A physician faces anorexia. Barbara Lewis will chat with University of Michigan emergency room physician Suzanne Dooley-Hash, M.D., about her life-long struggle with anorexia. Dr. Dooley-Hash will address the difficulty of “recovering” from an eating disorder.

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 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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