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Sleep Deprivation and Medical Errors, This Week on Sound Medicine

August 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on Sound Medicine, a Harvard sleep expert argues that errors made by overtired medical residents are endangering patients and driving up healthcare costs. Sound Medicine airs Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For airtimes on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website.

Medical residents’ errors.  This year, the nation’s teaching hospitals instituted new rules limiting the number of consecutive hours that first-year medical residents may work without sleep. The problem, says Christopher Landrigan, M.D., M.H.P., is that the new rules don't go far enough. He argues that sleep-deprived residents are a risk to patient safety – as well as to the financial health of hospitals. Dr. Landrigan directs Sleep and Patient Safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Reversing blindness with stem cell therapy. Researchers are looking at ways certain stem cells can develop light-sensing capabilities in the eye's retina. Biologist Jason Meyer, Ph.D., will explain how his research may one day reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases like macular degeneration. Dr. Meyer is assistant professor of biology in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Book: You Are Not Your Brain.  Our brains can develop bad mental habits. But psychiatrist and author Rebecca Gladding, M.D., will explain that people have more control over their thoughts than they realize. Dr. Gladding is an instructor and attending psychiatrist at the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

Garden on the Go. Some neighborhoods are "food deserts," where it’s near impossible to buy high-quality fresh produce. Indianapolis nutrition advocates tackle the problem with a year-round “Garden on the Go” food truck, a partnership between IU Health and Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. Sound Medicine’s Colleen Iudice will report.

Twittercue:  #soundmedicine on 8/28: #medical errors & sleepy residents, #stem cells 4 blindness,  #mental training, & Indy tackles #food deserts.

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. Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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