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The Health Care Law Decision: Potential Outcomes -- This Week on Sound Medicine

April 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- On the show this week, health care attorney Greg Pemberton discusses scenarios for the Affordable Care Act, and pediatrician Alex Djuricich explains how Twitter improves his profession. Plus, learn about research that finds plain old calorie counting is the best way to lose weight.

Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

What’s ahead in health care law. For three days in late March, the nation’s health care lawyers were listening closely to the arguments put before the Supreme Court about the health care reform law. Indianapolis attorney Greg Pemberton specializes in advising health care providers. On the show this week, Pemberton will discuss the several possibilities for the Supreme Court decision and how each would affect the health care industry. Pemberton is a partner in the health care group at the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller.

Physicians using social media. Our next guest uses social media on a daily basis -- not so strange. What’s unusual is that he’s a practicing physician. Alex Djuricich, M.D., is a pediatrician and educator with the Indiana University School of Medicine. To the surprise of skeptics, he has discovered that blog posts and tweets are practical methods for improving medical care and classroom learning.  Dr. Djuricich discusses his foray into social media with Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D. Dr. Djuricich is associate dean for continuing medical education at the IU School of Medicine. He also directs the residency program for internal medicine and pediatrics.

Teens underestimate “a drink” of alcohol. A study out of the University of Sussex in England found that the vast majority of high school and college students don’t understand what’s considered a “safe” amount of liquor to consume. Unsurprisingly, many of the young people surveyed vastly overestimated the amount that’s considered “one drink.” Adolescent health expert and Sound Medicine contributor Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., believes that if the survey were conducted in the U.S., it would result in similar findings. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber specializes in women’s and adolescent health. She directs IU’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Doc Chat: watch carbs or calories? Modern dieters obsess about their carb, protein and fat intake. But a new study challenges the idea that weight loss depends on adjusting nutritional components. Obesity researcher George Bray, M.D., found that weight loss (and gain) depends solely on the number of calories an individual consumes, not the constituency of the calories. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., explains Bray’s work and its implications. Dr. Bray is a professor and chief of the division of clinical obesity and metabolism at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Book: The Happiness Diet. A new book links obesity and depression, and the authors advocate foods that can keep people lean and happy. Clinical psychiatrist and co-author Drew Ramsey discusses the book, called The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body. Dr. Ramsey is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.

Also this week, parents can help kids lose weight, and a cool trick for prolonging your workouts.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
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