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On 'Sound Medicine': HIV prevention, 'The Fault in Our Stars,' and water safety

  • June 3, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- The "Sound Medicine" program for June 8 features segments covering a new medication that can help prevent HIV in high-risk adults, behind the scenes of "The Fault in Our Stars," and the importance of swim lessons for children.

Is Truvada effective in preventing HIV for high-risk adults? In 2012, the FDA approved Truvada, the first prescription medication for HIV prevention in high-risk adults. The approval of Truvada has medical experts worried that people on the drug will become more promiscuous and stop using other forms of HIV/STD prevention. The Damien Center in Indianapolis focuses on HIV prevention, testing and treatment; two employees, Jeremy Turner and Susan Murphy, R.N., join "Sound Medicine" to discuss the points of controversy surrounding Truvada and their take-home message in terms of HIV prevention.

Behind the scenes of "The Fault in Our Stars": John Green is the author of The New York Times best-selling young-adult-novel-turned-movie, "The Fault in Our Stars." The story involves two young teenagers with terminal cancer who fall in love at a cancer support group. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as Hazel and Augustus, the main characters, while cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh appear as extras. Field producer Erika Beras and host Barbara Lewis speak with Green about the movie adaption as well as with teenage cancer survivor Alexander Murphy about what it was like to appear in the movie and what “The Fault in Our Stars”  means for him and fellow cancer survivors. 

How can owners help pets stay active in the summer? As part of the "Healthy Pets" series, Liz Murphy, DVM, joins "Sound Medicine" to discuss the importance of keeping pets active and healthy during the summer. According to Dr. Murphy, walking dogs once or twice a day may not be enough to keep some dog breeds healthy. She suggests alternate activities such as canine freestyle and flyball.

Why are swim lessons so important? Swimming is a fun summer activity, but parents should be cautious when taking children near water. Over 1,000 kids drown each year, making drowning the second leading cause of death after auto accidents. As a part of the "Help Yourself" series, Sandy Roob talks with Brenda Fisher, director of the swim lesson program at the Washington Township Swim Club in Indianapolis, about water safety, swim lessons and the importance of learning how to float.

"Sound Medicine" covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It's also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, "Sound Medicine" airs on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

"Sound Medicine" is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.), KEOS (College Station, Texas), HPPR (High Plains Public Radio), which includes: KCSE (Lamar, Col.), KZNK (Brewster, Kan.), KZCK (Colby, Kan.), KZNZ (Elkhart, Kan.), KZAN (Hays, Kan.), KZNA (Hill City, Kan.), KGUY (Guymon, Okla.), KJJP (Amarillo, Texas), KTXP (Bushland, Texas), KTDH (Dalhart, Texas), KTOT (Spearman-Perryton, Texas).

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Mary Hardin
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