Sound Body

Weekly half-hour program, Fridays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Sound Body is a weekly program of information to help you manage your overall health and well-being. Topics have included Migraines & other headaches, Diabetes diagnosis & tips; Dental Health; Mental Health & Aging; Lowering Cholesterol; The Elephant Cure; Nutrition & exercise; Health Care Proxies and Living Wills.

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As many as 1 out 4 people have hypertension, but many people do not know they have high blood pressure. Knowing what the proper benchmarks for blood pressure readings, and the correct method of measuring blood pressure are part of managing this condition.  The latest drug treatments, and suggestions on how to manage stress and hypertension.


Sound Body #1806: Cold, Flu and You, 02/09/18

Feb 5, 2018
pcdblog.com

This has already been a long nasty season of cold and flu viruses. Today's readings cover how to recognize five different types of cough, information about the efficacy and safety of cold and flu OTC drugs, prescribed drugs and supplements, and a quiz on general knowledge of cold and flu.


Oprah.com

TV celebrity Dr. Phil has been accused of trading on his TV fame to sell his own products, as well as mistreating vulnerable guests on his show. In another article, hospitals make changes to stop contributing to the misery and death of opioid addiction.


Dr. Mercola

Host Louise Craig shares information from numerous sources about how to tell the difference between two conditions that can both cause inflamed skin and intense itching - psoriasis and eczema. She'll also share ideas on how to soothe the skin.


NDTV Food

Conclusion to the New Yorker article titled “Is Health Care A Right?” Dr. Atul Gawande explores 2 competing sets of values surrounding the health care debate. Americans want to reward work, ingenuity, self-reliance. And we also want to protect the weak and the vulnerable.


MPR News

Dr. Atul Gawande explores two competing sets of values surrounding the health care debate. Americans want to reward work, ingenuity, self-reliance. And we also want to protect the weak and the vulnerable. Published in the October 2, 2017 New Yorker, and titled "Is Health Care A Right?"


Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog

ProPublica publishes a column called "Wasted Medicine." This article titled looks at 3 examples of outrageous medical billing that contributes to the ever-increasing cost of health care in the U.S. In one example a hospital charges $1877 to pierce a 5 year-old's ears during another procedure. Also, seven ways patients can protect themselves from excessive medical bills.


National Geographic Society

National Geographic explores how children in poor nations often go without vaccines that rich nations take for granted. As a result, hundreds of thousands of young lives that could have been saved are lost.


MedPage Today

Howard Wolinsky is a retired health journalist who is now giving us an inside look at his own medical diagnoses and treatments. Three articles follow him from his diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes through to his treatment. During this journey he tells us about his medications, diet, finding the right doctor, and how his changing health has impacted his life.


Sound Body #1751: Pain-Free Living, 12/15/17

Dec 11, 2017
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The October/November 2017 Pain-Free Living magazine provides patient education, tips for living with chronic pain, research study information and therapy recommendations. Articles read include studying the link between pain and the weather, diagnosing and treating chronic pelvic pain, and book recommendations for people interested in chronic pain.


Sound Body #1750: Risky Business, 12/08/17

Dec 4, 2017
Things I Tell My Mom

Health statistics are usually reported by the media using relative risk figures instead of absolute risk. These statistics play a role in helping people make lifestyle and health decisions. For example, it is important for health consumers to know that an increase in absolute risk from 0.77 per cent to 1.29 per cent is also a 70% increase in relative risk. Three articles provide many different examples to help clarify the difference between relative and absolute risk.


Sound Body #1749: Adult-Onset ADHD, 12/01/17

Nov 27, 2017
Neuroscience News

A variety of topics related to Adult-Onset Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, including the benefits of ADHD, a personal essay, research asking if ADHD is really a sleep problem, and doubts over the diagnosis of Adult-Onset ADHD.


timelybuzz.com

Dr. Lisa Sanders researchers medical mysteries for the New York Times. Mysteries involve neurological, autoimmune and osteoarthritis symptoms.


STAT News

Too often obese patients get substandard care from their doctors. Sometimes conditions are misdiagnosed because of the focus on weight instead of symptoms. Discrimination resulting from a fat bias.


Arthritis Today magazine is published six times a year by the Arthritis Foundation. It delivers current advice on treatments, fitness, nutrition, daily living tips and personal stories.

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:  This New Yorker article looks at the big business of essential oils and asks if they are medicine or just marketing. Delves into the multi-level marketing, limited regulation and lack of evidence-based study. Some distributors continue despite losing money because of the community and social benefits of selling the oils.

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One of the most influential psychiatrists in the world became frustrated with psychiatry's inability to effectively help people suffering from mental illness. Mortality rates for just about every physical illness have gone down, white the rates of suicide and disability due to mental health conditions have not. This led Tom Insel to question some of the basic premises of psychiatry, and make the move to Silicon Valley in search of smartphone based solutions.

One of the most influential psychiatrists in the world became frustrated with psychiatry's inability to effectively help people suffering from mental illness. Mortality rates for just about every physical illness have gone down, white the rates of suicide and disability due to mental health conditions have not. This led Tom Insel to question some of the basic premises of psychiatry, and make the move to Silicon Valley in search of smartphone based solutions.

Routine PSA screening to detect prostate cancer is a controversial subject. Those who encourage it , as well as men who have been treated based on raised prostate specific antigen levels become evangelists for early detection. Others worry that men who undergo PSA testing are more likely to have their lives drastically changed and suffer the effects of treatment (including incontinence and erectile dysfunction) in exchange for a small likelihood that this will save their lives.

Sound Body #1741: Peace & Quiet, 10/06/17

Oct 2, 2017
Dr. Mercola

How to find tranquility in a noisy world. We are living through the noisiest period in human history, and it is raising our blood pressure, as well as ruining our hearing. Practical ideas for lowering the decibel level at home and in our community.


Healthline

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them, and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. Doctors sometimes assume that if a treatment or procedure is "bio-plausible" - that is, it seems intuitively correct, then it must work. Large numbers of studies have proven that stents implanted in stable patients with narrowed arteries do not prevent heart attack or death.


Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them, and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

A National Geographic article about the cravings that fuel self-defeating habits, and how science can help us fight them. Outlines why a the definition of addiction should be broadened to include other self-defeating habits such as gambling, over-eating and sexual compulsion.

Thirty percent of people who suffer from depression do not get any relief from anti-depressants. After many decades, a new use of the anesthetic ketamine  will soon get FDA approvalto treat depression, and promises some help for these people.

On May 18, 2017 Pope Francis offered a message of hope and love to patients with Huntington's disease, a rare and incurable genetic brain disorder that causes intense suffering.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-resistant bacteria kill 23,000 Americans every year because we are running out of "last-resort" antibiotics. Atlantic Magazine reports on the search for new antibiotics. Also, the side effects of antibiotics.

By relying on the human penchant for mental shortcuts and social influences, scientists find they can tap directly into the mind's tremendous ability to heal the body. But first they have to get the rational brain out of the way.

As many as 1 out 4 people have hypertension, but many people do not know they have high blood pressure. Knowing what the proper benchmarks for blood pressure readings, and the correct method of measuring blood pressure are part of managing this condition.  The latest drug treatments, and suggestions on how to manage stress and hypertension.

In the face of difficult events, some people are more resilient than others. How we cope with life's problems impacts our level of stress, and our general health. Information from the Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Living on how to improve resiliency by learning coping strategies.

A Washington Post medical mystery - after being repeatedly diagnosed with migraines, it turned out he needed emergency surgery. Preventing and treating migraines with an inhaler, by jogging, keeping temperature in check, using marijuana, and other methods.

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