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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New findings about schizophrenia open the possibility for better treatment and the consideration of a cure. Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes for the New Yorker about schizophrenia, genes and identity through the history of mental illness in his own family.

The costs of ignoring your dentist, including tooth loss, gingivitis, stroke, heart disease. Consumer Reports provides resources for discounted dental care and dental insurance. Also, some techniques to beat a dentist phobia.

Advice from AARP magazine on how to survive a heart attack, with practical ideas about what to do at home, in the ambulance, and at the hospital to get the best care. Men's Health profiles men who have had heart attacks with personal stories about their symptoms and recovery. Heart palpitations are the subject of a Harvard Health publication.

Sandra G. Boodman writes a monthly column for the Washington Post recounting the diagnosis of a puzzling medical case. In the first medical mystery article a man thinks he has food poisoning. In the second article a man is initially diagnosed with Lewy body dementia

A historical analysis reported on by Smithsonian magazine suggests that an innovative doctor was examining people with Autism before the Civil War. Also, from the New York Times, a personal essay about a man who radically changed after an experimental autism treatment.

Is coffee a wonder drug? Some studies suggest that drinking coffee lowers the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurological disease. It keeps us awake and alert, but it can have a downside when taken in large doses. Also, caffeine is now available in many forms, some wearable.

From Time magazine, scientists are working to understand why humans cry. From Business Insider, a neuroscience researchers delves into the 4 thoughts and actions that are proven to make us happy.

All predictions point to an aging population in the US, and with that, an increasing number of people living with Alzheimer's disease. From the New York Times a personal story from one family of living with the disease. From Time magazine, a potential new drug to prevent Alzheimer's.

A look at the unsettled science of weight control. The latest research from scientists across the country on nutrition and obesity. Also, are antioxidants good for you, or do they promote cancer? And, the possibility that high fiber diets may protect against breast cancer.

The Zika virus was discovered in 1947 and has generally been a mild virus. Recently it has been possibly been linked to microcephaly which has caused the World Health Organization to declare Zika a public health emergency. Also, what conspiracy theorists are suggesting about the virus.

Research on e-cigarette toxicity and impact on use of combustible cigarettes. Discussion of e-cigarette regulation. Has the decline in smoking contributed to the rise in obesity in the US.

Steven Kelman writes a personal essay in The Atlantic magazine about navigating the ups and downs of a life-changing central nervous system lymphoma diagnosis.

How did doctors treat infections without antibiotics? A doctor's perspective on why we're losing the fight against antibiotic resistance. The last unsullied antibiotic, colistin, is beginning to fail because it is being widely used in farm animals.


Consumer Report special issue on sleep and insomnia. Review of products and therapies including mattresses, pillows, sleeping pills, blue light glasses, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Diabetes Self-Management magazine February 2016. Articles focusing on weight loss strategies and recipes geared to diabetics.


The "Well Flu Quiz" from the New York Times. Articles from the NYT, Scientific American, CNN on influenza, and the efficacy and safety of flu vaccines.

Sound Body #1603: The Ick Factor, 01/15/16

Jan 15, 2016

Our gut is sometimes referred to as our "second brain" because of the millions of neurons that line the intestines. When it is out of balance we can suffer from many problems - infections, fecal incontinence, inflammation. Fecal transplants are used to treat Clostridium difficile infections. The FDA has approved a fecal incontinence treatment device.


Doctors are rethinking treatment for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ - early breast cancer. They are wondering whether it is better to wait & watch, rather than treat this form of breast cancer.

A look back at some of 2015's most notable medical findings. Also, the American cult of busyness and it's impact on our chronobiology.


Conclusion to the New Yorker magazine article "Helping Hand". A new way to treat stroke patients using robots and video games. Why the first three months following a stroke are an important growth period.

A new way to treat stroke patients using robots and video games. Why the first three months following a stroke are an important growth period.

What to consider before committing to a knee or hip replacement.

Postings from social media's leading physician voice - Kevin Doctors as well as patients write about the health and medical issues of interest to everyone.

The role of statins and lifestyle changes in lowering cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular disease. Articles from the New York Times Well column.

Elephants and other large mammals rarely get cancer, while humans and dogs get it all the time.  Researchers are looking to elephants to discover why they are immune, and what this can tell us about a cure for cancer.

From The Atlantic magazine - why women and girls with autism are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be devastating and continues to baffle researchers.  AARP Magazine looks at embarrassing age-related bodily mysteries and explains why they happen and what can help.

Consumer Reports gives advice on how to avoid seven costly medical bill surprises.  CNN reports on why pharmaceuticals are cheaper in other countries

The Buddhist Review Tricycle Fall 2015 issue focuses on Jealousy and Envy.  Also, research into jealousy using dogs.

Doctors submit their hard to solve cases to the Medical Mysteries column in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Medical issues include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, a cold that wouldn't go away, sudden dementia, and infection.