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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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Anne Boyer, a poet and essayist, writes an unflinching personal essay on becoming a cancer patient.

Copper has been exploited for health purposes since ancient times to reduce the spread of germs and cure infections. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal, it disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Also, an article on how to make a bad day better, and an article on ways to support front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic.

The music industry is working to help musicians and their on-the-road colleagues who face unique challenges in addressing addiction and mental-health issues.

By targeting each patient’s unique tumor, precision medicine is defeating once untreatable cancers. Precision medicine is very successful with some types of cancer, however, only about one in ten patients is currently eligible for these treatments. Researchers are trying to expand the number of patients they can treat with targeted therapies. Using artificial intelligence they are hunting fort hundreds of potential genetic targets.

A group of dedicated service members and physicians is bringing whole-person healthcare to the U.S. Military.

Sound Body #2017 (Encore 2005): Habits, 04/24/20

Apr 20, 2020

An article from the October 28, 2019 The New Yorker reviews two books about creating good habits, and changing bad habits. Science suggests ways to change habitual behaviors without relying solely on “will power".

Readings from the Winter 2019 issue of Arthritis Today magazine offers some advice about CBD for pain and inflammation; how to decide whether you need 911, an urgent care center or your own doctor; research into osteoarthritis - including recent studies about using injections to reduce pain in osteoarthritic knees, and how to rekindle your sex life.

(Rpt. 01/17/20)

Two medical mysteries. In the first, a mentally confused patient is well between bouts. In the second, a patient spends 7 years trying to find a diagnosis for the nausea, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and need to get up 6 times a night to urinate.

Constipation is a very common ailment that impacts the daily well-being of millions of Americans. Health.com suggests twenty foods that help alleviate constipation. Diarrhea can be caused by food poisoning, medications, or an infection. For bouts of diarrhea that are not severe, home remedies can help.

Sound Body #2012: Now That's Interesting, 03/20/20

Mar 16, 2020

No one lives forever, but you can do things to extend your life for as long as possible. What are the highest risk behaviors in a typical day.

Sound Body #2011: A World of Pain Conclusion, 03/13/20

Mar 9, 2020

Scientists are working on unraveling the mysteries of pain and learning more about how pain is transmitted. Chronic pain patients are conditioned by constant exposure to pain to react as if every stimulus is painful. Mood can impact how a patient experiences pain.

Sound Body #2010: A World of Pain, 03/06/20

Mar 2, 2020

The article “A World of Pain” comes from the January 2020 National Geographic Wellness Issue. Scientists are working on unraveling the mysteries of pain and learning more about how pain is transmitted.


Two aspects of pharmaceutical drug usage. From the New York Times an article by Jane Brody about the side effects of drugs; including the impact on people too scared by the possible side effects to use necessary medication, and individual factors that impact the appropriate usage and dosing of specific drugs. The AARP Bulletin looks at the usage and marketing of off-label prescriptions.


Readings from the Winter 2019 issue of Arthritis Today magazine offers some advice about CBD for pain and inflammation; how to decide whether you need 911, an urgent care center or your own doctor; research into osteoarthritis - including recent studies about using injections to reduce pain in osteoarthritic knees, and how to rekindle your sex life.

Excessive medical billing may be technically legal, but it is morally indefensible. In a Kaiser Health News story that was also published by the New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal provides evidence that in medical billing, fraudulent charges can pass as legal. Also, Kaiser Health News and NPR have teamed up for a series called “Bill of the Month”. This month highlights the $25,865 paid to check whether a head cold was Strep throat.

Researchers have linked inflammation to nearly every critical disease of aging, among them; Dementia, Depression, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, COPD, Type 2 Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus.

For too long suicide has been a taboo subject. But as rates continue to rise, this once-private shame is becoming a public health crisis. Personal stories of suicide survivors from the January 2019 Oprah Magazine.

According to the CDC over 1/3 of American adults are getting less than the minimum daily recommendation of 7 hours sleep. Sleep deprivation has been proven to increase the risk for many chronic conditions - obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, just to name a few. This special edition of “The Science of Sleep” published by Popular Science magazine explores what sleep is, what gets in the way of a good nights sleep, what we know about the role of dreaming, and ideas for a better nights rest.

Whether the cannabis extract - delivered in salves, tinctures, and even gummy bears - can treat dozens of ailments is still being determined. But for the parents of some epileptic children, CBD is offering relief from terrifying seizures.

Electricity helps the heart beat, the muscles twitch, and the body communicate with the brain. Now scientists are increasingly using electricity to promote healing. The confluence of bioengineering and neurology is producing exciting therapies to treat autoimmune disease, chronic pain, blindness, and diabetes to name a few of the possible applications.

More and more singers like Adele are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. Some voice specialists suggest that vocal burnout could be cured by changing how singers sing - using an old singing method that is easy on the throat.

Real Simple magazine includes health and wellness information in each of their monthly issues. Topics covered include how to manage your own personal health information, compare costs, make sense of medicare, and whether the latest popular health craze is worth trying.

The Center for Inquiry suggests that the National Geographic Society should reconsider publishing their books and magazines about “natural healing remedies”. In a review of the NGS publications on these remedies, the Center for Inquiry finds that they are full of claims that lack scientific evidence, are inconsistent and internally contradictory, and don’t reach even minimal scientific standards.

Consumer Reports questions the purity of bottled water in a special investigation. Where bottled water comes from, how it is tested, and how safe tap water is around the United States.

The Essential Guide to Medicare offers information on Medigap, Part C (Medicare Advantage plans), and Part D (prescription coverage). This guide also offers resources to find help understanding and enrolling in Medicare, as well as types of financial assistance available.

The Essential Guide to Medicare offers information on enrolling in Medicare, what it covers and what it doesn’t cover, choosing the right coverage, and what Parts A & B (Original Medicare) provide and cost. Also, a short history of Medicare. Next week will cover Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D.

A New Yorker article looking at the dangers of noise pollution to humans and other species. Includes information about the painful hearing condition called “hyperacusis”,  methods to measure noise, and ways to reduce this auditory environmental pollution.

The Diabetic Living summer 2019 issue. Articles include helpful information about how to appeal a medical insurance claim denial, diabetes toolkits that can be delivered direct to home without the hassle of insurance or prescriptions, how to find the right footwear if you have neuropathy, and how the "Orange is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria manages her Type 2 diabetes.

The actress Selma Blair is bringing new attention to the autoimmune disorder Multiple Sclerosis after being diagnosed in October 2018. Also articles outlining the symptoms and treatment for MS, as well as information about the difference between relapsing-remitting MS and secondary progressive MS. 

Consumer Reports looks at a new type of plant-based burger that tastes and has a texture more like beef than traditional veggie burgers do. Beyond and Impossible burgers are being marketed in grocery stores and restaurants as healthier for humans and better for the environment.

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