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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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.

When we are kind to ourselves, and others, we tend to be healthier and promote health in other people. A variety of articles including - what to say to someone who has suffered a loss or illness, organizations to link up with people who have the same type of problem, how rudeness in a medical setting negatively impacts the care provided.

From Time Magazine - the best-kept secret about weight loss is that no single diet, from low carb and paleo to low fat and vegan, will work for everyone.

Readings from a podiatrists office. These Patient Information Pamphlets from the William L. Goldfarn foundation cover numerous foot related topics including diabetic foot care, heel pain, toenail problems, bunions, and warts.

Insurers want to know if the pain from whiplash is real.  In countries without a "whiplash culture" neck sprains clear up in a much shorter time. A medical mystery from the Washington Post about hip pain. Also five ways to help avoid becoming a medical mystery.

Doctors are finally using nondrug remedies and psychological intervention instead of opioids for chronic pain. Researchers are working on next-generation painkillers that will not cause respiratory depression and other side effects. 

Michael J. Fox explains to AARP Magazine why he is still laughing, working, and defying the odds twenty-six years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Also, research into how singing improves Parkinson's symptoms and quality of life.

Conclusion to the New Yorker magazine article "The Apathetic". In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. The patients seem to lose the will to live.

In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. The patients seem to lose the will to live. From The New Yorker magazine.

Americans were having fewer heart attacks and strokes, but in recent years the trend has slowed down significantly. Ways to stay in good heart health, including changes to diet and the necessity to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol over time. Tests that doctors do not need to do routinely.

Many different types of hearing aids are available for people with moderate to severe hearing loss. Researchers are trying to find ways to deliver medications into the hard to reach inner ear. Efforts to make inexpensive over the counter hearing aids available to consumers with slight to moderate hearing loss.

Physicians are noticing an influx of patients whose illnesses are directly or indirectly related to global warming. How climate change threatens health in the U.S. and around the world.

Tick-borne diseases are on the rise in the U.S. Climate change is encouraging tick production, and more tick-born diseases have been discovered. Old diagnostic methods may not do a good job at finding tick-borne illness.

Hospitals have learned to manipulate the medical codes used for billing to their advantage, as have the medical insurance companies. This often results in outrageously high medical bills.

Do men and women experience pain differently, or are there gender differences? Also, how doctors continue to take women's pain less seriously.

AARP Magazine on what needs to be carefully considered before making the decision to replace a knee joint. Matching outcomes and expectations of knee replacement surgery against the less than persuasive statistics on patient satisfaction.

The shadowy world of dietary supplements includes muscle-building powders, libido-boosting pills, and brain-enhancing smoothies. When the FDA catches up to the manufacturers of these potions, a simple tweak of the formula and a new name creates more years and more billions of dollars before the FDA can catch up to them again.

The disappointing results from new cancer drugs. A personal story of navigating the health insurance system after a cancer diagnosis. The biggest cancer breakthroughs of 2016.

A variety of articles from the April 2017 issue of Arthritis Today magazine.

From the New York Times, a very tenacious doctor searches for a cure for his own rare illness. Also, lawmakers declare that a new $89,000 price tag for a rare disease treatment is unconscionable.

The Eastman Institute for Oral Health celebrates it's 100th anniversary this year. Rochester Review looks at the history, and the future, of Eastman Dental. Also, articles on dental care.

The conclusion to "Tell Me Where It Hurts", written for the New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande. He proposes that our medical system rewards heroic intervention, when instead, it should be paying attention to the incremental care that brings the greatest rewards to patients.

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