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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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.

Dr. Atul Gawande writes "Tell Me Whiere It Hurts" for the New Yorker. 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.

Botox has become a drug that is treating just about everything. It is given to treat Depression, overactive bladder, twitching eyes, migraines, severe underarm sweating, and many other conditions. Some think it is a miracle drug, while others caution the risks are still unknown.


Some causes for the disparity between health outcomes for white Americans and black Americans. How the Tuskegee Study led to a distrust of government sponsored health care. Also, African American doctors have dealt with distrust and misperceptions for more than a century.

Health outcomes in Concordia Parish Louisiana are more comparable to developing countries than to much of the United States. What are the historic and current conditions that have created a part of the country that has been left behind.


What we know about breast cancer. Advice from survivors and experts on how to get through diagnosis and treatment. Information on why black women are more likely to diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

A look at the winners and losers from passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.

A new year roundup of disease predictions, a summing up of the best medical news in 2016, and a guide to plan personal health care in 2017.

Sound Body #1652: Harvard Health Beat, 12/23/16

Dec 19, 2016

Harvard Medical School provides a wealth of information on a wide variety of health topics in their Harvard Health Beat column.

A radical new procedure aims to save gunshot and other trauma victims by freezing them. Includes the ethical concerns of conducting human trials on trauma victims who are unable to give consent.

A look at 4 different rare conditions, including progressive supranuclear palsy, aquegenic urticaria and body identity disorder

Items from BBC Future's Medical Myths section including articles such as: "Is crossing your legs bad for you?", "should you let someone with a concussion fall asleep?", "do colors really warp our behavior?.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association a look at why 110 Nobel Prize winners criticized Greenpeace for their campaign against genetically modified food.  A second piece gives an explanation of genetically modified foods.

Medical diagnostic cases to solve from the New York Times. Topics include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and unexplained weight gain.

How did health insurance become so costly and controversial? A look at the history of medical payment from the 1900's to today. Arguments for and against the continuation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

An overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and new methods of finding relief for CRPS.

Patients in comas may be over-diagnosed as vegetative and not receive the rehabilitation needed to regain consciousness. An account of one patient who recovered after being "locked in" and paralyzed.

What Doctors Don't Tell You is a magazine that is supported by leading pioneers in nutritional, environmental and alternative medicine. The byline is "Helping you make better health choices". From this magazine we read about why one person gave up their vegan diet, and also a multitude of small columns from current alternative health journals.

There is a surprising variety of suggestions for how to rid yourself of ear wax, as well as the advice just to leave it alone. Also, information on hearing loss and tinnitus.

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