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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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.

From the New York Times series "Mending Hearts", a new treatment TAVR Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, keeps the valve that controls blood flow to the heart open without needing open heart surgery. In another article the value of stents to keep open blocked arteries is questioned not that statin merdications and lifestyle solutions have such good results.

From the New York Times series "Mending Hearts", how changes to emergency room care have been instrumental in decreasing deaths from coronary heart disease by 38% in a decade.

A final installment of MedPage Today's series "I, Intern", as these young doctors finish their first year as practicing doctors.  Also, an opinion piece written by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar for the New York Times about the attempt to grade doctors.

Which pain relievers should be in your medicine cabinet?  Latest research on analgesics. Understanding why pain is a necessary warning system and how to best work with it.

Non-24 hour sleep wake disorder is believed to affect over half of all totally blind individuals. It is now becoming a problem for the sighted as well.

Current research into hearing loss, tinnitus, and auditory hallucinations

Being deceived by someone you trust can be the ultimate betrayal.  Psychology Today magazine describes how not only the victim feels guilty, but often gets blamed by other people.

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care.  Conclusion to the article "Overkill".

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care