Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recap of Episode 208: H1N1 Special Report

UPDATE: Our latest episode is now available as a free podcast download on our iTunes page!

This past Sunday (September 27), Radio Rounds featured a special report on the H1N1 pandemic around the world and across the country. Joining us from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, was Dr. Inzune Hwang (below).

Dr. Hwang is the Technical Specialty Unit Lead for the 2009 H1N1 Response at the CDC's Emergency Operations Center, and he updated us on all of the up-to-date efforts at the CDC to understand the H1N1 flu strain and to limit its spread across the United States this fall. We discussed the propensity of the H1N1 strain to preferentially infect younger populations, as well as issues related to the upcoming state-by-state vaccine distribution.

Is there really cause for concern? Dr. Hwang addressed that very question.

If you missed the episode, be sure to listen to the podcast of the episode, which is available on our iTunes page.

UP NEXT: Next week (Sunday October 4, LIVE at 12 p.m. ET), to coincide with "National Child Health Day," we will be joined by Dr. Joel Fein, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

We'll post more information about that episode in the coming days!

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Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Avash was born in England and lived there for 11 years. He spends his free time working as a staff writer for an NCAA hockey website. Over time, he has developed unhealthy obsessions with college hockey, poker, and the Dave Matthews Band. His favorite television shows include Lost, 24, Dexter, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is now an avid reader... of medical textbooks. He frequently points out that he has "the perfect face for radio." And -- as you'll discover -- he likes puns.

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Shamie was born in England and soon after moved to the US. In his free time he enjoys photography, traveling and fine cuisine. A few of his life goals are to visit every continent and climb Everest. An avid extremist, Shamie enjoys leaping out of perfectly good airplanes, white water rafting and jumping headfirst into gorges. Recently engaged, he also spends countless hours on the phone with his fiancée. His favorite authors include Hemingway, Frost, and Crichton (and of course Robbins). Television is a thing of the past in his current life, but occasionally he still watches PBS and listens to NPR and (of course) Radio Rounds.