Medical Breakthroughs

OHSU's Medical Breakthroughs was a monthly talk show hosted by Portland journalists at KINK FM's Bing Lounge.


June 6, 2011
A Sports Concussion is more than a Sprained Brain
Jim Chesnutt, M.D.
Sports concussions are at the center of discussion in the media and amongst parents on ball fields across the country.  Concussions seem to be occurring more frequently and causing more serious side effects than ever before. But not everyone knows how to recognize or optimally treat a concussion….not even many in the medical community!   Many athletes try to play through a concussion or return too soon before being fully recovered, risking serious brain injury and disability.  Dr. Jim Chesnutt, medical director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Program presents a serious discussion on sports concussion management and rehabilitation.

May 11, 2011
LASIK versus Contacts…the Better Choice May Surprise You!
Dr. Frederick W. (Rick) Fraunfelder, M.D.
How long is it safe to wear contacts? If you've worn contacts for years, you may be at increased risk for eye disease. Learn about the latest research into long-term contact use and safe, long-term solutions, such as laser vision correction. Dr. Rick Fraunfelder of the Casey Eye Institute, presents an informative discussion.

April 13, 2011
The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Music
One of the most common causes for hearing loss is noise exposure. As much as we don't think music is noise, our ears tell a different story.

March 9, 2011
What You Need to Know About Safe, Effective Plastic Surgery
Do you want to look as young as you feel? Are you considering a little lift here, perhaps a tuck there? Before you do anything else, make plans to attend the OHSU Medical Breakthroughs speaker series about having plastic surgery safely.

February 9, 2011
The Mystery of Pain
Unlike other medical conditions, there are no tests to assess the severity of pain or the underlying physiology that sustains pain in chronic pain patients. Assessing and treating chronic pain requires a unique blend of physical exams, patient history and a thorough understanding of the psychosocial context.

January 12, 2011
Music and the Brain
Larry Sherman, Ph.D.
OHSU neuroscientist Dr. Larry Sherman gives a presentation that explores how listening to music and practicing music can influence brain development and brain aging. This lecture/performance focuses on newer studies and includes music ranging from the Beatles to Bach.

December 8, 2010
Treating Childhood ADHD
Ajit Jetmalani, M.D. and Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
Paying attention. Sitting still. Concentrating on the task at hand. When a kid can't seem to this really an illness or is it a byproduct of excessive demands?

November 10, 2010
Cures in Sight
Peter Francis, M.D., Tim Stout, M.D., Ph.D. and Dave Wilson, M.D.
An inspiring evening with physician researchers who are mapping the connections between eye health and total wellness. Their extraordinary work in ophthalmology and gene- and cell-based therapies holds significant promise in the treatment of other health issues beyond eye disease.

October 13, 2010
Parkinson's: The best defense is a strong offense 
Jay Nutt, M.D.
A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be difficult to face. But it's what happens after the diagnosis that matters, and an active approach is a slam-dunk. What happens when a young pro athlete is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease? Former NBA star Brian Grant and his doctor, Jay Nutt, M.D., of the OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon discuss the latest developments in Parkinson's disease.

September 9, 2010
Girl Power: How your daughter's nutrition affects future generations
Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
It all goes back to your mom. And her mom. And so on. New research has shown that your nutrition in the womb  affects your health and lifespan, perhaps more than diet, smoking and lifestyle. Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of OHSU's Heart Research Center discusses fascinating new research that shows the health of the next generation depends on the nutrition of girls and young women today. These findings could change how we practice medicine—and lead to changes in public policy.