Topic: Aging

August 26, 2011 Podcast for 26 August 2011 - FEAR, LIES & SHRINKING BRAINS - Why our brains shrink, but chimps' don't, why computers are better at spotting lies than we are, and an enzyme for fear. Also, medical electronics that resemble tattoos, and how organic chicken farms could be a boon to public health.
Muscle Roundup - Loss of muscle tone is an inevitable part of aging—or is it?
August 23, 2011 Aging Brains - Age-related working memory loss may be at least partly reversible.
August 19, 2011 Podcast for 19 August 2011 - WATER EVERYWHERE - Astronomers have discovered the largest cache of water ever, and researchers are developing new software for detecting contamination of municipal water supplies. Also: Round robots to help safeguard nuclear power plants.
July 15, 2011 Podcast for 15 July 2011 - THE SCIENCE OF FACES: when pigeons look at us, and the genes behind how we look at faces. Also: what causes hot flashes, determining your age from your DNA, and the hormone behind stress eating.
June 24, 2011 Secret Ingredient Roundup - A compound found in apple peels could prevent muscle wasting.
May 9, 2011 Sarcasm, Lies & Dementia - A new study links a failing sense of irony to a form of early-onset dementia.
March 18, 2011 Chemistry Roundup - Hair dyes are getting an update from modern chemistry.
February 25, 2011 Podcast for 25 February 2011: Language & Behavior - The surprising way the brain processes Braille, bilingualism staves off dementia, and new research on stuttering. Also: why being lonely could change how your immune system works, and the relationship between popularity and bullying.
February 1, 2011 Ringing Brains - Ringing in the ears involves the reward centers of the brain.
January 26, 2011 Baldness Treatment - Researchers are solving the genetic mystery surrounding male pattern baldness.
January 24, 2011 Gait & Longevity - Walking speed is a good indicator of overall health in older adults.
November 22, 2010 HIV Controllers - A small minority of people can fight the HIV virus with their own immune systems. A new study identifies just a few genetic differences that set them apart from those for who the disease has progressed.
November 10, 2010 Brain Clutter - An inability to clean up cellular waste may contribute to Parkinson's disease.
November 1, 2010 Extreme Longevity - Researchers have identified some genetic similarities in people who live for over 100 years.
October 1, 2010 Podcast - ANIMALS: How dolphins breathe, sea snails that hide their gender, the genetics and epigenetics of ant colonies, and looking mad-cow disease in the eye.
September 30, 2010 Whale Menopause - Menopause occurs only in humans and two species of whales.
September 15, 2010 Muscle Memory - Exercising when you're young may help your muscles bounce back later in life.
September 6, 2010 Ovarian Cancer Test - Researchers are developing a highly accurate screening test for ovarian cancer.
August 27, 2010 Podcast - Cold weather heart attacks, a new test for ovarian cancer, high-elevation adaptations, what the numbers on a bottle of motor oil mean, and a telephone translator.
August 24, 2010 Sunscreen Timing - A listener asks: how long should you wait after applying sunscreen before going outside?
August 13, 2010 Podcast - CUTTING-EDGE MEDICINE: Re-growing joints and re-constructing faces, the link between gut bacteria and multiple sclerosis, and octopus venoms that could treat pain.
July 20, 2010 Tanning Oil - Using tanning oil to get a speedier tan can damage skin more quickly.
April 16, 2010 Podcast - WEIRD SCIENCE: Behind the legend of the chupacabra, does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? A physiological explanation for near-death experiences, and animals that live without oxygen.
March 12, 2010 Anti-Cancer Roundup - The analytic tools of supercomputers are helping researchers identify potential new drugs.
February 2, 2010 Alzheimers Eye - An eye test could oneday screen for Alzheimer's disease early on.
January 22, 2010 Podcast - MEDICINE: Alzheimer's in the eye, artificial red blood cells, and a microbial Achilles' heel. Also: do toilet seats spread disease?
January 15, 2010 Bone Roundup - Scientists unravel genetic clues that may explain why most of our bones lose density over time, but our skulls do not.
January 8, 2010 Podcast - Mountaintop removal mining's devastating effects on the environment, ancient Martian lakes, an herbal disappointment, fish that punish cheaters, and reading and writing in the brain.
January 6, 2010 Alzheimers and Cancer - A recent study suggests that people with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to get cancer, and vice-versa.
January 1, 2010 Podcast - People with Alzheimer's disease get less cancer, nearsightedness is on the rise in the U.S., why the bones of the skull don't become brittle, and how an ingredient in clown make-up could protect astronauts from radiation.
December 23, 2009 Running Monkeys - Vigorous exercise helps monkeys avoid symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
December 18, 2009 Aging Roundup - A sign of premature aging shows up in the DNA of people who were abused as children.
December 7, 2009 Old Flu Antibodies - Outbreaks of the H1N1 virus during the twentieth century left many people with long-term resistance to the swine flu.
December 4, 2009 Podcast - FLU REPORT: Why older people are at less risk of contracting the H1N1 flu virus, how to avoid the flu, and can you get the flu from a library book? Also: ancient mummies with heart disease and harmful bacteria discovered in cigarettes.
November 27, 2009 Medical Aging Roundup - A protective enzyme may be the key to long life.
July 24, 2009 Podcast - Fighting Alzheimer's with coffee, oral health, sugar, and heart disease, cervical cancer's nemesis, and more.
July 22, 2009 Alzheimer’s & Caffeine - Caffeine may stave off and even reverse the underlying cause of Alzheimer's disease.
April 27, 2009 Bone Loss - Age-related bone loss is hard to stop once it starts.
April 24, 2009 Podcast - HEALTH REPORT: Why bone loss can be slowed but not reversed. Genes that turn carbohydrates to fat. How sports drinks damage teeth. And more.
March 30, 2009 Addiction & Parkinson’s - Parkinson's disease and addiction overlap in surprising ways.
March 20, 2009 Podcast - HEALTH: New vaccines provide instant immunity, Addiction and Parkinson's disease, the upside of salt, ship pollution threatens coastal residents, and more.
March 17, 2009 Grey Hair - Hydrogen peroxide turns hair gray from the inside out.
March 13, 2009 Podcast - BODIES: Regenerating tooth enamel, why we have fingernails, why hair turns grey, and more.
March 6, 2009 Podcast - Caterpillars infiltrate ant nests, loneliness and your health, how planes can fly upside down, and more.
February 27, 2009 Podcast - EVOLUTION & MORALITY SPECIAL: Hunting large game led to the evolution of the conscience, and evidence of moral systems in other animals. Also: Giant snake fossil points to warmer times, and grandparents helped civilization evolve.
January 26, 2009 Elderly Video Gamers - Playing a strategic video game may help seniors keep their brains sharp.
November 12, 2008 Nanoparticles & Skin - Nanoparticles are common ingredients in cosmetics, but scientists are finding that they're more than skin deep.
November 7, 2008 Brain Roundup - Web surfing helps keeps prevent mental decline in old age.
October 24, 2008 Podcast - Learning from electric eels, the roots of ticklishness, the health benefits of web surfing and maternal vaccines that protect babies.