Topic: Medicine & Health

June 9, 2017 Chronic Pain Receptors - Stopping pain may require getting pain meds inside nerve cells.
May 26, 2017 Binge-Eating Brain Cells - Activating neurons in the subthalamus region of the brain caused mice to binge eat.
May 25, 2017 Hospital Microbiome Project - What happens to the microbes people bring to a hospital after it first opens?
May 15, 2017 Hardy Ancient Microbes - What helped certain kinds of bacteria survive through the ages and eventually thrive in hospitals?
May 10, 2017 Seizure Patterns - Why do particular black and white patterns trigger seizures?
May 9, 2017 Beta-Blocking Sunscreen - A common blood pressure drug could prevent skin cancer.
May 5, 2017 Oxytocin, Opioids & Sociability - A drug used to treat drug addiction offers clues into the brain chemistry behind autism.
May 4, 2017 Reading Infant Pain - Scientists measure babies’ pain via their brains.
April 27, 2017 Synthetic Mucus - Why are scientists trying to replicate mucus in the lab?
April 21, 2017 Oxygen-Deprived Mole-rats - An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.
April 20, 2017 Rapid Infection Detection - Scientists adapt a genetic engineering tool to the task of quickly diagnosing infections.
April 19, 2017 Complex Cholesterol - Researchers are using good cholesterol, or HDL, as a window into inflammation and disease.
April 10, 2017 Long-Lasting Sunscreen - It’s annoying to have to reapply sunscreens throughout the day, and researchers are working on longer-lasting versions.
April 6, 2017 Historical Smell Mismatch - The mismatch between the smells in the environment we evolved in and the one we live in today could impact our health.
April 5, 2017 Contact Lens Biosensor - Monitoring blood sugar and testing for cancer bio-markers with a contact lens.
April 4, 2017 Telomeres & Heart Disease - Medical researchers make strides in fighting a widespread heart condition.
March 31, 2017 Venomous Guppies - A little fish fends off attack with a heroin-like toxin.
March 22, 2017 Importance of Smell - Losing the sense of smell can have unexpected consequences.
March 20, 2017 Full Body PET Scanner - A full-body PET scanner could help medical researchers understand how different body systems interact.
March 17, 2017 Robotic Microsurgery - Precise, minimally invasive robotic surgery could improve outcomes for cochlear implant patients.
March 16, 2017 Eradicating Rabies - Vaccinating dogs against rabies protects humans and wildlife, too.
March 14, 2017 Cell Health & Exercise - Bursts of high intensity aerobics revive aging cells.
March 13, 2017 Neanderthal Dental Plaque - Dental plaque from ancient Neanderthals reveals that they used herbal remedies.
March 10, 2017 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
March 9, 2017 Mountain High - Have you ever been to a high altitude and found yourself gasping for breath? One listener asked why that happens.
March 8, 2017 Ancient Egyptian Prosthetics - Artificial toes from ancient Egypt may have been functional prosthetics.
March 7, 2017 Saliva Communication - How sensors in the mouth help orchestrate digestion and metabolism.
March 3, 2017 Heatwaves & Pollution - Heatwaves and poor air quality go hand and hand.
March 1, 2017 Seagrass Fights Disease - Underwater seagrass meadows combat disease.
February 17, 2017 Portable PET Scanners - A PET scanner in a helmet reveals the standing and walking brain.
February 14, 2017 Indoor Myopia Explained - Qualities of indoor lighting may lead to nearsightedness.
February 10, 2017 Testing for Pesticides - Computer modeling may reveal which pesticides post long-term risks.
February 9, 2017 Camping Improves Sleep - More time spent outdoors resets circadian rhythms to help us get a full night’s sleep.
February 1, 2017 Illness & Sleepiness - A primitive neural switch may explain why illness makes us sleepy.
January 26, 2017 Germy Fabrics - Objects like blankets and stuffed animals can theoretically spread illnesses, but it’s unlikely.
January 13, 2017 Sickness Trackers - Fitness tracking devices could also alert users that they’re getting sick, and provide medical information to doctors.
January 12, 2017 Cancer Mass Spectrometry - Molecular analysis of tissue samples could lead to fast, accurate cancer diagnosis.
January 11, 2017 Bone Batteries - Bone structure inspires the design of a safer lithium ion battery.
January 9, 2017 Robotic Medical Implants - Magnets trigger biocompatible robotic gears that deliver drugs safely within the body.
January 6, 2017 Eyelid Twitching - A listener asks: What causes eyelid twitching?
January 5, 2017 Sleepwalking Brains - A listener asks what's going on in the brain when someone is sleepwalking.
January 4, 2017 Bee Stings - A listener asks: Do honeybees really die after they sting you?
December 30, 2016 Sizing Up Dogs II - A listener asks whether it's true that large dogs don't live as long as small dogs.
December 27, 2016 Plant Drug Factories - Stressing out plant cells can coax them into revealing medically-useful chemistry.
December 16, 2016 Cold Noses - A listener asks: Why does your nose run when it’s cold outside?
December 14, 2016 Carbon Monoxide Antidote - Researchers develop the first fast-acting antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning.
December 9, 2016 Sitting Close to the TV - A Science Update listener asks if sitting too close to the television can hurt your eyes.
December 1, 2016 24-Hour Colds - Why you sometimes feel a cold coming on, only to have the symptoms disappear the very next day.
November 25, 2016 Microgrippers - Tiny, untethered microgrippers could track down and retrieve hard-to-reach tissue samples.
November 23, 2016 Deafness & Brain Structure - The brain architecture for processing sound is the same in deaf people as in hearing people.