Topic: Medicine & Health

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.
November 21, 2016 Musician’s Dystonia - Neuroscientists are looking for the roots of musician’s dystonia, a condition similar to writer’s cramp.
November 18, 2016 Older Minds - The poorly focused mind may hold advantages in some kinds of problem-solving.
November 17, 2016 Robotic Motivation - A human-powered robotic exoskeleton could help stroke patients stay motivated during rehab.
November 16, 2016 Hurricanes & Heart Attacks - Did Hurricane Katrina increase heart attacks in New Orleans?
November 15, 2016 Stressed Spleen - What does the spleen have to do with anxiety?
November 10, 2016 Genome Analysis - Scientists strive to mine meaningful information out of an avalanche of genetic data.
November 9, 2016 Transdermal Drug Delivery - Cold plasma may open up the skin to no-needle drug delivery.
November 4, 2016 Smoking Gene Mutations - Researchers discover that the DNA mutations by which smoking causes cancer are more complicated than previously thought.
October 27, 2016 Restoring Touch - Scientists are learning the complex nerve signals that allow us to experience the sensation of touch.
October 25, 2016 GM Tobacco vs. Malaria - Genetically engineered tobacco plants produce potent artemisinin - a highly effective malaria drug - at a fraction of the usual cost.
October 18, 2016 Sickle Cell Gene Editing - Scientists use a powerful new gene editing tool to treat sickle cell disease.
October 10, 2016 Informal Health Care Training - Can a modest amount of training help improve health care delivery to the world’s poor?
September 20, 2016 Tooth Enamel - A 3D map of the structure of tooth enamel may help scientists protect it, and even imitate it.
September 9, 2016 Zika Vaccines - Candidate vaccines for Zika virus are nearing the human clinical trial phase.
September 7, 2016 Caffeine Genetics - A gene variant makes some people feel a buzz from very little caffeine.
September 6, 2016 Stopping Fibrosis - Understanding the mechanism behind fibrosis could lead to new ways to prevent organ failure.
August 30, 2016 Visualizing Addiction - Sensors that light up in presence of neurotransmitters are helping unlock the secrets of drug addiction.