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    Calcineurin Inhibitors and reduced incidence of Dementia

    Episode 900 Release 207

    Sometimes the biggest scientific discoveries are made when ideas from different fields collide, especially when they're not even working on the same question. We call this, “collision science.” At our university, a neuroscientist studying dementia and a transplant surgeon were having a casual conversation when they realized that transplant patients have lower rates of dementia. They thought it could be the drugs these patients take to keep their immune systems from “rejecting” the new organ. ... More » }

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    Now A RA Vaccine

    Episode 899 Release 207

    We generally associate vaccines with protection from infectious diseases such as measles and the flu. However, scientists have developed a vaccine to prevent an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. We'll call it RA for short and it mostly affects women. The immune system attacks multiple body systems but more often the tissues lining the joints of hands, wrists, feet, ankles, knees, shoulders, and elbows. ... More » }

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    Another COVID Controversary

    Episode 898 Release 206

    In one of the first large studies to quantify the long-term harms of long COVID, the results are not encouraging. Researchers used the Veterans Administration database to compare 150,000 veterans who had COVID with 6 million veterans who did not. The results were striking. ... More » }

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    Oetzi Revisited Again

    Episode 897 Release 206

    Every few years, scientists studying the Iceman mummy, Ötzi, learn more about his life 5,000 years ago. This time his DNA is telling us about his ancestry and illnesses. Ötzi is one of the oldest human glacier mummies who lived during the Copper Age in the Italian Alps. ... More » }

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    Chickgungunya A Mouthful that is Spreading

    Episode 896 Release 206

    Global warming is worsening the spread of Chickungunya (chicken-GOON-y) in South America. Even Texas and Florida have reported local transmission. CHIKV, its shorter name, is a zoonotic pathogen spread by mosquitos. That means it's an infection that spreads between people and animals, but is maintained primarily in rodents, primates, and birds. ... More » }

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