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    Ladies, Rejoice! An Explanation for Morning Sickness

    Episode 914 Release 210

    For some women who become pregnant, severe morning sickness can be debilitating and even cause a miscarriage. It's called hyperemesis gravidarum or HG for short. Until now, we didn't know what caused this and some doctors believed it was all in the woman's mind. The researcher who traced the problem to a hormone was motivated by her own suffering from HG. ... More » }

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    The End of COVID

    Episode 913 Release 210

    We've come to understand coronaviruses more since the COVID-nineteen pandemic. Research on these viruses stepped up in 2003 with the SARS outbreak. Until then, we merely thought of these viruses in terms of the common cold. But SARS-CoV-one was highly contagious and fatal. It spurred people to mask widely in Taiwan and the Far East where the outbreak was centered.... More » }

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    Even Worse than Fentanyl

    Episode 912 Release 210

    When a man died of a drug overdose in Colorado, it took time to figure out which drug. Because it wasn't fentanyl but another opioid called nitazene. Even though nitazenes have been around for decades, they haven't been widely used. But amid a raging opioid epidemic and a national crackdown on fentanyl, nitazenes may become more common. ... More » }

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    Extending life with Pig Organs

    Episode 911 Release 210

    In the book, Charlotte's Web by EB White, Charlotte the spider says, “After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die.” True, but science is trying to extend life even if just a bit with xenotransplantation. That means placing organs from another animal species into humans. And the research into pig organs has been ongoing for years. Among the most promising is its heart. ... More » }

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    More Ouchless Vaccines

    Episode 910 Release 209

    While refusing to vaccinate is one way people show their political leanings, but for one group of folks, the reason is just good old fashioned trypanophobia. That's the scientific term for fear of needles. And that's a shame because vaccines protect us against a number of deadly diseases such as chicken pox, measles, tetanus, pneumonia, flu and COVID. Luckily, there are alternatives to needle sticks. Some can be delivered nasally or into the muscle with compressed air. One being developed uses a Velcro-like patch to deliver vaccines.... More » }

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