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    Life Expectancy – We Have Come a Long Way

    Episode 908 Release 209

    As science has advanced, so has life expectancy, but in parts of the world including the US, that number fell during the pandemic. So, has our lifespan rebounded since then? It has. But first consider that a child born in 1900 could only expect to live32 years. In just over a century, the average had more than doubled to 71 years in 2021.... More » }

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    Brain Atlas: A New (R)evolution for Neuroscience

    Episode 907 Release 209

    The first thing a lot of us do before heading to a new place is consult a map. We can see how the city is laid out, its central hub, and general features and properties. The more complex the area the more help it is as a starting point. Scientists are using the same approach to the human brain. A new “brain atlas” can provide an incredible amount of detail that can help with a fundamental understanding of this complex organ. ... More » }

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    The Biggest Little Name in Medicine

    Episode 906 Release 208

    No doubt you've been hearing a lot about a drug called Ozempic but not only for its original use which was the treatment of diabetes. Ozempic and another similar drug called Mountjaro are taking off because of how effective they are as weight loss drugs. Some people have reported losing up to 35 pounds. ... More » }

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    It's Not Just Global Warming

    Episode 905 Release 208

    The American Lung Association reported that if all US drivers switch to EVs and we use clean energy to power them by twenty-fifty, nearly ninety thousand lives and a trillion dollars in healthcare would be saved. A recent report called the “State of the Air” found that over a third of Americans live in areas with excessive ozone and particle pollution. ... More » }

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    Wow, It Is Noisy In Here

    Episode 904 Release 208

    Less than a month after getting a new gene therapy treatment, a young girl named Li “Yiyi” Xincheng heard sounds without her cochlear implant for the first time. Born deaf, Yiyi is one of five children in a study that used two viruses to replace parts of a defective gene that caused her deafness. ... More » }

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