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    A Cancer that Could be Eliminated

    Episode 919 Release 211

    We have few vaccines that can prevent cancer, but one is here and could save the lives of 300,000 women a year. Human papilloma viruses or HPV cause ninety percent of cervical cancers and the HPV vaccine can prevent it. Yet only a fifth of people get it. ... More » }

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    Even More on Long COVID

    Episode 918 Release 211

    Even though COVID is no longer a national emergency, people continue to get Long COVID and many stay sick. A study using MRI imaging has shown that six months after infection, about 60 percent of people who were hospitalized had abnormal findings in their lungs, brains and other organs. ... More » }

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    Did Columbus Bring It to Europe

    Episode 917 Release 211

    In the late fourteen hundreds, a syphilis outbreak raged across Europe killing up to five million people. For centuries, Columbus was blamed for bringing the bacteria back from the New World. But scientists have never found historical evidence of the bacteria in the Americas - until now. When studying two-thousand-year-old remains of a burial site in Brazil, infection on the bones suggested a syphilis-like illness. ... More » }

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    A Genetic Origin of MS

    Episode 916 Release 211

    In trying to understand why more Northern Europeans get MS, scientists are onto a clue that suggests that this genetic variant was selected to survive disease. About a fifth of northern Europeans with MS have a genetic variant in a HLA gene associated with the immune system. Carrying even one copy of it makes a person about three times more likely to develop MS. ... More » }

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    Big Data and Immune Diversity – transforming medicine

    Episode 915 Release 210

    What big data in medicine gave us is research that led to new drugs and treatments, more informed medical decisions, lower costs and in general, better outcomes for patients. The newest area of medicine that's about to be transformed by data is the immune system and is called the Human Immunome Project. It wants to understand how differently each person's immune system responds to disease and the drugs used to treat them. ... More » }

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