disease

Word of Mouth
1:07 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

6.21.14: The Germ Show

Credit Alexis Chapin

Today on Word of Mouth we're exploring the macro influences of the micro world. First, a conversation with John Timmer about the recently discovered pithovirus which has been sealed in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30 thousand years. Then, a look at a new approach to cleanliness: bacteria-rich body sprays. Plus, Jason DaSilva talks to us about his most recent film about his journey with multiple sclerosis. 

6.21.14 Full Show

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Infographic
10:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Things You Should Know About Ticks [Infographic]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

With tick season in full swing - and this year being described as the worst in recent history - the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high. Read through the graphic below to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: White Nose Syndrome - The Peculiar Plight Of Eastern Bat Species

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Check out the graphic below to find out what white-nose syndrome is, how far it is spreading, and why it is such a concern for animal conservationists.

Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Mon November 25, 2013

New Treatment May Wipe Out Hepatitis-C

Diagram of Hepatitis C.
Credit James A. Perkins via hepcni.net

Although new cases of Hepatitis-C have drastically decreased in the United States since peaking in the 1980’s, the blood-borne disease which primarily attacks and destroys the liver, kills more Americans annually than AIDS.

Andrew Pollack covers business and biotechnology for the New York Times. We read his article “Hepatitis-C, a Silent Killer, Meets Its Match,” in which Pollack describes a new series of treatments about to enter the market that could effectively do the impossible: wipe out Hep C.

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Word of Mouth
11:25 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Cue The Controversy: Is A Gluten-Free Diet Good For Everyone?

Gluten-free cookies
Credit Rakka via Flickr Creative Commons

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to a gluten protein affecting one in one-hundred Americans. Despite the low percentage of those intolerant to wheat products, more people are experimenting with the anti-gluten diet and claim to enjoy health benefits like better skin and fewer allergies.  But is this fad just that...or is there some medical substance behind these claims?

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EarthTalk
1:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Mosquito-Borne Diseases On The Uptick--Thanks To Global Warming

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution?                                                          -- Meg Ross, Lantana, FL

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Germs...IN SPACE!

Credit Credit Luke Bryant via Flickr Creative Commons

The success of the Mars Rover Curiosity has re-invigorated public interest in a manned mission to mars. Millions viewed the “seven minutes of terror” video following the one-ton Curiosity’s suspenseful drop 13,000 miles an hour to zero as it landed on the  surface of Mars. Long before the mission took off, scientists were grappling with other terrifying and seemingly mundane logistics of sending humans to mars.

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Health
5:13 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

A Windborne Clue To A Mysterious Childhood Disease

Deborah and her son Leo on Mother's Day this year, one year after he came down with Kawasaki disease.
Deborah Kogan

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 4:30 pm

At first, Deborah Kogan of New York says, she thought it would pass. Her 4-year-old son's fever had been on the rise for hours, and he was looking puffy. Kogan took Leo to the pediatrician, who thought it might be strep throat. It wasn't.

A few days later, Leo "woke up, and he looked as if he was one of the characters in The Nutty Professor. His face ballooned about twice its normal size." She posted a photo of Leo on Facebook. That's when the crowdsourced diagnosis took shape.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
11:18 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Type 1 Diabetes Spike

Photo by Rakka, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

The alarming spike in type-1 diabetes. Though type-2, commonly known as adult-onset diabetes, has been in the spotlight recently with Food Network star and butter-abuser Paula Deen's announcement that she is living with the condition, type-1 is also on the rise. The worldwide annual growth rate has climbed past three-percent. With its serious health risks and lack of a cure, public health researchers are scrambling to find the cause of type-1's recent spike.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:24 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

A Pox on your Pops!

Girl with chicken pox
(Andreas Photography via Flickr Creative Commons)

Before vaccines became standard care, parents who wanted to build their children’s immunity to common diseases often brought them to play with other neighborhood kids already infected with bugs like the measles and chicken pox. Now, a small group of parents opposed to vaccines are reviving “pox parties” via social media sites like Facebook. Recently, one mother catered to that  crowd by advertising homemade lollipops tainted with the varicella virus…yep.

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