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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 » }

  • man's hand on woman's pregnant belly

    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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