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A boy who can’t speak depends on Medicaid
Nathaniel Rankin was born with birth defects. He relies on Medicaid to get therapy and treatment. His parents worry he'll become "collateral damage" if the Trump administration changes the program.
Fleeing Syria to save their daughter
Jude Almkhlef turned nine in January — just a day before President Trump announced a controversial ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, including her home nation, Syria. She has Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy and osteoporosis, which give her brittle bones, weakened muscles, and an inability to walk. To get the care she needs, her family has resettled in Massachusetts.
Science Happens! | Episode 11 | Building Tomorrow's MRI
How do you break the MRI out of its heavy, expensive prison? Hack it.
Chemistry of a Killer: Inside a DEA drug lab
Chemists working for the Drug Enforcement Administration are discovering new, deadlier varieties of opioids concocted overseas and sold on US streets.
Boddities | Episode 7 | Why do our fingers get wrinkly in water?
Too much time in the tub can often lead to one thing: pruny fingertips. There’s actually an amazing scientific mystery behind your wrinkly digits, and it all starts with your skin.
Opioid crisis sweeps through Cherokee Nation
Curtis Wilson has used painkillers since he was a teenager. Now, he’s part of Cherokee Nation’s fledgling Suboxone program. Read more here: bit.ly/2hxvzSL
Science Happens! | Episode 10 | Studying superbugs on a giant plate
A team of scientists have built a large petri dish to study antibiotic resistance. The research is helping them better understand the evolution of antibiotic resistance and how to keep these drugs effective.
Voting with Alzheimer's
Rob Moir has Alzheimer's disease. His wife, Margaret, is making sure he gets out to vote this election season.
When to beware of grapefruit
Grapefruit juice interacts with some medications in very important, and potentially harmful, ways.
Boddities | Episode 6 | The science of fear
Why do we gasp, jump and go pale when we're frightened? It all comes down to a tiny, almond-shaped structure in the brain that's called the amygdala.
Science Happens! | Episode 9 | Exercise and the brain
Wendy Suzuki, a psychologist at New York University, is studying how exercise can stimulate the brain to grow new neurons and improve cognition.
Longer yawns for bigger brains
Researchers scoured Youtube and Google for videos of yawning animals. The reason? To figure out if there was connection between brain size and the length of an animal's yawn.
Searching for the right clinical trial
Rachel Lefebvre has stage 4 colon cancer and is searching for an immunotherapy treatment that will combat her tumors.
A potent painkiller - and a company's drive to sell it - are faulted in a young woman's death
Sarah Fuller was called to a meeting with her doctor and a drug rep to discuss taking a new medication to manage her chronic pain. The drug was fentanyl, and it eventually killed her. LINK: www.statnews.com/2016/09/30/fentanyl-opioid-insys-subsys/
How does the EpiPen work?
EpiPen can stop a body from going into overdrive when it's exposed to an allergen.
Boddities | Episode 5 | Why do bright lights make us see spots?
STAT reporter Megan Thielking investigates.
Science Happens! | Episode 8 | Regrowing lost limbs
Jessica Whited, a biologist at the Brigham Regenerative Medicine Center, is studying how salamanders are able to regrow amputated limbs, complete with bones, muscles and nerves. She hopes her findings will one day help humans regenerate their own limbs, too.
Living with essential tremor
Sharon Samuels was a teenager when she was first diagnosed with essential tremor. Over the years her condition worsened, until a new therapy came along to help improve her brain's motor circuit.
Learning how to use his two new arms
In 2014, WIll Lautzenheiser underwent a double arm transplant surgery. Now, on his final day of occupational therapy, he reflects on how he got this far.
Dope Sick: A harrowing story of friends and a stealth killer
Justin Laycock and DJ Shanks met on the first day of kindergarten and grew up to share an insatiable craving for opioids, leading to a fateful day when it killed one of them and landed the other in prison.
Read the story here:www.statnews.com/feature/opioid-crisis/dope-sick/
Watch as a superbug is born
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are growing in number and strength and it's our fault.
Boddities | Episode 4 | Why do our ears pop?
What causes our ears to pop and what are they doing, exactly?
A doctor logs long hours at work while fasting for Ramadan
During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, Dr. Ghulam Abbas Kharal must manage a busy patient schedule without eating or drinking from dawn to dusk.