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Boddities | Episode 11 | Why do bug bites cause bumps on the skin?
When mosquitos feast on your blood they deposit toxins under the skin that can cause swelling. The severity of the swelling depends on your immune system.
George Washington was great — his teeth, not so much
Here are five things that you probably didn't know about our first president's chompers.
The human genome was never actually finished
The headline read: "Scientists Say Human Genome is Complete." The truth is that that's not true.
A day inside Planned Parenthood
As the debate rages in Washington over funding for abortion providers, STAT ventured far from the capital for a close look at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
This is how music gets into your brain
Dr. Charles Limb, a surgeon and a musician, shows exactly how your brain takes in music and converts it to something you can understand.
Ben Folds learns how his brain helps him make music
Ben Folds sits down with Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist and musician, to talk about how Folds's brain lets him make music, from his internal metronome to what he's thinking about just before he puts his hands on the piano keys.
Learn more about music and the brain here: www.statnews.com/2017/06/30/ben-folds-music-brain/
Boddities | Episode 10 | What happens when skin gets sunburned?
What happens to your skin when it starts sizzling in the sun and how does it repair itself?
Zika in Brazil: Sophia's Story
Since 2015, more than 2,600 babies have been born in Brazil with Zika-related birth defects. As these babies become toddlers, medical professionals are charting their progress. Here's the story of one such child, Sophia.
Craig Cardiff: Smallest Wingless
Craig Cardiff, a Canadian singer-songwriter, performs his song about perinatal loss through a parent’s eyes.
What is sepsis?
It is a life-threatening illness that often occurs in people who are hospitalized. Here's how it works.
Fidget spinners: Here's the truth about them.
Some manufacturers are making wild claims that they can help relieve the symptoms of everything from ADHD and autism.
Climate: What's at stake for your health
Ages before humans began to contributing to climate change, the climate system created the perfect conditions for human existence. But those perfect conditions are changing, and we are playing a part in that.
Science saved her life, so she marched for it
Adriana Landeros' life has been marked by poverty, hardship, and a brief stint in jail. Now the 26-year-old is a researcher at Johns Hopkins University where she studies the bacterium responsible for Legionnaire’s disease.
Animation: The Secretive World of Drug Pricing
How do we know how much prescription drugs cost? We don't, as consumers. That's all thanks to a complex, secretive pricing process between drug companies and a group called "pharmacy benefits managers" or PBMs.
Boddities | Episode 9 | Why can't teeth heal themselves?
Broken and bruised bones might be able to heal, but damaged teeth can't.
Saving Lulu's Eyes
Lulu Tang was a baby when she diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Doctors in China wanted to remove her eyes. Instead, parents, both blind themselves, brought her to New York for eyesight-saving treatment.
Holding onto art as words fail
Carol Spence, 68, has a frontotemporal dementia, a disease that robs her of the ability to communicate. Losing her grasp on language, she finds a new way to express herself by drawing and painting.
Movie villains have bad skin
According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, movie villains exhibit facial issues at a 60 percent higher rate than movie heroes.
Using opioids to beat back an addiction to them
For those struggling with opioid addiction, breaking the habit can be demanding. Dr. Scott Lukas is researching and developing drugs to treat the condition.
Checking male fertility, with the phone in your pocket
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed an inexpensive and discrete way of screening for male infertility.
Can tilapia skin be used to bandage burns?
Doctors in Brazil are using the fish skin to treat burn patients. The treatment, which is part of a clinical trial, is said to reduce healing time by several days.
Boddities | Episode 8 | What makes metabolism fast?
A "fast metabolism" is a bit of a misnomer. There are a handful of factors that play into how quickly the body digests food and how much energy it burns while doing so.
Sketching the Beginnings of Life, One Cell at a Time
How did a scientist create incredibly detailed drawings of embryo development more than a century ago?
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.
Science Happens! | Episode 7 | Why do we sleep?
We each spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. But what goes on in our brains when we're asleep? In search of answers, one scientist studies the sleeping habits of fruit flies.
Music to help sick children heal
They show up at scary needle-prickings and before big surgeries; they help kids speak, regulate their walking gait, and even go to the bathroom; they comfort with families as they prepare for a child to die. Music is their clinical specialty.