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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.
Saving Bentley’s brain
A daring surgery aims to put a part of a baby's brain, which was growing outside of his skull, back where it belongs.
Boddities | Episode 3 | Why doesn't your stomach eat itself?
There are intricate forces at play to make sure your stomach doesn’t digest itself.
Is grilling meat bad for your health?
Some scientists believe cooking meat at high temperatures creates cancer-causing carcinogens. Here are some grilling tips to keep you safe.
How sickle cell disease happens
In healthy people, blood cells are round and flexible. But in people with sickle cell disease, blood cells are deformed and cause a range of health problems.
The agony of withdrawal
Matt Ganem, a former addict, explains the excruciating process of opioid withdrawal.
Science Happens! | Episode 6 | Your DNA in space
What happens to your DNA after spending a year in space? NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is working with scientists to find out.
Meet Your Beautiful Mouth Scum
There are entire cities of bacteria inside your body. Here is the metropolis in your tooth scum.
Boddities | Episode 2 | Why Does it hurt to get water up your nose?
Have you ever wonder why it hurts when water goes up your nose? Stat reporter Megan Thielking investigates.
The operating room that changed medical history
STAT takes you on a tour of The Ether Dome through the years.
Battling yellow fever
A deadly outbreak of yellow fever has hit Angola, leading to a vaccine shortage.
Searching for the Zika virus
In Houston, Texas, officials are keeping a close eye on mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.
Science Happens! | Episode 5 | The shape of your DNA might surprise you
The cells in our bodies contain carefully packed strands of DNA that are about 6 feet long. How the strands are folded hold clues to our health and well-being.
Boddities | Episode 1 | Will soda settle an upset stomach?
Stat reporter Megan Thielking has an upset stomach. Her mother says she should drink some soda, but are sugary drinks a good remedy?
A Day in the Life: Helicopter Medic
For Andy Miller, a flight paramedic for a New Hampshire hospital, “the day that you arrive for work could be the most traumatic of your career."
Our son Nicholas has microcephaly
Christine Grounds and Jonathan Mir's son, Nicholas, has microcephaly. Christine says that if she had known that Nicholas had the condition before he was born nine years ago, she would have terminated the pregnancy.
For one Brazilian doctor, delivering ultrasounds and the verdict of Zika
In Campina Grande, Brazil, Dr. Adriana Melo is treating an increasing number of pregnant women who are giving birth to babies whose brains haven't fully developed in utero.
What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?
The disease, known for triggering temporary paralysis, has been linked to Zika virus infections.
How Ebola kills
The Ebola virus has only 7 genes and is smaller than a blood cell, but during an infection it has the power to shut down multiple organs. Here's how it works.
Are you at risk for contracting Zika virus?
Your level of risk depends, in part, on your living conditions.
Zika virus sparks concern on the streets of Brazil
Since the virus known as Zika surged into international headlines, we've heard a lot about the outbreak from researchers and politicians. But what are the people living in the epicenter of the outbreak saying?