Episode 14: High Expectations

Why is marijuana illegal, on the same list as heroin, LSD and ecstasy? What medical benefits does it have for people with PTSD, cancer, epilepsy and chronic pain? What does the research actually have to say on short and long term side effects? Find out in Episode 14. Release date: 4/20.

This week in the segment "Freaky Medicine": a fun and easy cure for headaches... with a drill.

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Episode 13: Deciphering The Code Of Life

Genome sequencing! By far the most complex topic we've tackled on the show so far, but don't let that intimidate you! I promise we will start slow, and use a lot of metaphors: planes, bookcases, ladders and butterflies!

Find out how it works, why it matters, how close we are to everyone having their own personal Genome Project, how much that could cost you, and how it could save your - or your children's - lives. To help me with this, I have a very exciting interview with a fellow Ukrainian, this one a real scientist: Olga Dudchenko is a researcher at The Center for Genome Architecture at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University.

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Episode 12: The Attack of The Vitamins

Vitamins are necessary for our bodies to function, they are used for growth, digestion, nerve function, and many other things. So, if something is good for you, then more of that thing should be even better for you, right? Unfortunately, that's just not true when it comes to taking vitamin supplements. How is it that we came to believe this, then? What happens if you take too many? How can we know if they are safe and effective? Find out in Episode 12.

This week in the segment "Freaky Medicine": a quick and easy weight loss solution, with a catch.

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Episode 11: The Future of Food

Since the first tests in the late 1980s, GMOs have become increasingly widespread and so has the distrust and fear in their use. The debate is very polarized: one extreme asserting that the technology will save the world and the other claiming the complete opposite. But though good reasons exist on both sides, there are still misconceptions and lies that plague the debate. In this episode, we will attempt to unravel them.

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Episode 10: The Side-Effects of Nothing

It is the lesser well known cousin of the placebo effect, the Mr.Hyde to placebo’s Dr Jekyll, the yin and yang of clinical mysteries, the nocebo seems to make people actually, physically sick for no medical reason.

The nocebo effect is a result of the super complicated interaction between the patient, his expectations, the drug, the surrounding context, the healthcare provider, and the way the information is delivered and received and if it’s in any way negative - it has negative side effects that cannot otherwise be medically explained.

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Episode 09: The Effects of Nothing

You have probably heard of placebo, but there are many misconceptions, myths, and mysteries around this phenomenon. In this episode, we will rediscover what this effect is, where is comes from, and what we still don’t know. Seems like the natural way to explain placebo is through stories: we will look at the story of the past, stories about the present and then we will discuss the future. What exactly causes the placebo effect? How does it work exactly? Is it all just fake? How can we use it in every day life? Join me in exploring these questions in this episode.

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Episode 08: Ask your parents if this [ breakfast cereal ] is right for you

From awkward nutritional choices in biblical times, to forcing oranges, sea water and sulfuric acid down the throat of sailors, to injecting mold juice extract into patients, to naming studies as EPIC and AWESOME, the future of our medicine, our health and the health of our children is in the hands of a extremely expensive, complicated process of trial and error, conflict of interest, hidden secrets, long complicated reports, but also people who are literally looking on how to cure or prevent cancer, and we never ever giving up hope.

Join me as we try to figure out how clinical trials really work, just how expensive and risky they are, and how scientists find way to add a little humor to the search for the ultimate cure.

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Episode 07: In Search of a Cure

From awkward nutritional choices in biblical times, to forcing oranges, sea water and sulfuric acid down the throat of sailors, to injecting mold juice extract into patients, to naming studies as EPIC and AWESOME, the future of our medicine, our health and the health of our children is in the hands of a extremely expensive, complicated process of trial and error, conflict of interest, hidden secrets, long complicated reports, but also people who are literally looking on how to cure or prevent cancer, and we never ever giving up hope.

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Episode 06: Innocent Until Proven Carcinogenic

Why do you keep seeing that coffee both causes and prevents cancer? Can you overdose on caffeine? How much is safe?

Over the years, I’ve heard so many conflicting reports over coffee's health benefits and possible health risks. Luckily, recently there has been a milestone event that caused most media coverage of the topic - and I’m taking recent as in the summer of 2016 - to come to more or less a consensus. So, once and for all, does it cancer cancer or not? Why do medical studies contradict themselves? Who decides whether something is carcinogenic anyway? Find out in this episode.

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Episode 05: Picking out the bad apples

Have you heard of the study that linked the MMR vaccine with autism? That is a famous example of a study being published and sensationalized, and then retracted.

In this episode we will look at Retractions: what they are, why they are necessary and what makes them so very complicated, and both useful and harmful to researchers and research in general.

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Episode 04: The Bitter Truth

The news heard around the world: eating chocolate can help you lose weight! What wonderful news... or is it?

We are going to look at a study from Germany that you’ve hopefully heard of, and if not you definitely should. The amount of mixed emotions it elicited is absolutely unparalleled, and both health research and health journalism will (hopefully) never be the same again.

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Episode 03: Men Pull Out of Study Early And Cause A Controversy

A clinical trial of a male version of birth control gave hope to millions that the responsibility for family planning will finally be more equally shared between men and women. But it was terminated early, causing A LOT of controversy.

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Episode 02: Down the Rabbit Hole with a Glass of Wine

A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym.  Is it really, though? Because I have some doubts.

In this episode, we are going to cover a study from The University of Alberta, that looked at possible health benefits of resveratrol, a compound naturally found in grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and some types of nuts. It seems that due to it’s presence in red grapes specifically, this study has been publicized under headlines of some derivative of: "A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym”. 

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