On this episode I consider the human body as a whole and try to take a big picture look at anatomy. I discuss the different systems at play and how the structure of their physical properties meets their physiological functions.
Today we are joined with leaders of the Orange County Needle Exchange (OCNEP). OCNEP began when a group of medical students realized that a needle exchange was needed in Santa Ana to stem the transmission of infectious diseases, especially amongst injection drug users. In the episode the founder, Kyle Barbour, explains the philosophy of harm reduction as a means of promoting public health. Marissa Lovio, a steering committee member, adds details about the process of becoming state certified and the inauguration of the exchange in February. Find out how you can get involved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or the website.
Dr. Don Wei discusses his research on endocannabinoids and social behavior, along the way discussing the brain’s reward system and dopamine. These insights from neuroscience immediately show it’s utility in understanding drug addiction and other psychiatric illnesses.
Today we’re focusing our lens on a disease you’ve undoubtably heard something about. There are 230,000 new cases every year, making it the second most prevalent cancer in women, and in the U.S. as many as 1 / 8 women may be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime. The subject of our discussion today is Breast Cancer. Another reason you may have heard of breast cancer is that patients of this condition have rallied together successfully to build agencies and advocacy groups to strengthen public awareness, advocacy, and research on the topic. And a common goal for many of these groups is to encourage early detection of the cancer, because treatment is more successful if caught early. Guidelines for testing vary and evolve between advocacy groups as to what tests are recommended. Some of this discussion boils down to numbers that epidemiologists like to crunch. But today we are lucky enough to add a human touch to the conversation. My guest is Artie, who shares her own battle with breast cancer at its 10 year anniversary.
Sahil Aggarwal, co-founder of Pendulum Global, sits down to discuss his non-profit, defends the need for global health projects, and gives aspiring entrepreneurs concrete tips to begin their own projects. You can find out more about his organization and get involved at their website.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far smaller… The mining or iron has become hotly contested, as fungi, bacteria, and human cells clash to reign supreme over the limited reserves. A gallant galactic observer, Evelyn Hoover, has traversed space-time to report on these interactions and which side will emerge victorious on PILLS: Easy to swallow stories in medicine, episode 5.
Soe Thein, 2nd year medical student and foodie, discusses the idea of sustainable eating as a means of healthy eating. Surprisingly, he suggests this may be a better strategy than obsessing over calories. You can catch more of his insights over at his blog, Lime And Cilantro.