Posted by: grokscience | August 27, 2014

Saving Normal

allen-francesThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has far reaching influence beyond that of psychiatric diagnosis.  Excessive diagnosis of psychiatric disorders due to changes in the DSM may be causing more harm than good. On this episode, Dr. Allen Frances discussed saving normal.

The doctor is out? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 21, 2014

Once More with Feelin’

slimanbensmaia-byjasonsmith-0386On this episode, we speak with neuroscientist Dr. Sliman Bensmaia. He tells us about his research on touch — how our hands feel, how our brains process this information, and how this research is being used to design better prostheses.

Give ‘em a hand… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 13, 2014

Bitcoins

Unknown-5Can a digitally encrypted currency uproot the world’s financial institutions. On this episode, Jimmy Homma talks about bit coins, its mysterious and tumultuous history, and what it means for us.

Cha-ching… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 6, 2014

Human Animal Bond

si-300-alan-beckWe do a lot for our pets and often even treat them like family members. But it turns out, they’re paying us back by improving our health. On this episode, Dr. Alan Beck, Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University discusses his work studying the effect that animals have on the physical and psychological well-being of the people they spend time with. We’ll talk about what benefits the average person can expect to get from their pets but we’ll also learn which animals are best for Alzheimer’s patients, autistic children, and other vulnerable populations. So whether you’re a cat person, dog person, turtle person, or unsure you even like animals, join us to learn about the various ways a connection with animals can impact your health.

People person? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 30, 2014

Crowded Planet

stephOverpopulation affects not only humans but also wildlife.  On this episode, Stephanie Feldstein discussed the crowded planet.

Need another earth… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 23, 2014

Health Care Data

gh-data1Health care data is increasingly vulnerable to hackers.  On this episode, Paul Oster discussed protecting health care data.

Keep your data healthy… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 16, 2014

Improving Health with Cats and Dogs

cats_dogs_04Cats and dogs: companions, protectors, health-improvers? We love our furry friends, but recent studies show that cats and dogs may benefit us in ways that go beyond companionship.  On this episode, we discuss research findings that show how these animals can boost our health and well-being.

Aww… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 9, 2014

Ice, Ice

AndersNilsson_symposium2010Water is fundamental to all life but little is actually known about its inter-molecular dynamics and structures. On this episode, Anders Nilsson talks about the frontiers of water science.

Baby! ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 2, 2014

Precision Medicine

medium_47396108302How much can our own genetics determine the diagnosis of our illness or determine the course of treatment? The Chicago chapter of the Women In Bio organization recently hosted a panel discussion on the topic of precision medicine strategies—what it is, how it came about, the challenges we face, and what the future holds. On this episode, we discuss with the organizers, attendees, and panelists about precision medicine, and women’s role in this rapidly developing field.

Stay on target… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | June 25, 2014

Colliding Worlds

arthur_millerScience and art may seem like widely divergent fields of human endeavor, but advances in science are now influencing contemporary art. On this program, Arthur I. Miller discussed the colliding worlds of science and art.

Einstein Kerouac? ;)

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