Category: Health

  • The EPA isn't taking its own advice on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children | Miles O'Brien Productions

    The EPA isn’t taking its own advice on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children

    Chlorpyrifos is one of the world’s most widely-used agricultural pesticides. Studies have linked exposure to the chemical to neurological issues in children, yet the EPA has–so far–decided not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos. Miles explores the issue for the PBS NewsHour. TRANSCRIPT Judy Woodruff: It’s not well known to the general public yet that…

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  • Inside the Legal Battle to Ban a Deadly Neurotoxin – with Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky

    For several years, environmental advocacy groups have been fighting to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos from agricultural use. A turnover in leadership at the EPA has led to a moment of indecision on what to do about the chemical. Robert Sapolsky is a neuroscientist who’s spent a long time assisting in the legal battle against chlorpyrifos.…

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  • New research affirms MDMA’s benefit as PTSD treatment. What’s next? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    New research affirms MDMA’s benefit as PTSD treatment. What’s next?

    The prospect of using MDMA, better known as “Ecstasy” or “Molly,” to treat post-traumatic stress disorder just got an important boost. The Lancet, a highly respected medical journal, published a study showing dramatic improvement in more than two dozen veterans and firefighters who were treated with MDMA in a study conducted in Charleston, South Carolina.…

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  • 5 Questions: An interview with Chris Francis, PhD, Wave Life Sciences | Miles O'Brien Productions

    5 Questions: An interview with Chris Francis, PhD, Wave Life Sciences

    Wave Life Sciences is a Boston based biotechnology company focused on delivering transformational therapies for patients with serious, genetically defined diseases. Their proprietary chemistry platform, viewed through the eyes of their world-leading scientists, enable them to see one possible future of medicine. They are the first to design and bring stereopure and allele-specific medicines to…

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  • Global antibiotic use is on the rise. What does this mean for superbugs? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Global antibiotic use is on the rise. What does this mean for superbugs?

    As we’ve covered before, the main driver of antibiotic resistance is the overuse of antibiotics. The more antibiotics are out there, the more exposure bacteria get, and the more likely they are to evolve defenses. Now, a new report has found that global antibiotic usage is up 65% from 2000 to 2015–how does this impact…

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  • Quarter of human drugs disrupt gut microbiome, study finds. Is this breeding superbugs? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Quarter of human drugs disrupt gut microbiome, study finds. Is this breeding superbugs?

    I’ve got a gut feeling this one is going to interest you. New findings show that about a quarter of non-antibiotic drugs have side effects impacting the growth of at least one species in the gut microbiome–the bacteria that live in our gut. This could be the first steps down a new avenue for studying…

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