• Episode 22

    Laughter: Good Medicine?

    There is nothing like a good laugh, is there? It not only feels great to laugh, it can feel great to hear other people laugh. Beyond brightening the mood, can laughter provide tangible health benefits? Lee Berk of Loma Linda University in California has done a series of studies on laughter and its possible physiological effects. We will talk to him about his latest study, done over the course of a year with diabetic patients. (Begins at 03:50)
  • Episode 21

    Blood Pressure and the Brain

    In this episode, we talk to Francois Abboud of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, whose research identified a new sensor. We’ll talk to him about his new research looking at genes that regulate ion channels, microscopic gates that move chemicals in and out of cells and that play a role in the signaling between the brain and the blood vessels. In experiments with animals, Dr. Abboud and his colleagues deleted one specific ion channel and found that the animals developed high blood pressure.
  • Episode 18

    Where Love Begins: In the Brain

    In our first segment we speak with Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, who has studied romantic love using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Brown talks about her studies on what happens in our brains at different stages of love: falling in love, being rejected by a lover, and long-term love.
  • Episode 15

    Can Turkey Make You Sleepy?

    Why do we feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal? Is there something in the turkey? Are cranberries good for our kidneys? These are some of the questions our experts will explore. Chris Cheesman of the University of Alberta will talk about tryptophan in turkey. (Begins at 03:17) L. Lee Hamm of Tulane University School of Medicine will discuss what the research shows about cranberries and kidney health. (Begins at 08:58)
  • Episode 14

    Halloween Science

    Halloween is the theme for October, so we talk about sleep paralysis, a condition that has been associated with stories of demon attacks during the night. (Begins at 03:46) We also chat with researchers Alexandra Shapiro and Phillip Scarpace of the University of Florida in Gainesville about their study on fructose-induced leptin resistance and obesity. This study is a bit scary if you have a sweet tooth. (Begins at 11:40)
  • Episode 12

    The Brain and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Episode 12 takes a quick look at studies from APS journals that have been in the news. The Accidental Mind: (Begins at 04:17) How is your brain like an ice cream cone? David Linden, author of “The Accidental Mind” explains. Dr. Linden is the editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. We also look at fetal alcohol syndrome. (Begins at 17:04) Research in sheep shows promise for understanding how maternal drinking causes cerebellar damage to the developing fetus. Timothy Cudd and Jay Ramadoss explain their study.