Opinionated Science
Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo

Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo

May 22, 2020

In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigate the placebo effect. Why have placebo treatments become more effective at treating patients in the last few decades (but only in the USA) and what do powerful placebos mean for clinical trials? 

Read more from this podcast: 

The Power of the Placebo Effect

Survey Finds 97% of GPs Prescribe Placebos

Placebo Surgery Trial

The Magnitude of Nocebo Effects in Pain

Placebo Effect Grows in U.S., Thwarting Development of Painkillers

Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna

Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna

May 8, 2020

In this episode, the Technology Networks team take a bite into the world of food fraud. We take a look at famous cases of fraud, including scandals involving horse meat, baby formula and expensive wine. We also discover the analytical methods that inspectors can try and use to find fraudulent food before it makes it to your plate. 

Read more from this podcast: 

Shedding Light on Wine Fraud With NMR Fingerprinting

Whiskey, the Target of Fraud

Infographic: What's in Your Food?

 

Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and “Poo Pills”

Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and “Poo Pills”

April 24, 2020

In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss the community of bacteria that have made our bodies their home: the microbiome. We explore how these bugs can influence our behavior and help us fight disease and whether microbiota-modifying poo pills could become a part of precision medicine in the near future. 

 

Read more from this podcast:

https://www.technologynetworks.com/cancer-research/infographics/the-microbiome-and-cancer-319758

https://www.technologynetworks.com/genomics/infographics/sequencing-the-microbiome-327727

https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/articles/mouse-moms-microbiota-leads-to-altered-behavior-326252

https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/articles/microbiome-medicine-takes-center-stage-308055

Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins
Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2

Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2

April 8, 2020

Our Science Aloud podcasts feature audio narrations of Technology Networks articles. 

In this episode of Science Aloud, Technology Networks Science Writer Molly Campbell narrates her article on a human monoclonal antibody that can block the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. 

Read the article here: https://www.technologynetworks.com/biopharma/news/first-report-of-human-monoclonal-antibody-that-blocks-sars-cov-2-332110

Read more about how preprints differ from peer-reviewed research here: https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/articles/understanding-preprints-in-scientific-publication-332961

Episode 1: Genes and the Brain

Episode 1: Genes and the Brain

March 26, 2020

In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss neurogenomics, the interface between our genes and our brain. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday. 

Read more from this podcast: 

https://bit.ly/2wGJW0j

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5816070/