Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?
In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?
Opinionated Science Episode 6: COVID-19: Repurposing Drugs, Hydroxychloroquine and Clinical Trials
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discusses drug treatments to combat SARS-CoV-2. These drugs, like the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, have often been repurposed for the task, and evidence for their efficacy remains patchy. Why do researchers turn to these medications and how will the field of drug development be changed by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Opinionated Science Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo
In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigates 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?
Opinionated Science Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna
In this episode, the Technology Networks team takes 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.
Opinionated Science Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and “Poo Pills”
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discusses the community of bacteria that have made our bodies their home: the microbiome.
Opinionated Science Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discusses the rejuvenated field of psychedelic drugs research and how it might provide solutions for enduring mental health disorders.
Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2
Opinionated Science Episode 1: Genes and the Brain
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discusses neurogenomics, the interface between our genes and our brain.