Pitt Medcast

11 EpisodesProduced by Pitt MedcastWebsite

A science-based leisure listen from Pitt Med, the magazine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Autism and Emotional Regulation

June 28th, 2019


Popular accounts of autism often portray people with the condition as emotionless automatons. Yet more than a decade of work has convinced Pitt …

Imperfect Pitch

March 13th, 2019


How useful is a genetics report from a company like 23andMe to my health? How do we separate hype from reality as these companies ramp up …

Labors and Losses

February 11th, 2019


Why are new mothers dying at an alarming rate in this country? We sat down with Jada Shirriel, the CEO of Healthy Start, which is charged with improving maternal and child health in Allegheny County, and three Pitt …

The High Resolution Life

November 1st, 2018


In this episode, we revisited our Summer 2015 magazine story(bit.ly/sternglass_pittmedmag), featuring the University of Pittsburgh’s late, great Ernest Sternglass. His work made possible the first videos from the moon, …

When Fred Met Margaret

March 20th, 2018


In this episode, we revisited and remixed our Winter 2014 magazine story (http://bit.ly/Wnzy6c) featuring the University of Pittsburgh’s Margaret …

Inside the World of OCD

April 6th, 2017


Every day, Hilary Zurbuch grappled with a nagging fear that if she didn’t look just right, something bad would happen. Zurbuch lives with obsessive …

How the Nose Knows

February 19th, 2017


With funding from the National Science Foundation, a multi-institutional team uses blind scent-tracing tests and other experiments to better …

Let's Talk About Sex

March 29th, 2016


“My doctors all knew about it. ... Strangers, like people who just happened to be in the office when I was there, knew more about me than I did.”

In this episode, the first in our new Read Aloud series, we delve into …


February 15th, 2016


Corneal blindness affects millions worldwide. To date, the only treatment available is a corneal transplant. But potential new cures are coming from unexpected places—including wisdom teeth!

A husband-and-wife team at …


October 25th, 2013


Pain and itch have an interesting relationship. If you are bitten by a mosquito, you can ease the itch by scratching your skin. And if you take a …


June 28th, 2013


As recently as 20 years ago, tinnitus—a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other noise that afflicts people who’ve been exposed to loud sounds—was thought to be an affliction of the ear, but imaging studies eventually proved …

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