Pitt Medcast

10 EpisodesProduced by Pitt Medcast

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

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Imperfect Pitch

March 13th, 2019

29:20

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

21:26

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

18:58

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

10:01

Inside the World of OCD

April 6th, 2017

13:25

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 20th, 2017

6:24

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

11:46

“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 …

Cornea-copia

February 15th, 2016

13:23

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 …

Itch

October 25th, 2013

8:25

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 …

Tinnitus

June 28th, 2013

10:21

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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