Painless Proboscis

Mosquitos!  What a pain! Or…are they?    This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Mosquitos are a familiar foe.  They bite and leave behind itchy reminders of their presence.  But how is it we never notice them sucking our blood until it’s too late?   At the Ohio

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Tell-tale Tattoo

Want a tattoo your parents would approve of? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For diabetics, tracking blood sugar is important – but annoying. Finger-pricking is painful. Patches that monitor blood sugar are expensive and can come unstuck. Is there a better way? Enter Ali

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Ink of My Heart

What if a tattoo could save your life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Heart disease patients need continuous heart monitoring for optimum treatment. But traditional monitors are bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Electronic, or E-tattoos, are a comfortable, wearable alternative. These thin devices are

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More Fat, Less Stress

Euh! A lock of grey hair! I blame my teenagers. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worse than going grey, stress-induced inflammation can cause problems like allergies or depression. But there’s hope in the strangest form! Mycobacterium vaccae, a species of bacteria found in soil,

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Painless Pill

Shots or pills? How about BOTH? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I would pick pills over shots any day! Easier to take and PAINLESS – hypodermic needles are scary!! But what about the drugs that HAVE to be injected? For those, Alex Abramson from

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I Heart Robot

The robots are coming… after my heart? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. To fix a leaky heart valve, surgeons drive a snake-like robot through your heart to get to the leak, kind of like a roto-rooter. But arteries aren’t exactly smooth drives in the

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Honey, I’m Cured!

A spoonful of sugar helps the… INFECTION go down? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying…ah-CHOO! Colds are the WORST! That cruddy, fatigued, phlegmy feeling! But for people with cystic fibrosis, it never ends. This hereditary disease coats the body’s glands in mucus, causing lung

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Virtually Painless

Will the next pain relief solution come in three-D? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For many patients, hospitals mean pain. Needle pricks! Broken bones! Tonsillectomies! Physicians want to make each stay more pleasant. But prescribing pain medication can backfire with severe side effects. Doctors

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Viral Addiction

Has addiction gone VIRAL? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Retroviruses like HIV make us sick by inserting their genes into our cells. Usually, these genes cause cells to make new copies of the retrovirus. But occasionally, the genes mutate and can’t make new viruses.

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