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In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.

In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.
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In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.

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English


Episodes

Doing disability differently

7/14/2019
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"I am so accustomed to thinking of wheelchair use in binary terms: you either use one or you don’t. Now I’m struggling to unlearn that notion." In Canada, wheelchair basketball brings people together regardless of their abilities. Lesley Evans Ogden asks whether this kind of integration could help dispel stigma, discrimination and misconceptions about disability more widely. Written by Lesley Evans Ogden, read by Kirsten Irving, audio editing by Jen Whyntie. For more stories and to read...

Duration:00:20:31

How to survive climate change: a lesson from Hurricane Maria

7/7/2019
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The rest of the world can learn from Puerto Rican communities rallying together to recover from a natural disaster fuelled by climate change. Written by Jane Palmer. Read by Michael Regnier. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. To read the story online, head to mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, try Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly epidemic by Jane Palmer, also available as an audio podcast.

Duration:00:31:28

Colour to dye for

6/30/2019
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The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it? Written by Rebecca Guenard Read by Rebecca McIntosh Produced by Barry J Gibb iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss To read the full story visit mosaicscience.com. If you enjoyed this story, try When cuteness comes of age by Neil Steinberg.

Duration:00:20:32

The hidden epidemic of compulsive hair pulling

6/23/2019
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Whether hair pulling, skin picking or cheek biting, body-focused repetitive behaviours blight many people’s lives. How can science help us understand and treat these distressing conditions better? Written by Sara Talpos. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: Apple Podcasts itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss If you liked...

Duration:00:38:20

The 96th Street divide: why there’s so much diabetes in Harlem

6/16/2019
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In East Harlem, four times as many adults have diabetes as in the neighbouring Upper East Side. Meera Senthilingam meets the New Yorkers stopping poverty being a death sentence. Audio producer: Meera Senthilingam Fact checker: Laura Dawes Editor: Mun-Keat Looi See an accompanying photo tour of Harlem and read a full transcript for this story on Mosaic. For more stories visit mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, we recommend Voices in the dark: what it's like to hear voices,...

Duration:00:48:39

Fake drugs: the global industry putting your life at risk

6/9/2019
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The manufacture and distribution of medicines is a global industry, tainted by fake and substandard products. Not only might these drugs not work as expected, but some are even contributing to antimicrobial resistance. So, what’s in your medicine cabinet? Written by Srinath Perur. Read by Charlotte Hussey. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. Read the story at mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, we recommend India is training "quacks" to do real medicine. This is why by Priyanka Pulla.

Duration:00:26:15

The cost of pure water

6/2/2019
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Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates. Written by Shaun Raviv. Read by Pip Mayo. Produced by Barry J Gibb. Audio editing by Geoff Marsh. Read the full text original and accompanying extras published on Mosaic. For more stories visit mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, we recommend How menstrual taboos are putting lives at risk by Rose George, also available on our podcast.

Duration:00:37:04

How HIV became a matter of international security

5/26/2019
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Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. Written by Alexandra Ossola. Read by Rebecca McIntosh. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. Read the story at mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, we recommend One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positive By Patrick Strudwick, also available as a podcast.

Duration:00:32:39

How malaria defeats our drugs

5/19/2019
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"The parasite has started to become resistant. The wonder drug is failing. It is the latest reprise of a decades-long theme: we attack malaria with a new drug, it mounts an evolutionary riposte." In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports. Written by Ed Yong, read by Pip Mayo, produced by Barry J Gibb, audio editing by Geoff Marsh. For more stories and to...

Duration:00:38:45

The DNA detectives hunting the causes of cancer

5/12/2019
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Cancer rates vary wildly across the world, and we don’t know why. To solve this mystery, scientists are tracking down causes of cancer by the fingerprints they leave in the genome. Written and read by Kat Arney. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. To read the story, visit mosaicscience.com If you like this story, we recommend Searching for a diagnosis: how scientists are untangling the mystery of developmental disorders by Linda Geddes. Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:31:13

How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century

5/5/2019
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Chrissie Giles on her generation’s climb to Peak Booze. "I didn’t feel that I had a problem with alcohol, nor did any of my friends. We got drunk, sometimes too drunk, and then suffered the consequences. We were just doing what young people did. But recently, with getting on for 20 years of drinking under my belt, I started to wonder if my generation’s relationship with alcohol was abnormal. When I looked into the numbers I realised that it was. I discovered that 2004 was Peak Booze: the...

Duration:00:27:48

Why are so many people getting a meat allergy?

4/28/2019
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Becoming allergic to meat turns your life upside down. Known as alpha-gal allergy, the condition dictates what you can eat, wear, how you relax, and even which medicines are safe. Is research finally starting to catch up? Editor: Chrissie Giles Copyeditor: Rob Reddick Art director: Charlie Hall Photographer: Daniel Stier Fact checker: Francine Almash For more stories and to read the original text, visit mosaicscience.com If you liked this story we recommend Sick building syndrome: is...

Duration:00:40:30

Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies

4/21/2019
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In loving memory of Lyra McKee (1990-2019). This episode was originally broadcast in April 2016. In Northern Ireland, more people took their own lives in the 16 years after the Troubles than died during them. Why? Lyra McKee finds out. Written by Lyra McKee Read by Kirsten Irving Produced by Barry J Gibb Audio editing by Geoff Marsh For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com where you can also find more of Lyra's magnificent writing.

Duration:00:24:41

How a wooden bench in Zimbabwe is starting a revolution in mental health

4/14/2019
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In the early 2000s, when there were just two psychiatrists serving over 12 million people, Zimbabwe had to get creative to treat depression. Now, one bright idea – the Friendship Bench – is spreading far and wide. Written by Alex Riley. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. To read the story, visit mosaicscience.com If you like this story, we recommend How To Get To A World Without Suicide by Simon Usborne. Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:36:54

Brazil’s billion-dollar gym experiment

4/7/2019
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Can a grand vision of 4,000 free public gyms overcome inequality and fight Brazil’s health crisis? Catherine de Lange reports. Written by Catherine de Lange, read by Pip Mayo, produced by Barry J Gibb For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com If you liked this story, we recommend listening to City Cycling: Health Versus Hazard by Ian Birrell, also available as a podcast. Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes...

Duration:00:34:30

How big data is changing science

3/31/2019
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New biomedical techniques, like next-generation genome sequencing, are creating vast amounts of data and transforming the scientific landscape. They’re leading to unimaginable breakthroughs – but leaving researchers racing to keep up. Editor: Rob Reddick Copyeditor: Tom Freeman Art director: Charlie Hall Fact checker: Francine Almash Illustrator: Dávid Biró To read the story, visit mosaicscience.com. If you liked this story, we recommend 'The DNA detectives hunting the causes of...

Duration:00:25:58

The fight of your life

3/24/2019
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Boxers know they risk injury in the ring. But there’s a more insidious danger they don’t often talk about: the long-term brain damage that repeated blows to the head can cause. Lyra McKee meets the families who are breaking the silence. Written by Lyra McKee. Read by Kirsten Irving. Illustrated by Gabby Laurent. Produced by Barry J. Gibb. To read the story, visit mosaicscience.com. If you liked this story, we recommend 'The Alzheimer's Enigma' by Michael Regnier.

Duration:00:28:45

The little yellow box that’s made thousands of operations safer

3/17/2019
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Millions of people are left dead or disabled by surgical complications each year when one simple piece of kit could have saved them. Jane Feinmann discovers how it has helped transform medicine in Mongolia. Written by Jane Feinmann. Read by Rebecca McIntosh. Produced by Graihagh Jackson. If you liked this story, we recommend DIY prosthetics: the extreme athlete who built a new knee by Rose Eveleth, also available as a podcast.

Duration:00:28:00

Can meditation really slow ageing?

3/10/2019
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Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so. Written by Jo Marchant Read by Pip Mayo Produced by Barry J Gibb For more stories and to read this story, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss If you liked this story, we recommend Mosaicscience – Secrets-of-the-strong-minded by Emma Young, also available as a podcast.

Duration:00:33:29

Psychosis in Parkinson’s: now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse

3/3/2019
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Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope. Written by Mary O'Hara Read by Michael Regnier Produced by Graihagh Jackson

Duration:00:21:36