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Episode 30: How are bacteria that live inside of mosquito’s cells, killing viruses?”

5/1/2019
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Deep inside the cells of an Australian mosquito are bacteria that kill deadly viruses by starving them to death. The death of these viruses could mean life for anyone bitten by them.

Duration:00:13:29

Episode 29: Could eating parasitic worms ever be a good idea?

4/3/2019
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You may have joked with your friends about using a tapeworm to lose weight thinking it was a diet of the past but today people are purposely infecting themselves with worms for reasons ranging from weight loss to asthma.

Duration:00:18:08

Episode 28: Are pregnant people more attractive?

2/27/2019
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The rumors are true, certain types of mosquitoes are more enticed to bite pregnant people than people who aren’t. It's not just a weird fact, it has dire consequences.

Duration:00:15:20

Episode 27: Does removing fallen wood from a forest impact Lyme disease risk?

1/31/2019
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Salvage logging is a way to get a silver lining out of a natural disaster like a wildfire or a hurricane, but how does it change our chances of getting Lyme disease. Learn about the connection between ticks, mice, and fallen logs.

Duration:00:15:49

Episode 26: How do tick bites cause red meat allergies?

12/25/2018
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For an unlucky few in the American South, Northern Europe, and Australia one bite from a tick can change everything from the food they eat to the types of cancer medications they can be prescribed. These areas, known for their love of all things meat, are also the home of ticks that can cause a meat allergy so bad it can kill.

Duration:00:20:48

Episode 25: Why are some people eaten alive by mosquitoes, while others come away bite-free?

11/27/2018
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We all know that person who never gets a single mosquito bite, while the rest of us get eaten alive. What is there secret? Or secrets? You’ll find it has a lot to do with their particular brand of body odor.

Duration:00:16:41

Episode 24: Do mosquitoes bite each other?

10/31/2018
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There are giant mosquitoes that wantonly kill their prey even if they aren’t hungry, and they are going to be your new favorite insects.

Duration:00:18:15

Episode 23: What is this new mosquito control technique called Wolbachia?

9/26/2018
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A bacteria that infects insects held some secrets until a team of researchers started looking closer at its amazing powers. Wolbachia might just be capable of saving thousands of human lives.

Duration:00:23:53

Episode 22: How can stomach bot flies live in such an inhospitable place? How do they breathe?

8/29/2018
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Stomach bot flies live most of their lives inside the stomachs of horses. They have adapted to this harsh environment by breathing is a very strange way. Guest co-host Erin Updyke from "This Podcast Will Kill You" comes on to talk fly infestations.

Duration:00:23:21

Episode 21: Why is there a Lyme disease vaccine for dogs but not for humans?

8/9/2018
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There is a vaccine for the number one vector-borne disease in the US and Europe, but only for dogs. We explore why there is no Lyme disease vaccine available for humans and how the vaccine certification process is different when you are a dog.

Duration:00:20:54

Episode 20: Why is it taking so long to make a malaria vaccine and what is happening with the vaccine ‘RTS,S’?

6/27/2018
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We have been hearing about the development of the malaria vaccine for years but there still isn’t one publicly available. Discover the history of, and current plans for, the RTS,S vaccine, currently our best hope for saving children and babies all over the African continent.

Duration:00:24:12

Episode 19: Risks and benefits of oral and spot-on flea and tick treatments for cats

5/30/2018
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We hate fleas and love our cats but are flea and tick medications safe? Learn about the history of permethrin based medications, how they work on a cellular level, and how to keep your kitty from a potentially fatal overdose.

Duration:00:19:19

Episode 18: The use of viruses to control pest insects like carpenter ants

5/1/2018
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Carpenter ants are highly destructive costing millions of dollars in damage every year. Learn how we figured out how to control viruses to stop their destruction. Biological control to the rescue!

Duration:00:23:58

Bonus: March for Science South Bend, IN

4/22/2018
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On the spot interviews with the marchers at the South Bend Indiana March for Science

Duration:00:14:24

Episode 17: What can be done by urban planners to disrupt infection of people with Lyme disease?

3/28/2018
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Urban planners use the history of Lyme disease and the ecology of the ticks that carry it to impact the infection rates. What they learned might change how you look at your own backyard.

Duration:00:19:29

Bonus Episode Tiny Westphalias

3/27/2018
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This is part 2 of a very special crossover with Benjamin Jacobs from Wittenberg to Westphalia Podcast. In this final part we discuss how tiny insects and bad water killed more medieval soldiers than fighting.

Duration:00:43:12

Bonus Episode: Wittenberg to Vampires

3/27/2018
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This is part 1 of a very special crossover with Benjamin Jacobs from Wittenberg to Westphalia Podcast. In this first part we discuss how the horrible diet of medieval soldiers resulted in serious health concerns.

Duration:00:53:06

Episode 16: How do public health authorities use urban planning to control populations of biting insects?

2/28/2018
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Urban planning is more than just deciding where to put new roads. This is the first in a two part series on how urban planners work with public health workers to reduce or even prevent disease outbreaks. In this episode we investigate the surprising connection between snails and dams, eye worms and irrigation, and malaria and canals.

Duration:00:17:28

Episode 15: How did we figure out that Zika can be sexually transmitted?

1/30/2018
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Unlike most diseases transmitted by blood feeders, the Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually. Find out how this surprising fact was discovered, what it has to do with the 1975 Nobel prize, and how it shapes public health recommendations.

Duration:00:17:43

Episode 14: The Repellent DEET and Ticks

12/14/2017
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Insects have studied for many years, but it wasn’t until this year that we began to understand why DEET repels ticks. In the process we find that ticks have a different system of smelling than both humans and insects.

Duration:00:21:50