Living Lab Radio: June 9, 2019

Jun 9, 2019

Brain inflammation, or neuroinflammation, from Alzheimer's disease.
Credit NIH Image Gallery / Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

"The plaque is like the match, the tangles, like the brushfires that spread. You can live with it. But once there's neuroinflammation, that's the forest fire. And that's self-feeding. As neurons die, you get more neuroinflammation. Neuroinflammation causes more cells to die. So, you get this vicious cycle." - Rudi Tanzi

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Nature Briefing editor Flora Graham explains the latest headlines about CRISPR gene editing, personalized medicine, and even cold fusion.
  • Alzheimer's researcher Rudi Tanzi says we're seeing the light of day when it comes to developing effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, but you can start reducing your risk now with diet, exercise, sleep, and even socializing.
  • Obstetrician and gynecologist Luu Ireland pulled together the research on who opts for abortion, and why. The picture she paints is surprising - one in four American women, and more than half of them are already mothers.
  • Jeff Kneebone of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life introduces us to the other sharks in New England's waters, and shares just how little we know about some of them.
  • MIT's Muriel Medard talks 5G - the new generation of wireless technology that could transform the way we work and live. Maybe.