Sunday, May 23, 2010

Allergies? Asthma? Get infected with hookworms!

What did we do before the internet?

I recommend that you listen to Carl Zimmer's story on the Radiolab Podcast, preferably during the dinner hour.

Maybe we are just too clean for our own good, our poor immune systems never get a chance to do their thing so they start attacking the body they are supposed to be protecting.

Still, walking barefoot through latrines in Cameroon to pick up hookworms does seem a little extreme.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Men and women are different! It's all about the hormones

I heard an interesting segment on CNN's "Sanjay Gupta MD". Dr Gupta was interviewing Dr Louann Brizedine author of "The Male Brain". She described the profound effects that sex hormones have on behaviour.

We are different, we think different. This is a good thing.

The transcript may be found here.