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The Hygiene (and Microbiome) Hypothesis

A study by Hesselmar and colleagues in the journal Pediatrics suggested that hand washing dishes may possibly affect allergy risk in children. This observational study involved about 1000 Swedish children. Kids whose parents used an automatic dishwasher had an increased risk of developing allergy and asthma. Handwashing was associated with […]

UNM Medical School Elective

  The Evolutionary Medicine Elective for UNM Medical Students starts today. We will begin by discussing this paper by Steve Stearns:  Evolutionary medicine: its scope, interest, and potential. Read that article carefully prior to the first session.   Week One will focus on the evolution of antibiotic resistance and the […]

Zombie Apocalypse Medicine

The Zombie Apocalypse (Medical Meeting) is about to start! Where – the great state of Arizona. The first stirrings of the apocalypse will be at the Arizona State University. I along with several of my emergency medicine colleagues will be on hand to give medical and disaster tips in preparation […]

Sleep Evolution

Why do we sleep? How much is enough? Do we die if we don’t get enough? Kate Rusk, Joe Alcock, Coffee Brown and Gandhi Yetish discuss these topics in this episode of the EvolutionMedicine podcast. Sleep is one of the least understood lifestyle-related risk factor for chronic disease. For instance, […]

Human Superpowers

In this age of Marvel comics, superheroes with superpowers have attained a high degree of cultural fascination. But some superpowers exist in real life, courtesy of natural selection. One such superpower is the ability of the Bajau people to dive longer and deeper than other people. This ability is linked […]

Podcast #22 The Placebo Effect

Kate Rusk recorded and live streamed this episode on the science channel Inertia TV in March, 2018. Kate, Coffee Brown, and I discussed the power of the placebo effect, what it means for the evolution of the brain, and the evolution of social behavior. We riff on martial arts, mind […]

How much oxygen is too much?

Coffee Brown and I recently recorded a podcast on that most necessary molecule for mammalian life – O2. The question we consider: should medics send patients to hospital with 100% oxygen? Should all patients get supplemental oxygen in the hospital? The answer: an emphatic no! First author Derek Chu and […]

Disease or adaptation, normal or abnormal?

Peter Soeters and Peter De Leeuw of Maastricht University Medical Center wrote an interesting perspective piece entitled Disease or adaptation, another look at the practice of medicine, that was published in January in the journal Postgraduate Medicine. They write: “thanks to the great advances in medical technology we are now […]