Go on an adventure into unexpected corners of the health and science world each week with award-winning host Maiken Scott. The Pulse will take you behind the doors of operating rooms, into the lab with some of the world’s foremost scientists, and back in time to explore life-changing innovations. The Pulse delivers stories in ways that matter to you, and answers questions you never knew you had.
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American Indians have the highest smoking rates in the country: US commercialization of tobacco continues to complicate sacred use of the plant.
2 days agoListen 12:10
What happens when an outsider develops a stop strange smoking method that works, but can’t be explained by science.
2 days agoListen 19:56
How close are scientists to developing fusion energy? And what are the roadblocks standing in the way?
1 week agoListen 18:51
Officials said a July 'second wave' had hit Philly with scant evidence, later admitting they'd called “a slight rise in cases" a wave to help avoid "uncontrollable spread."
2 weeks agoListen 26:16
Emily Smith, an epidemiologist married to a preacher, has been able to reach evangelicals in a way others can’t, by meeting them where they are.
2 weeks agoListen 11:39
For years, sufferers of EHS have maintained that the electromagnetic fields around us are dangerous. A handful of scientists agree.
3 weeks agoListen 23:01
Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is famous for cons documented in the blockbuster “Catch Me If You Can.” But science writer Alan Logan says the real grift is Abagnale’s entire story.
3 weeks agoListen 10:23
A large proportion of incarcerated people have their chronic conditions diagnosed while in prison. But experts say quality care can be hard to get.
1 month agoListen 12:58
The stress of supporting a family member in prison can cause lasting health issues for those on the outside. Consequences can stretch far beyond the person doing the time.
1 month agoListen 6:50
Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a mysterious disease long suspected of having a viral trigger. Recent focus on COVID long-haulers could bring new interest in this field.
2 months agoListen 8:26
Scientists have found that results can change, brain scans from the same person doing the same thing can be different a week or a month later.
2 months agoListen 11:23
The radio spectrum is a finite range of frequencies. We use pretty much all of it, for Wi-Fi, smart gadgets, radio. But what about scientists who rely on it?
2 months agoListen 11:28
The MCAT is supposed to gauge future success. But it can also be a financial barrier to underrepresented groups.
2 months agoListen 13:38
The goal seemed pretty clear cut, to enroll a medical school class containing at least 3,000 students of color by the year 2000. Why did it fail?
2 months agoListen 11:30