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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match

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Despite being one of the most common genetic disorders, affecting millions of people worldwide, cystic fibrosis evaded medical description for thousands of years after its first appearance. But the last century has led to a revolution in diagnosis, treatment, and our understanding of the disease. This week we talk all things cystic fibrosis, from salty sweaty tests to European folklore, from Bell Beaker culture to gene therapy. And we are honored to be joined by Jay Gironimi, author of “Can’t Eat, Can’t Breathe, and Other Ways Cystic Fibrosis Has F#$%*d Me”, who chats candidly about his experience with CF. Oh, and the best part? Jay, also the talented musician behind All Hallow‘s Evil, wrote a custom song specifically for this episode! We loved it so much we named this ep after it, and we know you’re gonna love it too. You can find Jay’s book on amazon in both paperback and digital versions, find the audiobook version on audible and more of his writing at canteatcantbreathe.com. You can also find his music at allhallowsevil.bandcamp.com and follow him on twitter @allhallowsevil. 
Walking through a forest at dusk, you’ve likely heard the croaks and groans of frogs and toads forming a chorus in the damp undergrowth. But what if the forest were suddenly, inexplicably, silent? In the 1980s scientists started noticing the forests becoming quieter as amphibian populations around the globe began to decline -- rapidly. Today we are joined by Dr. Taegan McMahon from the University of Tampa to discuss our first ever wildlife disease: chytridiomycosis. Chytrid fungus, or Bd for short, has wreaked havoc on amphibian populations for the last several decades, and researchers are still trying to find a way to stop it. For more information on Chytrid and Taegan’s research, follow her lab on instagram @mcmahon_lab. For more awesome parasitology pics, check out @uoftampa_parasitology, and for gorgeous biology art, Taegan does watercolors @wandering.ecologist!  
Ep 32 Ask the Erins

Ep 32 Ask the Erins

2019-07-2301:56:197

What exactly is disease ecology anyway? How did  TPWKY come to be? How do we come up with our quarantinis? What’s our favorite pathogen? In this very special episode, you get to hear exactly what you’ve been asking for -- literally. Today we answer listener questions and don’t hold anything back. From what are the effects of climate change on vector-borne disease to what we were like at age nine, you asked and we answered!
Ep 31 Giardia: Gerardia

Ep 31 Giardia: Gerardia

2019-07-0901:20:2417

Giardia may be the most common intestinal parasite in the US and one of the most common worldwide, but did you know it was only in the last 40 years that it was officially recognized as a human pathogen?! In today’s episode, we’ll travel back to a time before humans knew microbes even existed to discover alongside Leeuwenhoek a whole new world of animalcules like giardia. We’ll find out how seeing these critters for the first time changed everything, and how long it has taken to recognize their impact on the globe. Plus, we’ll tell you all about how giardia gives you such bad poops.
Imagine this: a sickness where millions fell into a deep slumber from which they never woke. Of those that did, many remained trapped in a cage of their own bodies, unable to move or speak but fully aware of the world around them. Imagine that this sickness appeared suddenly, without warning, and spread across the globe, affecting millions in just a few decades. Then, just as quickly as it emerged it disappeared. Survivors were left to suffer, eventually forgotten, while hundreds of questions remained unanswered. This is the story of encephalitis lethargica, the subject of our first ever medical mystery episode. Encephalitis lethargica was a ‘sleepy sickness’ epidemic which afflicted millions in the early 1910s and 20s but has caused only sporadic cases since the 1940s. This mysterious illness revolutionized the fields of neurology and psychiatry and forced physicians to examine where the brain ends and the mind begins. What could cause such an illness and why haven’t we seen it since? Tune in to hear us tell you the story of this fascinating medical mystery.
On this very special crossover episode with our friend Matt Candeias from In Defense of Plants, we’re switching things up from poison to remedy, focusing on the plant-derived wonder drug, aspirin! We cover the ancient use of salicylic acid-containing willow bark to relieve pain and fevers and then reveal how such a harsh compound was transformed into a useable pharmaceutical. We also delve into what happens in your body when you pop an aspirin and discuss why on earth so many plants make this incredible compound. Spoiler - it’s not just a wonder drug for humans.
This week's episode comes with a warning: don't attempt this at home. While self-experimentation has led to many a scientific breakthrough, we're definitely not advocating it. But it happened to work out for the best for Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, even earning them a Nobel prize. That’s right folks, today we’re talking about none other than Helicobacter pylori, the curvy little bacterium identified only a few decades ago to be a causative agent of peptic ulcer disease, a major risk factor in the development of gastric cancer, and a fierce warrior who can survive the harshest of environments: your stomach.
Were you stoked about the history and biology of vaccines we covered in part 1, but left with even more questions? Were you really hoping to hear us talk about anti-vaccine sentiment and address misconceptions about vaccines in detail? Did you want even more expert guest insight?! Well then do we have the episode for you! Today, we delve into the history of the “anti-vaccine movement” which, spoiler alert, is nothing new. With the help of Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development we address some of the most common concerns and questions that arise about vaccines, their safety, and their efficacy. And finally, we hear from Bill Nye The Science Guy about dealing with the challenges of science communication in the modern world when diseases spread as fast as fake news headlines. Y’all. This is the episode you’ve been waiting for. You can follow Dr. Peter Hotez on twitter @PeterHotez and check out his book “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism” And you can listen to “Science Rules!” the new podcast from Bill Nye the Science Guy, available now on stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/science-rules-with-bill-nye or wherever you are listening to this podcast!
The wait is finally over: this week we are very excited to bring you the episode we’ve been teasing for weeks: vaccines! This week and next (you don’t have to wait a full two weeks for the next episode!), we are presenting a two-part series on vaccines. In today’s episode, we dive deep into the biology of vaccines, from how they stimulate your (amazing) immune system to protect you, to how they make you into an almost-superhero, shielding the innocents around you from deadly infections. We take you back hundreds, nay, thousands of years to when something akin to vaccination first began, and then we walk along the long road of vaccine development to see just how massive an impact vaccines have had on the modern world. The best part? We are joined by not one, but two experts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Gail Rodgers and Dr. Padmini Srikantiah explain the process of vaccine development, highlight the challenges of vaccine deployment, and shine a hopeful light on the future of vaccines. And be sure to tune in next week for part 2 where we’ll focus on vaccine hesitancy and address common misconceptions surrounding vaccines in even more depth. For more information on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiatives, visit: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ For more information on vaccines currently in development, check out: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ and https://www.who.int/immunization/research/vaccine_pipeline_tracker_spreadsheet/en/And, as always, you can find all of the sources we used in this episode on our website: http://thispodcastwillkillyou.com/episodes/
This bug deserves a big round of applause and not just because it’s nicknamed “The Clap”. Check out this week’s episode to gasp in wonder at the tricks that Neisseria gonorrhoeae uses to tiptoe past your immune system. Then prepare to cringe at some old-timey treatments for the disease while we trace the history of this ancient pathogen. Finally, make sure you have a quarantini or placeborita in hand for when we chat about the not-so-cheery outlook for this particular sexually-transmitted infection. Believe us, this is one episode you’re not gonn(orrhe)a want to miss.
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Dea Applegate

I really appreciate that you took the time to acknowledge that people are not or should not be identified by their disease and that it is very difficult to understand how someone's life is w a certain disease because of a person's own biased baseline for living. I also really enjoyed listening to his story and perspective of living with CF. I have lupus - it is on the mild end and very manageable but I get a lot of people making assumptions about what I'm able to do or my level of "sickness." People assume that I can't be sick or in pain since I rock climb and make efforts to stay physically active and fit, but they don't see or are aware of the weeks that I don't do anything because it's a struggle just to get out of bed. Or, if I'm not able to do something because I'm having a flare, people don't understand or downplay it because "well you don't look sick." it's very frustrating and would be helpful if people stopped making assumptions about living w a disease.

Aug 20th
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Moriah Francis

This is my new favorite podcast! Keep it up guys 😄

Aug 19th
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Deven Johannessen

Moriah Francis Keep it up! Good podcast!

Aug 19th
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Georgia Mae

well I'm never eating beef in britain

Aug 17th
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Christian McCrary

so good! I love you Erins!

Aug 6th
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Gabrielle

Christian McCrary 👍👍

Aug 6th
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We Thanks

Medical Mysteries are fun to hear about

Jul 31st
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Christopher

We Thanks Yep!

Aug 1st
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Xiao Forrest

About the dog/cat thing: I was thinking about this the other day and I had a mini revelation. I relate more to cats, however, I think dogs bring out the parts of myself that I want to encourage (energetic, optimistic, lots of walking, socially outgoing etc.) Just some thoughts haha

Jul 26th
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Accordionbabe

Very elucidating. Loved it.

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

Accordionbabe love it!

Jul 24th
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Accordionbabe

Your podcast is an oasis. I learn so much from your episodes. I recommend your podcast without hesitation. Thank you both.

Jul 23rd
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Bess Gray

Accordionbabe 👏👏👏

Jul 24th
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Hannah Simpson

absolutely love this podcast!!

Jul 17th
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Drew Brid

Hannah Simpson : )

Jul 18th
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Ashley Tommy P

Oh Peace Corps, I totally had Giardia!! lost 7-10 pounds in 2 days. it was aweful, but brought me and my now husband much closer together. lol

Jul 10th
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Karen Montgomery Wagner

Girardia. OMG stop.

Jul 9th
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Jade Morem

so of the pollen is so deadly how do the pollinators deal?

Jun 25th
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dok dicer

that should have been a crossover episode with Behind the Bastards. ^^

Jun 20th
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Julie McLaughlin

yelled "SAY COX BLOCKER" for like 3 minutes. success!!!

Jun 13th
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Terrence's login computer "Internet"

Julie McLaughlin It's a mild tongue twister!

Jun 22nd
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Irene Ullrich Allen

One of my favorite podcasts, it is informative and fun! And I love their level of distain for all things Goop, just like me!

Jun 11th
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Christine L

60s..... and up until the 90s in Louisiana. (Episode 27 of Criminal if this is a topic you're interested in. it's pretty good, they interview one of the residents!)

Jun 1st
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Kelsey Ouellette

I’ve had this! It was not a good time. I loved listening to the episode and learning all about this disease I’ve already had! I did take the two weeks of anabiotic’s and have been symptom-free for about five years

May 29th
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Jess Y

I copied this directly from the internet. These aren't my own words. "Contagion scenario: The deadly disease in the movie is modeled off a combination of influenza and a virus called Nipah, which causes inflammation of the brain and respiratory disease"

May 27th
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Accordionbabe

I share your Podcasts with my like-minded friends BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BRILLIANTLY DONE!!! Thank you for your work, and thank you for your love of epidemiology!!

May 24th
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Alex Raplee

All those poor ratties.

May 23rd
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