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On part 2 of our STI saga we sat down with occupational therapist and real life love doctor Karen McCarthy PhD. We discuss dating in the age of apps and the stigma of the gifts that keep on giving. For dating advice and more info on our guest head over to www.karenmccarthcoaching.com.By Brett Bayles (a professor) / Andy Pupa (not a professor)
 
In the words of the late Charles Bukowski, "Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing." Join us as we embark on a journey of sex, pathogens, and in our first episode, we explore the world of sexually transmitted infections. sources - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16341329/,https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sexually-transmitted-…
 
Tuberculosis is one of the deadliest diseases in the world infecting over 100 Million people annually. Every episode we end by asking listeners to send in any episode suggestions they'd like to hear about in the future. Well ask and the disease guys will deliver! Tulane University student Anna Ryu has done amazing work with the Borgen project and w…
 
Out with the old and in with the new! The 2020 dumpster fire is over and COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out. So, only one question remains: what new disease horrors does 2021 have in store for us? . . . sources . . https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine.html https://www.newscientist.com/article/2261805-every…
 
This week we're continuing our nephrotic odyssey with a special interview with a kidney failure survivor and recent kidney transplant recipient Joe Mcguiggin. Joe pulls back the curtain on what it's like to be a recovering addict with kidney failure and we learn about a lesser-known disease that caused his kidney failure. Check out Joe's interview …
 
We’re dipping our toes in the sea of non-communicable diseases. Join us as we venture into the surprisingly strange world of chronic kidney disease. We’ve got science, a special guest, and Snapple facts that will leave you thirsty for more. What do mangrove forests and cargo ships have to do with kidney disease in Bangladesh? Tune in to find out! A…
 
We may not all agree on side dishes or which dessert is best, but the one thing we do know: Thanksgiving and diseases go together like turkey and gravy. On this episode of Viral Load, we cover the diseases, both past & present, of the Thanksgiving holiday (or the last Thursday in November for the rest of the world). Sources: . https://www.poison.or…
 
Take a trip down memory road (or trail?) with us. We're discussing the disease-riddled icon computer lab mainstay, 'The Oregon Trail' . . . sources PLAY THE GAME ***https://classicreload.com/oregon-trail.html *** https://oregontrailcenter.org/pioneers-talk https://apnews.com/article/24e7fbf1d0e84f05a069e8c4c3fcc78f https://historicoregoncity.org/20…
 
We know what you're thinking "2020 has been less than optimal". Well try and find solace in the fact that you aren’t waking up today only to find yourself buried alive. On this particle we discuss the devastating Yellow Fever Outbreak in Savannah Georgia in 1820. As well as the possible origin of an insectoid monster that has been terrorizing West …
 
I know what your thinking 2020 has been a piece of cake and you have nothing to worry about. Well you're in luck this week we dive into the stagnant waters of your nightmares and bring you Naegleria the brain eating amoeba! Sources: https://www.popsci.com/story/science/brain-eating-amoeba-rare-infection/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio…
 
COVID-19 knows no bounds! After prancing around Parliament with Boris Johnson COVID decided to hit the big time and took a romp in the White House rose garden. Donald Trump President of the United States tests positive for COVID-19. On this episode we chronicle the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S and examine how exactly we ended up with a super spread…
 
What is the Million Death Study? How has Africa navigated COVID-19 relatively unscathed and for God’s sake can someone give us some Happy Science news? All that and more on this week’s Viral Particle mini-sode. . . . Sources . https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/their-own-hands-kibera-kenyas-largest-slum-tames-covid-19#slideshow-0 https://www.vogu…
 
What is the flu? What does the flu do? Are there any flu socks? Is anyone listening to me? What happens when the world is up in flames, a Pandemic continues to rage on and Flu Season comes a knockin'? Buckle up kids because like it or not we're all strapped into the 2020 rollercoaster and we're about to find out. . . sources . . https://www.womensh…
 
On this Viral Particle minisode, we discuss the drastic rise in domestic violence globally since the shutdown and we celebrate vultures, the unsung heroes of the public health world. . . . . sources https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/09/10/910737751/the-women-of-peru-are-suffering-from-a-shadow-pandemic https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
 
Are birds real? Do crows really remember faces? How hard is a Sentinal chicken's day at work? And what the hell does any of that have to do with West Nile Virus? Tune into this week's episode of Viral Load to find out. . . . sources https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3967162/ https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/statsmaps/cumMapsData.html https:/…
 
Earthquakes, Hurricanes, COVID, and now wild fires. 2020 you're incorrigible. On this viral particle we check in on the California wildfires and cap it off with a simple case study about a man and his socks. . . . sources . . https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/man-hospitalized-after-sniffing-his-socks-too-long/ https://www.sfchronicle.c…
 
What is the worst disease no one has ever heard of? Nipah! Ever heard of it? Join Andy and Brett as they discuss the Nipah virus, the inspiration for the 2011 blockbuster hit Contagion, bat urine, and date palm wine. All fun facts that are sure to make you a hit at your next Zoom cocktail hour. . Sources . . . . . . https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/nipah/in…
 
It's been 8 months since the first case of the virus formally known as the Novel Coronavirus was found in Wuhan China. That number has grown in 8 months to over 20 Million cases. How do we escape this warped reality that is COVID-19? The answer just might be Operation Warp Speed. . . . . . . . . . . . sources https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/basics/tes…
 
What do you get when you cross totalitarianism with a pandemic? If you guessed "one helluva story", we owe you a La Croix! COVID-19 has finally arrived in North Korea...or has it? Join Andy and Brett as they traverse the demilitarized zone, on this week's extra-large viral particle. References: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/world/asia/north-ko…
 
2020 the year of COVID-19, Murder Hornets, locust swarms, social injustice and...it's not over yet. What if we told you the death toll didn't stop with COVID-19? What if as predicted by some in the scientific community the shutdown had unintended consequences of epic proportions? No we aren't talking about suffocation from wearing a mask while shop…
 
On this episode of Viral Load Brett and Andy take a closer look into racial inequality in the united states amidst a global pandemic. The guys break down social justice and why the lack of social justice has led to a grave disparity in COVID-19 mortality rates in the black community nationwide. They also tackle smart ways to protest including a che…
 
On part 2 of our "mother of all pandemics" mini-series, Brett and Andy look for parallels between the social and political responses to the 1918 "Spanish Influenza" pandemic and COVID-19. Spoiler alert: masks are still an issue 100 years later, cities handle things very differently, and politics can get in the way? Only epidemiology can save us!…
 
Why did a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea experience a mysterious disease outbreak? Was it sorcery or something...darker? Brett and Andy look for the answers so you don't have to! Sources . . . . https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/06/482952588/when-people-ate-people-a-strange-disease-emerged https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2…
 
On this week's Viral Load, Brett and Andy are back in the world of parasites. Are you a cat lover? You're in luck, so does the "mind control" parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Tune in to find out why you really shouldn't f**ck with cats! . . . References: https://www.livescience.com/56529-strange-facts-about-toxoplasma-gondii-parasite.html https://www.li…
 
On this week's Viral Particle Brett and Andy are sheltering in place on Covid-19 watch 2020. They discuss the present state of the pandemic as well as look into the dregs of society who are trying to profit off your fear. Could there be silver lining to this Pandemic? When humans lose, does nature win? Tune in this week to find out.…
 
On this week's Viral Particle Brett and Andy head into the bat cave! They discuss how many diseases bats carry, why they are causing so many diseases and why they don't get sick. The guys also dissect Batman and why DC will never catch up to Marvel until they dig in and do their research. . . . Resources https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/20…
 
In this week's episode Andy and Brett travel to Wuhan China to track down the world's newest deadly disease. The Coronavirus has already made the jump to the United States and the number of infected and subsequent death toll continues to rise, but just how scared should you be? . . . Resources https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ht…
 
Brett and Andy introduce their first Minisode. The first in a series of mini episodes focusing on current epidemiology events and strange disease stories from around the world. This week's episode revolves around why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and the gifts that keep on giving.By Brett Bayles Professor / Andy Pupa not a professor
 
On this week's episode Brett and Andy dive into the terrifying world of Ebola and how your cell phone could be helping to spread this deadly disease REFERENCES Feldmann, H., & Geisbert, T. W. (2011). Ebola haemorrhagic fever. The Lancet, 377(9768), 849-862. Leroy, E. M., Kumulungui, B., Pourrut, X., Rouquet, P., Hassanin, A., Yaba, P., ... & Swanep…
 
Gone, but not forgotten! On this episode of Viral Load, Andy and Brett explore smallpox - the first disease in humans to be kicked off the planet. From mummies to the always sane world of doomsday preppers, this episode will be sure to make you second guess that next mosquito bite! REFERENCES http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170504-there-are-diseas…
 
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