Podcast offers science and health insights

Body of Work, the Baylor College of Medicine podcast, has wrapped its first season of 10 episodes. The podcast offers an exploration of health topics by Baylor experts.

The full season is available on popular podcast apps, including iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Stitcher. Season 1 takes on a range of topics in health and science, from the implications of at-home genetic testing to questions surrounding the aging physician and from the opioid epidemic to the role of a clinical bioethicist.

“The goal of the podcast was to share interesting stories about the work of our scientists and physicians, but in a new format that allows for a more in-depth conversation about a particular topic,” said Body of Work host Erin Blair. “It’s a complement to other avenues, such as news releases and blog posts, for sharing what we do at Baylor College of Medicine.”

Season 2 of Body of Work will continue to explore important health topics, with some tweaks to enhance the listening experience. Until then, why not have a listen to the inaugural season? A single episode will fit into an average commute, or binge the whole season during your holiday travel!

See episode summaries below, or visit the Body of Work webpage, where you’ll find even more information, including show notes with additional resources for each episode and full transcripts.

Spit it Out (Part 1): The Reality of At-Home Genetic Testing

Dr. Amy McGuire, director of Baylor’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, explains the difference between genetic testing in the clinic and at home, and talks about what you can learn about yourself through at-home test kits. Plus, she discusses what that knowledge means for your health.

Spit it Out (Part 2): Privacy and Prejudice

In Part 2, Dr. McGuire talks about what at-home genetic testing companies are doing with your DNA information, how law enforcement uses genetic databases to solve crimes and whether your own genetic information can be used against you.

Hooked: America’s Opioid Crisis

Dr. Thomas Kosten, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides an overview of opioids and how people become addicted, talks about the current epidemic and why so many are dying, and frames the epidemic into the context of a larger trend.

Nothing but a Number: Our Aging Physicians

Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair and professor of surgery and a cardiovascular surgeon, weighs in on the aging physician, including how the trend of physicians practicing longer and retiring later may impact patient care and what other roles in academic medicine surgeons and other doctors might pursue.

Outbreak: A Tale of Vaccines in 2019

In this episode, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Baylor’s National School of Tropical Medicine and an expert on vaccines, talks about how we got to the point in 2019 where once-eradicated diseases are reemerging, and he explains just how vaccines work.

Body of Work: Global is Local

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, director of Baylor Global and professor of medicine, discusses global health – why it’s important for U.S. institutions like Baylor to be involved in health on a global scale and how global health innovations can drive technology at home.

Cell Wars: The Rise of Immunotherapy

Dr. Malcom Brenner, professor in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, delves into immunotherapy, discussing how our bodies’ immune systems can be used to fight cancer and explaining how it differs from chemotherapy, as well as discussing what other diseases might be treated with immunotherapy.

Facing Concussions Head On: CTE Research

Dr. Harvey Levin, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, talks about what happens in the brain during a concussion, the risk of multiple concussions and how to prevent CTE.

For Heaven’s Sake: What is a Clinical Bioethicist?

Ever heard of a clinical bioethicist? Dr. Trevor Bibler, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, explains just what one is in this episode and what one’s role is in the clinical setting.

For Heaven’s Sake: The Science of Hoping for a Miracle

The conversation with Dr. Bibler continues with a discussion on miracles – what do they mean to different people and how can healthcare providers react to patients waiting on one to occur?

Body of Work

Podcast host Erin Blair and guest Dr. Trevor Bibler, a clinical bioethicist.