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New Painkiller Guidelines, Rising Sea Levels, Fasting

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 21, 2016 9:00 pm
  • 1:42:33

New Painkiller Guidelines (1:03) Guest: Anita Gupta, PharmD, Professor of Pain Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and Co-chair of the American Society of Anesthesiology’s task force on prescription opioid abuse  Prescription drug abuse is such a big problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just issued new guidelines urging primary care doctors to avoid prescribing painkillers called opioids for patients with chronic pain.  Rising Sea Levels (19:58) Guest: Mathew Hauer, Doctoral Student at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Government  If you’re living in coastal Florida at the end of this century, you may find your home underwater. And you won’t be alone. Rising sea levels could affect 6 million Florida residents, and another 7 million people throughout the coastal US. While scientific reports about rising sea levels are now nearly commonplace, our next guest says that scientists have dramatically underestimated the number of people who will be affected by the rise in sea levels.  Fasting (33:23) Guest: Valter Longo, PhD, Professor of Biological Science at the University of Southern California  Folklore is full of stories of magic potions that magically restore youth. While the magic elixir remains elusive, new research suggests that there may be a way to trigger your body’s own processes to regenerate new, healthy cells and achieve measurable health improvements—maybe even extend your life. There’s no drinking of magic potions involved—in fact, we’re talking about quite the opposite: fasting.  Women Entrepreneurs (51:40) Guest: Carlianne Patrick, PhD, Economist at Georgia State University  For the past decade, entrepreneurial growth has been leveling out in the US. But one demographic seems to be immune to the plateau – single women.  Parent Preview: Miracles and Divergent (1:07:30) Guest: Rod Gustafson, Film Reviewer at  We discuss the films Miracles and Divergent.  Tech Transfer: Drone Tracking Software (1:20:00) Guests: Randy Beard, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering at BYU; Dave Brown, from BYU’s Technology Transfer Office Remote-control flying robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, drones. Whatever you want to call them, they are huge among hobbyists and for commercial uses like videography or scientific data collection. We know they’re a big part of the current U.S. military strategy, too. Which is all just to say that one of the hottest research areas for engineering right now is honing the capabilities of drones.