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60-Second Health

Scientific American reporter Dina Fine Maron gives a weekly one-minute report on the latest health and medical news
60-Second Health


Scientific American reporter Dina Fine Maron gives a weekly one-minute report on the latest health and medical news. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to



Emulsifiers in Food Linked to Obesity in Mice

Feb 26, 2015 00:01:56


The common food additives altered mice microbiomes to encourage gut inflammation and overeating. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Menopause Symptoms Have Unappreciated Staying Power

Feb 18, 2015 00:01:40


Although clinical guidelines assume just two years for hot flashes and night sweats, a large study finds a median symptom duration of more than three times that length. Dina Fine Maron reports   

Wearable Step Counters Offer Exercise Leg Up

Feb 12, 2015 00:01:40


High-tech pedometers do a decent job of counting steps accurately. Dina Fine Maron reports.

Millions Risk Alcohol–Medication Interactions

Jan 30, 2015 00:01:42


Some 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink have been prescribed a drug that may interact negatively with alcohol. Dina Fine Maron reports

Life Extension May Add Just Bad Time

Jan 21, 2015 00:01:37


Strains of the lab workhorse roundworm C. elegans that lived longer added more time being frail and had the same portion of their lives being healthy as normal worms. The work has implications for life-extension ideas such as caloric restriction. Dina Fine Maron reports  

6 Steps to Women’s Heart Health

Jan 14, 2015 00:01:41


Researchers tracked 70,000 for decades to find lifestyle clues for better cardiovascular condition. Dina Fine Maron reports

Avoid Back-Lit Reading before Bed

Dec 24, 2014 00:01:33


Volunteers who read from an iPad before bed took longer to fall asleep and had less restful nights than when they read from a printed book. Dina Fine Maron reports.  

Raw Milk Sicknesses Rise

Dec 17, 2014 00:01:43


Nonpasteurized milk is fueling more outbreaks and hospitalizations. Dina Fine Maron reports

Abortions in Medical Settings Rarely Have Major Complications

Dec 10, 2014 00:01:32


Careful tracking of more than 50,000 women during the six weeks after the procedure finds that serious adverse effects are rare. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Diabetes Prevention in Midlife Helps Protect Aging Brain

Dec 4, 2014 00:01:34


People with type 2 diabetes in middle age had greater cognitive impairment in the following decades than did their nondiabetic counterparts. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Drownings Kill 140,000 Kids Annually

Nov 26, 2014 00:01:36


The World Health Organization issues a new report on the neglected public health issue of drowning

Steamy Smooches Share Batches of Bacteria

Nov 21, 2014 00:01:33


A 10-second makeout session can also transfer some 80 million oral bacteria. Dina Fine Maron reports

Snake DNA Left in Bite ID's Serpent Assailant

Nov 13, 2014 00:01:34


A first-of-its-kind study finds it’s possible to analyze snake DNA left in a bite victim’s wound to identify the species—and thus the correct antivenom. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Plan Now for Future Ebola Outbreaks

Nov 1, 2014 00:02:08


Diagnostics, vaccines and new drugs could vastly improve the way future Ebola outbreaks manifest in Africa, according to emerging infectious disease expert Jeremy Farrar. Steve Mirsky reports  

Ebola Efforts Helped by Flu Shots

Oct 25, 2014 00:01:09


Should Ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports