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The Future of Prosthetics

In the fourth game of this year’s Major League Baseball World Series, Hailey Dawson, a 7-year old Las Vegas local, will throw out a first pitch. Hailey’s throwing hand only has three fingers, and she compensates by using a 3-D printed robotic hand engineered by this episode’s guest, UNLV Professor Dr. Brendan O’Toole. He’ll tell more »

The Opioid Crisis

America is in an opioid crisis: 64,000 people overdosed last year, and more are expected to die this year. The crisis may stem in part from a single pill, Oxycontin, and its developer’s insistence that the pill was fundamentally different than every other pain pill. That led to questionable practices in how the meciation was more »

Genetic Medicine

According to researchers at Harvard University, people respond to medications differently. Genetic factors may determine the effectiveness of life-saving medications in individuals. Assistant professor at UNLV, Rhigel (Jay) A. Tan, joins us to talk about pharmacogenetics, the practice of individualizing prescription drugs based on genetics, and the importance of personalized medicine.

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