Aired: July 8, 2017

Are Our Pets Making Us Sick?

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  • The Cat Parasite (12 min.)

    With: Emily Lilly (Virginia Military Institute)

    The good news? Biologist Emily Lilly says that all the hype about getting diseases from your cat’s litter is not something to worry about. The bad news? It’s because those parasites aren’t just in cat litter—they’re everywhere.

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  • The Rise of Lyme Disease (8 min.)

    With: Anne Zajac (Virginia Tech)

    There are 300,000 likely human cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Anne Zajac says that number is on the rise.

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  • Lyme Disease Vaccine for Dogs (7 min.)

    With: Richard Marconi (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    There’s a new vaccine to help protect dogs against Lyme disease. One of its developers, Richard Marconi says his team hopes a human vaccine isn’t far behind.

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  • Navigating Big Data (18 min.)

    With: Peter Aiken (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    In just ten years, the amount of data collected by governments and companies has increased dramatically. But Peter Aiken says just collecting digital data isn’t enough–we need to figure out how to use it to solve real-world problems.

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  • Using Big Data for Good (6 min.)

    With: Ross Gore (Old Dominion University)

    Big data expert Ross Gore used phone records of the Senegalese population to plan the best locations for hospital facilities to help minimize heart attack deaths.

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  • The Ubiquitous Cat-Loving Parasite

    The good news? All the hype about getting diseases from your cat’s litter is not something to worry about. The bad news? It’s because those parasites aren’t just in cat litter—they’re everywhere.

  • The Lyme Controversy

    We like to think when we get sick, we can just go to the doctor, get the proper medicine and we’re cured, right? But when it comes to Lyme Disease, it might not be so simple.

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