17 - RADIATION

17 - RADIATION

In this episode we are talking about Radiation. Part of living on Earth is that we are all exposed to low levels of Radiation. We are made of it, we emit it, we exist in it. It can cause disease, it can help us to diagnose disease, and it can be used to treat disease. So, what is it?

16 - CAFFEINE

16 - CAFFEINE

Caffeine! Everyone's favorite psychoactive drug. Is caffeine good or bad for you? This episode of This Won't Hurt A Bit we shall discuss how caffeine works, and whether there are any health benefits. We will also explore what happens when you have too much caffeine.

14 - MOVIE MEDICINE: Part 1

14 - MOVIE MEDICINE: Part 1

Medicine in the Movies! This week we examine medical procedures in cinema. First up we dissect Pulp Fiction, and the classic Mia Wallace overdose scene. Then, we move onto the post-apocalyptic hit Mad Max:Fury Road. Dr Mel Herbert, Dr Jess Mason & Dave Mason discuss Furiosa's tension pneumothorax and the blood-transfusion between Max and Furiosa.

13 - CONCUSSED

13 - CONCUSSED

This episode we discuss concussions, the sequelae that happen as a result of concussions, and the long term effects of repeated head trauma. We seek answers from “Captain Cortex”, Prof. Stuart Swadron. Medical team physician for the Cleveland Indians, Dr Tom Waters, explains the process of assessing when an injured player in the NFL can go back in the game. Dave’s personal trainer, Steven Yates, talks about his experience with concussions, as a former college football player. And Jess speaks to a young patient and his mother, who recently came into the ER after a head injury, about their story.

11 - EXTREME HEAT

11 - EXTREME HEAT

Can you drink your own urine? Run yourself to death? This week we explore the science and physiology of how extreme heat effects our bodies. Our intrepid field reporter/co-host, Dave Mason, "visits" Death Valley to see just how hot a person can get. Dr Mel Herbert & Dr Jess Mason talk to experts about heat index and humidity, and all things hotness!

10 - EXTREME RUNNING

10 - EXTREME RUNNING

Just how fast and how far can a human go? This week, the physiology and stories of extreme runners. Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes tells us his extraordinary story. We find out about Diane Leather and we get some answers from sports writer David Epstein, and Sports Medicine Physician Dr Matt Baird. 

8 - SECOND OPINION: UP IN SMOKE

8 - SECOND OPINION: UP IN SMOKE

This week in Second Opinion we go a little further with all things smokable. Why do people do it?Mel, Jess & Dave Mason ask Dr Ken Starr some questions about addiction, Dopamine and how receptors work. We revisit Medical Marijuana with a personal story about pain relief and speak to Toxicologist, and Associate Prof of Emergency Medicine, USC, Dr Sean Patrick Nordt about the effects of Hookah and carbon monoxide.