Episode 31: It won’t hurt a bit!

By Aimee Whitcroft 01/06/2012


On the Sciblogs podcast this week we look at the debate heating up on folic acid and whether we should make it mandatory for bakers to put it in bread, to help prevent babies developing neural tube defects. We talk to the scientists about the latest science on folate and fortification as the Government seeks feedback from the public on the issue.

We talk to Sciblogger Dr John Pickering for making a $100 dialysis machine. Currently dialysis treatment costs up to $80,000 per patient per year. Why is it so expensive and how could the price be brought down.

And we hear the scientist behind needleless injections describe how he took the pointy end out of getting a jab.

PLUS, we wrap up the science papers making headlines this week.

Click below to play back the podcast and check out the show notes below…

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Journal Wrap

Smells like teen spirit… or old people?
PLoS ONE research article
Article in Scientific American

Offices are officially filthy!
PLoS ONE research article
Media release

No more needles
Medical Engineering & Physics research article
Press release from MIT

Cricket research goes for six
Procedia Engineering research article
New Zealand Herald news story