Back to our beginnings with founding member Jocelyn! And some good talk on Lyme disease
ARMOR on the Air
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4M ago
Today we have ARMOR founding member Jocelyn Campos-Enriquez joining us to talk LYME DISEASE. Jocelyn was with us from the very first day of ARMOR as an organization, and now she’s here to talk to us about her experiences with Lyme disease and help us understand how the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi causes this disease and moves from host to host (from tick to human!). ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana ..read more
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TI is beautiful - Research Feature on Nolan O'Connor!
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
We are so excited to have Nolan O’Connor with us today! Nolan researches the process of transcription, which is how our cells make proteins. He tells us about how transcription is relevant to drug resistance in bacteria, what RNA polymerase is and how it works, and his research focus of transcriptional interference (TI), but mostly just regales us with his wonderful radio-show voice. :D ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, gra ..read more
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Who's getting all the antibiotics? Livestock!
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
Did you know that a large majority of all antibiotics used in the United States go to livestock? And most of it isn’t even for treating sick animals! Listen in to learn about why the agricultural sector overuses antibiotics, how this practice is detrimental, and what responsible meat producers are doing to help curb antibiotic resistance. We also have some good tips to make sure that what you eat isn’t adding to the issue of antibiotic resistance! ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what w ..read more
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One plus one equals... Comorbidities!
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
A comorbidity occurs when someone has more than one condition or disease at one time. Does that sound like everyone at some point in their lives? It sure is! Comorbidities can occur if you get multiple infections at once, but they can also occur if you have a pre-existing condition and also catch a cold, have two pre-existing conditions, are old and have a pre-existing condition, are old and get an infection… You get the idea. Today we talk about why it’s important to consider comorbidities, and how comorbidities can often make the symptoms of one or both conditions even worse than they’d each ..read more
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Milkmaids, old scabs, and the smallpox vaccine!
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
Welcome to the vaccine episode! There are vaccines for both bacterial and viral infections. In this episode we want to tell you about the first vaccine, which was for smallpox (a pretty terrible virus), and how its discovery involved milkmaids and old scabs. Learn how vaccines work, how they’re made, and why Edward Jenner was a pretty weird dude. ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana and Danish pharmacist ..read more
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Fecal Transplants! Yaaaay!
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
Let's talk about a topic we briefly mentioned last episode, fecal transplants! We talk about what it takes to be a donor (spoiler: it’s not just “have poop”), how it actually works (it’s a little gross but not THAT gross), and how it helps people! ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana and Danish pharmacist Karoline, as we learn more about superbugs and how to stop them! ARMOR is an outreach organization at ..read more
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US Healthcare and Inequity
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by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
We want to talk to you a bit about health inequity in the United States. Racial discrimination, both intentional and trained, is rampant in the US healthcare system. Racism is ingrained in our current healthcare system in the US, and that of course negatively affects the kind of care that underserved communities receive and the health outcomes that the people of these communities have. We talk about privilege, and how having privilege can make it hard to see the challenges others are forced to face, or makes it easy to think that equality is a sufficient substitute for equity. Finally, we brin ..read more
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Dana the Biofilm Lizard Person
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
In this episode, Dana talks about her research into biofilms! Biofilms are like intricate bacterial cities, where individual bacterial cells work together, with specialized roles, to increase the defenses of the bacteria and improve survival in difficult conditions. This makes bacteria hard to kill! Dana explains why her research is vital for fighting the rise of antimicrobial resistance. ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, g ..read more
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Bacteria love to share! (Horizontal Gene Transfer)
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
We're here to explain how bacteria share genetic information through horizontal gene transfer. HGT has major implications for the development of antibiotic resistance. ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana and Danish pharmacist Karoline, as we learn more about superbugs and how to stop them! ARMOR is an outreach organization at CU Boulder. We promote safe and responsible use of antibiotics, support researc ..read more
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Phage Therapy: Current Prospects
ARMOR on the Air
by ARMOR on the Air
4M ago
In this episode, learn more about current applications of phage therapy, an alternative to antibiotics! We're here to give an update of bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) and the current state of affairs in research and clinical applications. Listen in to learn a little about how bacteriophages are being modified to treat bacterial infections in humans and why phage therapy isn't mainstream in the US despite showing promising therapeutic results! ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis ..read more
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