HYH Article Breakdown – Study Discovers Startling Amounts of Microplastics in The Feces of Babies

Study Discovers Startling Amounts of Microplastics in The Feces of Babies

MICHELLE STARR – ScienceAlert.com

How did they find out?

Researchers collected poo from 6 one-year-olds and 10 adults and meconium from 3 newborn babies and measured levels of different plastics by mass spectometry.

Who said so?

Academics at New York University School of Medicine. Link provided to the article published in the journal ‘Environmental Science & Technology Letters’. Article not accessible.

Who else agrees?

No quotes from authors (apart from copied from paper text) or independent researchers

#7 – About The Buzz


In this episode, we have something a little different. Katie and Luke were invited to appear on The Buzz. The Buzz is a science and engineering podcast from The University of Manchester. They join hosts Kory and Joe to discuss science in the news, and how to approach dramatic headlines.

The Buzz podcast can be found on Spotify, Stitcher and Apple Podcasts. The Buzz covers all sorts of topics across science and engineering. All their episodes are worth a listen and you can find out more about them on Twitter or their website.

You can find the Have You Heard Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’d love you to send us any interesting news articles you’ve seen, questions you have, or feedback for us. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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#6 – About Dementia


Dementia is mentioned a lot in the news, and is only going to become more relevant as we continue to live longer. But what separates it from old age? And how does Alzheimer’s disease relate to it? In this episode we are joined by the brilliant Mike Daniels, a researcher in this fascinating field who works for the UK Dementia Research Institute. We’ll tackle some headlines which have cropped up in the news recently that deal with reducing your risk of dementia and potential treatments.

Have you heard?

Drug that can reverse effects of ageing on the brain shows promise as treatment for Alzheimer’s
Brain health: Eat your way to better cognitive health to reduce your risk of dementia
Earlier Diabetes Onset Could Raise Dementia Risk

If you want to know more about how lifestyle affects your risk of dementia, there is an excellent resource available here: Dementia Risk Factors and Prevention

You can find the Have You Heard Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’d love you to send us any interesting news articles you’ve seen, questions you have, or feedback for us. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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#5 – About Graphene


We keep hearing about this graphene stuff, but what is it? Wonder material of the future? Or, overhyped lump of coal? We are thrilled to be joined by researcher in graphene, Clara Skuse, who will guide us through this exciting new world of nanomaterials. We’ve found some articles on graphene that have piqued our interest and brought them for discussion. Prepare to hear the word graphene, a lot.

Have you heard?

One million times thinner than a human hair, medical miracle that could cure the blind
Graphene sheet with ‘thermal camouflage’ can hide soldiers from infrared
Clothes lined with graphene could prevent mosquito bites, study shows

You can find the Have You Heard Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’d love you to send us any interesting news articles you’ve seen, questions you have, or feedback for us. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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#4 – About Hangover Cures


What a year it has been… However you are celebrating, we’re wishing you a happy New Year! In a matter completely unrelated to those celebrations, in this episode we’re talking about hangover cures. Katie and Luke are joined by the delightful Jason Chu and are tackling news articles they have seen about alcohol, hangovers and hangover cures. Apologies for the poor sound quality, here’s to a less interrupted 2021, with more episodes of the Have You Heard Podcast.

Have you heard?

Best cure for a hangover? Sprite, scientists claim
Beer before wine not fine, scientists find after vomit-filled tests
Hangover cures: A Full English breakfast really is the FASTEST acting remedy

You can find the Have You Heard Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’d love you to send us any interesting news articles you’ve seen, questions you have, or feedback for us. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


#3 – About Artificial Intelligence


After a regrettable delay (one of our hosts selfishly decided to write a thesis…) Episode 3 is here! In this episode, Katie and Luke are joined by the excellent Beatriz Costa Gomes. They’re discussing news stories they’ve seen about artificial intelligence. Join them while they sort through the mess of neural networks, algorithms and deep learning.

Have you heard?

Self-Driving Cars More Likely to Drive into Black People, Study Claims
Google AI Can Predict When People Will Die With ‘95 Per Cent Accuracy’
New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators

You can find the Have You Heard Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’d love you to send us any interesting news articles you’ve seen, questions you have, or feedback for us. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


#2 – About Gut Microbes


In the second episode of the podcast, Luke and Katie are joined by the wonderful Paul Campbell. He’ll be helping to tackle news stories about the microbiome, the bacteria that live on and in us. Join us to find out if your gut can affect your mood, and if probiotics are all they’re cracked up to be.

Have you heard?

Probiotics labelled ‘quite useless’
After A Torrent Of Criticism, A Journal Just Retracted A Study Pushing The Trendy “Gut Makeover” Diet

You can find the Have You Heard? Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’re always happy to hear your feedback, so if you have any comments or questions, or if you want to send us a science article that you’ve seen and want to know more about, get in touch. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Engage 2019

Earlier this month I attended the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage conference, the theme of which was ‘Disruption’. The conference took place in Bristol on the 4th and 5th December and was my first foray into public engagement conferences. 

The conference programme was filled with workshops, panel sessions and a ‘living library’, where you could ‘borrow’ a human book (chat with the author about their chosen topic). This was a world away from the familiar conference experience of sitting in one room for two days to hear multiple presentations with PowerPoint! 

At the end of day 1 I had the opportunity to present the Have You Heard? Project during the ‘poster party’. I loved the opportunity to share the project with delegates, to get some useful feedback and discuss our future plans. We are at an exciting time for the project, having recently launched our podcast and been awarded funding from the British Society for Immunology Communicating Immunology grant, so I’m looking forward to incorporating ideas into our new sessions. 

Photo credit: Dee-Ann Johnson

The most memorable workshop I attended was ‘Engaging with Disrupted communities’ with Sarah Buhler on day 2 of the conference. Sarah works with the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC) project to provide legal services to underprivileged communities in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. During the workshop, we discussed the disruptive forces that have shaped our lives, be those historical, social, political or colonial. Through this exercise we were reminded of the importance to situate ourselves when working with community groups, as our background influences how we interact with individuals and our work. 

Finally, I would like to share some of Kimberley Freeman’s reflections from the closing plenary of the conference 

“Research is so often painfully disconnected from the people and places most impacted by it, and I think that is fundamentally a bad thing.” 

Kimberley’s speech summarised the overarching tone of the conference, of the need for change, and I believe left us all with something to think about. You can read the full blog of the speech here

#1 – About Food and Drink


In our first episode Jason Chu, from the HYH team, joins Katie and Luke to talk about stories they’ve heard in the news about food and drink. Join us to find out if chocolate can stop you aging, how much coffee you should be drinking, and whether wine is harmful or helpful.

Have you heard?

You can live longer if you combine chocolate and zinc, according to new study
Six cups of coffee a day cuts your risks of dying early by 16%
How much wine should you really be drinking?

You can find the Have You Heard? Podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app. We’re always happy to hear your feedback, so if you have any comments or questions, or if you want to send us a science article that you’ve seen and want to know more about, get in touch. Leave a comment below, send us an email at haveyouhearduk@gmail.com or use our contact form. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Music in this episode:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Have You Heard Podcast


We are very excited to announce the launch of the Have You Heard? podcast!

Each episode, Katie Downes and Luke Chaplin from the HYH team will explore some of the science that they’ve spotted in the news. Joined by a guest, they will bring in news articles that have caught their attention. With a few laughs along the way, they will break down the article, explain the science behind it and sort the facts from the exaggerations.

You can find the Have You Heard podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify or your favourite podcasting app.

The music, kindly provided, was:
“Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/