This week, I produced an episode on Teen Medicine for the Doppler Effect, a science and technology radio show on WNYU 89.1 FM. In the episode, we explore “Teen Medicine,” through three events that teens might experience. First up, Sophie Rosenmoss discusses cultural perceptions about boys receiving the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for anyone between the ages of 9 and 26. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is behind 5 percent of all cancers. Although the vaccine has been mostly touted for girls, HPV can also cause three different cancers in males—so why aren’t boys getting it?
Then, we get a lesson in human evolution through a rebroadcast on wisdom teeth, by Amy Lu. Lastly, we revisit a segment by Boris Kachscovsky on kissing, and how it might build our immune response to a common virus.
Music (under Creative Commons) from: Miami Slice, Attic Ted and Smoking Fox
Image: Flickr/ Alan K