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Medical Ecology

The Big Idea for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The study of the human microbiome is a fast emerging field of scientific endeavor, driven by the idea that we need to rethink our relationship to the 100 trillion microbes that reside in the human body, and how microbes affect the body's entire ecosystem. Scientists are calling this approach "medical ecology." 

In today's lesson, Kas Thomas points to a recent study that demonstrates how short-lived bacteria can make their way into the bloodstream and in some cases can be the cause of back pain. 

And so, it may sound preposterous, but antibiotics could be used to treat back pain? 


  1. 1 Antibiotics for Back Pain
    Kas Thomas Devil in the Data
  2. 2 Got Pain? Get Plastic.
    Joseph Zuckerman
  3. 3 John Cacioppo on Loneliness and the Body
    John Cacioppo
  4. 4 Introducing Acupressure
    Steven Castellano

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