60-Second Health

Scientific American

Podcast Overview

Scientific American reporter Dina Fine Maron gives a weekly one-minute report on the latest health and medical news. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to

Podcast Episodes

Emulsifiers in Food Linked to Obesity in Mice

The common food additives altered mice microbiomes to encourage gut inflammation and overeating. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Menopause Symptoms Have Unappreciated Staying Power

Although clinical guidelines assume just two years for hot flashes and night sweats, a large study finds a median symptom duration of more than three times that length. Dina Fine Maron reports   

Wearable Step Counters Offer Exercise Leg Up

High-tech pedometers do a decent job of counting steps accurately. Dina Fine Maron reports.

Millions Risk Alcohol–Medication Interactions

Some 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink have been prescribed a drug that may interact negatively with alcohol. Dina Fine Maron reports

Life Extension May Add Just Bad Time

Strains of the lab workhorse roundworm C. elegans that lived longer added more time being frail and had the same portion of their lives being healthy as normal worms. The work has implications for life-extension ideas such as caloric restriction. Dina Fine Maron reports  

6 Steps to Women’s Heart Health

Researchers tracked 70,000 for decades to find lifestyle clues for better cardiovascular condition. Dina Fine Maron reports

Avoid Back-Lit Reading before Bed

Volunteers who read from an iPad before bed took longer to fall asleep and had less restful nights than when they read from a printed book. Dina Fine Maron reports.  

Raw Milk Sicknesses Rise

Nonpasteurized milk is fueling more outbreaks and hospitalizations. Dina Fine Maron reports

Abortions in Medical Settings Rarely Have Major Complications

Careful tracking of more than 50,000 women during the six weeks after the procedure finds that serious adverse effects are rare. Dina Fine Maron reports  

Diabetes Prevention in Midlife Helps Protect Aging Brain

People with type 2 diabetes in middle age had greater cognitive impairment in the following decades than did their nondiabetic counterparts. Dina Fine Maron reports  

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