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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 29, 2016

There are a few things science doesn’t know about the menopause: what it’s for, how it works and how best to treat it. Approaching her second – yes, second – menopause, Rose George finds herself with more questions than answers.

 

Written by Rose George

 

Produced by The Guardian

 

This narration appears courtesy of The Guardian Long Read

 

Read the full text original and accompanying extras published on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Blood speaks, also by Rose George, and also available on our podcast.

 

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Feb 22, 2016

In East Harlem, four times as many adults have diabetes as in the neighbouring Upper East Side. Meera Senthilingam meets the New Yorkers stopping poverty being a death sentence.

Audio producer: Meera Senthilingam
Fact checker: Laura Dawes
Editor: Mun-Keat Looi

See an accompanying photo tour of Harlem and read a full transcript for this story on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Voices in the dark: what it's like to hear voices, another Mosaic audio documentary also available on our podcast.

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Feb 15, 2016

The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts.

 

Written by Alex O'Brien

 

Read by Pip Mayo

 

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

Edited (audio) by Ellie Pinney

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The man with the golden blood by Penny Bailey, also available on our podcast.

 

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Feb 8, 2016

Telling cancer from non-cancer is tough for brain surgeons. Scorpions, Amazon.com and the legacy of a dying girl might change that, writes Alex O'Brien.

 

Written by Alex O'Brien

 

Read by Kirsten Irving

 

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Decisions on a knife edge by Charlotte Huff, also available on our podcast.

 

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Feb 1, 2016

A special episode brought to you by Gastropod, the podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

 

Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate in this episode of Gastropod, and in their Mosaic feature, Why the calorie is broken.

 

For most of us, the calorie is just a number on the back of the packet or on the display at the gym. But what is it, exactly? And how did we end up with this one unit with which to measure our food? Is a calorie the same no matter what type of food it comes from? And is one calorie for you exactly the same as one calorie for me? To find out, Cynthia and Nicola visit the special rooms scientists use to measure how many calories we burn, and the labs where researchers are discovering that the calorie is broken. And they pose the question: if not the calorie, then what?

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century by Chrissie Giles.

 

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