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Podcast Profile: Physics of the Human Body

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18 episodes
2023
Median: 17 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

These interesting podcasts come from the University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy and describe how physics is utilized by the human body for every day activities like blood pressure, running vision, breathing, and hearing.  They talk about how strokes are caused, blisters are formed ,how sun screens work and how diseases are caused.   Listen as Richard ingebretsen MD, PhD helps us understand how physics helps to operate our bodies.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Physics in the human body • MRI and X-rays • Nervous system and senses • Heart and blood pressure • Metabolism and energy • Running and movement • Pain and injuries • Friction and blisters

This podcast, produced by the University of Utah's Department of Physics and Astronomy, explores the intricate relationship between physics and the human body. Each episode delves into a variety of everyday physiological and medical phenomena by examining them through the lens of physical laws and principles. The show aims to offer insights into how fundamental concepts of physics are crucial for understanding various aspects of human health and bodily functions.

Listeners can learn about the mechanics of medical imaging technologies like MRI scans and X-rays, uncovering the roles of magnets and electromagnetic radiation. The podcast also covers the physics behind various bodily functions and conditions, such as how the ears contribute to hearing and balance or how the human nervous system transmits signals. There is a focus on common health issues, such as joint and muscle pain, back pain, and foot pain, explained through concepts like friction, pressure, and mechanical force distribution.

Some episodes examine how external factors like sunscreens protect the skin from harmful radiation or how environmental pressures impact bodily systems. The podcast also dives into more dynamic aspects of human activity, such as the physics of running, walking, and the effects of acceleration on the body, even addressing conditions like vertigo.

Throughout, the episodes draw on the expertise of Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PhD, who helps clarify how various physical principles operate within our daily lives. Whether discussing metabolic processes involving electrons or the structural integrity of bones under trauma, this podcast offers a rich exploration of how the laws of physics govern our biological existence. Each episode aims to enhance the listener's understanding of the body by providing scientific explanations for phenomena that might otherwise be taken for granted.


Episodes:
MRI - The Magnetic Resonance In Our Bodies
2023-Jul-24
14 minutes
X-rays in Medicine
2023-Jul-23
18 minutes
The Physics of Sunscreens
2023-Jul-20
18 minutes
The Human Nervous System
2023-Jul-09
20 minutes
The Human Ear
2023-Jun-27
12 minutes
The Human Eye
2023-Jun-27
14 minutes
Under Pressure
2023-Jun-26
12 minutes
The Human Heart
2023-Jun-26
25 minutes
Those Electrons We Eat
2023-Jun-16
22 minutes
Born to Run
2023-Jun-14
19 minutes
Knee Pain - The Physics That Causes Our Knees to Hurt.
2023-Jun-09
17 minutes
Walking - The Physics of Moving Our Legs
2023-Jun-09
9 minutes
Physics, Bones and Trauma
2023-Jun-06
13 minutes
The Physics Behind Back Pain
2023-May-21
18 minutes
Friction and the Cause of Joint,Tendon and Muscle Pain
2023-May-21
18 minutes
The Physics of Blisters
2023-May-15
20 minutes
Arches and the Physics of Foot Pain
2023-May-15
14 minutes
How the Body Detects Acceleration: Vertigo and Newton's Laws
2023-May-12
13 minutes