19-39 Segment 2: Mirror Touch Synesthesia

Mirror Touch Synesthesia

Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain. The result is that visual stimuli prompt a response in his touch system. He literally feels it when people experience pain. Salinas discusses how this strange condition works and how he is able to use it in diagnosis.

Medical Notes: Week of February 17, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 30, 2018.

18-18 Segment 1: Using Animals to Sniff Out Disease

Diseases apparently have distinctive odors that humans can't detect. Researchers are using dogs, mice, rats and other animals to literally sniff out cancer and other diseases in the laboratory. In the 3rd World, rats are used to diagnose TB. Experts discuss the use of animals to diagnose disease and their efforts to build machines that can do the same thing.