New Swimmer’s Itch treatment, Debate over landfill locations

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Swimmer's Itch
Schistosomiasis, also known as Swimmer’s Itch, is considered a neglected tropical disease by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo courtesy of Trustees of the Natural History Museum London.

A UW-Oshkosh scientist explains his research of Swimmer’s Itch as he seeks to patent a new treatment. Then, we dive into an often heated debate over where landfills should be placed.

Featured in this Show

  • Oshkosh researcher studies new treatment for Swimmer's Itch, a neglected tropical disease

    In 2019, more than 100 million people were treated for the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma, which causes a rash known as Swimmer’s Itch. Yet, a single drug on the market treats the disease. During the peak months of Swimmer’s Itch in Wisconsin, we speak with a UW-Oshkosh scientist in the process of patenting a second treatment.

  • The local politics and economics of siting landfills

    Landfills can take 10 to 15 years to get approved, licensed and constructed. A landfill design expert discusses the process, often fraught with heated local debate, and how to properly maintain a landfill.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • John Chan Guest
  • James Tinjum Guest

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