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Specialist and mainstream audiences alike rely on the Health Report to bring clarity to health and medical issues from social, scientific and political points of view.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.4 • 76 Ratings

Specialist and mainstream audiences alike rely on the Health Report to bring clarity to health and medical issues from social, scientific and political points of view.

    Mailbag: Asthma and ME-graine

    Mailbag: Asthma and ME-graine

    A look at some of the Health Report correspondence this week, including asthma prevention and the etymology of migraine.

    You can email us at healthreport@abc.net.au

    • 5 min
    How blinking helps us process the world

    How blinking helps us process the world

    We blink more than we need to, and scientists have been trying to find out why.

    New research suggests blinking helps us see the world in finer detail – essentially, it makes our eyes more sensitive.

    • 8 min
    Pain changes our perception

    Pain changes our perception

    Pain can be a helpful tool to make sure we don't exceed our limits, but when it persists it can be detrimental.

    Research has shown that people experiencing chronic pain see the world as a harsher place – distances are longer and hills are steeper.

    • 7 min
    Zinc for the common cold — does it work?

    Zinc for the common cold — does it work?

    If you're one of many ransacking the cold and flu aisle this winter, you might have spotted a common ingredient: zinc. 

    It has been touted as a remedy for sickness — even a preventative. 

    A comprehensive review has delved into the current research into the supplement and its effectiveness. 

    Guest
    Assistant Professor Daryl Nault, Maryland University of Integrative Health

    References
    Zinc for prevention and treatment of the common cold

    • 8 min
    Remembering Michael Mosley

    Remembering Michael Mosley

    Dr Penny Palmer, Executive Producer of ABC TV's Catalyst, looks back at her time working with Michael Mosley at the BBC in the early 2000s.

    • 5 min
    Diabetes treatment could help fight cancer

    Diabetes treatment could help fight cancer

    Making health new this week, could a common type-2 diabetes treatment also help in the fight against some cancers?

    And, two research papers examine the most effective way to treat sepsis.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Stokered ,

Alternative Health?

Love the show & it's a regular / very enjoyable part of my medical 'reading' while driving to/from ED shifts in northern NSW but interested podcast is listed under Alternative Health. While Dr Swan is far from narrow minded about health care, I see the Health Report as reporting on current mainstream medicine rather than the generally less evidence based alternative stuff.

77susbeans ,

Missing episodes

I never miss an episode of this interesting and informative show. It’s a 5 star listen that is only being awarded 3 stars because the ABC hasn’t posted the latest 2 episodes of the show to podcast subscribers.

Frank O'Bear ,

Biased toward broken convention in nutrition

Dr. Swan has a fine voice for radio. Almost trustworthy. I listen to hear how out of date Dr. Swan is when it comes to nutritional health science. Eat less, move more and the Mediterranean diet is so 20th century anchored and may only benefit a small segment of the unhealthy community. Whereas current researchers are resolving type 2 diabetes, for example, with creative application of the findings from the last decade of studies.

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