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Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.

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Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.

    Polio misinformation

    Polio misinformation

    Online misinformation about polio has gone global after the detection of so called vaccine-derived poliovirus in London sewage. BBC health and science correspondent James Gallagher explains what’s really happening. And Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Beate Kampmann from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who explains that while vaccine-derived polio virus has been reported in 24 countries since 2021 the vaccination programme has protected millions of people. Plus why looking after your body clock can be good for your health. Professor Russell Foster unpicks how our circadian rhythms can have an impact on the way our bodies deal with the food we eat, the exercise we do and medications we take.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    (Picture: Someone using a mobile phone indoors. Photo credit: Charday Penn/Getty Images.)

    • 26 min
    Poor Covid immunity after Omicron

    Poor Covid immunity after Omicron

    New research reveals a poor immunity boost after infection with the Omicron variant. Might this explain why getting Covid again has been more common with this wave? BBC News health reporter, Smitha Mundasad unpicks the data. And the first World Health Organisation mental health report in two decades calls for change. Dévora Kestel, Director of WHO’s Mental Health and Substance Use Department joins Claudia Hammond to discuss the findings. Plus Professor Russell Foster on why looking after our body clocks can help with a good night's sleep.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    (Picture: Covid-19 Omicron illustration. Photo credit: Sakchai Vongsasiripat/Getty Images.)

    • 26 min
    Next generation Covid vaccines

    Next generation Covid vaccines

    News about new next generation Covid vaccines that target specific variants is discussed with studio guest, Dr Ann Robinson. Professor Russell Foster talks to Claudia about the science of circadian rhythms and how taking more notice of our body clocks could help us live healthier lives. Plus anaesthetist Dr Niek Sperna Weiland explains why the inhaled gases used to put us to sleep during operations can be so damaging to the environment. And how our eyes are a window into the health of our hearts.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    (Image: A healthcare worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 Vaccine. Image credit: Morsa Images / Getty Images)

    • 27 min
    What brain scans tell us

    What brain scans tell us

    Brain scans can reveal new ways to diagnose and potentially treat psychiatric, psychological and neurological conditions. But why has the promise been so slow to turn into reality? Claudia Hammond is joined by Sophie Scott, Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and also by neuroscientist Scott Marek of Washington University in St Louis.

    Plus one year on since fluoride toothpaste was added to the World Health Organisation's essential medicines list, Charles Mgbolu reports from Lagos about a market flooded with non-fluoridated toothpaste amid continued oral health concerns.

    And shocking results showing a global shortage of 43 million medical staff are discussed with study lead author Professor Rafael-Lozano.

    Plus studio guest family doctor Ann Robinson says there’s good news about new evidence for treating Crohn’s disease.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    (Picture: A patient in MRI scanner with a nurse explaining the scan. Photo credit: ER Productions Limited/Getty Images.)

    • 26 min
    Monkeypox misinformation and stigma

    Monkeypox misinformation and stigma

    Claudia discusses concerns about monkeypox misinformation and stigma with Andy Seale, Senior Strategic Advisor, department of HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections at the World Health Organisation.

    How psychologists are trialling a radio drama for tackling external and domestic insurgent attacks in Burkina Faso. Associate Professor Rezarta Bilali explains why the drama was needed.

    Plus Claudia hears of a new study on whether growing up in a city, town or countryside might impact our navigation skills, and visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London to examine the evidence for how much of an effect gardening might have on a person’s mental health.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    (Picture: Monkeypox virus. Photo credit: Kontekbrothers/Getty Images.)

    • 26 min
    Monkeypox in central Africa

    Monkeypox in central Africa

    Monkeypox is spreading in more than 20 countries where previously it has not been seen, but BBC Health reporter Smitha Mundasad explains that this is not a new disease.

    Presenter Claudia Hammond hears of an outbreak of a more serious strain in an area of the Democratic Republic of Congo that has no experience of Monkeypox. Professor Wim van Damme got in touch about his research trip to Maniema, a rural DRC province with more than 500 cases and 50 deaths. Plus, professor of virology Penny Moore discusses Covid variants in South Africa. Might waves of the virus be more predictable as surges appear to be settling into a six-monthly pattern? And a helpful new study on creams for childhood eczema.

    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Erika Wright

    Photo copyright: Professor Wim van Damme

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

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Brilliant

Informative and interesting, recommended!

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Repeats other podcasts

Too many sections taken from Inside Health. Either keep these podcasts separate or put on same feed.

Aminha Canela ,

Annoying presenter bit excellent research

“I’m Claudia Hammond...” how many times do you need to tell us? Get we just get on with hearing about the interesting research?

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