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Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.

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    • 4.7 • 69 Ratings

Health issues and medical breakthroughs from around the world.

    Medical Innovations

    Medical Innovations

    This week, we’re looking at examples of innovative thinking in medicine. A new, non-invasive device could help people with paralysis to regain movement. And as Namibia passes a critical milestone, we look back on one of the biggest developments in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
    Also on the programme, an update on the Korean doctors’ strike, and a summit looks to tackle the often-overlooked problem of indoor air pollution.
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
    Editor: Holly Squire

    • 26 min
    Whooping cough on the rise

    Whooping cough on the rise

    We look at the reasons behind a recent surge in Whooping cough cases in Europe and Asia. Also on the program: why are women more susceptible to heat-related mortality, the small patches that could revolutionise vaccines, and the recent Northern Lights sightings have us looking at the psychology of awe.
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Panellist: Smitha Mundasad
    Producer: Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

    • 26 min
    Conflict's impact on a neglected disease

    Conflict's impact on a neglected disease

    A research center in Sudan had brought hope for neglected disease mycetoma, we hear from a mycetoma expert how the conflict has affected research. Also on the show, have researchers discovered a genetic form of Alzheimer’s, and for the first time an orangutan is seen making a medicine to treat its own wound – what can this tell us about the history of human medication?
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

    • 26 min
    What’s happening with girls’ mental health?

    What’s happening with girls’ mental health?

    There's been a lot of coverage in the media around the world about the mental health difficulties facing boys, but looking at figures for mental health problems in children and teens, there's clearly something going on with girls too. For some years, research has shown more girls are experiencing problems than boys, with a troubling spike in difficulties showing up in the late teens.
    On today's programme, Claudia Hammond explores the issue with a variety of guests. She visits King's College London's (KCL) Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience to speak to Gemma Knowles, a lecturer in epidemiology and youth mental health; Craig Morgan, professor of social epidemiology and co-director of ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health; and Valeria Mondelli, a clinical professor of psychoneuroimmunology - about their work with young people, trying to uncover the deeper causes and to find new solutions.
    She also hears from some of the young people involved in a major study into mental health, conducted by the team at KCL and spanning nearly a decade.
    Claudia is joined by Dr Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist, who uses her own professional experiences to discuss the trends and challenges of youth mental health.
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Dan Welsh

    • 26 min
    Is turbulence injuring more and more flyers?

    Is turbulence injuring more and more flyers?

    After a number of incidents around the world so far this year that have left dozens of flyers needing hospital treatment, we look at how a rise in air turbulence because of global warming is leading to more and more injuries to passengers.
    Professor Paul Williams from the University of Reading in the UK tells us why turbulence is so hard to plan for, how new technology might be able to help solve the problem, and how despite an increase in incidents it’s still incredibly rare to experience extreme turbulence./
    Claudia Hammond is also joined by Monica Lakhanpaul, Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at University College London, to look at how a shortage of HPV vaccines is leading to millions of girls across Africa missing out on receiving the shots.
    Monica also tells us about her new research on the barriers children with epilepsy are facing being able to exercise.
    We also explore what it’s like for people that don’t have an inner monologue and can’t imagine sounds – a phenomenon known as anauralia.
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Dan Welsh

    • 26 min
    Nigeria rolls out world’s first 5-in-1 meningitis vaccine

    Nigeria rolls out world’s first 5-in-1 meningitis vaccine

    After a 50% jump in meningitis cases reported across Africa last year, Nigeria is becoming the first country to roll out a new 5-in-1 meningitis vaccine. The Men5CV vaccine protects people against five strains of the meningococcus bacteria.
    Claudia Hammond is joined by New Scientist medical journalist Clare Wilson to discuss how it’s hoped the treatment will help significantly reduce cases of the disease.
    We also head to Brazil to hear how the country is dealing with long Covid, four years after the pandemic.
    Clare also tells Claudia about the new cancer treatment testing different drugs on thousands of miniature tumours to see which of them works best. The team behind the research at Florida International University in Miami say they hope it could eventually be used routinely for everyone with cancer.
    We also get a new update from British journalist Mike Powell, as we follow his journey after receiving a kidney transplant.
    And Claudia and Clare look at how patches of skin grafted onto people receiving lung transplants are being used as a way of spotting organ rejection in a new trial.
    Image Credit: Martin Harvey
    Presenter: Claudia Hammond
    Producer: Dan Welsh

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

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The world's health briefing

The podcast is very professionally presented, with reports on issues in world health - literally tackling issues and bringing news from every corner of the globe - followed by a studio discussion with a healthcare professional (usually a doctor, but occasionally a journalist specializing in health).
Note: this is serious journalism, not faddy health infotainment.
I am a better person for listening to Health Check: more knowledgeable and more thoughtful.

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Highly recommended

Claudia Hammond, you rock! Thank you for the awesome podcast :)

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