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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
    • 4.6 • 67 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.

    ADHD and access to care | heart transplant tech | sarcoma and heritability

    ADHD and access to care | heart transplant tech | sarcoma and heritability

    The prescription rate for medications to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder rose in recent years but was still below what's thought to be the extent of the condition.

    Organ donation is one of the great miracles of our time, but that's not to say it's easy. To be viable, a heart needs to be transplanted within four or five hours, and this is a huge logistical challenge for a country the size of Australia.

    The Garvan Institute has studied the combination of genetic profile alongside family history of people with cancers called sarcomas, and found genes to aid early diagnosis.

    • 30 min
    Safety of generic medicines in Australia | Intermittent fasting | Keeping track of mental well-being

    Safety of generic medicines in Australia | Intermittent fasting | Keeping track of mental well-being

    Sun Pharmaceuticals is a supplier of generic medications and they're in hot water about possible violations of the manufacturing process at their facility in Gujarat, India.

    Fasting diets like the 5:2 or the 16/8 have become very popular. While there's lots of evidence for the benefits of the 5:2 diet in animals, there's hasn't been much in humans. The results are not out from a trial of intermittent fasting in overweight men and women.

    One of the biggest puzzles for humans is the brain, or more precisely, the minds. It's a bit of a mystery but still possible to learn something about how to keep it in good order.

    Hosts: Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor

    • 30 min
    What do royals die of—and how have their deaths shaped history?

    What do royals die of—and how have their deaths shaped history?

    Royals have a tendency to change the course of history — in life and in death. 

    From King George III's apparent madness, to Queen Victoria's genetic legacy, the Health Report takes a look back at the illnesses (and deaths) that have shaped the world.

    Note that the change of broadcast time mentioned at the end of the program refers to our live program on Mondays.

    • 30 min
    Mild cognitive impairment | Alzheimer's | ASMR | atrial fibrilation

    Mild cognitive impairment | Alzheimer's | ASMR | atrial fibrilation

    Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) affects 7 or 8 per cent of people in their 60s, and one in four people in their 80s. In an ageing population the number of those with mild cognitive impairment will increase.

    There's a new perspective on the cause and progress of Alzheimer's disease. Are we doing the right thing by removing accumulated amyloid protein from the brains of people with it?

    Some people experience a tingly feeling when they hear certain noises and this feeling might be a useful intervention for people with anxiety.

    Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia characterised by a rapid and irregular heartbeat. There is increasing evidence that relaxation methods like yoga and meditation can help manage the condition.

    Hosts:

    Dr Norman Swan

    Tegan Taylor

    • 30 min
    The cancer risks that run through generations

    The cancer risks that run through generations

    More than two decades ago a major milestone in cancer research was reached with the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Inherited mutations to these genes can dramatically increase the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. The discovery opened up new ways of knowing who is at risk of cancer, how to treat the cancer, and even how to prevent it happening in the first place. This moving feature describes what this genetic information means for families who have seen loved ones endure sometimes multiple cancers—and it explains the emerging frontier in medicine trying to change that.




    Guests:

    Michelle Brady

    Anna Murphy

    Dr Mark Pinese, Team Leader Personalised Medicine, Children’s Cancer Institute

    A/Prof Paul James, Clinical Geneticist and Director, Familial Cancer Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital

    Dr Laura Forrest, Senior Research Fellow and Genetic Counsellor, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

    Host: Dr Norman Swan

    Interviewer and Producer: Sarah Sedghi

    • 30 min
    Ventilation | Wearables | Telomeres

    Ventilation | Wearables | Telomeres

    With COVID we've focused on vaccines and masks but there is more we can do, and the situation parallels a public health revolution from the mid-1800s.

    If you're a modern human you likely carry a bit of tech on you to track how physically active you are. But how can we be sure it's really promoting activity?

    Telomeres are small 'caps' on the ends of your chromosomes—the length of telomeres is seen as an indicator of how fast we age. How accurate could they be?

    Hosts: Tegan Taylor and Dr Norman Swan

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

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A great listen!

Just found this podcast and love it. Thank you!

ricstra ,

Informative. In depth. Host researches.

This podcast is one of my top three to follow from the many I listen to.
Norman Swan knows a lot about health generally and researches episode subjects in depth. The caliber of his guests indicate Swan is respected as an interviewer in health subjects. He keeps the interviews interesting, informative and moving along.

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My Favorite Podcast

The Health Report gets into each topic with enough depth to be educational and thought provoking. I regularly find myself printing off the transcripts to share with friends that don't have an Ipod. It's well produced and easy to listen to.

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