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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 • 68 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.

    The Birth Project | An aid when considering genetic screening in pregnancy | Australia's national strategy for maternity care

    The Birth Project | An aid when considering genetic screening in pregnancy | Australia's national strategy for maternity care

    The ABC’s Birth Project call out is discovering the good and bad of pregnancy and birth in Australia—one of the safest places in the world to give birth, but which sometimes fails women, their families, and clinicians.

    Parents-to-be now have access to simple blood tests that can indicate whether their baby might have a chromosome issue. But parents who want peace of mind or want to know the sex of their baby can feel blindsided when the result predicts high risk — or for something they didn't know they were being screened for.

    The Birth Project has shown us that the kind of care you might get if you're pregnant varies wildly across Australia. A national strategy around improving maternity care was launched in 2019.

    • 30 min
    Effect on the body of zero G | Measuring mental health services | Genetic analysis and cerebral palsy

    Effect on the body of zero G | Measuring mental health services | Genetic analysis and cerebral palsy

    With humans set to spend more time in spacer, one of the physical things to overcome will be gravity, and it's very important for how our bodies work.

    We hear frequent stories of mental health issues, but there is more investment in services, so are services effective or overwhelmed?

    An estimated 34,000 people in Australia have cerebral palsy. The cause can be a mystery but looking at a child's genes may supply information for parents and treatment teams. 

    Hosts:

    Dr Norman Swan

    Tegan Taylor

    • 30 min
    14 November: Paracetamol overdoses | Health literacy is a societal responsibility | Can spine stimulators treat back pain?

    14 November: Paracetamol overdoses | Health literacy is a societal responsibility | Can spine stimulators treat back pain?

    There's been talk of changing the packet size of paracetamol tablets, to reduce the self-harm of overdose—but it would be better to investigate and remedy why this harm occurs.

    The idea that society—as well as an individual—is responsible for this 'health literacy' is central to a new World Health Organisation report.

    Results of a randomised trial in people with low back pain who used a spinal cord stimulator were published recently, and the researchers are surprised by what they found.

    Hosts: Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor

    How we safeguard big health data | Linked data predicts health trends | More clarity needed on harms in clinical trials | Assessing mitochondrial donation as a preventive measure for some disorders

    How we safeguard big health data | Linked data predicts health trends | More clarity needed on harms in clinical trials | Assessing mitochondrial donation as a preventive measure for some disorders

    How analysts are making health data safer | Linked health data can see the bigger picture of healthcare use  | Clinical trials need more clarity on the kind of harms incurred | Donating mitochondria may mitigate the risk of some genetic disorders—but it's not a given.

    • 30 min
    October 31: Magda's Big National Health Check | The shocking rise in alcohol-induced deaths

    October 31: Magda's Big National Health Check | The shocking rise in alcohol-induced deaths

    The ABC series Magda's Big National Health Check us an immersive and personal journey about health in Australia today. It''s hosted by Magda Szubanski, who wants to know why Australia has a high level of chronic illness—and what to do about it.

    The latest statistics on causes of deaths in Australia show that deaths caused by alcohol rose by 6% last year—it's avoidable and advocates for greater alcohol control measures have been warning for years that there are not enough of them.




    Hosts: Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor

    • 30 min
    More needs to be known about concussion | what is it about elections and hospital building | ultra-processed foods affect your diet | a music pillow calms pre-op patients

    More needs to be known about concussion | what is it about elections and hospital building | ultra-processed foods affect your diet | a music pillow calms pre-op patients

    Severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be defined in pathology, yet only be diagnosed after someone has died and their brain examined.

    The Victorian state election is on 26th November and hospitals feature in political healthcare promises. Labor anticipates spending more than $6 billion on new hospitals and upgrading existing ones.




    Guest:

    Assoc Prof Michael Buckland

    Head of Dept of Neuropathology

    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

    and

    Director, Australian Sports Brain Bank

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

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A great listen!

Just found this podcast and love it. Thank you!

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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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