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What does exercise do to your brain? Can psychedelics treat depression? From smart daily habits to new medical breakthroughs, welcome to TED Health, with host Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider. TED speakers answer questions you never even knew you had, and share ideas you won't hear anywhere else, all around how we can live healthier lives.

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What does exercise do to your brain? Can psychedelics treat depression? From smart daily habits to new medical breakthroughs, welcome to TED Health, with host Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider. TED speakers answer questions you never even knew you had, and share ideas you won't hear anywhere else, all around how we can live healthier lives.

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    How to calm your anxiety, from a neuroscientist | Wendy Suzuki

    How to calm your anxiety, from a neuroscientist | Wendy Suzuki

    What if you could transform your anxiety into something you can actually use during your work day? This week, we're revisiting a talk by neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki, who shares two evidence-based activities — breathing and movement — that can soothe your nervous system and fuel creativity and connection.

    • 9 min
    The science of lifespan — and the impact of your five senses | Christi Gendron

    The science of lifespan — and the impact of your five senses | Christi Gendron

    What you experience through your senses — sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch — can impact how healthy you are and how long you live, says neurobiologist Christi Gendron. She explores how environmental cues like temperature, light and even just the sight of death have influenced the lifespan of fruit flies, suggesting your everyday perceptions may have direct repercussions on your ability to live a long, healthy life.

    • 12 min
    How aerosols brighten clouds — and cool the planet | Sarah J. Doherty

    How aerosols brighten clouds — and cool the planet | Sarah J. Doherty

    Here's a conundrum: the same aerosol pollutants that harm human health also help cool the climate, says atmospheric scientist Sarah J. Doherty. Is there a way to clean up the air without warming the planet? Exploring the unintended consequences of reducing air pollution, she makes the case for a better understanding of marine cloud brightening — or intentionally adding sea salt aerosols to clouds over the ocean, which could reflect sunlight back into space and potentially reduce global warming.

    • 13 min
    Food expiration dates don't mean what you think | Carolyn Beans

    Food expiration dates don't mean what you think | Carolyn Beans

    Countries around the world waste huge amounts of food every year: roughly a fifth of food items in the US are tossed because consumers aren't sure how to interpret expiration labels. But most groceries are still perfectly safe to eat past their expiration dates. If the dates on our food don't tell us that something's gone bad, what do they tell us? Carolyn Beans shares how to prevent food waste. This TED-Ed lesson was directed by Anton Bogaty, narrated by Alexandra Panzer and the music is by Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio.

    • 6 min
    The miracle of organ donation — and a breakthrough for the future | Abbas Ardehali

    The miracle of organ donation — and a breakthrough for the future | Abbas Ardehali

    Organ transplants save lives, but they come with challenges: every minute a healthy donated organ is on ice increases risk. And even if things go perfectly, rejection of the organ is still possible. Cardiothoracic surgeon Abbas Ardehali introduces cutting-edge medical advances in machine perfusion — a portable platform that keeps organs alive outside of the body — that could help put time back on the patient's side.

    • 11 min
    The vital data you flush down the toilet | Newsha Ghaeli

    The vital data you flush down the toilet | Newsha Ghaeli

    "Everybody pees and poops — and we know that urine and stool contain a rich source of information on our health," says data detective Newsha Ghaeli. Exploring the growing field of wastewater epidemiology, she shows how studying sewage can (anonymously) reveal a lot about the collective well-being of our cities — leading to real-time quality-of-life improvements like tracking pandemics, updating social policies and much more.

    • 10 min

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Ted health podcasts

I enjoy the topics but can hardly bear to listen to even half an episode. Whose in your organization thought it was a great idea to place stupid annoying sounds effects? Is the person developing them a relative who needs a creative outlet?

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Childish sound effects?!

I love TED talks and thought this one would surely be great if it provides ~10 minute talks on health related topics. However, there are such childish, cartoon-like sound effects constantly in the background! Who in the world thought this would be a good idea for an adult audience? It is so distracting, annoying and such a turn off. I very rarely leave negative reviews but I find it mind-boggling that someone would think these sound effects would resonate with an adult, TED-following audience. I just started the episode about food expiration dates and barely 1 minute in, I can’t take the sound effects anymore.

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Voice work

Love the podcast listen regularly, but as I am finding with virtually all podcasts now that this media is becoming very popular, and very integrated into all of our daily lives, podcast hosts, and frequent guests need to do voice work. I realize that is something that does not usually fall in the realm of science and medicine, and it does fall in the realm of actors and performers, but it is so jarring and so grating to hear someone’s voice badly misplaced with glottal stop’s, nasally whiny resonance , throat muscles so tight and distracted that it is almost painful to listen to. I have stopped informative podcasts on this show a number of times, because the sound of the voices is so dreadful. There are many many options available for basic voice training. Please spread the word.

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