health education

#380      35 min 26 sec
Recovery from stroke: Harnessing the brain's capacity to overcome disability

Prof Julie Bernhardt

Stroke rehabilitation researcher Prof. Julie Bernhardt discusses the state of the science in stroke recovery. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Prof Bernhardt and her team develop and test new exercises and rehabilitation measures that aim not only to reduce disability but promote recovery. This includes renewed attention to precise timing of therapeutic interventions, and to environmental enrichment of clinical spaces. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#373      30 min 45 sec
Ongoing symptoms: Why isn't treatment for depression and anxiety leading to lower prevalence?

Prof Tony Jorm

Public health researcher Prof Tony Jorm asks why prevalence of anxiety and depression in North America, Australia and elsewhere has not decreased despite a quarter century of more and better treatment for two of the world's most common mental health problems. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#360      29 min 26 sec
Can't give it up: The science behind addiction and the brain

Prof Andrew Lawrence

Behavioral neuroscientist Prof Andrew Lawrence joins host Dr Andi Horvath to discuss addictive and compulsive behaviors around drug and alcohol use, the power of psychological dependence, and how the brains of addicts differ from those of the rest of us.

#343      29 min 55 sec
Cannabis research: The state of the science in an age of weed liberalization

Prof David Castle

Psychiatrist and clinical researcher Prof David Castle discusses how cannabis represents both a public health risk and a wide-ranging therapeutic opportunity, as the once “evil weed” gains greater legal acceptance for recreational and medical use. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#337      27 min 49 sec
Fetal impact: Managing depression during pregnancy and beyond

Prof Jeannette Milgrom

Psychologist Jeannette Milgrom discusses mental health issues that can arise in women during pregnancy, and their effect on the developing fetus. Despite considerable research and media attention on postnatal depression (PND), we learn that the antenatal period, too, has its associated risks, and that treatment and intervention programs can have a positive impact over the entire perinatal period. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#331      35 min 06 sec
Contagion calculation: Forecasting and tracking outbreaks of influenza

Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon

Epidemiologist Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon discusses research into tracking and predicting the spread of influenza and other viral diseases like Ebola. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#310      30 min 35 sec
Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease

Prof Malcolm Horne

Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#309      26 min 55 sec
Viral diary: The global rise and near demise of polio

Prof Vincent Racaniello

Virologist Prof Vincent Racaniello discusses how poliovirus causes paralysis, and how close we are to eradicating the disease. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#299      25 min 25 sec
Linking childhood diarrhea and the onset of type I diabetes

Assoc Prof Barbara Coulson

Virologist Associate Professor Barbara Coulson explains how a common childhood infection could hasten the onset of type 1 diabetes. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#295      33 min 32 sec
Improving the view: Positive Psychology in preventing the repeat of psychotic episodes

 Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

Clinical psychologist Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez discusses research into non-drug approaches -- such as Positive Psychology and social media -- to preventing the recurrence of psychotic episodes in young people. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.