health

#341      27 min 00 sec
Fume with a view: Consumer products and your indoor air quality

Prof Anne Steinemann

Civil and environmental engineer Prof Anne Steinemann outlines the causes and consequences of poor indoor air quality, and in particular the potentially hazardous fumes generated by home cleaning and personal care products. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#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.

#335      24 min 58 sec
Go with the gut: Our symbiotic relationship with our intestinal bacteria

Assoc Prof Spencer Williams

Chemistry researcher Assoc Prof Spencer Williams talks about the rapidly emerging understanding of human microbiota -- the diverse and numerous microorganisms that reside on and within our bodies -- and particularly how the composition of our gut flora can determine the state of our own health. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#334      28 min 10 sec
From pole to pole: New research into treating bipolar disorder

Prof Allan Young

Research psychiatrist Prof Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder, and examines leading edge research into finding new treatments for this condition. Presented by Sila Genc.

#333      33 min 04 sec
Whatever happened to the ozone hole? Lessons in timely action to avert global disaster

Prof David Karoly
Dr Robyn Schofield

Atmospheric scientists Prof David Karoly and Dr Robyn Schofield discuss the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic, and what effect timely global action taken in 1987 seems to have had in reversing ozone degradation. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#332      22 min 07 sec
MRI: Window into the brain

Charles Malpas
Bernd Merkel

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has revolutionized modern medicine, allowing us to see detailed structure of the human brain. PhD students Charles Malpas and Bernd Merkel discuss their research into applying MRI as a tool to investigate diseased and healthy brains to help fine tune our understanding of how the brain works. Presented by Sila Genc.

#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.

#323      34 min 15 sec
Infected: How HIV works at the cellular level to overwhelm the immune system

Prof Sharon Lewin

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sharon Lewin explains how the HIV virus disarms our immune system and multiplies within it. She also discusses what these discoveries mean for research efforts into future treatment. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#322      33 min 30 sec
The cost of cognition: The blessing and curse of human brain complexity

Prof Seth Grant

Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#320      30 min 17 sec
Stethoscopes to spreadsheets: The rise of the physician-executive

Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson

Public governance and health care reform researcher Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson describes the benefits of getting doctors into positions of leadership in medical organisations and national health care systems. Challenges include luring candidates from the clinic to the executive suite, and providing training to doctors in managerial methods. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.