health

#261      29 min 25 sec
Spin doctors: Identifying and treating human balance disorders

Dr David Szmulewicz

Neurologist Dr David Szmulewicz describes the human balance system, and what’s going on in our brains and ears when we experience vertigo. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#257      34 min 23 sec
Setting forth safely: Travel health before, during, and after the journey

Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff

Infectious diseases specialist Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff explains the myriad health risks to today’s travellers, including what to consider before the journey and post-trip follow-up and care. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#255      28 min 54 sec
Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproduction

Dr Mark Green

Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as  IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#254      33 min 22 sec
Vanquishing the vectors: Enlisting bacteria to fight mosquito-borne disease

Prof Ary Hoffmann

Geneticist Professor Ary Hoffmann explains the use of mosquito-infecting bacteria for the control of Dengue fever. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#249      36 min 37 sec
Tender connections: Fitting prosthetic limbs for comfort and cost

Assoc Prof Peter Lee
Jim Lavranos

Mechanical engineer Peter Lee and prosthetist Jim Lavranos describe the challenges of creating low-cost prosthetic limb technologies in developing countries, and contrast this with how things are done in wealthier economies. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#248      33 min 31 sec
Prey to temptation: Our struggle with irrational health choices

Prof Ichiro Kawachi

Social epidemiologist Prof Ichiro Kawachi describes how mental short-cuts affect our health choices, often for the worse, and what can be done to help us make better choices. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#242      30 min 03 sec
Peak performance: Should elite athletes train at high altitudes?

Prof Jerome Dempsey

Exercise physiologist Prof Jerome Dempsey discusses how the human body responds to lower oxygen concentrations at high altitudes and whether elite athletes really benefit from training under such conditions. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#234      27 min 26 sec
It's alimentary: The brain, the gut's nervous system, and links to autism

Dr Elisa Hill
Dr Kent Williams

Neuroscientist Dr Elisa Hill and Gastroenterologist Dr Kent Williams discuss the complex interactions between our brain and neurons found in the gut, and consider the over-representation of gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#228      24 min 06 sec
Show us your mutations: Curating genetic variation in human populations

Prof Richard Cotton

Geneticist Prof Richard Cotton discusses the Human Variome Project, a global initiative to collect and curate all human genetic variation affecting human health.

#227      24 min 16 sec
Contentedly caged? Researching the behavior of animals in captivity

Sally Sherwen
Megan Verdon

Doctoral students Sally Sherwen and Megan Verdon describe their investigations of animal behaviour in enclosures, from animals on display at the zoo, to pigs being bred for food. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.