health education

#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.

#291      26 min 08 sec
Brains at risk: The curious link between strokes and Alzheimer’s disease

Prof Vladimir Hachinski

World authority on strokes and post-stroke care Prof Vladimir Hachinski discusses how strokes can amplify the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa, and how lifestyle factors can be protective against both. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#286      31 min 37 sec
Moment’s notice: Enhancing well-being through the practice of mindfulness

Prof Felicia Huppert

Mindfulness researcher Professor Felicia Huppert talks about how evidence-based mindfulness practices can increase well-being in individuals and organisations. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#281      30 min 01 sec
Gut harmony: Why the right mix of microbes is important to our health

Prof Rob Knight

Microbial ecologist Prof Rob Knight explains why we need the millions of microbes that make a home in and on our bodies. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#280      28 min 56 sec
Deferring dementia: Research efforts to keep Alzheimer’s at bay

Prof Colin Masters

Neurobiologist Prof Colin Masters explains current medical understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and discusses ongoing research efforts towards delaying onset of this as yet incurable condition. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.