health

#296      27 min 16 sec
Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function

Prof Edmund Crampin

Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#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.

#289      37 min 07 sec
Fur and against: Scrutinizing the efficacy of animal testing and its alternatives

Prof Thomas Hartung

Toxicologist and pharmacologist Prof Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy. He discusses the emerging protocols and technologies that enable development of safe products without the need to conduct animal testing. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#288      40 min 03 sec
The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care

Prof Keith Yamamoto

Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#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.

#283      32 min 04 sec
Inherited risk: The benefit and burden of genetic testing for heritable diseases

Prof Ingrid Winship

Clinical and research geneticist Prof Ingrid Winship discusses the use of genetic testing to improve the lives of people with inherited diseases and their families, as well as the pitfalls of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. 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.

#278      35 min 13 sec
Stuff the staff: Understanding and treating celiac disease

Dr Jason Tye-Din

Gastroenterologist and researcher Dr Jason Tye-Din explains celiac (or coeliac) disease, discusses what can be done to manage the illness and assays on-going research towards better understanding and treatment. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.