health

#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.

#223      31 min 50 sec
Mild to severe: What's behind the rise in food allergies in children?

Prof Katie Allen

Childhood allergy expert Prof Katie Allen discusses the emerging epidemic of food allergies in children and its causes. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#221      26 min 30 sec
Pump it up: Exercise, your muscles, and type 2 diabetes

Prof Mark Febbraio

Cell biologist and sports physiologist Prof Mark Febbraio discusses research that uncovers the relationship amongst exercise, muscular activity, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#217      27 min 49 sec
Joint resolution: Interrogating muscle and bone for better surgical outcomes

Prof. Marcus Pandy
Prof. Peter Choong

Biomedical engineer Marcus Pandy and orthopaedic surgeon Peter Choong discuss how modern imaging technology is shedding light on human locomotion, particularly in knees and other joints. They also explain how this new found knowledge is used to improve surgical outcomes for patients. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#215      22 min 30 sec
Working stiffs: Corporatism and its impact on our jobs and lives

Prof. Peter Fleming

Organizational theorist Prof Peter Fleming examines how corporatism pervades virtually every aspect of the lives of the modern worker and suggests ways in which we can regain work-life balance. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#214      27 min 22 sec
Toxic titbits? The effects of nanoparticles on our health

Prof. Kenneth Dawson

Bio-nanoscience investigator Prof Kenneth Dawson discusses current research into nanoparticles and their potential effects on our health. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.