health

Episode 162      21 min 02 sec
Worming their way: Parasites, their larvae, and your brain

Prof Marshall Lightowlers

Parasitologist Professor Marshall Lightowlers explains the risk to animal and human health posed by parasitic flatworms, and how even neurological disorders like epilepsy can result from exposure to tapeworm larvae. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 153      29 min 45 sec
Mosquito bytes: Fighting malaria with computational science

Dr Stuart Ralph

Parasitologist Dr Stuart Ralph explains malaria and how computational modelling developed to better understand the disease will aid the global effort to eradicate it. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 144      30 min 40 sec
Waiter, there's cesium in my soup: The health implications of radioactivity

Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff explains how radiation from nuclear energy sources can affect the human body and our health. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 135      28 min 14 sec
PTSD II: Researching and treating post-traumatic stress disorder

Professor Mark Creamer
Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell

In the second of a two-part programme, psychologists Professor Mark Creamer and Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell discuss research and treatment considerations for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as manifested in military veterans and people who have suffered severe physical injuries. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 134      21 min 10 sec
PTSD I: Describing and diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder

Professor Mark Creamer
Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell

In the first of a two-part programme, psychologists Professor Mark Creamer and Assoc Professor Meghan O'Donnell explain post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, its diagnosis, and how it's been viewed historically. With host Jennifer Cook. 

Episode 125      41 min 40 sec
Approaches to snakebite in Papua New Guinea, and development in Sikkim

David Williams
Thomas Chandy

Herpetologist David Williams discusses his doctoral research into improving the plight of snakebite sufferers in Papua New Guinea, where snakes constitute a major public health problem. Also, PhD student Thomas Chandy probes community perceptions of the impact of economic development in the remote Himalayan region of Sikkim. With host Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 112      21 min 10 sec
Counting us in: Assessing indigenous child health

Assoc Prof Jane Freemantle

Epidemiologist Assoc Prof Jane Freemantle unpacks the delicate, complex task of empirically assessing child health in indigenous communities. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 106      28 min 13 sec
Nothing To Eat: Famine and Its Consequences

Cormac O Grada

Economic Historian Prof Cormac O Grada joins host Jennifer Cook to discuss famine, its causes and repercussions, and the human condition in times of mass food scarcity.

Episode 105      32 min 51 sec
Multiple Sclerosis: an Updated Look

Professor Trevor Kilpatrick

Neurologist Prof Trevor Kilpatrick unpacks the complexity of Multiple Sclerosis and outlines the latest research findings on its causes and treatment. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 101      26 min 01 sec
Making a Difference: Kiran Martin and Asha in the slums of Delhi

Padma Shri Dr Kiran Martin
Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann

Paediatrician Dr Kiran Martin recounts the story behind the founding of ASHA, which now helps over 350,000 Delhi slum dwellers to improve their lives. Global health specialist Dr Peter Deutchmann weighs in on how research institutions in rich countries can work to empower and embolden work done by organisations in developing nations. With host Jennifer Cook.