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TV and Radio on BBC iPlayer: learning disability at the Paralympics, and a vaccine against depression?

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Vaughan | 09:00 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Claudia Hammond, presenter of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind

In the latest episode of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind, the series which explores the limits and potential of the human mind, presenter Claudia Hammond reports on the return of athletes with learning disabilities to this year's Paralympics for the first time since the Sydney Games in 2000, when ten members of the Spanish basketball team were stripped of their gold medals for pretending to have a learning disability. Professor Jan Burns, the Head of Eligibility for the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, discusses which sports and which athletes will be eligible.

Also on the programme, Graham Rook, a clinical microbiologist from University College London, is hopeful that one day there might be a vaccination against depression. This follows research which has revealed that some people with depression have higher levels of inflammation in their body, and the idea that this inflammation could be controlled via exposure to certain worms and bacteria. But is a vaccine really possible, and would it be a useful avenue to explore for preventing depression?

Also on iPlayer

In Touch (BBC Radio 4)
Barclays Bank and Lloyds Banking Group have both promised to have the majority of their cashpoints talking by the end of 2013. The UK only currently has 85 speech-enabled bank machines. Why, compared to other countries, are there so few?

Coping (BBC Two)
In this powerful film, five young people phone in to a night-time radio show to share their problems with host, Aled Haydn Jones. While the radio show is staged, the callers are real, and so are their stories. The series offers case studies of problems relevant to young people - from anorexia to depression, OCD to self-harm.

You and Yours (BBC Radio 4)
Exploring the impact of adult social care budget cuts. How are they affecting those that need care and those that provide it?

See Hear (BBC Two)
The premiere of Sophie Woolley's first ever children's play, and a tribute to the remarkable life of deaf and disability rights campaigner Lord Jack Ashley, who died last month.

Something Special (CBeebies)
Educational series for four- to seven-year-old children with learning difficulties.

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