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Health Check Loneliness Part 1
How does social media and friendship influence the development of loneliness?
Health Check Loneliness Part 2
How does loneliness impact health and can society change to help decrease loneliness?
Is a Lot of Tech Use Damaging Adolescent Well-Being?
New study finds the effect on teenage mental health is barely worse than eating potatoes
Happy Birthday to the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist!
Looking back at 10 years of the intervention that saves lives in the operating theatre
Is Slimness in the Genes?
How being naturally thin might not be a myth after all
Do You Use Your Phone in the Night?
The results of a study on the night-time phone habits of 25,000 Radio Denmark listeners
Does Being Congenitally Blind Protect Against Schizophrenia?
A large study which found no-one with early cortical blindness developed schizophrenia
A New Blood Test For Measuring Pain
Could it help doctors work out the optimum painkillers for each patient?
Is expired medication safe to use?
A new study which reveals some drugs might last longer than we think.
Why are women slow to get treatment for heart attacks?
New research from Poland which finds women take longer to ask for, and get help, than men
The obesity paradox
Why being overweight increases your risk of stroke, but also your chance of survival
Could a recreational drug help to treat alcoholism?
Research trial uses MDMA, the active ingredient of the drug ecstasy, to treat alcoholism
What can we learn from gut sounds?
The pioneering Australian doctor who is using tummy noises to try and diagnose IBS
Attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones
Why medical staff are increasingly finding themselves targets of violence
Can we blame our genes for poor sleep?
How the findings from the largest genetic study of its kind might help us nod off
How epidemics have helped to shape the city of Hong Kong
From plague to SARS – how disease has shaped Hong Kong
Cancer screening referrals and time of doctor visit
Why twice as many patients are routinely referred at the start of the day than at the end
Does eating processed foods make us put on weight?
The lab experiment comparing nutritionally matched diets of processed food with fresh food
Defining the limits of human endurance
New research which reveals the physiological limits on maximum human energy expenditure
A new treatment for arachnophobia
Using arachnophobes’ heartbeats to help them overcome their fear of spiders
How successful are Chinese vaccination programmes?
They are hailed as a great success with 95% coverage rates, but what is the true picture?
A new unique discovery about Parkinson’s
Research uncovering the earliest signs of the disease, years before symptoms begin
Lighting the brain after birth
The infra-red device that can detect brain damage within minutes of a baby being born
The small, but increasing risk of stillbirth past term
The largest study of its kind provides precise estimates of potential risks of stillbirth
The psychology of motivation and procrastination
Does willpower work? And why being a chronic procrastinator is bad for your health
France to axe homeopathy funding
French plan to end homeopathy funding bitter pill for supporters to swallow
Autism: the problems of fitting in
Many people with autism learn strategies to help them blend in: but there can be costs
Postponing the menopause?
Are ovarian tissue implants the answer to the menopause?
When social media harms teen mental health
Social media harms teen mental health if it eats into sleep time and lets in cyberbullies
A tale of recovery from a former footballer
Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle on his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts
Daily 4-in-1 pill protects the heart
Is a ‘polypill’ the answer to reducing heart attacks and strokes worldwide?
Lack of sleep boosts heart attack risk
Too little or too much sleep can increase your risk of heart disease
Malaria eradication within a generation?
Can the world be rid of malaria by 2050?
Are you suffering parental burnout?
Being a parent can be tiring and stressful. But what happens when parents burnout?
Is vaginal delivery risky after c-section?
A new study is trying to help women make a more informed decision
How athletes prepared for Doha heat
Many athletes struggled with heat and humidity in Doha. How did they prepare?
Abuse of women in childbirth
Women in childbirth verbally and physically abused
With Sue Kinnear and Kelly Morgan
Reporting from the Walking Netball club that pioneered the sport.
Music and conversation for your Thursday night, with a focus on health and wellbeing.
A breath of fresh air for a Thursday evening.
Social Media Positivity and Acne Advice
Cel and Katie discuss who you follow on social media, and Dr Anjali helps with acne.
About The Second Opinion
In-depth discussion about the process and fears of asking for a second medical opinion.