The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. Listen for an unexpected, and controversial, twist.
Rebecca Brachman is a pioneer in the field of preventative psychopharmacology, developing drugs to enhance stress resilience and prevent mental illness.
Current treatments for mood disorders only suppress symptoms without addressing the underlying disease, and there are no known cures. Read More
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says:
Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.
What an amazing day – the first ever mental health marathon was truly special! The Heads Together campaign aims to change the conversation and end the stigma surrounding mental health, and the success we have had is down to you, our #teamsheadstogether supporters and partners.
We’re so proud of all the runners and all the effort that they have put in, both mentally and physically – it was an honour to share the marathon journey with you.
The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry are clear that the work of Heads Together will continue well past the Marathon. They are proud that the campaign has dealt a major blow against the stigma that surrounds mental health, but of course there is more work to do and they will continue to encourage a national conversation over the next few years.
If you thought the media reported health news, this video may make you think again. Watch what happened when two reporters tried to highlight the risks, posed to human health, by the presence of artificial bovine growth hormones in milk. It may surprise some of you to learn what happened when the news did not suit the network.
Steve Wilson and Jane Akre: 2001 Goldman Prize winners, USA
In late 1996, journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson began investigating rBGH, the genetically modified growth hormone American dairies had been injecting into their cows. As investigative reporters for the Fox Television affiliate in Tampa, Florida, they discovered that while the hormone had been banned in Canada, Europe and most other countries, millions of Americans were unknowingly drinking milk from rBGH-treated cows.
Oxygen forms about 21% of the air around us. In your body, oxygen forms a vital role in the production of energy in most cells. But if gases can only efficiently diffuse across tiny distances, how does oxygen reach the cells deep inside your body? Enda Butler tracks the surprisingly complex journey of oxygen through your body.
Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness — that is a marvellous fact — but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.
Adam Harris takes us on a journey – the journey of a person with Autism where he depicts the experience, language and learning experiences of a person with Autism. He describes about how we are affected by Autism and what we can do about it to create change.
Adam established AsIAm because of his own experiences growing up with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum. Adam spent 3 years of his education in a school for people with Autism, before being integrated into mainstream education in 2nd class. By the time he was 16, Adam felt he should do something to help others affected by Autism and was particularly frustrated at the lack of public awareness and understanding of the condition, and the lack of a voice for those with the condition and their families. Read More
Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistle-blower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.
Robert F Kennedy Jr is the Vaccine Safety Czar appointed by President Trump. The goal is to study all of the vaccines being given to children and also what is being given to pregnant women. Read More
What started as a design for a prosthetic hand created for one, has grown into a global movement of philanthropic individuals who have delivered free 3D printed hands and arms to thousands in over 40 countries.
This is the story of the evolution and the power of sharing ideas.
Regular readers will already know of my ongoing support for the e-NABLE project. I hope that sharing their back-story, will encourage you to join me in support of this simple, but transformational idea.
For more information, please visit the e-NABLE website, and get involved.
Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision — and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand.