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Health Check

BBC World Service

Health, Fitness & Nutrition, Technology

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Health Check grapples with health issues on a global scale, investigates discoveries and solutions in healthcare, and looks at how to deliver a healthier world. Presented by Claudia Hammond.

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Exercising Away Back Pain

January 18th, 2017

Could strengthening exercises work better than painkillers for back pain? Most people will be affected at some time– prompting them to reach for the painkillers. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney recently showed that paracetamol is no better than a placebo or dummy pill for treating lower back pain. So now they...

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Getting the Best from Medicine

January 11th, 2017

Is there a global epidemic of too much and too little medicine? International experts, writing in the Lancet medical journal, say a substantial proportion of global medical care is unnecessary or ineffective. Dr Vikas Sanai, Director of the Lown institute is lead co-author of the ‘Right Care’ series. He describes to Dr Graham Easton how in...

The field of bionics has transformed medicine for centuries, as far back as the ancient Egyptians who created bespoke toes from wood and leather. During the 20th century mechanical and electronic advances made heart pacemakers and more sophisticated prosthetic limbs possible. Now researchers are creating bionic eyes – to help blind people see...

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Time Travelling in the Human Mind

December 28th, 2016

Claudia Hammond is in Sydney, Australia, with a live studio audience at the BBC's World Changing Ideas Summit finding out what is so special about the human mind. Are we the only creatures who can mentally time travel - deciding at will to look back nostalgically at a past event or to look forward, imagining something we've never done before?...