Health Check

BBC World Service

Health, Fitness & Nutrition, Technology

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.


Sitting on top of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, Venezuela used to be one of the richest nations in Latin America. Today it is in turmoil and there’s been a sharp rise in infant mortality and the number of women dying in childbirth and pregnancy is up by 65%. The BBC’s Vladimir Hernandez has just returned from Venezuela where he saw a...

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When someone dies unexpectedly and doctors can’t be certain of the cause, a pathologist can conduct a post mortem. This can be very distressing for relatives – as it involves cutting open the head and the body of the deceased. One alternative – using a CT scanner to x-ray the body – has now been shown to be as effective as a traditional autopsy...

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Ultra Tough Antibiotic

May 31st, 2017

Ultra tough antibiotic After years of work a team at Scripps Research Institute in the US has re-engineered the antibiotic, vancomycin – which is used to treat conditions such as serious diarrhoea – so that bacteria can’t develop resistance to it. Claudia Hammond talked Dr Tim Jinks, Head of the Drug Resistant Infections Programme at the...

This week, at the World Health Assembly’s 70th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, member states elected their new leader. Following on from our interview with the final three candidates in last week’s programme, Claudia is joined by BBC Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes who has been following the contenders’ campaigns. She discusses what...