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.


El Nino is a complex weather phenomenon which researchers from Johns Hopkins University have now linked a shift in cholera cases across Africa. Researchers found that approximately 50,000 additional cases in East Africa occurred during El Niño years. It is hoped improved understanding of weather patterns will enable better planning to mitigate...

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When you visit the doctor how much do you understand what’s being said? Communicating complex medical information – especially to sick children – can be a challenge for medical staff. Now a game called Dr Jargon has been created to encourage doctors to use simple language to explain common complaints to patients. The scientist who’s designed a...

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What Does Rest Really Mean?

March 29th, 2017

Most of us would like more rest – but what exactly is it? Doctors tell us to put our feet up - but Claudia Hammond hears how a boxing poet and composer interpret rest. Over the past two years she’s been working at the Wellcome Collection in London as part of Hubbub – a group of artists, scientists and historians – examining the topic of rest....

As we dream of sending humans to Mars, the psychological problems of such a mission loom large. Claudia Hammond ponders the most important qualities required from those who’d like to colonise Mars. Surviving a cramped nine-month journey and the pod-like homes on the red planet requires a mix of resilience, curiosity and the ability to get on...