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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.

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A mysterious condition which causes children to nod uncontrollably has baffled doctors for years. A Belgian researcher has now linked nodding syndrome – a type of epilepsy – to river blindness which is spread by black flies. The flies – which are found in South Sudan and northern Uganda - infect people with worms. The condition can be treated to...

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A year after Zika was declared a global health emergency, The Brazilian Ministry of Health is also contending with an outbreak of yellow fever in some of its rural areas. Brazil is on high alert and the government is upping its vaccination campaign to try and control the outbreak. Yellow fever is a disease that is far more deadly than Zika and...

In an uncertain world dogmatic people tend to cling harder to their beliefs and become more intolerant. Past research has mainly focussed on religious dogmatism. Now a new study in Poland has looked at the views of dogmatic atheists who also become more entrenched in their views. Malgorzata Kossowska, professor of Psychology argues for better...

For centuries poor eyesight has been blamed on too many hours spent studying in dim light. But new research suggests that sunlight could help to cut the risk of developing myopia – where objects in the distance look blurry without corrective glasses. A European study suggests that the risk of becoming shortsighted can be reduced by up to a third...