A different look on health

 

Visualizing the wonder of a living cell

David Bolinsky

David Bolinsky and his team illustrate scientific and medical concepts with high-drama animation. You've never seen the life of a cell quite like this.

 

How do we heal medicine?

Atul Gawande

Surgeon by day and public health journalist by night, Atul Gawande explores how doctors can dramatically improve their practice using something as simple as a checklist.

 

Health care should be a team sport

Eric Dishman

Eric Dishman does health care research for Intel — studying how new technology can solve big problems in the system for the sick, the aging and, well, all of us.

 
 

What doctors can learn from each other

Stefan Larsson

A doctor by training, Stefan Larsson of BCG researches how transparency of medical outcomes and costs could radically transform the healthcare industry.

 
 

A doctor's touch

Abraham Verghese

In our era of the patient-as-data-point, Abraham Verghese believes in the old-fashioned physical exam, the bedside chat, the power of informed observation.

 
 

Your health depends on where you live

Bill Davenhall

Bill Davenhall wants to improve physicians' diagnostic techniques by collecting each patient's geographic and environmental data, and merging it with their medical records.

 

 

The brain

 

You can grow new brain cells. Here's how

Sandrine Thuret

Sandrine Thuret studies the way adult brains create new nerve cells in the hippocampus -- a brain area involved in memory and mood.

 
 

Can the damaged brain repair itself?

Siddharthan Chandran

Siddharthan Chandran explores how to heal damage from degenerative disorders such as MS and motor neuron disease (ALS).

 
 

Growing evidence of brain plasticity

Michael Merzenich

Michael Merzenich studies neuroplasticity -- the brain's powerful ability to change itself and adapt -- and ways we might make use of that plasticity to heal injured brains and enhance the skills in healthy ones.

 
 

Brain conducts a neural orchestra

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Hair cells are columnar cells, each with a bundle of 100-200 specialized cilia at the top, for which they are named. There are two types of hair cells. Inner hair cells are the mechanoreceptors for hearing: they transduce the vibration of sound into electrical activity in nerve fibers, which is transmitted to the brain.

 
 

Why you think you're right — even if you're wrong

Julia Galef

Julia Galef co-founded the Center for Applied Rationality, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people improve their reasoning and decision-making, particularly with the aim of addressing global problems.

 
 

This is your brain on communication

Uri Hasson

Why do great thoughts and stories resonate so strongly with so many people, and how do we communicate them? Using fMRI experiments, Uri Hasson is looking for the answers.

 

 

The Immune System

 

The Immune System Explained I – Bacteria Infection

Kurzgesagt

Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival.

 
 

How bacteria "talk"

Bonnie Bassler

Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria can communicate with one another, through chemical signals, to act as a unit. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine.

 
 

The immune system: looking for love in all the right places

Jim Brewer

Professor Brewer has studied and remained fascinated by the immune system throughout his career. While working in vaccine research, it became increasingly clear how little we understand this critical part of the body.

 
 

How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight

Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses -- and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies.

 
 

Are we filtering the wrong microbes?

Jessica Green

Jessica Green wants people to understand the important role microbes play in every facet of our lives: climate change, building ecosystems, human health, even roller derby -- using nontraditional tools like art, animation and film to help people visualize the invisible world.

 

 

Antibiotics and other drugs

 

The coming crisis in antibiotics

Ramanan Laxminarayan

At the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, economist Ramanan Laxminarayan looks at big-picture issues of global health.

 
 

What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna recounts the often terrifying stories behind emerging drug-resistant diseases that medical science is barely keeping at bay.

 
 

We need better drugs — now

Francis Collins

A key player in the US' new brain-mapping project, Francis Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

Neglected Tropical Disease

 

3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria

Sonia Shah

Science historian Sonia Shah explores the surprisingly fascinating story behind an ancient scourge: malaria.

 
 

How to fight Zika and other neglected diseases

Dennis Liotta

Dennis Liotta’s discoveries helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic yet manageable disease. As the Zika virus spreads, and in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic his proposal and search to bring funding and support to Neglected Disease research is both timely and urgent.

 

 

Food revolution

 

Eat for real change

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna is a busy working mother, a tautology that provides her with an unwavering drive to teach people how to live a healthy and nutrition-filled life – yet one that doesn’t require obsessive or unrealistic attention in order to achieve it.

 
 

The Power of Plant-Based Eating

Dr. Joanne Kong

Dr. Joanne Kong explain the need of Plant-Based Eating. It’s an easy living concept and you can start with this today and your health condition improve automatically.

 
 

Daily bread - Can any human body handle gluten?

Dr. Rodney Ford

Dr Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, is a paediatrician and former Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Christchurch Clinical School.

 
 

Sugar - the elephant in the kitchen

Robert Lustig

Robert H. Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.

 
 

Sugar...it's not so sweet

Calgary Avansino

Calgary Avansino moved to London from the West Coast of America in 2000 and soon after, landed the role as the Editor's assistant at British Vogue. Two-and-a-half years later she took the leap and claimed a seat in Vogue's beauty department as Wellbeing Editor, before moving up the ranks over the next 8 years to eventually become the Executive Fashion Director and Digital Project Director - a position she held for five years.

 
 

You REALLY are what you eat!

Hether Crawford

Hether Crawford is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Hether Crawford Fitness. Her commitment to health, nutrition, and fitness was born out of necessity after watching her son suffer from asthma and her daughter struggle to concentrate at school.

 
 

Vegans on top

Ori Shavit

What is the cost of an egg? Much much more than you think. Journalist, blogger and food critic Ori Shavit explains why Vegans should be on top.

 
 

A vegan bodybuilding experiment

Joshua Knox

A fateful blizzard on a drive to Tahoe led to a conversation about food and nutrition, which inspired bodybuilder Joshua Knox, a Google employee, to go vegan for a week. One week turned into a 1.5 year lifestyle experiment with bodybuilding and diet.

 

 

Life lessons

 

Life's third act

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has had three extraordinary careers (so far): Oscar-winning actor, fitness guru, impassioned activist.

 
 

Why bodybuilding at age 93 is a great idea

Charles Eugster

Charles Eugster may be 93, but he has no less spring in his step than he did as a young man. In this talk from TEDxZurich, he brings us a powerful statistic: 92% of Americans over the age of 65 have one or more chronic diseases.

 
 

The fringe benefits of failure

JK Rowling

JK Rowling penned the bestselling Harry Potter page-turners — a spellbinding, seven-installment fantasy of wizards, warlocks and decidedly British texture that brought her from rags to riches.

 
 

How to live before you die

Steve Jobs

As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs spearheaded a few of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment and design.

 

 

New ideas for cancer treatments

 

Immune to Cancer

Michael Jensen

Dr. Michael Jensen is a leader in the field of cancer immunotherapy research. As the founding director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute, Dr. Jensen and his team are pioneering translational research with striking results that just might change the way we think of disease treatment.

 
 

How Nature Has Already Beat Cancer

Carlo Maley

Dr. Carlo Maley applies tools from evolutionary biology and ecology to tumors in order to understand and prevent the evolution of malignancy and therapeutic resistance.

 
 

The immune system vs. cancer

Jedd Wolchok

Dr. Wolchok is currently Chief of the Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service, Associate Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) with an expertise in the treatment of metastatic melanoma.

 
 

Starving cancer away

Sophia Lunt

Dr. Sophia Lunt began her training in metabolism at Princeton University, where she received her Ph.D. studying the metabolic consequences of the antibiotic drug trimethoprim.

 
 

Starving cancer

Dominic D'Agostino

Dr. D'Agostino is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology where he develops and tests metabolic therapies, including alternative energy substrates and ketogenic agents for neurological disorders, cancer and wound healing.

 
 

Changing the way we fight cancer

Gabe Canales

After meeting top physicians across the country, Canales became educated about the anticancer lifestyle and learned that his own cancer, currently under active surveillance, could have been prevented.

 
 

Why curing cancer is so hard

Azra Raza

Cancer research relies heavily on testing drugs in mice, yet it’s clear that for effective treatment, we need to be testing in humans. In an informative talk, oncologist Azra Raza walks us through the challenges of personalized cancer research and offers a potential solution, based on decades of sample collection.

 
 

Finally, some good news about cancer

Jimmy Lin

Jimmy is the founder of the Rare Genomics Institute, an organization that allows patients to crowdsource funds and genomes to accelerate research of their rare genetic diseases.

 
 

Killing Cancer With Viruses

Patrick Lee

In 2009, Dr. Patrick Lee made a breakthrough finding about the human reovirus, a naturally occurring virus that can attack cancer stem cells while not destroying other cells.

 
 

The Complex Biology of Cancer

Dr. Glenn Begley

Dr. Glenn Begley is Vice President and Global Head of Hematology and Oncology Research at Amgen The author of more than 200 scholarly papers and the recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Begley is one of the world's leading researchers in the study of Hematopoietic growth factors.

 

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