Health Report - Full program podcast

Health Report - Full program podcast


The Health Report appeals to both specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health, and seeing health and medicine within social, scientific and political contexts. One audio file of each program for continuous listening.


Brown fat, testing the obesity paradox, and baseball's elbow surgery epidemic  

Brown fat. Putting the obesity paradox to the test. Tommy John surgery.

Drug deaths in health workers, reassessing vitamin D, anaesthesia and children, after-effects of breast cancer  

Drug-related deaths among health workers. Do we need less vitamin D than we think? Does anaesthesia affect children's academic performance? After-effects of breast cancer.

The distraction of big ideas, brain drain, a new test for pre-eclampsia, and transmission of HIV and the law  

Are big ideas too entrenched? The future of Australian medical research. A new test for pre-eclampsia. HIV and the law.

Lyme disease and sleep  

Sleep deprivation, sleep and the gut, and a warning to shift workers.

Best practice in breast cancer, making blood, flying blind, and diabetes linked to heart failure  

Best practice in breast cancer. Making blood. Flying blind. Diabetes linked to heart failure.

Cervical cancer screening, hospital safety and quality assurance, and best practice in treating depression.  

Changes to cervical cancer screening. Review of hospital safety and quality. Best practice in treating depression.

Can your brain heal your body? (REPEAT)  

Is brain plasticity the key to healing? (REPEAT).

Future of hospital robots and tiny machines inside us, gluten-free standards, and a diet for the 'miracle hormone'  

A diet to stimulate the 'miracle hormone'? Gluten-free standards need improvement. Devices that can fix us from the inside. A new generation of hospital robots.

Wearable technology, cost of robotic surgery, ATSI health check, and is back cement back?  

Wearable fitness trackers may hinder — not help — weight loss. Back pain managed better with cement in certain cases. Is robotic surgery worth the cost? Indigenous people have double the disease burden.

Vitamin D reducing asthma, cervical treatments risk preterm birth, autopsies for research, and nurses wined and dined  

Vitamin D can prevent severe asthma attacks. Cervical treatment before pregnancy increases risk of preterm birth. How to get an autopsy of a cancer patient – quickly. Nurses also wooed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Caring for the parents of stillborn babies  

A special investigation from Hagar Cohen.

Asthma treatment, blood pressure, cancer reporting, and learning difficulties  

Don't ignore diastolic blood pressure. Contradictory recommendations for asthma treatment. Misreporting cancer research. Building the bi-literate brain.


Stories from the blood bank.. An intrepid reporter bleeds for the show. A long time donor discovers she has a never-before-identified blood type - and gets it named after her. The Australian Defence Force asks the Red Cross to freeze blood for our troops. And.. A unique friendship is forged over a lifetime of blood transfusions.

Eating, sitting, bellyache, and pain  

Type 2 diabetes, weight loss, and the Paleo diet. Sitting brings you closer to death. Parasite that gives people bellyache also found in bats. The brain's role in pain.


Sex, Sugar Daddies, & HIV: legacy of AIDS for African girls today.

Hotspots of health inequality, and the best for busted knees  

Hotspots of health inequality. IVF doesn't increase breast cancer risk. What's best for busted knees? Rescheduling alprazolam.

Ubiquitous proteins, empty noses  

A unique collaboration around a ubiquitous protein, and Empty Nose Syndrome.

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