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Staying on top of the latest findings in the medical research field can be hard. There is so much information available, making it easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out where to start.

TED is a non-profit organization that shares news about “ideas worth spreading”. You might already know their series of inspirational presentations delivered all over the world. The Ted Talks Health Podcast looks into new discoveries on topics related to health habits, mental-health issues, wellbeing and medicine.

I listened to three very interesting episodes, to get a feel for the podcast:

How we could teach our bodies to heal faster | Kaitlyn Sadtler

Kaitlyn is finding new materials that can signal our bodies to build new tissue – this can enable our bodies to heal our scars and wounds.
She explains that our immune systems can use these materials to create a new environment of proteins and cells, that can influence how our stem cells behave.

Using the influence of our bodies signals on tissue generation, Kaitlyn is working to change how our bodies regenerate after an injury / wound.

The podcast was around four minutes long, which I loved as I tend to get bored or distracted with 40-minute podcasts. Super interesting and insightful, have a listen here.

What I learned when I conquered the world’s toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler

Minda starts by introducing herself, giving a personal feel to the podcast. She tells the story about how she took part in the Ironman World Championship and decided to quit, leaving her feeling embarrassed and as if her dreams were crushed.

She goes on to explain that although the odds were not in her favour, the fact that she is an orphan and paralyzed, made her who she is today. By putting her failure behind her and changing her attitude, Minda managed to cross the finish line in her next attempt.

By conquering the Ironman, she realised that the struggle helped her overcome the previous obstacles in her life. Her next challenge is ending polio.

Find the episode here.

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

Neuroscientist, Wendy Suzuki, explains the powerful effects being physically active has on our brain, and how it is the most transformative thing we can do to our brains.

Wendy first noticed how powerful exercise can be after she started working out more regularly. She picked up on positive thoughts, better focus and a longer attention span. This inspired her to focus her research field on this topic.

The ways that exercise affects the brain include the immediate effect a single workout can have on dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline levels, which lifts our mood. Exercise also has a long lasting impact on our moods and a protective effect on our brains, which prevents diseases.

This episode clearly explained how it all works within 13 minutes. Check it out here.

Other episodes include topics like:

  • How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant,
  • What commercialization is doing to cannabis,
  • How to start a conversation about suicide and
  • The surprisingly charming science of your gut.

Have you listened to one of the TedTalks Health episodes? Tell us what to listen to next in the comment section below.


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