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What does exercise do to your brain? Can psychedelics treat depression? From smart daily habits to new medical breakthroughs, welcome to TED Health, with host Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider. TED speakers answer questions you never even knew you had, and share ideas you won't hear anywhere else, all around… read more

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It's impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet | Shweta Narayan

November 28th, 2022

8:51

This week on TED Health, we are revisiting an episode focused on the Hippocratic Oath. It states: "first, do no harm" and is one of the world's …

How to have great sex (with Siphumeze Khundayi and Tiffany Mugo) | How To Be A Better Human

November 22nd, 2022

37:04

Sex is a normal part of human life, but it can also get complicated–whether you’re having it or not! The way we approach, think, and engage with our …

Surgeon Atul Gawande wants everyone to have a coach | ReThinking w/Adam Grant

November 15th, 2022

41:35

Atul Gawande was advised by a colleague to say yes to every opportunity until he turned 40. Since then he’s been a renowned surgeon, a public health …

Why public health messaging matters | Peter Hotez

November 8th, 2022

14:36

Whether you're aware of it or not, public health messaging shapes many aspects of our lives. The way medical institutions and the government communicate messages to do with our health (like when to get the flu shot or …

Are women more likely to get Alzheimer's? | Maria Shriver

November 1st, 2022

14:10

Does Alzheimer's disease disproportionately affect women? In this episode of TED Health, author and health advocate Maria Shriver joins our host Shoshana in a conversation that delves into the gender-based factors of …

How your body could become its own diagnostic lab | Aaron Morris

October 25th, 2022

5:44

In this episode, we are revisiting a talk about an inside-out approach to how we diagnose disease. Immuno-engineer and TED Fellow Aaron Morris …

How to protect your mental well-being online -- from a Gen-Z | Peachy Liv

October 18th, 2022

23:57

Whether you have one follower or a million, we've all witnessed nastiness and hate speech on social media. YouTube content creator and mental …

Is the pandemic actually over? It’s complicated | Anthony Fauci

October 11th, 2022

29:17

“Be spreaders of facts and truths,” says scientist and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Having advised seven US presidents on various disease …

How does alcohol cause hangovers? | Judy Grisel

October 4th, 2022

9:42

The molecule responsible for hangovers is ethanol, which we colloquially refer to as alcohol. Ethanol is present in all alcoholic beverages, and …

Why are eating disorders so hard to treat? | Anees Bahji

September 27th, 2022

9:58

Globally, about 10% of people will experience an eating disorder during their lifetime. And yet, eating disorders are profoundly misunderstood. Misconceptions about everything from symptoms to treatment make it …

The tragedy of air pollution -- and an urgent demand for clean air | Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

September 20th, 2022

17:01

Breathing clean air is every child's human right," says grassroots campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, while sharing the heartbreaking story of …

A flavorful field guide to foraging | Alexis Nikole Nelson

September 13th, 2022

23:34

Whether it's dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show how …

Transforming the US social safety net | Amanda Renteria | TED Tech

September 6th, 2022

16:38

Digital public servant Amanda Renteria has seen that the millions of people who rely on government welfare services are often discouraged from seeking them out, frustrated by long lines and unnecessarily complicated …

What happens to people's donated eggs and sperm after they die? | Ellen Trachman

August 30th, 2022

17:58

Today, there are many ways to conceive a child, thanks to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and egg-freezing. But the law lags behind these …

Why ASMR is good for your brain | Craig Richard

August 23rd, 2022

14:11

A curious, quiet revolution of sound has taken over the internet. Physiologist Craig Richard explains the soothing brain science of Autonomous …

How to find your voice | Greta Morgan

August 16th, 2022

32:03

What would happen if the thing that defined you disappeared overnight? Whether it’s our job, our abilities, or output—many of us meld our identities …

How sugar affects the brain | Nicole Avena

August 9th, 2022

16:27

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not …

Racism has a cost for everyone | Heather McGhee

August 2nd, 2022

28:40

Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and …

How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill

July 26th, 2022

29:53

"Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, …

The breakthrough science of mRNA medicine | Melissa J. Moore

July 19th, 2022

33:08

The secret behind medicine that uses messenger RNA (or mRNA) is that it "teaches" our bodies how to fight diseases on our own, leading to groundbreaking treatments for COVID-19 and, potentially one day, cancer, the flu …

From Revisionist History: Way to Go, Ohio

July 14th, 2022

12:50

We’re sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This …

Sex education should start with consent | Kaz

July 12th, 2022

19:23

Consent can be a tricky topic to talk about in sex education curriculums, but it doesn't have to be. In this hilarious and relatable talk, sex …

The inaccurate link between body ideals and health | Nancy N. Chen

July 5th, 2022

9:51

Global obesity rates are on the rise, but body shaming campaigns are doing more harm than good, says medical anthropologist Nancy N. Chen. Reflecting …

We can make COVID-19 the last pandemic | Bill Gates

June 28th, 2022

22:46

Building a pandemic-free future won't be easy, but Bill Gates believes that we have the tools and strategies to make it possible -- now we just have …

Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists | Andrew Marantz

June 21st, 2022

19:39

Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are …

How comic strips create better health care | Sam Hester

June 14th, 2022

18:19

Comics creator Sam Hester is part of a growing movement within health care: graphic medicine. In short, literally drawing attention to a patient's needs and goals with pictures to foster better and more accessible …

Can I speed up my metabolism?

June 7th, 2022

31:08

From metabolism gummies to spicy foods, the Keto diet to intricate exercise routines—it seems there’s always something that is being sold or promoted …

How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral

May 31st, 2022

23:58

Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly -- citing one of the largest studies on misinformation -- and …

4 kinds of regret -- and what they teach you about yourself | Daniel H. Pink

May 24th, 2022

12:01

Regret is one of our most powerful emotions -- and also one of the most misunderstood. Over the past two years, author Daniel H. Pink has collected a …

Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

May 20th, 2022

1:31

Can you REALLY boost your metabolism? Is blue light actually ruining your sleep? How much vaginal yeast is healthy and when is it … too much? Body …

You shouldn't have to choose between filling your prescriptions and paying bills | Kiah Williams

May 17th, 2022

17:09

As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications -- all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills. …

The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

May 10th, 2022

24:01

You may be experiencing burnout and not even know it, say authors (and sisters) Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In an introspective and deeply relatable conversation, they detail three telltale signs that stress is getting …

What's your happiness score? | Dominic Price

May 3rd, 2022

19:57

How do you rediscover a happier, more purpose-driven (and less productivity-obsessed) self in the wake of the pandemic? Quiz yourself alongside work …

We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny

April 26th, 2022

19:50

In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is …

How to manage your stress like an ER doctor | Darria Long

April 19th, 2022

16:35

How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a …

Listen now: WorkLife season 5

April 12th, 2022

3:57

WorkLife with Adam Grant is back for a fifth season! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant knows that you spend a quarter of your life at work–and …

My mother's final wish — and the right to die with dignity | Elaine Fong

April 5th, 2022

28:41

After a terminal cancer diagnosis upended 12 years of remission, all Elaine Fong's mother wanted was a peaceful end of life. What she received …

The power of venom -- and how it could one day save your life | Mandë Holford

March 29th, 2022

9:21

Venom can kill ... or it can cure. From killer sea snails to platypuses and slow lorises, marine chemical biologist Mandë Holford shares her research …

A smart bra for better heart health | Alicia Chong Rodriguez

March 22nd, 2022

6:26

Could an everyday clothing item help protect your health? In this quick talk, TED Fellow Alicia Chong Rodriguez introduces us to a smart bra designed …

3 ways to prepare society for the next pandemic | Jennifer B. Nuzzo

March 15th, 2022

14:49

What if we treated the risk of pandemics the same way we treat the risk of fires? In this eye-opening talk, infectious disease epidemiologist …

Will humans one day hibernate? | TED Radio Hour

March 8th, 2022

15:12

Bears and squirrels hibernate to survive harsh conditions; why not humans? If we want to travel deep into space or combat deadly diseases, …

A new way to help young people with their mental health | Tom Osborn

March 1st, 2022

6:47

TED Fellow Tom Osborn wants more young people to have access to the mental health support they need. With the Shamiri Institute, he and his team are …

It's impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet | Shweta Narayan

February 22nd, 2022

8:54

The doctrine of "first, do no harm" is the basis of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the world's oldest codes of ethics. It governs the work of …

The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias

February 15th, 2022

11:39

Here's a talk about tears -- and why crying isn't something to be afraid or ashamed of. Exploring the science behind the mood-boosting power of crying, childbirth and lactation educator Kathy Mendias shows how tears can …

The life-changing power of assistive technologies | Jane Velkovski

February 8th, 2022

13:46

"This chair is my legs -- this chair is my life," says accessibility champion Jane Velkovski, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal …

The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

February 1st, 2022

10:42

The stress you may feel being otherized or stereotyped can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. In this thoughtful conversation, …

How we could eat real meat without harming animals | Isha Datar

January 25th, 2022

11:54

What if you could eat chicken nuggets without harming a chicken? It's possible through "cellular agriculture," says Isha Datar. In a talk about …

3 ways community creates a healthy life | Olivia Affuso

January 18th, 2022

9:42

Maintaining a healthy weight takes more than diet and exercise, says physical activity epidemiologist Olivia Affuso. In this actionable talk, she …

A simple solution to maintaining life-saving vaccines | Nithya Ramanathan

January 11th, 2022

6:00

Refrigerators do much more than store your groceries -- they're also vital to preserving and distributing vaccines. Illustrating the realities of …

The brain science of obesity | Mads Tang-Christensen

January 4th, 2022

10:17

Your belly and your brain speak to each other, says obesity researcher Mads Tang-Christensen. Offering scientific proof that obesity is a disease …

The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

December 28th, 2021

17:45

With the end of the year fast approaching, you may be experiencing burnout and not even know it. That’s why we’re bringing back this introspective and deeply relatable conversation, where authors (and sisters) Emily and …

Maternal and child health is a human right | Aparna Hedge

December 21st, 2021

8:17

Overcrowded clinics, extensive wait times and overworked doctors are taking a devastating toll on mothers and children in India. In this eye-opening …

An NFL quarterback on overcoming setbacks and self-doubt | Alex Smith

December 14th, 2021

13:52

Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith almost died after a particularly rough tackle snapped his leg in 2018 -- yet he was back on the field just two …

How humanity doubled life expectancy in a century | Steven Johnson

December 7th, 2021

11:38

Doubling human life expectancy in a century is our greatest achievement, says author Steven Johnson. How did we make it happen -- and can we keep it going? Backed by fascinating historical anecdotes, he shares some …

Could you recover from illness ... using your own stem cells? | Nabiha Saklayen

November 30th, 2021

10:39

What if diseases could be treated with a patient's own cells, precisely and on demand? Biotech entrepreneur Nabiha Saklayen explains how we could …

Is drinking milk essential for building strong bones? | Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

November 23rd, 2021

28:11

Got milk? When it comes to building strong bones, you shouldn’t just stick to the dairy aisle—but many people are starting to skip it all together, …

The Spermageddon is coming | Am I Normal?

November 16th, 2021

26:09

"You should start thinking about kids at your age! Your biological clock is ticking!” When we talk about fertility, there's one section of the …

The future of psychedelic medicines and healthcare | Shoshana Clubhouse Conversation

November 9th, 2021

38:19

We’re in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, where this once demonized class of drugs is now front and center receiving attention among entrepreneurs, investors, clinical trials and even patients. In this special …

The inaccurate link between body ideals and health | Nancy N. Chen

November 2nd, 2021

9:51

Global obesity rates are on the rise, but body shaming campaigns are doing more harm than good, says medical anthropologist Nancy N. Chen. Reflecting …

The power of venom -- and how it could one day save your life | Mandë Holford

October 26th, 2021

9:21

Venom can kill ... or it can cure. From killer sea snails to platypuses and slow lorises, marine chemical biologist Mandë Holford shares her research …

Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi

October 19th, 2021

2:54

Today, a trailer from Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, a new TED Original podcast.

​​Everyone wants to know if they're normal. Is my body normal, is my brain normal, are my feelings normal? When it comes to defining …

What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

October 12th, 2021

9:58

When you report an emergency in the US, police, firefighters or paramedics answer the call. What if mental health professionals responded, too? …

A smart bra for better heart health | Alicia Chong Rodriguez

October 5th, 2021

6:26

Could an everyday clothing item help protect your health? In this quick talk, TED Fellow Alicia Chong Rodriguez introduces us to a smart bra designed …

The tiny balls of fat that could revolutionize medicine | Kathryn A. Whitehead

September 28th, 2021

12:52

What if you were holding life-saving medicine ... but had no way to administer it? Zoom down to the nano level with engineer Kathryn A. Whitehead as …

The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

September 21st, 2021

10:42

The stress you may feel being otherized or stereotyped can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. In this thoughtful conversation, …

Meet the scientist couple driving an mRNA vaccine revolution | Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci

September 14th, 2021

21:17

As COVID-19 spread, BioNTech cofounders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci had one goal: to make a safe, effective vaccine faster than ever before. In this illuminating conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, the …

3 ways to create a menopause-friendly work culture | Andrea Berchowitz

September 7th, 2021

8:42

Hot flashes, joint pain, anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping -- these unforgiving menopause symptoms directly impact work but often go …

How to find meaning after loss | David Kessler

August 31st, 2021

12:42

You may be familiar with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. After decades of research and his own experience with tragic loss, grief expert David Kessler ventured beyond that …

Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus? | Andrew Pelling

August 24th, 2021

6:56

Take a mind-blowing trip to the lab as TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling shares his research on how we could use fruits, vegetables and plants to …

An innovative way to support children with special needs | Billy Samuel Mwape

August 17th, 2021

13:03

After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Billy Samuel Mwape realized that his project management skills might be put to use to support his child's special needs. In this inspiring, personal talk, he describes …

How your body could become its own diagnostic lab | Aaron Morris

August 10th, 2021

5:44

We need an inside-out approach to how we diagnose disease, says immuno-engineer and TED Fellow Aaron Morris. Introducing cutting-edge medical …

The science behind how parents affect child development | Yuko Munakata

August 3rd, 2021

17:23

Parents, take a deep breath: how your kids turn out isn't fully on you. Of course, parenting plays an important role in shaping who children become, …

How COVID-19 transformed the future of medicine | Daniel Kraft

July 27th, 2021

15:07

The pandemic forced the world to work together like never before and, with unprecedented speed, bore a new age of health and medical innovation. Physician-scientist Daniel Kraft explains how breakthroughs and …

How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka

July 20th, 2021

14:20

How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people's competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health …

The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

July 13th, 2021

17:45

You may be experiencing burnout and not even know it, say authors (and sisters) Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In an introspective and deeply relatable conversation, they detail three telltale signs that stress is getting …

What causes opioid addiction, and why is it so tough to combat? | Mike Davis

July 6th, 2021

8:40

In the 1980s and 90s, pharmaceutical companies began to market opioid painkillers aggressively, while actively downplaying their addictive potential. The number of prescriptions skyrocketed, and so did cases of …

Maternal and child health is a human right | Aparna Hedge

June 29th, 2021

8:17

Overcrowded clinics, extensive wait times and overworked doctors are taking a devastating toll on mothers and children in India. In this eye-opening …

The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias

June 22nd, 2021

11:39

Here's a talk about tears -- and why crying isn't something to be afraid or ashamed of. Exploring the science behind the mood-boosting power of crying, childbirth and lactation educator Kathy Mendias shows how tears can …

How to manage your stress like an ER doctor | Darria Long

June 15th, 2021

10:41

How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a …

How your memory works -- and why forgetting is totally OK | Lisa Genova

June 8th, 2021

21:59

Have you ever misplaced something you were just holding? Completely blanked on a famous actor's name? Walked into a room and immediately forgot why? …

What is pneumonia and why is it so dangerous? | Eve Gaus and Vanessa Ruiz

June 1st, 2021

4:34

Every time you breathe, air travels down the trachea through a series of channels, and then reaches little clusters of air sacs in the lungs. These tiny sacs facilitate a crucial exchange: allowing oxygen from the air …

How to deal with stress from COVID-19 and manage your well-being | Esther Perel

May 25th, 2021

16:00

How do you effectively regulate stress? Therapist Esther Perel discusses the importance of creating routines, rituals and boundaries to deal with …

The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller

May 18th, 2021

13:49

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car …

The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn

May 11th, 2021

14:04

The cells in your body are like computer software: they're "programmed" to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better …

What it means to be intersex | Susannah Temko

May 4th, 2021

14:27

For intersex people -- those born with sex characteristics outside the traditional definitions of female and male -- the stakes to appear "normal" are high. Drawing on her personal experience, Susannah Temko reveals the …

My mother's final wish — and the right to die with dignity | Elaine Fong

April 27th, 2021

21:29

After a terminal cancer diagnosis upended 12 years of remission, all Elaine Fong's mother wanted was a peaceful end of life. What she received …

Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel

April 20th, 2021

12:48

Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled -- but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, …

How menopause affects the brain | Lisa Mosconi

April 13th, 2021

12:30

Many of the symptoms of menopause -- hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, memory lapses, depression and anxiety -- start in the brain. How exactly does menopause impact cognitive health? Sharing groundbreaking findings …

The Biology of Sex | TED Radio Hour

April 6th, 2021

13:27

Over a century ago, one part of our DNA got labelled the "sex chromosomes." Science journalist and Radiolab producer Molly Webster explains the …

What causes panic attacks and how you can prevent them | Cindy J. Aaronson

March 30th, 2021

5:25

Countless poets and writers have tried to put words to the experience of a panic attack— a sensation so overwhelming, many people mistake it for a heart attack, stroke, or other life-threatening crisis. Studies suggest …

How synthetic biology can improve our health, food and materials | Emily Leproust

March 23rd, 2021

11:22

What if we could use biology to restore our balance with nature without giving up modern creature comforts? Advocating for a new kind of …

How to avoid catching prickly emotions from other people | Jessica Woods

March 16th, 2021

11:20

Difficult emotions can get under your skin if you're not careful. Sport and performance consultant Jessica Woods calls this the "jumping cholla …

What causes headaches? | Dan Kwartler

March 9th, 2021

5:27

In ancient Greece, the best-known remedy for a long-standing headache was to drill a small hole in the skull to drain supposedly infected blood. …

TEDxSHORTS: Tal Zak

March 2nd, 2021

5:08

Today we're sharing another podcast from TED: TEDx SHORTS. Chief Medical Officer of Moderna Tal Zaks offers a look into the future of personalized medicine and how tailored vaccines might someday be used in the fight …

How theater weathers wars, outlasts empires and survives pandemics | Cara Greene Epstein

February 23rd, 2021

15:06

When catastrophe strikes, art prevails—and has done so for centuries. In this fascinating talk, writer and director Cara Greene Epstein places the closing of theaters during the coronavirus pandemic in a historical …

How to Be a Better Human: The emotional support you need right now | Guy Winch‪

February 16th, 2021

29:33

Today we're sharing another podcast from TED: How to Be a Better Human. Have you been feeling isolated or emotionally vulnerable lately? Loneliness …

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

February 9th, 2021

14:06

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of …

How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski

February 2nd, 2021

10:12

As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski is often asked: How do couples sustain a strong sexual connection over the long term? In this funny, insightful …

Is marijuana bad for your brain? | Anees Bahji

January 26th, 2021

6:45

In 1970, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 drug in the United States: the strictest designation possible, meaning it was completely illegal …

Can we edit memories? | Amy Milton

January 19th, 2021

16:14

Trauma and PTSD rewire your brain -- especially your memory -- and can unearth destructive emotional responses when stirred. Could we eliminate these …

The case for student mental health days | Hailey Hardcastle

January 12th, 2021

7:44

School can be rife with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and even burnout — but there's often no formal policy for students who need to prioritize …

How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

January 5th, 2021

7:40

You use your brain's executive function every day -- it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it …

How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb

December 29th, 2020

16:42

Stories help you make sense of your life -- but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing …

What happens when biology becomes technology? | Christina Agapakis

December 22nd, 2020

11:10

"We've been promised a future of chrome -- but what if the future is fleshy?" asks biological designer Christina Agapakis. In this awe-inspiring …

The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers | Laurel Braitman

December 15th, 2020

10:03

Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories …

What yoga does to your body and brain | Krishna Sudhir

December 8th, 2020

6:05

There are many different approaches to modern yoga— though most forms have three core elements: physical postures, breathing exercises, and spiritual contemplation.This blend of physical and mental exercise is widely …

The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

December 1st, 2020

14:22

Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? …

You shouldn't have to choose between filling your prescriptions and paying bills | Kiah Williams

November 24th, 2020

8:21

As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications -- all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills. …

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

November 17th, 2020

11:51

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood …

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

November 10th, 2020

14:50

Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this …

What foods did your ancestors love? | Aparna Pallavi

November 3rd, 2020

15:03

Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. …

A comprehensive, neighborhood-based response to COVID-19 | Kwame Owusu-Kesse

October 27th, 2020

6:52

Crisis interventions often focus on a single aspect of a big, complicated problem, failing to address the broader social and economic context. Kwame Owusu-Kesse describes how the Harlem Children's Zone is taking a more …

How to manage your stress like an ER doctor | Darria Long

October 20th, 2020

11:55

How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a …

Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

October 13th, 2020

18:47

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the …

Introducing TED Health

October 6th, 2020

0:23

TED Health is re-launching in audio on October 13. What does exercise do to your brain? Can psychedelics treat depression? From smart daily habits to new medical breakthroughs, welcome to TED Health. TED speakers answer …

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