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Depression, the secret we share | Andrew Solomon

December 18th, 2013


"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal …

Why dieting doesn't usually work | Sandra Aamodt

January 8th, 2014


In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her …

His and hers ... health care | Paula Johnson

January 22nd, 2014


Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and …

How I help transgender teens become who they want to be | Norman Spack

April 16th, 2014


Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, Norman Spack tells a personal …

The hunt for "unexpected genetic heroes" | Stephen Friend

May 29th, 2014


What can we learn from people with the genetics to get sick — who don't? With most inherited diseases, only some family members will develop the disease, while others who carry the same genetic risks dodge it. Stephen …

A glimpse of life on the road | Kitra Cahana

May 28th, 2014


As a young girl, photojournalist and TED Fellow Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road. Now as an adult and …

How to live passionately—no matter your age | Isabel Allende

September 3rd, 2014


Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, …

What makes us get sick? Look upstream | Rishi Manchanda

September 15th, 2014


Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making …

“Am I dying?” The honest answer. | Matthew O'Reilly

September 25th, 2014


Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”

One more reason to get a good night's sleep | Jeff Iliff

October 13th, 2014


The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital …

The simple power of hand-washing | Myriam Sidibe

October 14th, 2014


Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of …

The coming crisis in antibiotics | Ramanan Laxminarayan

November 10th, 2014


Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper …

What your doctor won’t disclose | Leana Wen

November 13th, 2014


Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? …

This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly | Joe Landolina

November 20th, 2014


Forget stitches -- there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention -- a medical gel that can …

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

February 16th, 2015


We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don't we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, …

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

February 17th, 2015


Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues …

The next outbreak? We're not ready | Bill Gates

April 3rd, 2015


In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers -- plus, frankly, some very good luck. In …

Why we laugh | Sophie Scott

April 30th, 2015


Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, …

Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it) | Tal Danino

May 7th, 2015


Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a …

Physical therapy is boring -- play a game instead | Cosmin Mihaiu

May 19th, 2015


You've just been injured, and you're on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing …

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

June 25th, 2015


Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later …

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

July 9th, 2015


What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their …

How young blood might help reverse aging. Yes, really | Tony Wyss-Coray

August 19th, 2015


Tony Wyss-Coray studies the impact of aging on the human body and brain. In this eye-opening talk, he shares new research from his Stanford lab and …

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed | Daniel Levitin

October 30th, 2015


You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting …

How we'll fight the next deadly virus | Pardis Sabeti

February 4th, 2016


When Ebola broke out in March 2014, Pardis Sabeti and her team got to work sequencing the virus's genome, learning how it mutated and spread. Sabeti …

The brain may be able to repair itself -- with help | Jocelyne Bloch

February 15th, 2016


Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain's inability to repair itself all too …

What really happens when you mix medications? | Russ Altman

March 2nd, 2016


If you take two different medications for two different reasons, here's a sobering thought: your doctor may not fully understand what happens when …

Good news in the fight against pancreatic cancer | Laura Indolfi

May 17th, 2016


Anyone who has lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer knows the devastating speed with which it can affect an otherwise healthy person. TED Fellow and …

Your words may predict your future mental health | Mariano Sigman

May 24th, 2016


Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to …

How barbershops can keep men healthy | Joseph Ravenell

May 26th, 2016


The barbershop can be a safe haven for black men, a place for honest conversation and trust -- and, as physician Joseph Ravenell suggests, a good place to bring up tough topics about health. He's turning the barbershop …

A new way to heal hearts without surgery | Franz Freudenthal

September 9th, 2016


At the intersection of medical invention and indigenous culture, pediatric cardiologist Franz Freudenthal mends holes in the hearts of children …

The taboo secret to better health | Molly Winter

August 10th, 2016


Our poop and pee have superpowers, but for the most part we don't harness them. Molly Winter faces down our squeamishness and asks us to see what …

What we can do to die well | Timothy Ihrig

August 23rd, 2016


The healthcare industry in America is so focused on pathology, surgery and pharmacology -- on what doctors "do" to patients -- that it often …

We can start winning the war against cancer | Adam de la Zerda

October 5th, 2016


Learn about the latest advances in the war against cancer from Stanford researcher Adam de la Zerda, who's working on some cutting-edge techniques of …

Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD? | Rebecca Brachman

December 14th, 2016


The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist …

New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

February 8th, 2017


What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology "cancer alarm" that scans …

How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

February 13th, 2017


Racism is making people sick -- especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship …

Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli

March 29th, 2017


Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National …

What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

March 1st, 2017


Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, what achievement looks …

A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

March 13th, 2017


Here's a question we all have to answer sooner or later: What do you want to happen to your body when you die? Funeral director Caitlin Doughty explores new ways to prepare us for inevitable mortality. In this …

How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

April 6th, 2017


Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors …

An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott

April 12th, 2017


If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED -- in this galaxy and ones …

A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world | Zubaida Bai

April 13th, 2017


TED Fellow Zubaida Bai works with medical professionals, midwives and mothers to bring dignity and low-cost interventions to women's health care. In this quick, inspiring talk, she presents her clean birth kit in a …

A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

April 19th, 2017


When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What …

There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

May 4th, 2017


When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental …

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

April 28th, 2017


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 …

The trauma of systematic racism is killing Black women. A first step toward change... | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

May 19th, 2017


T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By …

No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

June 1st, 2017


Illness is universal -- but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the …

Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry

June 15th, 2017


Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were …

When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

June 14th, 2017


What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses …

Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash

July 10th, 2017


Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the …

A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy Lin

July 25th, 2017


Jimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small …

The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

August 18th, 2017


The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to …

Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

August 9th, 2017


It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. …

Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed? | Arik Hartmann

January 4th, 2018


The treatment of HIV has significantly advanced over the past three decades -- why hasn't our perception of people with the disease advanced along with it? After being diagnosed with HIV, Arik Hartmann chose to live …

The science of cells that never get old | Elizabeth Blackburn

November 27th, 2017


What makes our bodies age ... our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize …

How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

September 18th, 2017


What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is …

A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam

September 13th, 2017


Forget quinoa. Meet fonio, an ancient "miracle grain" native to Senegal that's versatile, nutritious and gluten-free. In this passionate talk, chef Pierre Thiam shares his obsession with the hardy crop and explains why …

Don't suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen

October 5th, 2017


Having feelings isn't a sign of weakness -- they mean we're human, says producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen. Even after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Webber Allen felt too ashamed to tell anybody, …

We can hack our immune cells to fight cancer | Elizabeth Wayne

October 17th, 2017


After decades of research and billions spent in clinical trials, we still have a problem with cancer drug delivery, says biomedical engineer Elizabeth Wayne. Chemotherapy kills cancer -- but it kills the rest of your …

What doctors should know about gender identity | Kristie Overstreet

October 2nd, 2018


Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites …

I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter

November 16th, 2017


One in five women in the United States will not have a biological child, and Christen Reighter is one of them. From a young age, she knew she didn't …

The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders

November 2nd, 2017


Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut -- the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens -- as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes …

Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande

December 15th, 2017


How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the …

The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it | Dan Gartenberg

December 5th, 2017


There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that …

A new weapon in the fight against superbugs | David Brenner

December 14th, 2017


Since the widespread use of antibiotics began in the 1940s, we've tried to develop new drugs faster than bacteria can evolve -- but this strategy …

How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat

March 2nd, 2018


Want to connect with a depressed friend but not sure how to relate to them? Comedian and storyteller Bill Bernat has a few suggestions. Learn some dos and don'ts for talking to people living with depression -- and …

Medical tech designed to meet Africa's needs | Soyapi Mumba

January 9th, 2018


In sub-Saharan Africa, power outages, low technology penetration, slow internet and understaffed hospitals plague health care systems. To make …

What commercialization is doing to cannabis | Ben Cort

September 5th, 2018


In 2012, Colorado legalized cannabis and added to what has fast become a multibillion-dollar global industry for all things weed-related: from vape …

The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care | Scott Williams

January 17th, 2018


Once a cared-for patient and now a caregiver himself, Scott Williams highlights the invaluable role of informal caregivers -- those friends and …

The dangerous evolution of HIV | Edsel Salvaña

January 23rd, 2018


Think we're winning the battle against HIV? Maybe not, as the next wave of drug-resistant viruses arrives. In an eye-opening talk, TED Fellow Edsel Salvana describes the aggressive HIV subtype AE that's currently …

Talk about your death while you're still healthy | Michelle Knox

January 16th, 2018


Do you know what you want when you die? Do you know how you want to be remembered? In a candid, heartfelt talk about a subject most of us would …

What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? | Matthias Müllenbeck

March 26th, 2018


What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical …

Math can help uncover cancer's secrets | Irina Kareva

April 3rd, 2018


Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal …

Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski

March 19th, 2018


Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes -- a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called chronic …

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

February 28th, 2018


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 …

Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda

February 14th, 2018


Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to …

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

March 5th, 2018


A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between: the legendary Ironman …

A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein

March 20th, 2018


We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition …

Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet | Judith Heumann

March 30th, 2018


Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater …

The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall

April 18th, 2018


Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares …

What if we eliminated one of the world's oldest diseases? | Caroline Harper

April 12th, 2018


Thousands of years ago, ancient Nubians drew pictures on tomb walls of a terrible disease that turns the eyelids inside out and causes blindness. This disease, trachoma, is still a scourge in many parts of the world …

The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski

June 5th, 2018


Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in …

How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes

May 24th, 2018


Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide -- but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to …

How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod

June 20th, 2018


The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation …

The agony of opioid withdrawal -- and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

June 28th, 2018


The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an …

You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King

July 26th, 2018


Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, …

How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

August 16th, 2018


When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the …

A love letter to realism in a time of grief | Mark Pollock and Simone George

September 7th, 2018


When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer …

How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang

September 13th, 2018


For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that …

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

September 20th, 2018


What if we could help our bodies heal faster and without scars, like Wolverine in X-Men? TED Fellow Kaitlyn Sadtler is working to make this dream a …

A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable | Andrew Bastawrous

September 10th, 2018


In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along …

What Americans agree on when it comes to health | Rebecca Onie

October 10th, 2018


We may not be as deeply divided as we think -- at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie …

Why the hospital of the future will be your own home | Niels van Namen

September 19th, 2018


Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it's because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But …

How isolation fuels opioid addiction | Rachel Wurzman

October 29th, 2018


What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman -- and this critical discovery …

In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

January 2nd, 2019


As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed …

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

January 17th, 2019


You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this …

What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

February 7th, 2019


There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening …

A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

March 26th, 2019


Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing …

How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

February 12th, 2019


Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could …

Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

February 12th, 2019


Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher …

What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

February 20th, 2019


In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn't …

The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

March 11th, 2019


How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater …

The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

April 25th, 2019


Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general …

An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard

April 5th, 2019


Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard …

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

May 9th, 2019


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 …

What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

May 15th, 2019


E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults -- from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use …

Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

May 14th, 2019


Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their …

Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

May 10th, 2019


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 …

How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid

June 18th, 2019


The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews …

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

July 9th, 2019


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

You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun

June 27th, 2019


Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In …

How your emotions change the shape of your heart | Sandeep Jauhar

September 10th, 2019


"A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts," says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the …

How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas

August 29th, 2019


TV news anchor Lee Thomas thought his career was over after he was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that left large patches of his skin without pigment and led to derision and stares. In a captivating …

This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari

September 18th, 2019


In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world -- as well as …

4 questions you should always ask your doctor | Christer Mjåset

September 19th, 2019


"Doctor, is this really necessary?" Backed by startling statistics about overtreatment, neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset explains the power of this and other simple questions in the context of medical treatment and surgery …

What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz

October 2nd, 2019


The US health care system assumes many things about patients: that they can take off from work in the middle of the day, speak English, have a working telephone and a steady supply of food. Because of that, it's failing …

How we're using dogs to sniff out malaria | James Logan

October 21st, 2019


What if we could diagnose some of the world's deadliest diseases by the smells our bodies give off? In a fascinating talk and live demo, biologist …

How nanoparticles could change the way we treat cancer | Joy Wolfram

October 18th, 2019


Ninety-nine percent of cancer drugs never make it to tumors, getting washed out of the body before they have time to do their job. How can we better …

The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji

October 29th, 2019


Many diseases are driven by metabolites -- small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol -- but we don't know exactly what they are …

What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker

October 31st, 2019


Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific …

Why it's so hard to make healthy decisions | David Asch

November 19th, 2019


Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David …

How the gut microbes you're born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa

December 16th, 2019


Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant …

A personal health coach for those living with chronic diseases | Priscilla Pemu

January 22nd, 2020


There's no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors -- but far too often, these resources aren't accessible in underserved …

Parasitic worms hold back human progress. Here's how we can end them | Ellen Agler

January 30th, 2020


Parasitic worms date back thousands of years, causing diseases that limit human potential. But today, effective treatment against them requires just a few pills, taken once or twice a year. With 1.7 billion people at …

The health benefits of clowning around | Matthew A. Wilson

February 4th, 2020


As a medical clown, TED Resident Matthew A. Wilson takes the old adage that laughter is the best medicine very seriously. In this heartwarming talk, …

This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira

February 19th, 2020


Air pollution knows no borders -- even in your own body, says public health expert María Neira. In this startling talk, she describes how the …

How to turn climate anxiety into action | Renée Lertzman

March 2nd, 2020


It's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? …

What investigating neural pathways can reveal about mental health | Kay M. Tye

March 5th, 2020


Neuroscientist Kay M. Tye investigates how your brain gives rise to complex emotional states like depression, anxiety or loneliness. From the cutting edge of science, she shares her latest findings -- including the …

How menopause affects the brain | Lisa Mosconi

March 10th, 2020


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 beautiful, mysterious science of how you hear | Jim Hudspeth

March 13th, 2020


Have you ever wondered how your ears work? In this delightful and fascinating talk, biophysicist Jim Hudspeth demonstrates the wonderfully simple yet …

A campaign for period positivity | Ananya Grover

March 16th, 2020


Having your period is exhausting -- and for many people across the world, menstruation is even more challenging because of stigmas and difficulty …

How can we control the coronavirus pandemic? | Adam Kucharski

March 16th, 2020


As the threat of COVID-19 continues, infectious disease expert and TED Fellow Adam Kucharski answers five key questions about the novel coronavirus, providing necessary perspective on its transmission, how governments …

Why COVID-19 is hitting us now -- and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh

March 16th, 2020


(Update: the CDC and international science community urge everyone to wear face coverings in public.) Where did the new coronavirus originate, how did it spread so fast -- and what's next? Sharing insights from the …

Why sleep matters now more than ever | Matt Walker

April 2nd, 2020


A good night's sleep has perhaps never been more important. Sharing wisdom and debunking myths, sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact of sleep on mind and body -- from unleashing your creative powers to …

What it's really like to have autism | Ethan Lisi

April 2nd, 2020


"Autism is not a disease; it's just another way of thinking," says Ethan Lisi. Offering a glimpse into the way he experiences the world, Lisi breaks down misleading stereotypes about autism, shares insights into common …

It's OK to feel overwhelmed. Here's what to do next | Elizabeth Gilbert

April 3rd, 2020


If you're feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert …

How health workers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic | Esther Choo

April 8th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we've ever seen in health care, says emergency physician Esther Choo. Sharing insights into how health workers are responding to the outbreak, she explains what makes this …

An evolutionary perspective on human health and disease | Lara Durgavich

April 20th, 2020


How does your genetic inheritance, culture and history influence your health? Biological anthropologist Lara Durgavich discusses the field of …

Crisis support for the world, one text away | Nancy Lublin

April 27th, 2020


What if we could help people in crisis anytime, anywhere with a simple text message? That's the idea behind Crisis Text Line, a free 24-hour service …

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

May 5th, 2020


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 …

Can we edit memories? | Amy Milton

May 19th, 2020


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

How to meaningfully reconnect with those who have dementia | Anne Basting

May 21st, 2020


By incorporating art and creativity into elder care settings, gerontologist Anne Basting helps families reconnect with loved ones who have dementia. …

A COVID-19 "exit" strategy to end lockdown and reopen the economy | Uri Alon

May 26th, 2020


How can we return to work without spurring a second surge of coronavirus infection? Biologist Uri Alon shares a thought-provoking strategy: four days …

How to quickly scale up contact tracing across the US | Joia Mukherjee

June 2nd, 2020


Contact tracing -- the process of identifying people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus in order to slow its spread -- is a fundamental …

Why rumors about vaccines spread -- and how to rebuild trust | Heidi Larson

August 13th, 2020


Why do people distrust vaccines? Anthropologist Heidi Larson explores how medical rumors originate, spread and fuel resistance to vaccines worldwide. …

A dose of reality about generic drugs | Katherine Eban

June 17th, 2020


Investigative journalist Katherine Eban set out to report on a seemingly straightforward question: Are generic drugs really identical to their brand-name counterparts? The answer sparked a decade of interviews, meetings …

Can we create vaccines that mutate and spread? | Leor Weinberger

October 26th, 2020


Viruses mutate and spread from person to person, a dynamic process that often leaves us playing catch-up when there's a new disease outbreak. What if …

What it means to be intersex | Susannah Temko

August 26th, 2020


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 …

Could CBD help opioid users overcome addiction? | Yasmin Hurd

October 21st, 2020


Could CBD, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, help treat opioid addiction? Neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd discusses why current treatment …

What it takes to crush a pandemic | Johanna Benesty

November 18th, 2020


An effective COVID-19 vaccine is just the first step in ending the pandemic, says global health strategist Johanna Benesty. In this illuminating talk, she explores the various barriers to "equitable access" -- making …

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

March 3rd, 2021


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 …

How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world | Adam Garske

January 21st, 2020


"If DNA is the blueprint of life, enzymes are the laborers that carry out its instructions," says chemical biologist Adam Garske. In this fun talk …

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

March 16th, 2021


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

The global cooperation that accelerated the COVID-19 vaccines | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

April 20th, 2021


(This virtual conversation, hosted by TED technology curator Simone Ross, was recorded March 12, 2021.) Biotech entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw …

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