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From way-new medical breakthroughs to smart daily health habits, doctors and researchers share their discoveries about medicine and well-being onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
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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 risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a doomsday bug that could wipe out humanity -- and suggests that it's time to take this danger seriously.
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 among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent. Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin explains what you're actually inhaling when you vape (hint: it's definitely not water vapor) and explores the disturbing marketing tactics being used to target kids. "Our health, the health of our children and our future generations is far too valuable to let it go up in smoke -- or even in aerosol," she says.
Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their environment -- like color-changing ink that can tell you when you're getting a sunburn -- and shows exciting ways they can deliver real-time information about our health.
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 science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code -- as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.
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 to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function -- and how you can use it to break bad habits and achieve your goals.
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 public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into the connection between brain trauma and the behaviors that keep people in the revolving door of criminal justice -- and some ways to make the system more effective and safer for everyone.
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 helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures as they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.
Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team's accidental discovery of a new class of drug that, for the first time ever, could prevent the negative effects of stress -- and boost a person's ability to recover and grow. Learn how these resilience-enhancing drugs could change the way we treat mental illness.
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 and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.
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 have to be this way. She's built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing the secrets of health care pricing. Learn how knowing what stuff costs in advance could make us healthier, save us money -- and help fix a broken system.
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Christian Velez

Sleep is so vital! Yet we ignore it.

Jun 19th
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jasmin bassi

NHS shift workers need educational and support to minimise these risks. Great informative talk.

Jun 2nd
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Jeffrey Bishop

I work in a sleep center. This specialty is new to me. However, as I continue to learn I realize that these discussions need to be had. great job.

May 20th
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AshJill Smith

AMAZING!!

Mar 27th
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Jim Naismith

Brilliant. Thank you.

Mar 5th
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Benal Ertürk

hello, I would appreciate if you could host Jake Steiner, the creator of Endmyopia.org, site for reversing myopia and astigmatism successfully

Feb 12th
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sofia Man

what an amazing episode. thank you so much!

Feb 8th
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Nuage Laboratoire

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Jan 28th
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Anissa Spurr

thankyou

Jan 15th
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Jobin Scaria

wow...loving it

Nov 25th
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Jobin Scaria

awesome bundle of facts

Nov 25th
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Niaz Ahmed

isnt that one of the reasons US is in Afghanistan. To prevent Taliban from completely stopping Opium cultivation!

Jul 5th
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Mike Smith

Niaz Ahmed lol yea so they can make there own.They should. wake up and do like Switzerland did went against the flow and legalized heroin.Yes legalized it, everyone, should demand this but everyone seems fine with status quo.It stopped drug dealers off the street prostitution stopped no more people being crime dropped 50% hmmm crazy eh.They been fighting the war on drugs for century and it hasn't slowed it down at all made a lot of money for government jail u could invest in them on the stock market. They had to get rid of half the police and 80% of the addicted quit when they listened to the. program and were not obligated too either hmmm amazing just like a lot of things you got to go against the obvious.Usa, Canada would never try this well Vancouver is somewhat kind if trying it but bit to that degree.

Mar 29th
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Kev Benn

She's a defeatist with a misunderstanding of "research"

May 31st
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Gabrielle Haynes

This man has a beautiful soul! what an amazing idea!

Mar 10th
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Gabrielle Haynes

excellent and encouraging!

Nov 8th
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Tipping Point

Healthy life here is more than eat vegetables and work out consistently. Ted Talks provides more information such as technology and researches, which will broaden your eyesight a lot.

Sep 21st
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iTunes User

Always interesting and insightful.

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

I love Ted talks. They are simply wonderful, interesting, informative and ADDICTIVE! So beware! :D I just downloaded 20 podcasts. Well, there go the next few hours of my life...and I shall regret nothing. You must watch Ted talks. Just great. Lots of great talks featured here AND they're FREE.

Aug 31st
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