Rebecca Brachman: Could A Drug Prevent PTSD?

The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. Listen for an unexpected, and controversial, twist.

Rebecca Brachman is a pioneer in the field of preventative psychopharmacology, developing drugs to enhance stress resilience and prevent mental illness.

Current treatments for mood disorders only suppress symptoms without addressing the underlying disease, and there are no known cures. Read More

Sangu Delle: There’s No Shame In Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

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 health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says:

Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.

Sangu Delle

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The Heads Together campaign: The Worlds First Mental Health Marathon

What an amazing day – the first ever mental health marathon was truly special! The Heads Together campaign aims to change the conversation and end the stigma surrounding mental health, and the success we have had is down to you, our #teamsheadstogether supporters and partners.

We’re so proud of all the runners and all the effort that they have put in, both mentally and physically – it was an honour to share the marathon journey with you.

The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry are clear that the work of Heads Together will continue well past the Marathon. They are proud that the campaign has dealt a major blow against the stigma that surrounds mental health, but of course there is more work to do and they will continue to encourage a national conversation over the next few years.

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Steve Wilson, And Jane Akre: If You Thought The Media Reported Health News…

If you thought the media reported health news, this video may make you think again. Watch what happened when two reporters tried to highlight the risks, posed to human health, by the presence of artificial bovine growth hormones in milk. It may surprise some of you to learn what happened when the news did not suit the network.

Steve Wilson and Jane Akre: 2001 Goldman Prize winners, USA

In late 1996, journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson began investigating rBGH, the genetically modified growth hormone American dairies had been injecting into their cows. As investigative reporters for the Fox Television affiliate in Tampa, Florida, they discovered that while the hormone had been banned in Canada, Europe and most other countries, millions of Americans were unknowingly drinking milk from rBGH-treated cows.

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Oxygen’s Surprisingly Complex Journey Through Your Body

Oxygen forms about 21% of the air around us. In your body, oxygen forms a vital role in the production of energy in most cells. But if gases can only efficiently diffuse across tiny distances, how does oxygen reach the cells deep inside your body? Enda Butler tracks the surprisingly complex journey of oxygen through your body.

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