In these intriguing TED talks, you will find a compendium of the latest research and treatment strategies for some of our oldest diseases as well as some of our newest conditions. From breakthroughs in medical imaging and robotics to the impact of the sun’s UV light on our hearts, these talks promise to be fascinating and illuminating as experts from across the scientific disciplines demonstrate and discuss the problems we face and the potential to revolutionize patient care.
Alanna Shaikh: How I’m Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s
Global health leader Alanna Sheik gives a moving account of her father’s daily battle with Alzheimer’s disease and details both her methods of prevention and the latest research on living with dementia. She then also discusses how she is preparing to meet the disease should she fall victim to it.
Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing The Medical Data Explosion
In this talk, Anders Ynnerman, a scientific visualization expert, delivers advanced information on the latest technological breakthroughs in the field of medical imaging. The challenges of data collection and interpretation are also explored as new ways to gain even deeper knowledge of patient injuries and diagnostics.
Aditi Shankardass: A Second Opinion on Developmental Disorders
Aditi Shankardass discusses the inherent difficulties in studying mental disorders by behavioral observation alone. Together with a team of Harvard researchers, she developed and spearheaded an effort that focused on using EEG medical imaging technology to see what was going on inside the brains of children previously diagnosed with some type of mental disorder.
David Agus: A New Strategy in the War on Cancer
Oncologist David Angus discusses why the death rate for cancer has been the same for 50 years, and his revolutionary new approach to treating it. Using a new type of diagnostic procedure, an atypical diet and better cellular identification, he outlines a new strategy to fight the disease.
Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine?
Surgeon Atul Gawande discusses the prohibitive costs of healthcare, why it has exploded, how far medical science has come in treatments, and why the best care is not necessarily the most expensive.
Catherine Mohr: Surgery’s Past, Present and Robotic Future
Surgeon Catherine Mohr discusses the history of surgical science and catapults the audience into the future of the craft where nimble robotic arms are performing some of the most complicated surgery procedures in medicine. In this talk she demonstrates these robotics which may prove a bit uncomfortable for the squeamish.
Bonnie Bassler: How Bacteria “Talk”
Bonnie Bassler discusses her discovery of the chemical language bacteria use to communicate with one another. By studying a marine bacterium called Vibrio Fischeri, she observed their use of bioluminescence in groups and concluded some of the greater implications of bacterial communication.
Daniel Kraft Invents a Better Way to Harvest Bone Marrow
Daniel Kraft has invented a new method of harvesting bone marrow called Marrow Minor. In this talk, he demonstrates his new device and explains how it is a lot less painful than traditional methods, and how harvesting the stem cells found within marrow can potential aid in the fight against many genetic diseases.
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering Mosquitoes to Fight Disease
In this talk, Hadyn Perry explores the widespread disease causing phenomena of the mosquito and also proposes the idea of sterilizing male mosquitoes and releasing them into the wild in an effort to control the spread of diseases such as Malaria and Dengue Fever.
Richard Weller: Could the Sun be Good for Your Heart?
Dermatologist Richard Weller discusses the benefits of UV light, heretofore unknown in medical science. Besides Vitamin D, studies suggest that sunlight can help our bodies release a chemical transmitter called nitric oxide and greatly benefit our cardiovascular systems.