The Guardian Health online records excellent podcast shows where health and medical experts discuss the week’s top science stories, everything from the latest scientific breakthroughs to health concerns and trends.
This week, the team of experts discuss new research which highlights the scary statistics that children who have 4 or more courses of antibiotics by the age of 2, have a 10% greater risk of being obese by the age of five.
Other topics on the show are: a new public study which examines the effects on our diet and lifestyle of the microbiome, which is the name for the ‘vast community of microbes living inside us’ and its effects on human disease. The experts also discuss the origin of HIV; plans for a space weather forecasting centre in Britain and, a lab which is growing penises for men who suffer with congenital abnormalities, surgery or traumatic injury.
And who are these experts: The presenter of all the shows is the the Guardian’s own science editor, Ian Sample, and his guest experts are Professor Nick Finer, consultant endocrinologist from University College Hospital, London, Nicola Davis, the commissioning editor of The Observer Tech Monthly and Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London.
Both Ian Sample and Nicola Davis were also invited into the studio to meet and chat with the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on another podcast show. Their nobel winners, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser both from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and John O’Keefe from University College London have all spent years researching nerve cells in the brain and were the first scientists to reveal how they build up a map of the space around us and track our progress as we move around. Fascinating stuff.
Also on the same show, the experts discuss the early cave paintings in Indonesia, looking at the latest research which seems to suggest that art may actually have originated in Africa, and not Europe as previously thought amongst other subjects.