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Medical News Today’s In Conversation podcast engages with expert voices across various fields. Conversations roam from the latest science news to the deepest scientific conundrums.
Oct 26, 2022
In Conversation: What makes breast cancer come back?
In this episode, we discuss breast cancer recurrence, why cancer spreads, and whether it is possible to reduce recurrence risk. Our guests are Dr. Rachael Natrajan, head of the functional genomics team in the Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, and Dr. Liz O’Riordan, former consultant breast cancer surgeon and a breast cancer patient and advocate. She is co-author of The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer.
Sep 30, 2022
In Conversation: How to understand chronic pain
In this episode, we discuss all things chronic pain — from how it feels to live with it to how the body reacts to pain and transitions from an acute state to a chronic reactive state. Joining the conversation with Dr. Hilary Guite and Global News editor Yasemin Nicola Sakay are Dr. Tony L. Yaksh, professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, who shares his insights about the latest research, and Joel Nelson, a longtime psoriatic disease and arthritis patient and advocate, who discusses his personal journey with pain.
Aug 25, 2022
In Conversation: What is behind vaccine hesitancy?
In this episode, we discuss vaccine hesitancy, what really makes people unsure about accepting vaccines, and whether science communicators can do anything to heal the relationship between the public and health organizations. We are in conversation with Prof. Maya Goldenberg, who is a professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and specializes in the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy, and reporter Aaron Khemchandani, a science communication MSc student at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, who has studied the phenomenon of mistrust in science.
Jul 28, 2022
In Conversation: The amazing story of hepatitis C, from discovery to cure
For World Hepatitis Day, Dr. Hilary Guite discusses hepatitis C's journey, from discovery to cure. She talks with Prof. Graham Foster, professor of hepatology at Queen Mary University of London, and Rachel Halford, CEO of the Hepatitis C Trust, who discusses the stigma surrounding the disease and shares her treatment experience. In this conversation, these experts also explore what the future may hold — in both educational efforts and treatments — for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and whether elimination might be possible.
Jun 28, 2022
In Conversation: New directions in dementia research
In this podcast, presenter Dr. Hilary Guite and feature editor Dr. Maria Cohut discuss dementia, how it can manifest, and what researchers are doing to better understand this syndrome. Our guests are Dr. Kamar Ameen-Ali, a lecturer in biomedical science at Teesside University in the United Kingdom specializing in neurodegenerative diseases, and Paula Field, a caregiver for her mother, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease.
May 27, 2022
In Conversation: Can psychedelics rewire the depressed, anxious brain?
As part of Mental Health Awareness month, Dr. Hilary Guite discusses the neuroscience behind anxiety and depression with Dr. Jacques Ambrose, the director of Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center. They also consider the effects of existing and new treatment approaches, such as psychedelic drugs and ketamine. For this conversation, Hilary is also joined by Olivia, who has long-standing anxiety and depression, and Yasemin Nicola Sakay, Medical News Today’s global news editor.
Apr 21, 2022
In Conversation: Why climate change matters for human health
In this installment of our podcast, we discuss climate change and how it affects health, directly and indirectly, from deepening food insecurity to facilitating the spread of infectious diseases. Our guests are Prof. David Pencheon, honorary professor of health and sustainable development at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and founder of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England, and Dr. Marina Romanello, a research fellow at the University College London Institute for Global Health and research director of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. Fragments of the song "From Green to Red," featured in our podcast, were used with the permission of the artist, Beatie Wolfe.
Mar 30, 2022
In Conversation: What does the latest research say about multiple sclerosis?
Earlier this year, the most compelling evidence yet that the Epstein-Barr virus may cause multiple sclerosis (MS) appeared in the journal Science. In this installment of the In Conversation podcast, Dr. Hilary Guite asks Dr. Marianna Cortese, research associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of the study, about its findings and implications. Could it lead to better treatments for MS? Dr. Guite also hears from Dr. Antje Ronneberger, a recently retired family doctor, about her lived experience with MS.
Mar 7, 2022
In Conversation: Long COVID's cardiovascular implications
In our latest In Conversation podcast, we discuss the most recent findings about long COVID’s cardiovascular implications, with a focus on a puzzlingly common syndrome: postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). The podcast features Dr. Lesley Kavi, trustee and chair of PoTS UK, cardiovascular medicine specialist Dr. Artur Fedorowski, Dr. Tae Chung, director of the Johns Hopkins POTS Program, and Angela Meriquez Vázquez, COVID-19 long hauler and Body Politic president.
Jan 27, 2022
Blood transfusions: Getting to the heart of the matter
Winter pressures and COVID-19 have catalyzed a blood supply crisis around the world. As part of National Blood Donor Month in the United States, Dr. Hilary Guite investigates blood transfusions with Maria Cohut, Medical News Today’s feature editor, and Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director of the American Red Cross. Hilary and Maria also speak with Shaun, a blood donor, about the process of giving blood, and hear from blood transfusion recipient-turned-donor, Brian.
Dec 22, 2021
2021 in Conversation: The year in medical research
In this podcast, Medical News Today’s editors — Tim Newman, Ana Sandoiu, Maria Cohut, and Yasemin Sakay — discuss some of 2021’s most striking research and controversial topics, including bacteria-eating viruses, how systemic racism affects visual representations of skin conditions, what we know about COVID-19 vaccines’ reported impact on menstrual cycles, and the importance of safety guidance and restrictions in the pandemic timeline. You can follow our editors on Twitter: @MNT_Tim, @MNT_AnaSandoiu, @MNT_MariaCohut, and @MNT_Yazz.
Nov 15, 2021
In Conversation: 100 years of insulin
Now that 100 years have passed since the discovery of insulin, Dr. Hilary Guite investigates the past, present, and future of this wonder drug. Maria Cohut, Medical News Today’s feature editor, explores the discovery of insulin and asks Virginie, who is living with type 1 diabetes, about the challenges of being dependent on the injectable therapy. Also, Dr. Tom Barber, associate professor at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and an honorary consultant endocrinologist, explains how insulin regimens can mimic the natural actions of the hormone and why it is so important to provide insulin access to all who need it. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com/articles/in-conversation-podcast.
Oct 12, 2021
In Conversation: Long-neuro-COVID
With the pandemic still upending life around the world, Dr. Hilary Guite discusses the latest research on the underlying mechanisms behind lasting neurological symptoms following a COVID-19 diagnosis. The podcast features neurologist Prof. Gabriel de Erausquin, microbiologist and immunologist Dr. Lavanya Visvabharathy, and COVID-19 long hauler Dr. Kerry Smith. Follow Dr. Smith's neuro-long-COVID journey on instagram: @Rosecottagedoc. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com/articles/in-conversation-podcast and follow our latest coronavirus news at medicalnewstoday.com.
Jul 2, 2021
In Conversation: Menopause
Dr Hilary Guite and Dr Yella Hewings-Martin, Medical News Today's Senior Research Editor, cast light on the conversation around menopause. Why is there such little recognition of menopause or perimenopause symptoms? Can therapies help reduce the severity of menopause? And, how can healthy conversation around womens’ health be facilitated? With Dr Louise Newson and Rachel New. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com
May 28, 2021
Cancer: A promising future
For National Cancer Research Month in the US, Dr Hilary Guite discusses the future of cancer treatments, with Dr Yella Hewings-Martin, Medical News Today's Senior Research Editor. Also, Yella speaks to Dr Santosh Kesari, a neurologist and neuro-oncologist at the Saint John's Cancer Institute, California, about his experiences in treating brain cancer, and promising clinical trials involving personalised mRNA vaccines. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com/cancer
May 17, 2021
Sleep: In conversation
Medical News Today's Senior Research Editor, Dr Yella Hewings-Martin explores the intricate relationship between sleep and health, from the impact of wearables to its influence on the immune system and health inequalities. With Prof Nancy Collop, Dr Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman and Dr Aric Prather. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com
Mar 11, 2021
COVID-19: Writing history
One year into the pandemic, Medical News Today's Senior Research Editor, Dr Yella Hewings-Martin asks: how did journalists cope with covering covid-19? With reporters for CNET, Healthline and Medical News Today; Tim Newman, Julia Ries, Roz Plater, and Sarah Mitroff. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com/coronavirus
Feb 4, 2021
Work-life balance and burnout: Junior doctors
Dr Hilary Guite talks to Fred, a second year junior doctor about how working conditions have changed over the last forty years in the UK. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read the full analysis at medicalnewstoday.com
Dec 23, 2020
COVID-19: Volunteering for a vaccine trial
Medical News Today's Research Editor, Dr Yella Hewings-Martin investigates what participating in Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial is like. Pharmacist and Drug Content Integrity Manager at Healthline Media, Lindsay Slowiczek, joins Nathan Richardson, Vice Executive President at Red Ventures for this discussion. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com
Dec 4, 2020
COVID-19: Is it time for male leaders to ‘lean out’?
Medical News Today's News Editor, Ana Sandoiu discusses Covid-19 gender disparity with Sara Dada, Arush Lal, Laura Jung and Irene Torres. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read the full analysis at medicalnewstoday.com/healthequity
Dec 1, 2020
HIV: A generation of change
Medical News Today's Research Editor, Dr Yella Hewings-Martin explores how living with HIV has changed, and what lies ahead. With Dr Robert Garofalo and Christopher, people living with HIV. Please note: this podcast contains some content that our listeners may find distressing. A podcast for Medical News Today. Read more at medicalnewstoday.com