Editors’ Pick: 4 TedTalks worth your time

By Henry Mark and Jack Fisher 
This week a selection of 4 TedTalks that have been selected by the blog editors, Henry and Jack, that reflect important topics currently relevant to Global Health. Happy watching.

You say you want a revolution?

Harvard Medical Student, Sandeep Kishore, talks about the issues surrounding a ‘medicalised’ approach in training healthcare professionals, in a world where social issues are key contributors to chronic illnesses.

Wheres the rest of the data iceberg ?

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and physician, Ben Goldacre, condemns the role of big pharmaceutical companies when it comes to selective publishing of data from clinical trails. This not only impacts government investments into mass purchases from ‘big pharma’, but also how, and on what evidence, medical doctors prescribes to their patients on a day to day basis. The question is, how when the scientific community has one eye shut can this clinical and morally dilemma be overcome?

How economic inequality harms societies

Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

Mental health for all by involving all

Of the nearly 450 million people affected by mental illness worldwide, many do not receive appropriate care. In fact in wealthy nations, around 50% do, while in developing countries, a staggering 90 percent go untreated, largely because psychiatrists are in such short supply. Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach — training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

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