Thursday, March 22, 2012

12 Incredible TED Talks on Your Health

Despite millennia of human evolution, scientists still don’t know most of the intricacies of the body’s processes. Nature and nurture alike obviously factor into determining how one’s life progresses, and taking pains to become educated in what researchers and professionals know so far does nothing but keep things running as smoothly as possible. Check out the following TED Talks for some excellent little perspective on the past, present, and future of healing injuries and diseases.

  1. Stuart Brown says play is more than fun

    In a TED Talk sure to satisfy anyone and everyone who enjoys a good time, medical professional Stuart Brown shares his research about the physiological and mental benefits of taking time out for recreation.

  2. Jessica Green: Are we filtering the wrong microbes?

    Listen to what one University of Oregon ecologist and engineer has to say about inconsistencies in hospital air vents, which might actually be making patients, their families, and staff inhale harmful little microbes.

  3. Dean Ornish: Help the body heal itself

    Check out some of these excellent, cost-effective strategies healthcare providers use to get bodies healed up as quickly and efficiently as possible by harnessing their own inherent defense systems.

  4. Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

    The delightful story of Mr. Condom’s revolutionary approach to promoting sexual health and family poverty can easily inspire and educate more than the individuals with whom he directly works.

  5. Lucien Engelen: Crowdsource your health

    Apps do way more than let users knock over nasty little pigs or fight legendary lightsaber battles; innovative developers have been trying to whip up offerings making emergency medical access even faster.

  6. Stephen Palumbi: Following the mercury trail

    The ocean comprises the vast majority of the planet (and its biomass), yet few ever stop to ponder how it can come to negatively impact the body — even when one does not consume seafood.

  7. Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

    Location, location, location influences more than just real estate prices; environmental factors such as air quality, proximity to toxins, and others also hold quite the sway over one’s health and wellness.

  8. Bonnie Bassler on how bacteria "talk"

    Despite their unicellular existence, bacteria actually communicate back and forth with highly complex chemical signals — and knowing how they work might very well mean curbing contamination.

  9. A.J. Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

    Health buffs with 10 minutes to spare should check out this humorous look into why doing everything supposedly right leaves one feeling utterly wrong.

  10. David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer

    Whether intimately acquainted with cancer in some form or another or not, it’s incredibly useful and insightful to know about the unorthodox new ways oncologists wield technology and pharmaceuticals to eliminate its scourge.

  11. Eva Vertes looks to the future of medicine

    Eva Vertes’ TED Talk pulls from both personal experience and her experiences watching a beloved grandmother succumb to Alzheimer’s to deliver a beautifully inspiring speech about how she hopes to eliminate disease.

  12. Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind

    The mind-body connection isn’t just New Age-speak — even the most stringent scientific practitioners out there know that the two share an amazing, often baffling, physiological relationship.

Taken From Medical Billing and Coding

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