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Health

The gamification of weight lossThe gamification of weight loss

Posted By Morton Bast

In 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett put Oklahoma City on a diet, after the city made a less-than-flattering appearance on a list of the most obese cities in the United States. In today’s talk, Cornett shares the aha moments that led him to create This City Is Going on a Diet, a somewhat unusual mayoral initiative. […]

Entertainment

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mindDavid Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

Posted By Alison Prato

David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from […]

Health

Saving lives on ambucycles: A short Q&A with Eli BeerSaving lives on ambucycles: A short Q&A with Eli Beer

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In today’s talk, Eli Beer shares an incredible story of how he, as a frustrated 17-year-old ambulance volunteer, was sick of sitting in traffic and getting to patients too late to save them. And so he organized a group of 15 fellow EMTs to respond to calls in their neighborhood, on foot if needed, and […]

Culture

Befriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilitiesBefriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilities

Posted By Morton Bast

In today’s talk, Eli Beer explains how United Hatzalah, his organization of ambucycle-riding volunteer emergency medical responders, has shaved critical minutes off of the average emergency response time — first in Jerusalem, then throughout Israel, and now in several countries around the world. The core mission of United Hatzalah (which is Hebrew for “rescue”) is […]

Culture

When self-identity can change: Q&A with Charles LimbWhen self-identity can change: Q&A with Charles Limb

Posted By Emily McManus

This morning’s TED Talk from Andrew Solomon asks a deep question about parents and children. Inspired by his own upbringing, Solomon wondered how parents form bonds with extraordinary children — or, in his words, when the “vertical culture” passed from parent to child is different from the “horizontal culture” of the child’s own self-identity. As […]

Science

9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you pop a pill, do you know how it works? Most modern drugs target specific molecules, interacting with disease at the molecular level. But while we know the molecular causes of roughly 4,000 diseases, a very slim 6 percent of those diseases have a safe and effective drug to treat them. Why? Because of […]

News

More incredible talks from TEDMEDMore incredible talks from TEDMED

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today’s talk, “Francis Collins: We need better drugs—now,” comes from TEDMED—our partner conference which gives doctors, surgeons, healthcare experts, medical researchers and people with a passion for health a place to share ideas worth spreading. Both TED and TEDMED were started by Richard Saul Wurman, and while TEDMED is now independently organized by Jay Walker […]

Science

7 talks on monkeys, and 7 talks on mind control7 talks on monkeys, and 7 talks on mind control

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Miguel Nicolelis begins today’s talk by showing you what a brainstorm looks and sounds like. “This is 100 brain cells firing,” says Nicolelis. “Everything that defines what human nature is comes from these storms that roll over the hills and valleys of our brains and define our memories, our beliefs, our feelings, our plans for […]

Science

Two small steps forward in the fight for open medical dataTwo small steps forward in the fight for open medical data

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In his recent TEDTalk, “What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe,” Ben Goldacre sounded a warning about the vast numbers of pharmaceutical studies that go unpublished. “Positive findings are about twice as likely to be published as negative findings,” said Goldacre, noting that this is a big problem because it means doctors are […]

Health

Music, the mind, and medicine: A Q&A with Robert GuptaMusic, the mind, and medicine: A Q&A with Robert Gupta

Posted By Ben Lillie

Can music be a medical instrument? In a moving talk from TEDMed, Robert Gupta reveals that it certainly can be. He gives as an example the work of neuroscientist Gottfried Schlaug, one of the pioneers of melodic intonation therapy. Schlaug noticed that, while stroke victims with aphasia could not utter a sentence, they could still […]

Health

5 prescription drugs doctors had no idea could hurt their patients5 prescription drugs doctors had no idea could hurt their patients

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As a doctor, Ben Goldacre likes to have all the available facts about a prescription drug before he even thinks about prescribing it. However, when it comes to medicines, it’s nearly impossible to find all the existing data. As Goldacre described in this impassioned talk given at TEDMed 2012, there is a bias in medicine […]

Health

6 great things microbes do for us6 great things microbes do for us

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The word ‘microbe’ sounds scary — we associate them with the flu, ebola, flesh-eating disease, you name it. But microbiologist Dr. Jonathan Eisen has given an illuminating TEDTalk that will make you put down the hand sanitizer. As Eisen explains, “We are covered in a cloud of microbes and these microbes actually do us good […]