TED talks are known for showcasing innovations in almost every category you can think of. But did you know that they are a convenient and entertaining way to learn about the newest ideas in the medical world? If not, that’s okay, because we have compiled a list of ten incredible TED talks that are sure to get you thinking.
Alan Russell- The Potential of Regenerative Medicine
Russell discusses how the cost of health care relates to age. What is his solution? Regenerative medicine. This breakthrough way of think about disease and injury uses a process that works by signaling the body to rebuild itself.
Quyen Nguyen- Color-Coded Surgery
Nguyen talks about how surgeons are taught from textbooks that color-code the different types of tissues, but that’s not how they look in real life. She demonstrates how a molecular marker can change things by lighting up a tumor in neon green, helping to show surgeons exactly where to cut.
Daniel Kraft- Medicine’s Future
Kraft’s talk offers a fast-paced look at how information technology is being used to fight some of the biggest healthcare challenges today. The discussion includes a complete overview of some of the technology that is helping to make health care faster, cheaper, and better.
Thulasiraj Ravilla- How Low-Cost Eye Care Can Be World Class
The revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System in India has helped to give sight to millions. Ravilla looks at the approach that drives the treatment costs down and quality up and why its methods should be used to re-think all services.
Eric Topol- The Wireless Future of Medicine
Topol states in his talk that we’ll soon be using our smartphones to monitor everything from vital conditions to chronic conditions. He highlights many of the essential wireless devices that will show up in medicine’s future– all to help to keep more of us out of hospital beds.
Michael Specter- The Danger of Science Denial
Spector discusses everything from “Frankenfood” bans to the herbal craze cure in his talk, stating that all of this is leading to the public’s growing fear, and often denial of science and reason. He warns us that this trend could spell disaster for human progress.
Peter Attia- Is The Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?
When Attia was a young surgeon, he felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, and so he thought, ultimately responsible for the medical issues she was having. Years later, Attia received a medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes correct? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the opposite? Attia helps us take a look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
Abraham Verghese- A Doctor’s Touch
Verghese says that modern medicine is in danger of losing one of its most potent tools: human touch. He describes our new medical world as one where patients are seen merely as data-points, and calls for the return to traditional one-on-one physical exams.
Ben Goldacre- What Doctors Don’t Know About the Drugs They Prescribe
When testing a new drug, you would think that all of the results of the trials would be published, but often the negative or inconclusive findings go unreported. This lack of information leaves doctors and researchers in the dark. Goldacre explains in his talk why these unreported instances are especially misleading, and proving to be very dangerous.
David Agus- A New Strategy in the War on Cancer
Agus says that cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests an idea, which involves a new, cross-disciplinary approach that uses atypical drugs, protein analysis, and computer modeling to treat and diagnose the whole body.
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