Podcast Review: March 2009 Third Edition

The Lancet produces a weekly podcast to accompany the journal which usually focuses on a key topic. A number of the pocasts cover material which is relevant to psychiatry indirectly – for instance the interaction between economics and health or epidemiological studies of cardiovascular disease which for example would be relevant to a number of vascular related mental health conditions. Here is a review of some of the podcasts from the last few months.

There are a number of podcasts which look at cardiovascular health (which has indirect consequences for a number of psychiatric illnesses). In the 28th February 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a discussion of a study looking at risk factors for Atrial Fibrillation. In the 14th March 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a look at prevention of cardiovascular disease. In the EUROASPIRE III study there was a finding that risk factors are increasing with more obesity, diabetes and smoking across 22 countries. The study included a series of surveys including the General Practice setting.

There are a number of podcasts looking at the health of populations in different countries. Thus in the 21st February 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a discussion of the health of the population in Iraq including the health needs of the population and the need for more doctors. In the 7th February 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a discussion of the health of the population in Zimbabwe with a look at how economic events might interact with the health of the population. In the 6th March 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a focus on the health of the population in Palestine with a special series in the Lancet. Richard Horton discusses the doctor’s role being that of looking at the needs of the patient independently of politics or ideology.

There are a number of issues looking at politico-economic issues in healthcare. Thus in the January 30th 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a discussion of President Obama’s choice of secretary for health. In the  January 24th 2009 edition of the Lancet there is a close look at the relationship between trade and health featuring a press conference discussion of a series of articles in the Lancet about these issues.

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