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The Lancet Voice

The Lancet Voice

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The Lancet Voice is a fortnightly podcast from the Lancet family of journals. Lancet editors and their guests unravel the stories behind the best global health, policy and clinical research of the day―and what it means for people around the world. Each episode seeks to inform, challenge, and delight listeners with stories at the crossroads of health, science, policy and current global affairs.
33 Episodes
A special episode celebrating Black History Month in the USA speaks with epidemiologist Sharrelle Barber, public health expert Kimberly Jacob Arriola, and emergency doctor Janice Blanchard about the intersection of race and health in the USA across the past, present, and future.
Salim Abdool Karim, head of South Africa's COVID-19 advisory committee, joins us to discuss variants, vaccination, and the national response, and Laura Spinney, author of Pale Rider, chats about the parallels between the 1918 flu pandemic and our current predicament.
Former UK Health Secretary and current Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Jeremy Hunt MP, talks to Gavin and Jessamy about the last twelve months in British politics and policy, and discusses his hopes for the future of health in the UK.
To find out the truth behind the mutation stories, Gavin and Jessamy chat with Dr. Emma Hodcroft of nextstrain, Prof. Alex Ford tells us why IBS is misdiagnosed and misunderstood, and Rachel Fleishman MD reads her Wakley Prize winning essay, Dreams Deferred.
The final episode of the year tells the story of COVID-19 through five Lancet articles, focusing on key workers, low and middle-income countries, mental health, and the lessons learned from a tumultuous year. Featuring Richard Horton, Zoe Mullan, John McConnell, Niall Boyce, and John Carson.
Kalipso Chalkidou of Imperial College gives us an overview of the frontrunner COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, and what hurdles are left to overcome, and Natalie Shenker of Hearts Milk Bank explains the work done by the charity.
Why have COVID-19 contact tracing operations around Europe failed to avoid another round of lockdowns? Rosanna Peeling of LSHTM joins us to chat, and Melinda Buntin and Ines Hassan discuss the reasoning behind keeping schools open and the sacrifices involved.
Black History Month special

Black History Month special


For Black History Month in the UK we speak to an inspiring Black person of the present, Kevin Fenton, Director of PHE London, and we look at the lives of Black figures of the past, with historian Stephen Bourne discussing Harold Moody, and Trevor Sterling talking about his work with the Mary Seacole Trust. We also talk racial equality at The Lancet with Senior Executive Editor Pam Das and Senior Editor of The Lancet Global Health, Mandip Aujla.
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, authors of new book Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, join us to talk about the climate emergency, how it can be solved, and the forthcoming US election.
Peter Hotez joins us to talk vaccine progress and how science needs to communicate in the USA, and philosopher of science Cailin O'Connor discusses our understanding of theories, facts, and how misinformation spreads.
In a special episode for Peer Review Week 21-25 September, editor-in-chief of The Lancet Richard Horton joins us to discuss the past, present, and future of scientific publishing in light of COVID-19.
In this episode we speak to Prof. Arne Akbar, President of the British Society for Immunology, about the most recent research on COVID-19 and our current understanding of the long-term effects, and Dr. Jenna Lester, founder of San Francisco's Skin of Colour Clinic, joins us to talk about the problems people of colour have receiving dermatological treatment.
We ask Prof. Gill Livingston how up to 40% of dementia cases can be prevented, and Dr. Saskia Osendarp tells us how COVID-19 looks set to undo two decades of progress on child malnutrition.
This week we talk with Prof. Kenji Shibuya, Director of the King's Institute for Population Health, about mask-wearing and pandemic response in Japan, and The Lancet Psychiatry Editor-in-Chief Dr. Niall Boyce walks us through the problems of institutionalised care for children.
Richard Horton updates us on a leap forward in the Oxford and China vaccine progress, we talk viral transmission on public transport, and Kathleen O'Reilly explains how scientists create and test models.
How many people have COVID-19 antibodies? What does having antibodies mean? Rosanna Peeling explains the latest, and we're joined by Ashley McMullen from the Nocturnists podcast to chat about her experiences and her new series, Black Voices in Healthcare.
In a bumper episode of The Lancet Voice we speak with Kalipso Chalkidou about COVID-19 vaccine access for low and middle-income countries, we hear about why insulin costs so much in the US and what can be done about it, and we talk breakthroughs in treating venomous snakebites, one of the world's biggest hidden health problems.
What are cytokine storms, and how do they affect patients? Our editors speak with immunologist Scott Canna and rheumatologist Rachel Tattersall to help understand this condition.
The Lancet Voice chats with Holger Schünemann and Derek Chu, authors of new research on physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection, to find out the best approach to these vital virus control methods.
Philosopher Philippe Van Parijs discusses the state's stake in its citizens' health and the expansion of the role of the state during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
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