Gary Slutkin: Let’s treat violence like a contagious disease

I’m a physician trained in infectious diseases, and following my training, I moved to Somalia from San Francisco. And my goodbye greeting from the chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General was, “Gary, this is the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.” But I landed in a refugee situation that had a million refugees in 40 camps, and […]

A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

So the first antidepressants were made from, of all things, rocket fuel, left over after World War II. Which is fitting, seeing as today, one in five soldiers develop depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder or both. But it’s not just soldiers that are at high risk for these diseases. It’s firefighters, ER doctors, cancer patients, aid workers, refugees […]

Soon We’ll Cure Diseases With a Cell, Not a Pill | Siddhartha Mukherjee | TED Talks

I want to talk to you about the future of medicine. But before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about the past. Now, throughout much of the recent history of medicine, we’ve thought about illness and treatment in terms of a profoundly simple model. In fact, the model is so simple that you could […]

Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu

The most important gift your mother and father ever gave you was the two sets of three billion letters of DNA that make up your genome. But like anything with three billion components, that gift is fragile. Sunlight, smoking, unhealthy eating, even spontaneous mistakes made by your cells, all cause changes to your genome. The most common kind […]

A “living drug” that could change the way we treat cancer | Carl June

So this is the first time I’ve told this story in public, the personal aspects of it. Yogi Berra was a world-famous baseball player who said, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Researchers had been, for more than a century, studying the immune system as a way to fight cancer, and cancer vaccines […]

Emergency medicine for our climate fever | Kelly Wanser

I’m here to talk to you about something important that may be new to you. The governments of the world are about to conduct an unintentional experiment on our climate. In 2020, new rules will require ships to lower their sulfur emissions by scrubbing their dirty exhaust or switching to cleaner fuels. For human health, this is really […]

James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime — and what you can do about it

I’m going to be showing some of the cybercriminals’ latest and nastiest creations. So basically, please don’t go and download any of the viruses that I show you. Some of you might be wondering what a cybersecurity specialist looks like, and I thought I’d give you a quick insight into my career so far. It’s a pretty accurate […]

How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray

For all that’s ever been said about climate change, we haven’t heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world. If you’ve heard the grim climate research that science communicators like me weave into our books and documentaries, you’ve probably felt bouts of fear, fatalism or hopelessness. If you’ve been impacted by climate disaster, […]