Ted talks - Health - Medicine

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What Causes Antibiotic Resistance? - Kevin Wu

Right now, you are inhabited by trillions of micro-organisms. Many of these bacteria are harmless (or even helpful!), but there are a few strains of ‘super bacteria’ that are pretty nasty -- and they’re growing resistant to our antibiotics. Why is this happening? Kevin Wu details the evolution of this problem that presents a big challenge for the future of medicine.

Cell vs. virus: A Battle for Health - Shannon Stiles

All living things are made of cells. In the human body, these highly efficient units are protected by layer upon layer of defense against icky invaders like the cold virus. Shannon Stiles takes a journey into the cell, introducing the microscopic arsenal of weapons and warriors that play a role in the battle for your health.

How a Few Scientists Transformed the Way We Think About Disease - Tien Nguyen

For several centuries, people thought diseases were caused by wandering clouds of poisonous vapor. We now know that this theory is pretty ridiculous and that diseases are caused by specific bacteria. But how did we get to this new idea of germ theory? Tien Nguyen describes the work of several scientists who discredited a widely accepted theory in a way that was beneficial to human health.

 

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