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  • Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia? Creative commons image Icon Morgan under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia?

    By Dr Cheryl Hawkes

    New research apparently contradicts what we thought we knew about blood pressure and dementia. Cheryl Hawkes explains...

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    24 Jan 2017

  • Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia?

    Can high blood pressure protect the over-80s from dementia? Creative commons image Icon Morgan under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jan 2017
    New research apparently contradicts what we thought we knew about blood pressure and dementia. Cheryl Hawkes explains why we might all want to stick in the...
  • What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Darko Stojanovic

    What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead?

    By Shara Yurkiewicz

    First year resident Shara Yurkiewicz shares her experience of performing the last task for a patient.

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    18 Jan 2017

  • What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead?

    What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Darko Stojanovic New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    First year resident Shara Yurkiewicz shares her experience of performing the last task for a patient.
  • Newcastle Can Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Keo/BBC

    Newcastle Can

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Newcastle Can team have set a challenge: can the city of Newcastle collectively...

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  • Newcastle Can

    Newcastle Can Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Keo/BBC New content
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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Newcastle Can team have set a challenge: can the city of Newcastle collectively lose 100,000 lbs in weight in one...
  • Why do women have abortions?

    By Dr. Lesley Hoggart

    It's been 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 was passed; to highlight this and The Open University's abortion...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Why do women have abortions?

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    It's been 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 was passed; to highlight this and The Open University's abortion research we've produced a video collection on...
  • What happens when you fall ill on a plane? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    What happens when you fall ill on a plane?

    If you get sick during a plane flight, the doctors treating you will most likely be thousands of miles away. 

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    16 Jan 2017

  • What happens when you fall ill on a plane?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jan 2017
    If you get sick during a plane flight, the doctors treating you will most likely be thousands of miles away. 
  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    By Dr Marc Cornock

    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care...

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    12 Jan 2017

  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.
  • OpenLearn Live: 15th December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Praxis Loewengasse under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 15th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    A lighthouse which helped people steer their way through health crises. Then learning and research through the day.

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  • OpenLearn Live: 15th December 2016

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    Updated 15 Dec 2016
    A lighthouse which helped people steer their way through health crises. Then learning and research through the day.
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    OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars...

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    01 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

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    Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars. Learning and research across the...
  • OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

    OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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    Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.
  • What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Erika Wittlieb

    What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear?

    Research into brain activity when we're scared may point the way to overcoming fear.

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    22 Nov 2016

  • What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear?

    What happens to our brains when we're afraid - and can that help us overcome fear? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Erika Wittlieb
    Updated 22 Nov 2016
    Research into brain activity when we're scared may point the way to overcoming fear.

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  • Forensic science and fingerprints

    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some...

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  • Forensic science and fingerprints

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make...
  • Work and mental health

    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

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    17 Jan 2017

  • Work and mental health

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    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those...
  • Infection and immunity

    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Oct 2016

  • Infection and immunity

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    Infection and immunity
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Oct 2016
    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious...
  • Understanding service improvement in healthcare

    This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    14 Sep 2016

  • Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
    This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you...
  • Introducing healthcare improvement

    This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by defining healthcare quality and describing the meaning of quality...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    22 Aug 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
    This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by...
  • Finding information in health and lifestyle

    This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

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    9 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Aug 2016

  • Finding information in health and lifestyle

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    Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Icon Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
    This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to...
  • What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

    What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    05 Apr 2016

  • What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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    What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's...
  • Predictive medicine

    In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed....

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Predictive medicine

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics...
  • Imaging in medicine

    X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are all medical imaging techniques of great practical importance that have been encountered by a great many people...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    24 Mar 2016

  • Imaging in medicine

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    Imaging in medicine Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are all medical imaging techniques of great...
  • Health and environment

    To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Health and environment

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need...