On this week's Health Check we'll be taking a special look at adolescent health. More than two-thirds of premature deaths in adults result from behaviour initiated during the teenage years. Is experimentation and risk-taking an inevitable part of growing up, or could some of these deaths be prevented? We hear from South Africa why football could be the way to get into the teenage mind and from Indonesia where tobacco companies seem to be very good at catching them young.
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Years of evidence linking smoking to cancer, not to mention people faux-coughing and making fan gestures: so why do... Read more: The Big Question: Why do people smoke?
Is it possible to avoid risks altogether, or are we always destined to be playing the odds? Read more: The Reality of Risk
Listen to the issues affecting the world of medicine and health care Read more: Health Check on the BBC World Service
In rural South Africa there are thousands of people who receive little or no medical care. So what can be done for them? Read more: Riding the good health train
Claudia Hammond is joined in the studio by David Ross, Professor of Epidemiology and International Public Health at... Read more: Listen to the podcast on the BBC World Service
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How much can we influence our own health; and how much is it influenced by families, where we live and wider society? Read more: Study at the OU: Understanding health
Explore a range of issues in the context of changing global, political and economic circumstances Read more: Study at the OU: International development: challenges for a world in transition