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Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on?

Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Journey across the world and uncover why there is a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and bust some of the myths around it. 

Why are maggots making a comeback in hospitals?

Why are maggots making a comeback in hospitals? Creative commons image Dean Morley under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jun 2016
The use of maggots to clean a wound is being given a second look by some doctors. An ancient treatment with strong 21st century applications is...

What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field?

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What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Watch these short videos where Open University graduates Anne Hampton and Vikkie Allan tell us what their roles in medical oncology and...

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs?

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs? Creative commons image Portismedia under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
Do the people who claim to be the first of a new human/machine hybrid genuinely represent a new way of living - or are they wrong? Frieda Klotz...

OpenLearn Live: 18th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th March 2016 Creative commons image Joethelibrarian under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Man against horse, and how nanotechnology might help prevent AIDs. Free learning from across the day.

How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance?

How are scientists testing for the growth of antibiotic resistance? Copyright free image Copyright free: Janice Haney Carr / Center For Disease Control and Prevention
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
Is following the evolution of bacteria going to help us find a solution to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance?

What are premature babies telling us about antibiotic resistance?

What are premature babies telling us about antibiotic resistance? Creative commons image Science Museum under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2016
A new study of the bacteria found in the guts of children born before full-term shows the superbug problem is a growing threat.

OpenLearn Live: 3rd March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 3rd March 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: US Government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Mar 2016
The superbugs that could destroy us all; the first decade of The Bottom Line - and then more free learning across the day.

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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 to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

Work and mental health

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...