Your inner life

5 minutes

Antibiotics make our guts less diverse. That’s bad news for our long-term health

Like any ecosystem, the human microbiome requires diversity to thrive. However, widespread antibiotic treatments have killed off as many as half the important bacteria in our guts. In this animated short, Martin Blaser, director of the NYU Human Microbiome Program, explains why focusing on bacterial diversity is a health imperative.

Director: Flora Lichtman

Video/Life Stages

Harlem’s over-55s synchronised swimming team thinks ageing is better in the pool

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

A happy life is built on pleasures such as sex and food, but also company and variety

7 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

The island where 50 million crabs roam free and refugees are trapped in limbo

21 minutes

Idea/Medical Ethics

White coats and mild manners: how to style a good doctor

Jessica Baron

Video/Illness & Disease

Maria’s skin tears open every day but, though her body is fragile, her will is formidable

18 minutes

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Essay/Medical Ethics

Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

Idea/Medicine

We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

Marc Lewis & Shaun Shelly

Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi