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Each week the show takes an in depth look at health issues and challenges, and the innovative research trying to solve these problems.  

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How video gaming became a professional sport

Video gaming has copped a lot of flack over the years for it's sedentary practice, realistic portrayal of violence and potential to become addictive.

But by brushing it off as a freaks and geeks hobby, what are we missing out on?

A group of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney are looking into how the development of fine motor skills amongst video gamers could be transferred into other settings like surgical practice and aviation.

Think: Health - Sunday 11 December

Anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress - these are the symptoms beginning to emerge among patients who have been in intensive care, but what is being done to help? Also, how video games could be used to develop fine motor skills.

What is post intensive care syndrome?

You're told you should be lucky to be alive, yet you struggle with daily tasks and can't go back to work.

This what life is like for people with Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), a constellation of physical, mental and cognitive problems that can occur after spending time in the intensive care unit.

So, what can be done to help?

Think: Health - Sunday 4 December

In a special collaboration, Think: Health and Think: Digital Futures take a look at the future of non-invasive medical technology.

Non-invasive glucose monitoring giving parents the gift of sleep

"Dead in bed" syndrome is one of the main causes of death among young people with Type 1 diabetes. Currently, parents wake up multiple times a night to make sure their child's blood sugar is at a normal level to avoid this - but what if there was a better way?

Professor Hung Nguyen from the University of Technology Sydney has developed a blood glucose monitor that works by measuing ECG, and sends a message to a parent's smartphone to let them know their child's blood sugar is low. 

Exoskeletons transforming recovery for patients

Exoskeletons are no longer the fodder for science fiction - they are beginning to enter the mainstream. 

Researchers are looking at exoskeletons as a means for phsyiotherapy, for example in stroke victims who have trouble moving their arms.

An exoskeleton is a wearable machine that assists people with movement, building strength and endurance. 

Vibromat helping mobility among vision impaired

For people who are vision impaired, new environments can be tricky to navigate because you are unfamiliar with the layout of a room and what obstacles may be in your way. 

So, how do you quickly orient yourself in a new environment?

The Vibromat is a device worn around your stomach, that uses vibrations to tell you about certain objects in a room. The information is fed through a small camera on your head.

Think: Health - Sunday 27 November

How far would you travel to a hospital? This week on the show, you'll hear from three health leaders from the Pacific about the health challenges facing the region. We also look at the skill of interpreting and communicating fetal heart rates, and begin a conversation about endometriosis.

Health challenges in the Pacific Islands

How close are you to your nearest hospital? If you are really unlucky, it's probably a couple of hours away, and you can easily be transported by plane if need be. Now imagine what life would be like if the nearest hospital was a few months away... by boat.

This is one of the challenges facing healthcare in the Pacific Islands, where distances between islands can prevent timely access to medical services. 

Communicating fetal heart rate

Communication among staff members in hospital is vital no matter the procedure, but what happens if you were speaking a different language to your colleagues?

This is a challenge facing midwives and obstetricians when interpreting fetal heart rates using a CTG machine. Fetal heart rate monitoring is a screening tool usually used during labour to see if a baby is distressed.

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