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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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Subpar sports facilities need to pick up their game

Globally, it's recommended that young people do an hour of physical activity a day, and in Australia only 15% of youth are meeting these guidelines.

A new community development project from the University of Technology Sydney is working on revitalising sports facilities and offer for young people, with some facilities being more than 50 years out of date.

Fiona Brooks and Deborah Ascher-Barnstone, two leaders of the project, joined Jake on Think: Health to talk about the challenge of getting kids active when the only facilities available to them are subpar.

Why we need a nationwide pollen monitoring network

We may be a month into Autumn, but that doesn't mean some of us aren't still feeling the effects of hayfever - and for people with asthma, this is much more likely.

Medical researchers and scientists from around the country met in Victoria last week at an Asthma Symposium, to talk establishing a nationwide pollen monitoring network called the Australian Pollen Allergen Partnership, or Aus Pollen.

Currently, Australia has no standardized system to monitor rates of pollen - which when transported throughout the air can heighten the symptoms of asthma, cause general discomfort and flu-like symptoms, and in more serious events result in hospitalization.

Alfredo Huete is one of the lead researchers in developing Aus Pollen, and he also attended last week's symposium.

Falls prevention game getting seniors back on their feet

Every year, 1 in 3 seniors have a fall.

For older people, a loss in balance can do serious harm like cause brain injuries, damage to legs, arms or hips or can result in a fear of falling which effects someone's sense of independence and confidence.

Step Kinnection is an interactive video game aiming to get those who've experienced a fall back on their feet, and help develop faster response times and ability to make quick decisions to prevent more falls in the future.

Think: Health - 26 March 2017

Every year, 1 in 3 seniors have a fall. For older people, a loss in balance can do serious harm like cause brain injuries, damage to legs, arms or hips or can result in a fear of falling which effects someone's sense of independence and confidence. A video game is working to change that, by getting seniors back and their feet and restoring a connection from brain to body part.

What your gut says about your mental health

In Australia, up to 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime - that statistic comes from beyond Blue, an NGO offering mental health services.

For those who experience depression, there are a range of treatments on option, in the form of prescription medications, therapies, but these don't work for everybody.

Research being undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney is looking at alternative treatments for depression that would target the gut, in the form of probiotics.

The origins of the anti-vaccination movement

The debate of whether to vaccinate or not is one that continues to roll on, but where did it all begin?

Jon Wardle is from the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney, and was recently awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council fellowship on vaccine hesitancy.

Jon spoke to Think: Health reporter Lia Tsamoglou.

Would you take medical advice from your accountant?

In an age where you can google your flu symptoms and assess your own diagnosis, more people are holding professional opinion to a lower regard. 

And where practitioners are less vocal, celebrities and non-professional medical commentators are jumping on the health and lifestyle bandwagon, a world that has been dubbed by some as 'the world of pseudomedicine'.

But what are the implications of this? And why might some be less trusting of our medical professionals?

Think: Health - 19 March 2017

Think: Health this week takes a closer look at the world of pseudomedicine and diagnosis, what ignited the anti-vaccination movement and new research linking a healthy gut to a healthy mind.

Are nurses and doctors lacking empathy for their patients?

Have you been to the doctor's surgery lately and felt like you've been rushed through?

Or have you felt like your doctor or healthcare provider has not shown you much compassion?

Well you might not be the only one.

Empathy, or the lack-there-of, shown by certain doctors and nurses towards patients has been a figurehead of discussion in the medical world in recent years, backed by multiple global health reports and research.

Training GP's to administer the right contraceptives

The pill is one of the most widely known and used forms of contraception - but that is quickly changing.

Long acting reversible contraceptives or LARCS are becoming increasingly popular and according to Family Planning NSW, are more than 99% effective.

LARC's care hormonal implants, and are either administered by a GP, or someone who they refer you onto.

But, research headed by Marion Haas from the University of Technology Sydney, has found not all GP's are completely familiar with these new contraceptive technologies, nor do they know exactly when to prescribe them.

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