|Running time||30 minutes|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Air dates||since 10/01/2012|
|No. of episodes||Series 1 - 9|
Inside Health is a British radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 discussing matters relating to the health issues which people struggle to understand. The programme premiered in 2012 and had its first broadcast run for nine weeks starting on 10 January. It is broadcast on Tuesday evenings in the 9-9.30pm slot on Radio Four, with the repeat running on Wednesday afternoons from 3-3.30pm. Mark Porter presents the programme.
BBC Radio 4 has included health related programing in the schedule since its inception in 1967. Mark Porter joined the BBC in 1992 and has been contributing to Radio 4 since. He presents Case Notes for the network. In 2011 Radio 4 controller, Gwyneth Williams commissioned a new nine part series as part of an overall increase in the BBC's coverage of science.
The very first programme in the series discussed whether it really is better to take tablets for high blood pressure in the morning, as many people do - or whether it may be better to take them in the evening, as a recent Spanish study claimed. The second programme in the series, broadcast on 17 January 2012, asked whether memory really does decline with age. It also asked whether nicotine might actually protect against Alzheimer's disease, but was careful to state that it was NOT saying that smoking had any health benefits, clarifying very strongly how there is a difference between smoking and nicotine. The third programme, broadcast on 24 January 2012, discussed whether cough medicine is suitable for children. The speaker on the programme, Margaret McCarney, gave quite a negative review of cough medicine. The edition broadcast on 31 January referred to atrial fibrilation, and also discussed the drug warfarin. It finished by talking about the health risks of wearing high-heeled shoes. On 6 March, discussion of diabetes mellitus, and whether care for people aged 16–24 was as good for those of younger age groups, was a key part of the programme. This programme also discussed the use of Twitter in dissemination of medical knowledge, and in this part of the programme, stressed the importance of patient confidentiality. In a late stage of the programme, the skin condition Vitiligo was discussed, and fictions about this skin disorder - such as that the skin disorder vitiligo is contagious - were outlined. The programme that will be broadcast on 13 and 14 March 2012 will discuss whether exercise is good or bad for one's joints.
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- "Radio 4 Programmes - Inside Health, 10/01/2012". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
- "Radio 4 Programmes - Inside Health, Health bill, Memory, Resuscitation, Flu". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
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