The Lancet Voice

The Lancet Voice

The Lancet Voice is a fortnightly podcast from the Lancet family of journals. Lancet editors and their guests unravel the stories behind the best global health, policy and clinical research of the day―and what it means for people around the world.

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July 22, 2024 30 mins

Gavin and Jessamy are joined by Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director of UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group, to discuss the access to health and freedom of the most vulnerable people around the world. Are we maintaining progress on rights, or are we in danger of backsliding?

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Gavin and Jessamy are joined by Oksana Pyzik (UCL, Fight The Fakes Alliance) to discuss how Ozempic/Wegovy/semaglutide works, what becoming mainstream means for our understanding of obesity and public health, and how demand is fuelling an unregulated black market in the drugs.

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June 13, 2024 23 mins

Anita Zaidi, President of The Gender Equality Division at the Gates Foundation, joins Gavin to discuss women in global health from visibility in data all the way through to women in leadership positions in global health. Also on the agenda is the impact of vaccines, innovations in gender equity, and challenges and successes in addressing maternal mortality.

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May 30, 2024 32 mins

Gavin and Jessamy are joined by Rupa Sarkar, editor-in-chief of The Lancet Digital Health, to discuss the uses of Large Language Models (LLMs) in healthcare, the safety and patient concerns, progress that’s been made, and the what the future of AI in health might hold.

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May 16, 2024 39 mins

What are the hidden costs of breast cancer? What advances in breast cancer treatment have been made, and how can we tackle the problematic inequities that remain? What needs to be done for patients with metastatic breast cancer? Gavin and Jessamy are joined by Felicia Knaul, Reshma Jagsi, and Fatima Cardoso to discuss the recent Lancet Breast Cancer Commission.

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May 2, 2024 31 mins

In our final episode of this collaboration between the Race & Health podcast and The Lancet Voice, intersectionality brings three researchers together to discuss how intersectionality can serve the health community and promote health equity. The episode explores where intersectionality comes from, why it was created, and how it can be used to address health inequities across the health community. 

Guests include Dr Brenda Hayang...

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Race and racism are based in history, and how humans thought about the physical differences. Early conceptions of these differences were focused on physical adaptations across geographies around the world. This thinking evolved over time: explanations for these differences changed as human history and science evolved. The associations between disease and race grew closer over time, however the extent to which this can be explained ...

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April 4, 2024 26 mins

Jessamy and Gavin are joined by Prof. Gita Mishra, life course epidemiologist at the University of Queensland, to discuss her work on understanding early menopause. How many women does early menopause affect? How can we improve gaps in care? What are the consequences of early menopause, and what does menopause onset look like around the world?

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March 14, 2024 35 mins

Whose knowledge is represented in our health research, policies, and practice? Who is heard, listened to and believed in our health system, and why? There are differences in not only whose perspectives are represented in society, but also what knowledge is valuable. On this episode of the Race & Health Podcast in collaboration with The Lancet Voice, we explore the concept of epistemic injustice: the idea that knowledge and syst...

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February 29, 2024 28 mins

In 2022, WHO’s African Region saw 233 million cases of malaria, with 580,000 deaths. 80% of those deaths are children under 5. The phase 3 trial of the new R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine was published in The Lancet this month, and the results suggest a turning point in the fight against malaria. Gavin is joined by Professor Sir Adrian Hill, one of the creators of the vaccine, to discuss the process the vaccine went through, the histo...

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February 8, 2024 31 mins

In this episode, Delan Devakumar and guests shed light on how the social construction of race and its operators take a physiological toll of chronic exposure to racism. They discuss maternal and child health, the concept of race and biology, and how constant microaggressions, systemic inequalities, and overt discrimination can lead to a sustained state of stress that goes far beyond mere emotional distress. There are also  recommen...

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Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association, joins Gavin and Jessamy to discuss the centrality of health issues to UK politics, what the upcoming election should be fought on, and the role of equity and equality in UK health outcomes.

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January 11, 2024 39 mins

Eugenics is a concept closely tied to what makes us unwell, and its roots in race medicine amplifies the drivers of racial health inequities, ableism, and white supremacy. Though scientifically flawed, eugenic thinking is present throughout modern-day society and politics. We can see eugenic thinking in policies and protocols throughout the pandemic, through mental health, and much more. In the third episode of our collaboration wi...

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December 14, 2023 52 mins

Editor-in-chief of The Lancet Richard Horton joins Jessamy and Gavin to discuss his highlights (and lowlights!) of 2023, and looks forward to an important 2024 for global health.

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December 7, 2023 36 mins

How does historically divisive discourse and the political systems and institutions that grow from them reinforce inequities? Learn more about these issues with our guests Gustavo Andrey de Almeida Lopes Fernandes, Professor of Public Policy at the A Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil, Alexandra Haas, the executive director of Oxfam Mexico, and Martin McKee, a Professor of European P...

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What are the benefits of urban green and blue spaces for health? Ruth Hunter from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, and Thomas Astell-Burt from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, talk to Lauren Southwell and Heather Brown about the importance of these spaces and the challenges in translating their potential benefits into improved health outcomes.

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Dr Forbes McGain and Dr Cristina Richie join Lancet editors Chloe Wilson and John Carson to discuss the whys, the hows, and the ethics of decarbonising global healthcare.

You can see all of our Spotlight content relating to health and climate change here:
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November 6, 2023 36 mins

Host Delan Devakumar is joined by Kevin Fenton (Public Health Director for London, UK), Ayoade Alakija (Chair of the African Vaccine Delivery Alliance), and Kumanan Rasanathan (Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research)  to explore COVID-19 and racism by unpacking key themes of power and influence. Drawing from their experiences in public health practice and global health policy, they discuss how racism st...

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Welcome to a series of podcasts produced as a collaboration between The Lancet Voice and the Race & Health podcast. The upcoming series will host a diverse array of experts, activists, and storytellers. We will take a deep dive into issues ranging from COVID-19, to history, to populism. This series offers expert perspectives, technical background, and field accounts to provide listeners a better understanding of racism and its ...

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Dr Patricia Fabian and Professor Ollie Jay join Lancet editors Saleha Hassan and Pierre Nauleau to discuss the current and potential future impacts of climate-change induced extreme heat on health - from the mechanisms that link temperature and health to potential adaptation strategies to build resilience in a heating world.

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