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[LEARN] Prescribing physical activity with Dr Jane Thornton (Part 1)

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In this BJSM podcast, BJSM deputy editor Dr Jane Thornton joins Daniel Friedman to discuss physical activity counselling.

Dr Jane Thornton MD PhD is a sports medicine physician and researcher currently based in London, Canada, and is an international advocate for physical activity. She has a wealth of international experience in the field of preventative medicine, with a particular passion for promoting physical activity as both prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Alongside a super impressive medical career, Dr Thornton is also a World Champion and former Olympic rower for Canada.

In Part 1 of this 2-part podcast, Dr Thornton discusses:
· Why physical activity is the single best thing we can do for our health
· The evidence for physical activity prescription in primary care
· The shared decision making of how to prescribe physical activity to patients
· How to talk about physical activity intensity with patients

[LEARN] Physical Activity and Cancer, an update with Dr Rebecca Robinson

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In this podcast Dr Katie Marino interviews Dr Rebecca Robinson about physical activity & cancer. Dr Robinson is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant in Sheffield who has clinics at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield working directly with cancer patients.

During the podcast she gives a great insight into our current understanding of the use of physical activity in cancer patients. As Macmillan quote that by 2020 almost half the population will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime, it is important that we increase our understanding of how physical activity can be used to improve quality of life in this patient group. As mentioned in the podcast, please visit the following link for more information:

movingmedicine.ac.uk/disease/cancer/#start

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[LISTEN] Climate change will make universal health coverage precarious

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Universal Healthcare Coverage and the National Health Insurance (NHI) are major talking points both in South Africa and abroad.

The BMJ in partnership with The Harvard Global Health Institute has launched a collection of articles exploring how to achieve effective universal health coverage (UHC). The collection highlights the importance of quality in UHC, potential finance models, how best to incentivise stakeholders, and some of the barriers to true UHC.

One of those barriers, and it’s a big one, is climate change – patterns of disease will change, both communicable and non-communicable, cataclysmic weather will disrupt systems, and the economic impact is going to challenge our ability to pay for healthcare.

But even against that backdrop, Ashish Jha, and Rene Salas – aren’t totally pessimistic. They join us to talk about the intersection between climate and health, and where effective change can be made.