Inside Health

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Inside Health
GenreFactual, discussion
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted byMark Porter
Produced byErika Wright
Beth Eastwood
Original release10/01/2012 – present
No. of episodesSeries 1 - 9

Inside Health is a British radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 discussing health issues which people struggle to understand.[1] The first episode was broadcast on 10 January 2012. It is broadcast on Tuesday evenings at 9pm and repeated on Wednesdays at 3: 30pm. Mark Porter presents the programme.


BBC Radio 4 has broadcast health related programmes since its inception in 1967. Mark Porter joined the BBC in 1992 and has been contributing to Radio 4 since. He also presents Case Notes for the channel. 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 first programme 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 broadcast on 13 and 14 March 2012 discussed whether exercise is good or bad for one's joints.


  1. ^ 9.00-9.30pm. "Media Centre - Programme Information - Inside Health". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes - Inside Health, 10/01/2012". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes - Inside Health, Health bill, Memory, Resuscitation, Flu". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2012.

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