Category “Health”

The Virus That Cures

South of Moscow, North of Turkey, scientist in the Republic of Georgia may hold our last defense against the superbugs, against the advance of antibiotic resistant bacteria. From the sewage found being poured into a river a medicine can be found, a medicine from a virus, the virus that...

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Burning Desire The Seduction of Smoking

Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet, every year over 5 million customers of the tobacco industry die. In this documentary series, Peter Taylor investigates why thousands of young people around the world are still taking up smoking daily. We get an insight into how the powerful tobacco companies manipulate smokers and seduce the young, potential victims of the fatal addiction. The film also takes a look at the industries fight against increasing regulations, from the banning of smoking in public places to covering the boxes with discouraging...

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The Battle to Beat Polio

Stephanie Flanders, former BBC economics editor, has a very personal interest in the battle to beat polio. Her father, Michael Flanders, one half of the world-famous singing duo of the 50s and 60s, Flanders and Swann, was paralysed by the infection when he was 21. He used a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and died early at 53 through complications caused by the disease. Stephanie was just six. But the desperate search for a vaccine was far from straightforward. Stephanie discovers that it is the story of decades of battling between good and bad science, celebrity scientists with giant...

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Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed

BBC's Panorama takes it upon themselves to investigate the state of some of Britain's care homes for the elderly. Through the use of secret filming this documentary reveals some truly disturbing cases of neglect. We are shown what its like for some elderly folk living in such care homes and how the workers, the very people trusted with ensuring the well being of family members mistreat their...

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Children of Darkness

Children of Darkness is an Oscar nominated 1983 documentary film produced and written by Richard Kotuk and Ara Chekmayan. It explored the topic of juvenile psychiatry - an acute lack of mental health care in America for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Many children in these institutions were simply warehoused and the common basic form of therapy was drugs, which didn't really help the kids but merely controlled them. The film not only uncovered the mistreatments in mental institutions but it also captured the cold realization that mental illness can happen to anyone. Public mental...

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Thalidomide The Fifty Year Fight

Over fifty years ago the drug Thalidomide shocked the world. For ten years a battle for compensation was fought against one of Britain's largest corporations. One man stood up against this injustice, but this man would see those he was fighting for, turn against him and many attempted to silence his story. But his actions set in motion a chain of events which changed the lives of every Thalidomide child born in the UK and the legacy of that battle continues today, over fifty years on from the tragedy, campaigners are now focusing on the inventors of the...

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The Science of Acupuncture

BBC Documentary on Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thousands of years, what we now think of as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) was the only medicine; now, traditional cures are being treated with a fresh respect. For BBC TWO, scientist Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University Kathy Sykes investigates why science is starting to respond to these centuries-old remedies.... Alternative Medicine: The Evidence on Acupuncture Kathy begins her journey in China where she sees some incredible demonstrations of acupuncture. The most astonishing is a scene in a Chinese hospital in...

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A Hundred Orgasms A Day

It should be the peak of pleasure, your average woman might manage two or three a week but this film follows the life of three women who are plagued every hour of everyday with the need to have an orgasm. The condition itself has only recently been diagnosed as Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome or PSAS and it can be extremely unpleasant for those who suffer from it. It is not connected to any sensations of sexual...

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The 46 Year Pregnancy

In the capital of Morocco a 75 year old woman is rushed to hospital, her stomach is swollen and she is crippled in pain, doctors think she has an ovarian tumor and take her for an ultrasound scan. To the doctors surprise they discovered a strange mass with a bizarre form. The doctors are baffled and in an attempt to find out more they send the woman for further tests, the radiologist is shocked by what he sees, inside the stomach of the 75 year old woman is a baby but whats more shocking is that this baby was conceived 46 years...

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