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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...
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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...
Posted in: Health, Society
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,...
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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...
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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...
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Unsafe Sex In the City
Britain is in the grip of an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections, behind every rash, lump and itch is a patient terrified they may have caught an STI. This BBC four part series follows staff as they treat patients at the Manchester Center of Sexual Health. The production team themselves work alongside the staff here to encourage young people to checked...
Posted in: Health, War
The Endless War
This short documentary examines the condition post traumatic distress disorder or PTSD and how it effects those who suffer from it. The film was shot back in 2010, looking at those in the 2-162 Bravo Company from Oregon Army National Guard who fought in Operation Iraqi...