Category “Health”

Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars

Vice News travels to Cook County Jail, located in Chicago, Illinois, which is the largest single site jail in America, it currently houses 9,000 inmates and it is estimated that 30% of these individuals have mental health illnesses, making it the largest mental health care provider in America today. This short documentary aims to examine the current state of such a mental health care system which is currently in pretty bad shape given budget cuts and a lack of community based resources. More often or not people are just being swept into the criminal justice system for low-level,...

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Can You Cure My Cancer

A scary fact is that one in two of us will get cancer, its a disease that touches every family in Britain. BBC's Panorama has spent the last eighteen months on the frontline in the fight against the disease. At the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, patients that have been given just months to live are keeping cancer at bay for years. Advances in genetics are delivering a new generation of smarter cancer drugs. Leading scientists at the institute of cancer research see this as a game changing moment as patents that have run out of options under conventional treatment are helping to...

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Half Ton World

2013 was the year obesity became a worldwide emergency and there are now currently over 300 million people around the world who are now considered to be clinically obese, some of them are truly supersized weighing in at up to half a ton. This film travels the world in order to meet up with such individuals in order to discover what life is really like when you are over six times heaver than the average person. At this scale of obesity people are fighting for their lively hood, freedom and even...

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Broadmoor

Broadmoor is a word that makes people shiver, most people think that Broadmoor is a prison but in fact it is a high secure psychiatric hospital and home to some of the UK's most dangerous and violent prisoners. After five years of negotiation and for the very first time the hospital has allowed cameras in to meet the men who live behind these walls. With unprecedented access and filmed over a year this series reveals the secrets of life inside Britain's most notorious...

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Back from the Brink: Heroin’s Antidote

The United States has seen a spike in Opioid abuse over the last decade, in 2010 an average of 100 people died a day due to an overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people each year than gun shot wounds or car crashes but finding a solution has been hard because of the stigma surrounding drug users and lack of support for programs that are based on reducing the harmful effects of drug use rather than those requiring abstinence. New England in particular has been hit hard by this rise in fatal overdoses and in Massachusetts deaths by heroin and other such opiates has rising by more than...

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AIDS in Black America

This FRONTLINE & ENDGAME film is a groundbreaking two-hour examination of one of Americas biggest health issues which in itself is preventable. There is around one million people in the United States who are infected by HIV about half of these are black men, women and children. Using interviews and old archived data this documentary traces the history of AIDS epidemic and allows those involved to tell their...

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Living On Steroids

Anabolic steroids have been used by bodybuilders for years, they build muscle, strength and improve on a user's overall performance but these steroids are now being used by young men who want to look good quick, it's a trend thats on the increase. South Wales is now known as the steroid capital of the United Kingdom and it's big business. In this film they set about investigating what on offer when it comes to buying steroids online, finding unground labs and counterfeit drugs. Can users really be sure they know what they are...

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League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

The NFL is undeniably one of Americas favorite sports / pastimes, but as of late it appears the league itself has become under assault from former players claiming that participating in this sport lead to them developing long-term brain injuries and that these were being covered up. In this two hour FRONTLINE documentary they ask the question, how much did the NFL know and when did it know? In a bid to get to uncover any attempts of covering injuries...

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Born Asleep

This Panorama episode takes a look at the toll of still born babies that shames Britain, which has one of the highest rates of still born births in the developed world, with 9 apparently healthy babies dying in the womb each day. This film meets with the doctors who think they can save thousands of babies lives, they have been battling for years for the medical establishment to take notice but others say the evidence just isn't sufficient enough. The NHS promotes preventative medicine yet life saving interventions are still not being rolled out as quickly as you might have...

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