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Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain

5.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, yet how it unfolds in the brain is still a mystery to us. The quest to understand bipolar illness is central to the quest of understand the brain itself. Using the latest technology to gather information about how the brain functions, we learn how this information is being integrated to generate a map which reveals how the brains con

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The Truth About Alcohol

Last January the British government released its new guidelines for alcohol consumption and for the UK's 40 million drinkers it was all pretty sobering. For men the recommended weekly limit was slashed by a third which equates to roughly 7 pints of beer, bringing it in line with the amount recommended for women. In this film we see A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim embark on mission to discover

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Children of Chernobyl

Children of Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 resulted in a radioactive fallout which was 100 times greater than a nuclear bomb. To this day nobody really knows the true extent of how many people were truly affected by this but one of the few things that scientists can agree on is that children born in the surrounding areas will continue to be the primary victims. Many children have become ill over the years

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Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis C is a liver disease which tends to be very contagious, being spread primarily through contact with the blood of someone who is infected. It's severity can range from a mild illness lasting only a couple of weeks to becoming a serious, lifelong illness which attacks the liver. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC have come out and estimated that around 3.5 mi

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Chazz Petrella: The Boy Who Should Have Lived

Having grown up in Cobourg, Ontario, with a loving family which included four older siblings, Chazz Petrella seemed to have an idyllic childhood. He was big into skateboarding and sports in general, like any other child his age he could often be found attempting various daredevil stunts with his best friend, he was full of joy and energy. However once he started school Chazz's teachers started rep

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Fed Up

Fed Up

Fed Up is a first hand examination of America's ongoing battle with obesity, the films shows us how over 30 years ago when the first dietary guidelines were issued by the U.S. government, they somehow failed to take into account the effect sugar has in increasing the risks of obesity, diabetes and associated ill-health outcomes, more notably in children. These guidelines were designed to protec

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The Smashing Machine

Originally released in 2002 and directed by John Hyams, The Smashing Machine is a film about the mixed martial arts career and personal life of Mark Kerr. This graphic documentary takes an unflinching look into the world of no-holds-barred fighting and the modern day gladiators who populate it, all through the eyes of Mark "The Smashing Machine" Kerr and his friend Mark "The Hammer" Coleman. To

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Louis Theroux: A Different Brain

Louis Theroux’s latest documentary A Different Brain, saw the presenter spending time with staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust or BRIT, one of the UK’s largest providers of neuro-behavioural rehabilitation, in an effort to understand how individuals and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition. In his characteristically calm and empathetic mann

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Love in the Time of Zika

Love in the Time of Zika

This is the story of three mothers who fiercely love their imperfect babies, all of whom were born with microcephaly which resulted in their heads being abnormally small and their brains underdeveloped. This can mean severe intellectual impairment, frequent seizures, even blindness and deafness, the scary thing is that nobody known for sure what the long term effects will be. The birth of these

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