Category “Health”

Doctors in the Death Zone

This two-part BBC Horizon series follows a team of doctors conducting a series of groundbreaking experiments as they climb Everest, the world's highest peak. From their laboratory tents, pitched in -25°C conditions, the experts use their own bodies for medical tests. They push themselves to the limit to better understand the human body's behaviour in a low-oxygen environment. The team hopes their work will lead to new, life-saving treatments for intensive care patients suffering from hypoxia, a shortage of oxygen in the...

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How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery

A&E doctor Kevin Fong finds out how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theatre. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure, from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery...

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The Truth 365

The Truth 365 is a grass-roots documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to all children fighting all forms of cancer. Hosted by 18 year-old Melinda Marchiano, who is a cancer survivor, the documentary shines a light on the state of childhood cancer research funding by uniting the childhood cancer community, all members of Congress, top paediatric oncologists and several of the country’s most influential celebrities. The Truth 365 is a volunteer project by and for the entire childhood cancer community. This collaborative campaign is led by Arms Wide Open Childhood...

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Amateur Armstrongs

The Lance Armstrong scandal has blown the lid on the world of sports doping. However, a larger problem is at risk of slipping by unnoticed: widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by members of the public. Government officials estimate up to 160,000 fitness fanatics may be doping in the Netherlands, risking serious health problems, which “often don’t manifest until years after use”. As the international market is swamped with products manufactured in underground labs, even some dealers are starting to get worried. How big is the problem we will get down the line from these...

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Birthrights: The Risk of Choice

Today in the United States, the most frequent surgical procedure is the C-section, the ‘caesarian’. It is an established practice, but the World Health Organization suggests it should not exceed 15% of all deliveries. In the US, the current figure is close to 30%. The growing debate about caesarian delivery questions its safety, necessity and viability. In this film we meet both sides, those who say it is a reasonable choice and those who argue that it is unnecessary, can be life threatening and is frequently done out of corporate expediency rather than medical need. How do women on...

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The Truth About Size Zero

Louise Redknapp discovers first hand the dangers of the current obsession with being stick thin when she undertakes an extreme crash diet and exercise regime in an attempt to drop to a US dress size zero in just 30 days. In The Truth about Size Zero, Louise undergoes a punishing plan to dramatically lose weight and attempt to drop two dress sizes. The documentary film highlights the risks of subjecting the body to such extreme measures and reveals the real effects extreme dieting and exercise techniques have on the body. Beginning with a trip to LA to meet “Bootcamp Barry,” a...

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America’s Medicated Kids

Parents in America are turning to psychoactive medication to help them cope with the challenging behaviour of their kids, even though the drugs, and sometimes the diagnoses, remain controversial. In America’s Medicated Kids, Louis Theroux travels to one of America’s leading children’s psychiatric treatment centres, in Pennsylvania, to learn and understand what drives parents to put their kids on drugs. Louis meets Hugh, a 10 year-old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. Moving in with Hugh and his family,...

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Women of Fukushima

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families. Over a year since three reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a broad, disparate anti-nuclear movement is growing in Japan. Nowhere is that more apparent, perhaps, than in Fukushima prefecture, where a group of local women boldly protest the deafening silence of the Japanese government over the worst nuclear accident of this century. Largely ignored...

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Rise of the Superbugs

Antibiotics are the wonder drugs of modern medicine. They’ve allowed doctors to save and extend life by killing infection and enabling ground breaking surgery. But imagine a world where antibiotics don’t work – that would be a place dominated by superbugs, bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Scientists say this would end many modern medical procedures and they claim the threat is greater than we realise. Rampant use of antibiotics coupled with an explosion in global travel has led to superbugs spreading worldwide. Rise of the Superbugs steps into the lab with leading experts...

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