Health

The Endless 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 Freedom.  

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TB Return of the Plague

TB Return of the Plague

In the southern African nation of Swaziland, around a quarter of all adults are now HIV positive. With so many now living with compromised immune systems, tuberculosis, which had been in decline for decades, has made a dramatic comeback. Now it has a foothold once more, new mutations are evolving fast, meaning the disease threatens the lives of the healthy as well as those with HIV.

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Dying To Sleep

Dying To Sleep

Dying to sleep is a documentary on a extremely rare condition where the individual suffering from the disease known as Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) can no longer fall asleep. The disease itself targets the thalamus which is responsible for a host of functions including regulating our sleep. FFI is a disease for which there is no current cure and death usually occurs between 7 and 36 months aft

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The Man Who Ate Himself To Death

This is the terribly tragic story of Ricky Naputi, who weighed in at 65 stone, classing him as one of the world's largest men. Ricky was a born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, although having always been overweight, it was throughout the last years of Ricky's life that he became completely bedridden due to the fact he could no longer support his own bodyweight, he had become a prisoner i

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The Tiniest Girl in the World

Charlotte Garside is the tiniest girl in the world. When she was born she weighed less than 1 and a half pounds and was the size of a baby that was only 16 weeks old. Though only born four weeks prematurely, she came out tinier than a credit card in size. Charlotte has a form of primordial dwarfism though the specific condition she has is so rare doctors do not have a name for it. It is still unkn

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Holding the Sun

Holding the Sun

In Holding the Sun we get to look into a Canadian family’s struggle to save their son from schizophrenia and cope with the consequences of the condition. The Millar family was torn apart when on May 30th, 1997, Ruth Millar’s son Aaron came calmly up behind her and stuck a sword through her heart. Earlier that morning Ruth wrote to her husband about Aaron’s schizophrenia. She said he was looking qu

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The Real Sleeping Beauty

In 1984, when Sarah Scantlin was just eighteen years old, she was hit by a drunk driver and fell into a coma. Sarah had such severe brain injuries that doctors had to remove the part of her brain that enables speech. Though this kept her from dying, she still would not wake from her coma and had to be kept on life support. In 2005, after twenty years in her coma, Sarah miraculously woke up and beg

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The Boy They Call Fish

Minh Anh lives on a special ward of a Saigon hospital, where both patients and staff call him Ka - Vietnamese for fish - because of the scaly, itchy, peeling skin that covers his body. 8000 miles away, Brenda loves Minh Anh like a son, and every year for the last 15, she has travelled to Vietnam to see him. Their lives are worlds apart, but year after year, their extraordinary friendship gets s

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40 Year Old Child: A New Case

40 Year Old Child: A New Case - TLC revisits the Williams family in Billings, Montana, whose 8-year-old daughter Gabby suffers a mystery medical condition that slows her rate of aging. The Williams along with a handful of other families are facing the unknown when battling against this bizarre and inexplicable syndrome that affects the growth and overall development of their children, from blindne

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