Health

The Return of the Black Death

With the current outbreak of the Ebola virus making it's rounds the last thing we want to hear is word of Black Death outbreaks but back in September of 2013, the Minister of Health issued an epidemic alert of the spread of plague across Madagascar. The outbreak itself hit some of the most remote villages in Madagascar and killed dozens of people, it is rumored that it began affecting those in ove

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The Politics of Food: Smokies

In the UK there is a lot of cultural diversity and most of these people try access the food which is traditional to them but often those foods and the ingredients that go into these dishes can be illegal to buy. Smokies are no different, they are a traditional food to some West African countries but in the UK they are illegal to produce and sell. This has been the case throughout Europe since 1987

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Ebola: The Search for a Cure

Nobody really knows where the Ebola virus comes from but whats even scarier is the fact that his recent outbreak is the worst Ebola epidemic the world has ever seen, with the current death toll claiming more lives than all previous outbreaks combined. Efforts to contain the virus appear to be failing, but there is hope. In this episode of Horizon we meet the medics on the frontline and follows

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Edge of Life

Edge of Life

This is the second film in Louis Theroux's latest series of documentaries entitled "LA Stories". In this episode Louis decides to make his way over to West Hollywood's Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in order to get a better understanding of how Americans deal with terminal illness and death itself. Several patients and family members have agreed to be filmed, these cases include several forms of cance

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The Virus That Cures

The Virus That Cures

South of Moscow, North of Turkey, scientist in the Republic of Georgia may hold our last defense against the superbugs, against the advance of antibiotic resistant bacteria. From the sewage found being poured into a river a medicine can be found, a medicine from a virus, the virus that cures.  

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Burning Desire The Seduction of Smoking

Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet, every year over 5 million customers of the tobacco industry die. In this documentary series, Peter Taylor investigates why thousands of young people around the world are still taking up smoking daily. We get an insight into how the powerful tobacco companies manipulate smokers and seduce the young, potential victims of the fatal addict

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The Battle to Beat Polio

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

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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 patie

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Children of Darkness

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 ki

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