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Menopause [electronic resource]: HRT and Other Treatments

It's a life change that every woman faces. Unfortunately, menopause can lead to serious medical issues such as brittle bones, mood disorders, and sexual dysfunction. This program explains the biological changes that take place in the female body during menopause and assesses the potential of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. It also examines findings on possible links between HRT and the risk of cancer and heart disease, while outlining alternatives to HRT and other treatment options. Case studies shed light on the human and medical dimensions of menopause. Commentary comes from Dr. Lila Nachtigall of the NYU School of Medicine and Dr. Hugh Taylor of the Yale School of Medicine.
Online
2009; 2007
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The Secret of Genes [electronic resource]

Longevity may or may not come from one's family tree-but with the help of science, could it one day be "inserted" into our genes? This program looks at research in genetic modification that might help extend human life spans. Spotlighting recent DNA experiments on the C. elegans worm, the program also describes longevity studies in mice, mollusks, and fungi-all of which shed light on possibilities for genetic alteration in humans. Students will learn about the roles played by mitochondria and free radicals while the genetic implications of diet and metabolism are also explored. Conclusions based on studies of Okinawan populations and the Biosphere 2 venture of the early 1990s are featured.
Online
2009; 2005
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The Beauty and Burden of Hormones [electronic resource]

Are exercise and smart eating the best tools for staying youthful and attractive? Or is there a third ingredient in the fountain of youth-namely, clinical adjustments to the body's chemistry, perhaps with drugs derived from other creatures' hormones? This program examines the subject of hormone therapy and its link to longevity studies. Outlining the role hormones play in sexual attraction, the program describes the biological aspects of menopause; explains the use of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, or SNP, in treating testosterone decline; and shows how the use of horse estrogen has been discredited as a weapon against female aging. Research into soya and phytoestrogens is also featured.
Online
2010; 2005
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Parkinson's [electronic resource]: Great Drug Experiment

Once diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, most patients can expect a stable and active lifestyle for up to a decade-but new drugs could lengthen that period. This program follows five volunteers in the clinical trial of MitoQ, a medicine designed to slow the ailment's progress. Viewers are taken through the yearlong, double-blind placebo-controlled study, in which each volunteer performs a daily regimen of physical and mental exercise while his or her symptom progression is closely monitored. Interviews feature Dr. Barry Snow, the neurologist in charge of the trial, and Ken Taylor, CEO of Antipodean Pharmaceuticals, which makes and markets MitoQ.
Online
2009; 2008
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How We Move [electronic resource]: Brain and Biomechanics

At the twilight of an active life, Anna is now bedridden due to a serious fall. What makes the elderly-even those who are in full possession of their mental and physical faculties-more prone to falling than younger people? As this program demonstrates, the answer lies not in the body or the brain alone, but in their interconnection. Exploring Anna's past dreams of becoming a ballerina, the film shows how complex physical motion such as dancing or even typing requires sophisticated coordination between the body's neural, muscular, and skeletal systems. How aging affects such coordination, and how new artificial limb technology enables movement, are important themes in the program.
Online
2008; 2006
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Growing Old [electronic resource]

Most people are unwilling to confront aging-even many seniors live in denial of it. Some fear losing their independence and autonomy, while others simply can't accept the graying of their hair. This program explores the varied landscape of aging in America, presenting the realities-physical, medical, emotional, and economic-of growing old in a youth-obsessed society. Whether they are well off in retirement, financially marginalized, in good health, or terminally ill, the film's participants provide moving and provocative commentary and raise several challenging questions. What exactly is the healthy way to grow old? Is age a disease to be battled or a beautiful stage of life to be embraced and celebrated? Perhaps most importantly, how can we reverse our society's neglect of the elderly?
Online
2007; 2006
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Living Forever [electronic resource]: Longevity Revolution

The longevity revolution is under way! In this program, gerontologist Michael Rose introduces viewers to recent breakthroughs in life extension science-and approaches to staying alive until those technologies become readily available. Biological age measurement, caloric restriction, stem cell therapy, cryobiology, and artery-cruising nanobots are discussed, as well as experiments being conducted to increase the life span of mice via nutritional supplements, of nematodes through genetic engineering, and of fruit flies by tricking the natural selection process into promoting the well-being of the species' adults.
Online
2008; 2007
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Adult Health and Development [electronic resource]

This program describes the physical and psychological characteristics of the three stages of adult development, along with some factors that influence wellness as men and women age. Universal determinants of health are covered, including lifestyle choices, gender differences, and environmental conditions. Addressing the emotional development of adults, the video outlines Erik Erikson's psychosocial stages, from the youthful balancing of individuality with intimacy through to the inner conflicts of middle age and the emotional reckoning of elderly adults. Throughout the program expert input is interspersed with personal opinions from adults at all stages of life.
Online
2011
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Advance Care Planning [electronic resource]: Preferences for Care at the End of Life

In our society where so much attention is devoted to the immediacy of daily life, issues like serious illness and death are never easy to think about or discuss. But ignoring these topics can have devastating consequences. This program tells how a growing number of people - both young and old - are taking a proactive role through a process known as advance care planning. The process includes completing a living will and a medical power of attorney, and considering organ-donation options.
Online
2008
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Face Value [electronic resource]

Dr. John Marsden examines how the way we look affects the way we think about ourselves and others. This episode begins with Sam, a woman in her late 20s who is obsessed with her wrinkles. She undertakes an experiment to find out whether antiaging creams really hold promise. Stand-up comedian Dan feels that life is too short to spend time grooming himself. He undergoes a total makeover and makes use of a full range of male products for a few weeks. Gary is in the sorry situation of being a hairdresser who is losing his hair. Dr. Marsden takes him to a leading trichologist to discover whether there is anything he can do to prevent it from falling out.
Online
2004
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Older Adults in Recovery [electronic resource]

Recovery late in life means changing much of what is familiar and comfortable. Family relationships, social and leisure activities, self-care, spiritual beliefs - it's all different in the new light of recovery. This program features real-life stories of several individuals who sobered up late in life with important messages about keeping recovery alive.
Online
2002
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The Whole Body: Series 2 [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. Alice Roberts explains how all the organs of the body work in unison, and explores the benefits of exercise. Using a treadmill, she demonstrates how regular exercise can counterbalance the natural deterioration of our fitness levels as our bodies age. She also takes a look at how the latest medical technology, such as 3-D scanning, can help doctors diagnose illness - but points out that medical advances in treatment are only half the story since prevention is also very important. Her conclusion is that the best chance of having a long and happy life is to eat a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise.
Online
2008
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Living With Dying [electronic resource]

Horizon takes a look at hospice care, which provides treatment for the terminally ill. This type of care was pioneered in the 1950s and has grown rapidly ever since. The treatment is not aimed at curing those with terminal illnesses but rather at easing their suffering. Hospice care can be provided at hospitals, at nursing homes, and in the homes of incurably ill patients. When nothing else can be done to stop needless pain, drugs such as heroin are used, giving the patients the best quality of life possible in their last days on earth. In addition to providing care for their patients, hospices also help families to adjust to the loss of loved ones.
Online
1981
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Now Is Our Time [electronic resource]: Healthy Living for Women 40-55

As they reach midlife, women face a special set of health-related challenges. This program hosted by dancer/celebrity Debbie Allen weaves together the personal stories of a racially diverse group of perimenopausal women as they deal with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Expert commentary by an endocrinologist and a diabetes educator stresses the importance of a good diet, exercise, and periodic mammograms and Pap smears. Positive aspects of maturity are also reinforced, rounding out this comprehensive overview of women's health from ages 40 to 55.
Online
2006; 2002
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Now Is Our Time [electronic resource]: Healthy Living for Black Women 40-55

In America, black women have statistically high incidences of certain illnesses and conditions. Therefore, as they approach their menopausal years-a time of greater health risks for all women-it is especially important that they focus their attention on wellness. In this program hosted by dancer/celebrity Debbie Allen, several black women talk about their midlife health concerns, while two doctors and a diabetes educator discuss the importance of monitoring for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer; the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy; and other topics, including the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Online
2006; 2002
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Geriatric Medicine [electronic resource]: Innovations and Applications

In Europe and America alike, senior citizens are poised to become the defining demographic group. What is the Western medical community doing to better serve this vital population? To find out, this documentary travels to Germany, a progressive locus of geriatric research and elder-care innovation. Topics include anti-aging therapies, quality-of-life issues, post-hospitalization rehabilitation programs, courses that promote independence and overall well-being, senior-friendly household appliances, and remarkable genetic experiments with worms that have succeeded in doubling the creatures' life spans and improving their health. A Deutsche Welle Production.
Online
2005; 2001
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Maintaining Mental Health [electronic resource]

Aging well might be an ambiguous phrase but it does have meaning, especially for people over 60. This program tells the stories of five vibrantly alive seniors who have successfully navigated through momentous life changes. Their examples highlight important precepts for staying mentally healthy, showing how mental health is a key to successful aging. In interviews and in footage of these men and women engaged in various activities, the program provides useful tips and firsthand advice on planning for retirement, staying active, coping with grief, and making the senior years an age of new discoveries.
Online
2005; 2002
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Depression [electronic resource]: Not a Normal Part of Aging

Though aging has its challenges, depression and its frequent companion, substance abuse, need not be among them. This program dispels the myth that there is something inherently depressing about aging. It explores the complex relationship between depression, alcohol, and substance abuse, showing how knowledge of symptoms, family support, and early treatment can restore the capacity for pleasure and contentment in most seniors' lives. Interviews with spouses, family members, social workers, and geriatric psychiatrists are combined with candid, firsthand accounts.
Online
2005; 2002
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Science in Everyday Life Part 1 [electronic resource]: Health and Wellness Video Clips

This collection of 24 visually stunning video clips sheds light on pain, aging, and health threats. Special attention is given to the spine, a common source of discomfort; the effects of old age at both the macro and micro levels; and a variety of risks to physical well-being: malarial infection, food-related pathogens, alcohol overconsumption, naturally occurring bodily toxins, the common cold, and the indiscriminate elimination of epidermal bacteria through over-aggressive hygiene.
Online
2008
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Breaking the Wall of Brain Degeneration [electronic resource]: How Population Studies Can Help Prevent Neurodegenerative Diseases

Due to longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates, the proportion of the population aged over 60 is growing faster than any other age group. The success of public health policies and socioeconomic development has brought new relevance to neurological diseases that often accompany aging. Most of these ailments, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, cannot yet be prevented or cured. Too little is known about the factors that cause disease and those that sustain healthy brain aging. Monique Breteler - of DZNE in Bonn, the University of Bonn, and Harvard School of Public Health - has been leading international population studies in the causes and preclinical detection of neurodegenerative diseases for over 20 years. She was awarded the 2012 Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achi [...]
Online
2012