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Thyroid Cancer Increase

New studies show that thyroid cancer has more than tripled over the last four decades, especially among young and middle aged women. Doctors are researching this alarming trend, and how more advanced screening can help catch these cancers.
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2019; 2017
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Hidden Heart Risks

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. And, it isn’t just traditional risk factors that we need to worry about. Learn more about hidden heart risks.
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2019; 2018
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Preventing Dementia?

Every 66 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with the most common type of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease. Now, a Florida scientist says it can actually be prevented.
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2019; 2018
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Buruli Ulcers - a Mysterious Disease

Buruli Ulcer is a little known disease in Ghana, even though it is highly prevalent in West Africa. Cases have also been found in over 30 countries, including Australia. It starts with a bump on the skin, then swells and if untreated, finally bursts and eats away at the flesh. The disease often goes untreated in Ghana as there are only six buruli ulcer wards for a population of 24 million people. Often people are admitted at a late stage, which can mean skin grafts and even amputation. In this film, we went to a clinic on the outskirts of the capital Accra which specializes in this little known disease. Often it goes untreated. But for those who develop a buruli ulcer, their lives are turned upside down. If caught early, buruli ulcers can easily be treated with antibiotics. But if le [...]
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2019; 2018
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Nigeria Vaccines

Polio has been eradicated across 99 percent of the globe. Today, it only exists in three countries. One of those countries has just surpassed a big milestone: one year without a case of polio, for the first time ever. Join Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he journeys to the farthest reaches of northern Nigeria with a team of healthcare workers searching for the last remaining children in need of polio vaccinations. Along the way, Gupta will debunk common myths that discourage parents from vaccinating their children.
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2019; 2015
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Reversing Disease

On this episode of Vital Signs, Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines case studies involving patients who have shown improvement or, in some cases, reversed life-threatening disease. From Caldwell Esselstyn'suse of a whole-food, plant-based diet to treat heart disease to the lifestyle changes Brit Geoff Whitington used to bounce back from adult-onset diabetes, this episode shows there is hope for patients who are fighting for their lives.
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2019; 2016
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Microbiome

You have probably heard the expression "you are what you eat." Thereis a lot more truth to that than you might think. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines our gut and the 100 trillion microbes that live in and on us, making up the microbiome.
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2019; 2017
248.

Dubai

The beaches, the lifestyle, the beauty, the buildings-these are just some of the things Dubai is most known for. But like the rest of the world, obesity and diabetes are also on the rise here. Thankfully, so is awareness about these "lifestyle" diseases. In the United Arab Emirates, there is a growing movement to try and address this worrisome trend; and much of it starts on the ground level, with people just like you and me. Journey to Dubai with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to explore the ways people are working to stay healthy and what we can all learn from their experiences.
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2019; 2018
249.

Fighting Malnutrition

Fighting malnutrition in Guatemala has become a major concern. With rising food prices, most children are brought up on just tortillas and beans, lacking essential vitamins and minerals; chronic malnutrition stunts mental and physical development. Staff members at Bethania Clinic, supported by Christian Aid, are teaching mothers how to grow and cook nutritious indigenous plants. In this film, we follow Maria Leonor and her extended family.
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2019; 2018
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Miracle Blood

This episode of CNN's Vital Signsfocuses on the importance of blood, plasma, and bone marrow donation. James Harrison has saved donated his extraordinary, life-saving blood nearly every week for last 60 years, saving more than 2 million Australian babies. English stem cell donor Stuart Phillips flies to Boston to meet the woman whose life he has saved.
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2019; 2015
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The Struggle to Breathe

Without antibiotics, young children in the Philippines are easy prey to pneumonia, the world's biggest killer. Many of them live on rubbish dumps making charcoal and living in hovels. Health care is not available and the authorities don't seem to care about them.
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2019; 2018
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Virus Hunters

Researchers begina slow and cumbersome descent, deep into the Grootboom Cave, hindered by head-to-toe protective suits, but those suits are the only things standing between safety and exposure. Thousands of bats live inside this cave, and not far from the cave's entrance is the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, a heavily populated area. Any number of these bats could potentially be carrying a deadly pathogen. Known as zoonotic, these are diseases that can jump from animals to humans, responsible for viruses like SARS and MERS. And in a time where international travel has connected the world more than ever before, it takes a coordinated, global effort to prevent a widespread outbreak?-starting with the teams of researchers in caves like this one. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and David McK [...]
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2019; 2016
253.

Power of Sport

On fields, tracks, and courts around the world, you will find some of the most inspiring people, often fighting incredible odds. So what is it about sports that motivates them, whether it is fighting a disease or a disability, and in turn, motivating us? Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the power of sports through three incredible stories from theUnited States and the United Arab Emirates.
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2019; 2018
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Battling Obesity in the Middle East

Shahzad Ahmed was overweight, hypertensive, and diabetic, and he realized he needed to turn his life around if he wanted to see his daughter grow up. As obesity and diabetes continue to rise, Vital Signsfocuses in on the part of the world where they have reached epidemic levels: the Middle East. The luxurious lifestyle and booming wealth of the Gulf region have led to a sedentary lifestyle and an overabundance of food. Journey to the Middle East and see what extremes people like Ahmed are doing in order to change their lifestyles and fight life-threatening disease.
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2019; 2015
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The Deadliest Disease

Sleeping Sickness is the deadliest disease in the world. The Democratic Republic of Congo suffers more cases than any other country. Without treatment, parasites called trypanosomes invade the victim's brain, ravage their sleep cycle, driving them mad before finally killing them. But dedicated doctors and medics are fighting back. We tell the stories of those who have lost family to the disease and of the lucky ones who have survived this deadly disease. This is the heart-rending story of people who have to keep fighting to survive, despite this terrible disease taking lives in their villages every day.
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2019; 2018
256.

The Deadly Combination

Tuberculosis, a disease once thought to be under control, is spreading and mutating. It is developing resistance to almost every drug available. In South Africa, fears of an epidemic have led some health authorities to lock up patients. How should countries balance their need to protect the public from a killer disease with the rights of the individual patients?
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2019; 2018
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Cholera in Haiti

More than 5,000 people have died of cholera in Haiti and half a million have fallen ill in just six months. A cholera treatment center with 25 beds is bulging at the seams with patients being forced to share a bed. Poor sanitation is fuelling the disease outbreak and the government is now building its first ever sewage treatment center.
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2019; 2018
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The Plant That Cures Malaria

Malaria kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds. The disease is both the cause and effect of Africa's poverty. But in Uganda, a pioneering farmer, Clovis Kabaseke, believes he has an answer to both problems, using the Chinese herb Artemisia. Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies - are one of the best new hopes for defeating Malaria. Clovis hopes that by encouraging African farmers to grow the plant, he can cure both poverty and this deadly disease.
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2019; 2018
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Living Downstream

Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this award-winning documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives a worrisome result. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggle with a possible cancer recurrence and her public quest to bring attention to the toxic chemicals in our environment. We follow these invisible toxicants as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how they enter our bodies and, once inside, how they may contribute to cancer formation. Experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research talk about their own findin [...]
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2017; 2013
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Superhumans

Surgeon Gabriel Weston continues to unlock the secrets of the human body through some of the most extraordinary cases in medicine. This time, we meet a man who feels no pain, a woman who can smell Parkinson's disease, a man who can remember every face he has ever seen and a survivor of a head injury who woke up to find he could suddenly play the piano. These remarkable cases are shedding new light on one of the most mysterious parts of the human body: the brain.
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2017