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Dwarfism [electronic resource]: Born to Be Small

Dwarfism - achondroplasia - affects one out of every 25,000 children. This program follows four families impacted by this condition: a person of short stature whose husband is of average height anxiously waits to learn if her unborn child will be a dwarf; a 13-year-old little person, taunted at school, opts for an extraordinary operation that will lengthen her legs; a couple, comfortable with their own dwarfism, talk about their life; and another couple, of average height, struggle to accept their child's dwarfism.

Treating Precocious Puberty [electronic resource]

Although the age at which puberty begins has been declining for at least a century, any sexual development at younger than age 7 for girls and age 9 for boys is considered to be precocious puberty. This program outlines the various causes of precocious puberty and explains how the condition is diagnosed, while stressing the importance of therapies that will stop its progression. Parents of children whose medical treatments help them avoid the physical and emotional consequences of precocious puberty share their experiences.

Lifesaving Options for Abdominal Aortic and Thoracic Aneurysms [electronic resource]

Forming where there is a weakness in an artery wall, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms kill more people each year than does breast cancer or car accidents. Having high blood pressure, smoking, and a family history of aortic disease are among the risk factors that make them more likely to occur, but unfortunately, aneurysms often strike without warning. In this program, medical experts explain the formation of an aneurysm and how the condition can be diagnosed and repaired before it becomes lethal. The importance of screening for at-risk patients is stressed.

Medical Breakthrough [electronic resource]: A Cure for Sweating

Imagine sweating so much that you skip your high school prom because you can't face buying a dress. This ABC News report tells the story of one woman whose excessive sweating made her not want to leave her house, and the new treatment that changed her life.

Kidney Stones [electronic resource]

Some say passing a kidney stone is more painful than childbirth. People have been suffering from kidney stones since the beginning of time, and the incidents continue to rise. What are kidney stones, how are they treated, and more importantly, can they be prevented? (27 minutes)

Metabolic Syndrome [electronic resource]

Need a good reason to get out of your easy chair and into a healthier lifestyle? Then consider the possibility that a lack of physical activity, together with other common health problems, can make you a prime candidate for a potentially life-threatening health condition called metabolic syndrome. Learn what metabolic syndrome is, find out about its causes and consequences, and determine prevention measures.

Pituitary Gland Tumor [electronic resource]

Pituitary gland tumors produce a variety of symptoms and can be very difficult to diagnose. Learn more about the symptoms and the very successful treatment options available.

Possible Cure for Type 1 Diabetes [electronic resource]

Type 1 diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and ultimately even death. Regular insulin injections can of course keep this disorder in check, but certainly this is no cure. In this video segment, hear from scientists who are optimistic they can change the lives of thousands of people, if only they can perfect a radical transplant procedure aimed at beating this disease for good.

Hypothyroidism [electronic resource]

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box (larynx). It releases hormones that control metabolism.

Understanding and Managing Type 2 Diabetes [electronic resource]

With diabetes on the rise around the world-and with the type 2 strain afflicting up to 90 percent of the diabetic population-the need for greater awareness and working knowledge of type 2 has also risen. This program was developed as a response to growing demand for diabetic nursing expertise in Australia. Topics include types, characteristics, and symptoms of type 2; monitoring blood glucose levels; obtaining a glucose level reading; managing glucose levels with diet; managing glucose levels with medications; and recognizing and managing adverse effects. This is a valuable learning resource for nursing students, clinical nurses, and support staff delivering hands-on care.
2009; 2007

Diabetes [electronic resource]: Sweet Poison in the Blood

The global statistics are alarming: diabetes kills one person every 10 seconds, and a limb amputation is carried out as a result of the disease every 30 seconds. What can 21st-century medicine achieve in the face of such ominous data? This film examines the escalation of diabetes cases around the world and looks at examples of concrete progress against the illness. Viewers learn about the basic science behind diabetes; the factors of obesity and poor physical fitness; the roles played by infection and the immune system; the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes; and the use of stem cell research and islet cell transplants in treating and-perhaps one day-curing the disease.
2009; 2007

Testosterone Replacement Therapy [electronic resource]

The Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) program discusses a problem that for years had been considered a natural and inevitable part of the aging process for men. But today, men don't have to feel ashamed and hide their private suffering. TRT not only can bring vitality and passion back to life for the millions suffering from it, but as research is beginning to support, treating low testosterone levels may actually have a positive benefit on other serious medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Bubble Babies [electronic resource]

At one time, being born with severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID-essentially without an immune system-led to a short life encased in a plastic bubble meant to ward off the many diseases that could eventually result in death. But, as this program shows, four-year-old Owen has proved there is hope. Two years previously, he received a bone-marrow transplant and is now entirely normal. His mother's next pregnancy was another SCID baby. Owen's new immune system made him the perfect, and the only, donor for his baby brother.

Last of the Giants Series 1 [electronic resource]: Medical Mysteries

Giants are not just the stuff of myth and legend; they are real people, and their condition is caused by a medical disorder that can now be treated. John Paul Ofwono of Uganda is currently the tallest man in the world. Though that makes him a celebrity in his country, he urgently needs treatment for acromegaly, the condition that now threatens his life. Acromegaly is caused by a disorder of the pituitary gland that causes it to produce excessive amounts of growth hormone. It is likely the same condition that made the biblical Goliath such a huge man. The program features famous giants and several young people who would have died in early middle age, but who have now been successfully treated.

New Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes [electronic resource]

With more than a million Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year, it would be reasonable to think that a standard set of treatments has emerged to address the epidemic. But, as this program reports, the treatments available for people with type 2 diabetes vary according to their specific, individual needs. With the help of case studies and expert commentary, the video covers general symptoms that the disease may or may not present, how it can go undetected for years, and how it is typically, if belatedly, diagnosed. While highlighting preventive strategies, the film also illustrates the importance of effective management of type 2 diabetes and the best strategies for doing so. Guests include Dr. Daniel Einhorn of the Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes and Dr. Anne Pe [...]

Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk [electronic resource]

An increase in body weight has been associated with more than 60 chronic illnesses, says Louis Aronne, M.D., one of the world's foremost experts in obesity and author of the best-seller The Skinny. In this program, Dr. Aronne and other medical experts examine the links between obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease through case studies involving four middle-age patients-three male and one female. In addition, they discuss the importance of active patient participation in the management of diabetes through dietary planning, exercise, self-monitoring, and taking prescribed medication.

Living With Diabetes [electronic resource]

About every five years people predict how many new cases of diabetes there will be in the future, says Dr. John Buse, "and every one of those predictions has fallen short." With more than 15 million Americans already diagnosed, this program aims to educate viewers about the causes and management of diabetes, focusing especially on type 2. Patients talk candidly about the difficult but necessary step of cutting back on foods that exacerbate the disorder, and how they've made exercise part of their daily routine. The importance of monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol along with glucose levels is also emphasized. Includes commentary from Dr. Steven Edelman and other experts.

HbA1c [electronic resource]

HbA1c is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous three months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes [electronic resource]

Diabetes means your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth. Type 1 diabetes happens most often in children and young adults but can appear at any age.

Diabetes [electronic resource]: Retinal Conditions

Diabetes may affect the retina by causing the formation of whitish patches called exudates. Other indications may include tiny enlargements of the blood vessels resulting in microaneurysms and hemorrhages.