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Life Expectancy [electronic resource]: Geography as Destiny

Give students a context in which to study the world's widely varying life expectancy statistics. Focusing discussion on economic and cultural factors, this program examines dramatic discrepancies between life spans in the United States, Japan, Russia, and the developing nation of Sierra Leone-where a high infant mortality rate creates the lowest life expectancy in the world. The video presents alarming findings at the opposite end of the economic spectrum as well-in Okinawa and West Virginia, where links between obesity and mortality rates are growing, and in Moscow and its suburbs, where the pressures of rapid social change are lowering life expectancy.
Online
2006; 2004
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Infectious Diseases [electronic resource]: More Mobility, Greater Danger

Illustrating connections between globalization and the spread of disease, this program uses data-mapping to assess the potential impact of deadly viruses-including the much-feared and adaptable avian influenza. Outbreaks of bird flu in the Netherlands and West Nile virus in New York City illustrate the increasing mobility of exotic pathogens in an era of frequent international travel and dynamic global migration. Presenting detailed information on virus tracking and the horrific effects that many epidemics have on livestock as well as on people, this video illuminates a new front line in the battle between humans and their microscopic enemies.
Online
2006; 2004