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101.

Pediatric GERD [electronic resource]

In infants less than 12 months of age, the occasional upset stomach is common and is usually no cause for alarm. But when babies and school-aged children have ongoing symptoms of persistent regurgitation, frequent overnight coughing, and abdominal pain, they may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In this program, viewers will discover that pediatric GERD often presents differently than adult GERD, and can go unrecognized by parents and pediatricians. While some children may not outgrow their problems with GERD, most are able to decrease these reflux problems with lifestyle modifications, diet alterations, and medical treatment.
Online
2008
102.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension [electronic resource]: New Treatments and New Options

This program explores pulmonary arterial hypertension, a relatively rare disorder that attacks a patient's heart and lungs. Today there are specialized PH centers that educate patients and their families about this condition. These centers offer information on the availability of research studies that might be beneficial and help to connect patients with support groups in their area. While this is an extremely serious disease, effective new treatments have become available, and the program helps patients educate themselves about all of the options.
Online
2009
103.

Recognizing Child Abuse [electronic resource]: Neglect and Emotional Abuse

After watching this program, viewers will be able to clearly define what constitutes neglect and emotional abuse, give several examples of neglect and emotional abuse and their effects on children, describe the responsibility that professionals have in identifying and reporting neglect and emotional abuse, understand the context and prevalence of neglect and emotional abuse in society, describe some of the behaviors that abusers may exhibit when communicating with caregivers, and discuss some of the behaviors that children may exhibit that could be indicative of a neglected or emotionally abused child.
Online
2008
104.

Saving the Spine [electronic resource]: New Treatments for Vertebral Compression Fractures

While conditions like cancer and heart disease can be life-threatening, there are other diseases that are "quality-of-life-threatening," like osteoporosis - especially where there have already been fractures of the spine. But there are effective treatments for osteoporosis and new surgical techniques to repair the spine with far less pain and suffering than traditional surgeries. This program explores the treatments available for people who have had a vertebral compression fracture and shows how innovative surgical procedures are allowing them to live well with osteoporosis.
Online
2009
105.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Larry Brilliant, TED Prize Wish, Help Stop the Next Pandemic

One way or another, philanthropic epidemiologist Larry Brilliant has spent his career solving the ills of today. Now he wants to take on the ills of tomorrow. Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet and calls for a new global system that can detect, identify, and contain emerging pandemics before they can spread.
Online
2006
106.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Abraham Verghese, a Doctor's Touch

"If you come to one of our hospitals missing a limb, no one will believe you till they get a CAT scan, MRI, or orthopedic consult," jokes Stanford professor Abraham Verghese. In this TEDTalk, Verghese calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam, arguing that ordering tests instead of talking to and examining the patient may mean overlooking a problematic condition that can be treated sooner rather than later. But beyond the clinical benefits of actually seeing, touching, and listening to a patient, Verghese believes that the ritual of interacting with a physician confers a sense of reassurance that contributes to overall wellness.
Online
2011
107.

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.
Online
2007
108.

Understanding Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Technology [electronic resource]

Ultrasound imaging, which uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body, can be used diagnose and treat conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system: the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue throughout the body. This program explores musculoskeletal ultrasound technology, showing viewers how it works and how it is being used as an important diagnostic tool. It also highlights the benefits of musculoskeletal ultrasound images for both patients and physicians, and takes a look into the future of this technology.
Online
2011
109.

Understanding Triple Negative Breast Cancer [electronic resource]

Breast cancer is probably the disease many women fear the most. But in numerous cases, breast cancer is not the automatic death sentence some people perceive it to be. There are effective treatments that can stop the cancer from growing. But when a woman is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer many of those treatments don't work, so researchers have to find other options. This program features women who were diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, shows what treatments are working to stop the cancer, and tells how women can live healthy, productive lives after being diagnosed and treated for this form of breast cancer.
Online
2011
110.

Weight and Cardio Metabolic Risk [electronic resource]

Understanding the role a person's weight plays in chances of developing a cardio-metabolic disease such as heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes is the subject of this program. The focus is particularly on the "visceral" fat around the body's midsection and the adverse effect it has on cardio-metabolic risk. The program tells what viewers can do to "trim" the fat and avoid the health risks that too much weight can bring on.
Online
2006
111.

The Male Reproductive Organs [electronic resource]

With her trademark no-nonsense style, Dr. Alice Roberts explains in this episode how the male anatomy works and offers practical advice on how to keep it healthy. She is joined by 30-year-old Mark Smallman, who realizes he knows very little about his own body. Mark's education begins in the lab, with Dr. Roberts dissecting a male pig's reproductive organs and getting Mark to cut through a testicle. Although testicular cancer is uncommon, Mark, at under 40, is in the age group most at risk. He also is told how to self-examine for lumps by urologist Alan Doherty, who carries out a pioneering operation (filmed in the program) on a prostate cancer patient.
Online
2008
112.

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.
Online
1998
113.

The Female Reproductive Organs [electronic resource]

Dr. Alice Roberts continues her explanation of our reproductive systems, in this episode looking at the female sexual organs. Using an MRI scanner on her own body, she demonstrates how everything fits together-possibly a first for a television presenter. Using her trademark dissections of animal parts, drawings, and props, Dr. Roberts explains the female reproductive organs. Thousands of chocolate mini eggs help to demonstrate the huge number of eggs a baby girl is born with and how they immediately start disintegrating. There is also advice on how to become "breast aware," on the importance of protecting oneself from sexually transmitted infections, and on the value of smear tests for fighting cervical cancer.
Online
2008
114.

Ear, Nose, and Throat [electronic resource]

Our ears, nose, and throat are all situated close together in the skull, but each has a different function. In this episode, Dr. Alice Roberts shows viewers the tiny bones in the ear called the ossicles. It's clear that our ears are very intricate and vulnerable to damage. She then explains that loud noise can cause permanent harm to our ears. Every time you leave a nightclub or concert with ringing in the ears, you have to some extent damaged your hearing, so it is very important to provide protection. Dr. Roberts points out that the ears have a vital role to play in balance and also explains some of the roles of the nose and the throat.
Online
2008
115.

Hypnosis and Healing [electronic resource]

This program shows how hypnosis can be used to accelerate healing in the human body. The concept was tested on a dozen patients with broken ankles, all of whom received routine treatment in the hospital. Six of the patients were hypnotized once a week for 12 weeks, while the others received only standard treatment. X-rays revealed that those who had been hypnotized healed faster than the others. A similar test was conducted on 18 breast-surgery patients. Six received standard care, six received support from a psychologist, and six were hypnotized before and after surgery. The wounds of all three groups were assessed after surgery, and it was found that the group receiving hypnosis had healed significantly faster.
Online
1982
116.

The Immune System: Series 2 [electronic resource]

The immune system is the body's defense from attack - whether from viruses like influenza or unwanted bacteria. In this episode, Dr. Alice Roberts explains how it works and what happens when it goes wrong. She also takes part in a stunt guaranteed to scare her, so the scientific effects on her immune system can be observed. Immunologist Josh Bosch compares blood samples taken before and after Dr. Roberts was terrorized. They show that her infection-fighting white blood cells were raised fivefold in a stress response resulting from her experience. Using all the means at her disposal (dissections, drawings, paintball guns, even cakes), Dr. Roberts explains the fantastic complexity of our immune system.
Online
2008
117.

The Liver: Series 2 [electronic resource]

It was thought that only alcoholics got cirrhosis of the liver, but doctors now realize that this is not necessarily the case, and that our genes and other aspects of our lifestyles all play their part in damaging the organ. This episode follows the story of Philip Parker, who is on the waiting list for a liver transplant. Surgeons are filmed replacing his liver. Dr. Alice Roberts also visits scientists at Newcastle University who hope to be able to grow replacement livers from stem cells obtained from a baby's umbilical cord. Although the liver has the ability to regenerate, with liver disease on the increase both from alcohol and other causes, this is an organ in peril.
Online
2008
118.

The Stomach and Intestines: Series 2 [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. Alice Roberts uses dissection, drawing, and some unusual tests to reveal where the stomach and intestines are, how big they are, and how best to look after them. Dr. Roberts is joined by Lesley Love, a 40-year-old estate agent whose diet is based almost entirely on chocolate and cheese. The doctor embarks on a mission to impress upon her the need for more fruit and vegetables. She reveals that it is normal to defecate as seldom as once every three days or as often as three times a day. It is important to be aware of one's bowel habits and take notice of any changes, as these can be signs of bowel cancer.
Online
2008
119.

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
120.

Kidneys [electronic resource]

In this tour of the human body, Dr. Alice Roberts introduces viewers to the key organs. She dissects animal organs - similar in form and function to human ones - and explains how we can hold on to our health and live to a ripe old age. Dr. Roberts puts three rugby players through their paces to find out how their kidneys cope under the stress of dehydration; and June, who has been in dialysis for four years, speaks from her own experience with failing kidneys. Her sister, Lorraine, offers her own kidney, and when it is found to be a match, the program follows the live kidney transplant operation.
Online
2007