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Organic Disorders [electronic resource]

This program, filmed in the U.K., demonstrates clinical organic disorders, their characteristics, and differential diagnoses. Divided into the two categories of dementia and delirium, the disorders discussed include those relating to psychoactive substance use; schizophrenia and delusional disorders; mood, neurotic stress-related, and somatoform disorders; and personality disorders. Each disorder is explained and identified by its characteristics. Dementia disorders include Alzheimer's, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and HIV dementia. Delirium disorders include organic amnestic syndrome, organic personality disorder, frontal lobe syndrome, primary cerebral disease, systemic disease, endocrine disorders, exogenous toxic substances [...]
2006; 1997

Epilepsy [electronic resource]: Storm Within

Epilepsy is the second most common neurological disorder in the U.S. This program examines its causes, what happens in the brain during a seizure, and what should and should not be done to help someone having a seizure. The diagnosis and treatment of the condition are discussed by physicians who present up-to-date information to help families, friends, and coworkers recognize the needs and capabilities of epileptics. Patients describe what it's like living with the condition.
2005; 1995

Brain Tumors [electronic resource]: New Hope, New Treatments

Several years after he was given less than a year to live, David, a patient with glioblastoma multiforme, is alive and cancer-free. In this program, Henry Friedman, of the Duke University Medical Center; Michael Prados, of the University of California at San Francisco; and other medical experts use case studies to show how scientific advances in the areas of brain mapping, laser surgery, and chemotherapy are offering patients like David a new lease on life. Information on the symptoms and risk factors involved with cancers of the brain is included.
2006; 2000

Alzheimer's [electronic resource]: True Story

Alzheimer's is a disease that affects not only the patient, but all who love and care for that person as well. This poignant program allows a rare glimpse into one couple's experience with the fatal illness that tore their life apart, tracking the mental deterioration of Malcolm Pointon-husband, father, Cambridge professor, and gifted pianist, diagnosed at only 51 years of age. The documentary sympathetically yet unflinchingly chronicles Malcolm's descent into dementia and his wife Barbara's unyielding commitment to be there "in sickness and in health.
2005; 1999

Parkinson's Disease [electronic resource]: Update

Parkinson's disease currently afflicts one out of every 100 Americans over the age of 60. How do they cope with it? And what new medical insights are being derived from the study of it? This program from The Doctor Is In sheds light on both of those questions through interviews with Stanley Fahn, professor of neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and scientific director of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation; neurosurgeon David Roberts, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Paul Newhouse, director of the clinical neuroscience research unit at the University of Vermont.
2005; 2000

ALS [electronic resource]: Lou Gehrig's Disease

This program from The Doctor Is In studies the cases of three patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. Expert medical commentary is provided by Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., science director of the ALS Association, and Jeffrey Cohen, M.D., a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition, a family care provider talks about the challenges one faces in that role. Although there is currently no cure for ALS, it is only a matter of time before one is found as researchers continue to advance the frontiers of knowledge of neurological diseases. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production.
2005; 2003

Joe Chaikin and American Experimental Theater [electronic resource]

The story of Joe Chaikin's professional life is also the story of experimental theater in America. In this intimate program, footage of Chaikin in action as well as interviews with playwrights Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and John Belluso; writer Susan Sontag; and many others reveal Chaiken's devotion to the stage-a love that even severe aphasia, the result of a stroke, could not diminish. A variety of clips spanning Chaikin's acting/directing career-from his early days, with the Open Theatre and the Living Theatre, to later, post-stroke work, most notably with actors with disabilities-are featured.
2006; 2003

Epilepsy [electronic resource]: Having a Life

For centuries, many have labored under the false perception that epilepsy is a permanently debilitating condition, ironic given the success of such epileptics as Alexander the Great and actor Danny Glover. This program follows four people with the disease who have taken control of their lives with the help of their families, epilepsy education, and advancement in therapies. Dr. Martha Morrell, professor of neurology at Columbia University, and Dr. John Pellock, pediatric neurologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, explain how to recognize a seizure, provide tips to ensure a seizure treatment plan, and describe seizure first aid.
2006; 2003

The Spine [electronic resource]: Body's Central Highway

This edition of Science Screen Report looks at the design and function of the spinal cord, how damage to the cord affects body movement, and medical advances used in treating spinal cord injuries. After outlining the components of the spine and central nervous system, the program portrays studies and experiments ranging from a high-tech muscle stimulation therapy to the development of nerve-regenerating computer chips that can be implanted directly in the spine. This is an effective presentation of principal concerns in neurology, and of the worldwide effort to understand paralysis and find a cure.
2006; 2002

The Alzheimer's Mystery [electronic resource]

The diagnosis of celebrities such as Rita Hayworth and Ronald Reagan has brought Alzheimer's disease out of the closet and into the national spotlight. This program traces the century-long initiative to understand the disease first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's and family members discuss how they cope with the illness, while medical professionals address the disease's pathology, research toward a cure, and the importance of compassionate healthcare. No longer stigmatized as senile, patients are sympathetically viewed as victims of an insidious disease that is reaching epidemic proportions.
2005; 1999

Kids and Sleep [electronic resource]

Scientists are using cutting-edge brain imagery to increase their understanding of how children sleep. This video explores new discoveries in sleep dynamics, discusses the treatment of sleep disorders, and explains the safe and proper way to put a baby to bed.
2005; 2000

The Confused Resident [electronic resource]: Strategies for Quality Care

Disorientation in an elder-care patient poses a wide range of risks-from difficulties in socializing with other residents to the dangers confused seniors face if they venture outside a care facility unattended. This program depicts common characteristics of dementia and demonstrates intervention techniques for dealing with them in an effective, compassionate manner. Problems outlined in the video include memory loss, catastrophic reactions, communication problems, loss of physical coordination, wandering, depression, rummaging and hoarding, and social facades that conceal mental or psychological issues. Caregiver methods include distraction from negative behavior, simplification of tasks, calming reminders, and other steps. Reviewed for accuracy in 2003. Designated for 2 contact hour [...]
2010; 1988

Alzheimer's Today [electronic resource]: A Caregiver's Guide

This program, prepared specifically for home health care providers, offers an insightful look at Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Section one deals with understanding Alzheimer's disease and ADRDs and discusses how to communicate with people affected by Alzheimer's. Section two focuses on behavior management that begins with symptom recognition and concludes with specific strategies and techniques for dealing with challenging behaviors. And section three looks at how to maximize daily function specifically by promoting independence throughout all stages of Alzheimer's.

Daily Exercise for Parkinson's Patients [electronic resource]

This instructor-led physical fitness video offers a daily regimen of strengthening, range-of-motion, balance, and breathing exercises for people with Parkinson's disease. Gentle seated calisthenics and stretches include neck rotations and head sweeps, shoulder rolls, trunk stretches, rowing and swimming motions, arm and wrist circles, finger stretches, marching, hip rotations, hamstring stretches, ankle flexes and rotations, and lower back stretches. Gentle seated Thera-Band muscle-toning exercises include shoulder blade pinches, shoulder joint flexes, triceps curls, rowing motions, marching, thigh flexes, and ankle flexes. And gentle standing exercises include sit-to-stands, hip extensions, rear-kicks, squats, and calf stretches. The program ends with deep breathing.
2011; 2007

Tourette [electronic resource]: No Laughing Matter

John Davidson, first diagnosed with Tourette syndrome as a youth, is now in his mid-40s. He looks back on the preceding decades with a mixture of sadness about his lack of a life partner and pride at what he has been able to accomplish. Greg Storey, whose tics emerged in 2001, is now a teenager with most of his life ahead of him. To be sure, his future holds numerous challenges, but Greg seems for the most part undaunted. This program (a follow-up to the 1988 film John's Not Mad, item 7355) explores the current goals, emotional lives, and philosophical reflections of both John and Greg as viewers accompany them through job duties, school work, family events, and leisure activities. Although they spend much of the film in their own surroundings, John eventually meets up with Greg and [...]
2011; 2009

Into the Other Lane [electronic resource]: Driving and Dementia

Many people report that being told they could no longer drive was even more difficult than receiving their diagnosis of Alzheimer's. This two-section program examines the numerous issues faced by dementia patients and their caregivers when a decision has to be made about driving. In section one patients and concerned family members express mutual frustration about giving up the keys as cognitive abilities decline. Section two provides insights from health care and driving safety professionals on when and how to initiate the conversation about driving cessation, and what health care specialists can do to help facilitate the situation for everyone involved.
2011; 2009

The Hidden Epidemic [electronic resource]: Post-Concussion Syndrome

It leads to anxiety, personality changes, substance abuse, and suicidal depression. Considering the symptoms, it's easy to see how PCS, or post-concussion syndrome, could be the most under-diagnosed condition affecting young people today. Athletes in high-impact sports are the most at risk, but which other groups are vulnerable? What actions should be taken when the disorder is suspected? How can PCS be better addressed by medical and mental health professionals? This program explores all of those questions and more, with help from professional athletes like Johnny Damon and Matt Hasselbeck, well-known psychiatrist and brain specialist Daniel Amen, and an in-depth dramatized case study.
2011; 2007

I Remember Better When I Paint [electronic resource]

Researchers studying the therapeutic potential of art are finding that Alzheimer's patients who spend time painting, or simply looking at paintings, become more focused, calm, and communicative. This program documents the positive impact that creative engagement has on people with dementia disorders, and explains how art therapy sparks a neurologic process that ultimately allows patients to regain a sense of dignity and autonomy. Author John Zeisel (I'm Still Here) provides insight into why patients become withdrawn, and medical experts, family members, and caretakers offer commentary throughout. The video also includes a conversation with Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of actress Rita Hayworth, about how painting helped her mother cope with the disease.
2011; 2009

The Secret World of Pain [electronic resource]

Some people suffer chronic pain long after an injury has healed, while others can jump from a two-story building and not feel a thing. This film reveals the physiological foundations of both scenarios as it examines the mechanics of pain perception. Viewers meet a family whose unique genetic code has lent insight into the sensation of pain, while a man who cut off his own arm to save his life describes what he felt - and what he didn't feel - during the unthinkable experience. Researchers are finding that even early childhood events play a role in the ability to tolerate pain, and that a blend of neurology and psychology yields promising new treatments in its management.

Cerebral Palsy [electronic resource]

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and to maintain balance and posture. The disorders appear in the first few years of life. Usually they do not get worse over time. People with cerebral palsy may have difficulty walking. They may also have trouble with tasks such as writing or using scissors. Some have other medical conditions, including seizure disorders or mental impairment.