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Pregnancy and Childbirth [electronic resource]: The Real Story

The wonder and excitement of pregnancy and childbirth are unmistakable, but they also present a highly stressful experience for mothers as well as fathers. Covering the key developmental stages in each trimester, this insightful program addresses questions and anxieties that may be troubling new parents as it follows a new mother through the nine-month journey of pregnancy. Staying focused on the personal and practical elements of the story, the video presents medical information on fetal development, birthing options, the birthing process, and the emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy. On-camera experts include two experienced midwives and a respected obstetrician.
Online
2012
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Mother India [electronic resource]: Stories From a Hyderabad Fertility Clinic

After eight years of marriage, Jhuma and her husband, Niladri, have not been able to conceive, and they are becoming desperate. They've decided to travel to Hyderabad, capital of India's medical and pharmaceutical industry and the home of several thriving assisted fertility clinics. This film follows the Indian couple through their clinical and emotional struggle to overcome, as they see it, the "curse" of childlessness. Viewers also meet a feisty female doctor whose fertility clinics are amazingly lucrative, as well as another couple facing their own childbearing dilemma - whether or not surrogate motherhood is morally acceptable, especially when it is performed for large sums of money. Candid and often heartbreaking, this is an intimate portrait of a universal human problem embroil [...]
Online
2012
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Egg Production [electronic resource]

Key female reproductive organs are the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina. The ovary contains developing eggs called oocytes. At birth, all the eggs that a female will produce are inside the ovaries in an undeveloped form. Approximately once a month starting around age twelve, hormonal messages from the brain cause an egg to develop in the ovaries. Several hormones regulate the reproductive cycle. These include estrogen, progesterone, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), and LH (luteinizing hormone). A follicle is an egg surrounded by cells that release hormones. FSH prepares an egg for fertilization by causing it to begin dividing its genetic material called chromosomes.The follicle releases estrogen, which prepares the uterine lining to receive a fertilized egg. Increased [...]
Online
2010
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Enlarged Prostate [electronic resource]

Frequent urination occurs in some medical conditions such as diabetes or pregnancy. For older men, an enlarging prostrate has a similar effect, particularly at night.
Online
2010
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Intracytomplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) [electronic resource]

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, is a form of in vitro fertilization in which fertilization occurs outside of the body.
Online
2004
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Vasectomy [electronic resource]

A vasectomy is a procedure to cause permanent sterility in a man by preventing the transport of sperm out of the testes. A small incision is made in the scrotum and each vas deferens is tied off and cut apart to prevent sperm from being released within the ejaculate. The small skin incision is stitched closed and the surgery does not affect a man's sexual function.
Online
2004
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My Genes Speak for Me [electronic resource]: Reconciling Nature and Nurture

Conceived with the help of a Nobel Prize-winning sperm donor, a baby girl blossoms into a gifted, highly intelligent woman. Does her talent come solely from heredity? What about the case of female twins, separated at birth, who exhibit astonishing similarities in habit and behavior when they meet later in life? This film explores the possibility that genetics and environment are not diametrically opposed when it comes to human development - instead, the program asserts, they should be seen as complementary. Other case studies involve fatal nutritional disorders that are passed from one generation to the next, as well as Tay-Sachs disease, the genetic disorder notorious for its impact on one particular ethnic group, the Ashkenazi Jewish community. A timely analysis of lingering, probl [...]
Online
2007
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Have More Sex, Live Longer? [electronic resource]

Men who have sex three time a week reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 percent. Women who have high-quality sex whenever they have sex look and feel two-to-eight years younger. This ABC News report discusses these finding with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, authors of the book You Being Beautiful. Both doctors agree that we need to look at sex not as recreation, but as a health need.
Online
2009
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Baby Quest [electronic resource]

After falling in love and settling down, the next step for most couples is raising a family. In this program, Dr. John Marsden follows three couples in their quest to have babies. One couple discover that how you treat your body can affect your fertility. Another couple have two girls and search for ways to boost their chances of conceiving a male child. After trying for five years to have their first baby, the third couple opt for in vitro fertilization. Dr. Marsden explains the ins and outs of the treatment and discusses whether or not IVF can be effective.
Online
2003
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Preventing Preterm Birth [electronic resource]

When a baby is born at less than 37 weeks gestational age there can be potentially serious short- and long-term consequences for its health and development. Although in most cases the cause is unknown, researchers have identified some risk factors that may make it more likely that a woman will deliver preterm. Fortunately, a number of treatments are available to help women stay pregnant for a full 40 weeks. In this program, women who have delivered preterm and the doctors who treated them discuss ways to help reduce the risk of preterm birth.
Online
2011
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HPV Vaccine/Cervical Cancer [electronic resource]

Families all over America are trying to decide whether to get the HPV vaccine for their daughters. Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted infection, is the most common cause of cervical cancer. Learn more about the vaccine that offers protection from several of the most dangerous types of HPV, who should have it and what the risks may be.
Online
2010
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Kidney Disease [electronic resource]: Caring for Someone With a Chronic Disease

While chronic kidney disease continues to rise in the U.S., Second Opinion explores the many issues faced when caring for a loved one with a chronic disease.
Online
2008
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Pelvic Organ Prolapse [electronic resource]

An estimated 50% of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some form of prolapse, yet most have never heard of it. Learn about a common problem many women may be too embarrassed to talk about.
Online
2011
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Female Sexual Dysfunction [electronic resource]: Second Opinion

Sexual response is influenced by biological, social, psychological and cultural factors. Led by Dr. Peter Salgo, panelists discuss whether and how doctors address sexuality within patient care. Their discussion includes the case study for this week, 58-year-old Dora, who has lost interest in sex.
Online
2009
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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
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An Imperfect Cure [electronic resource]: Great Ormond Street

The patients of the renal unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital are living with conditions that cannot be completely cured. In this film, Drs. Lesley Rees, Rukshana Shroff, and Sarah Ledermann face complex decisions in a never-ending cycle of treatment: 4-month-old Alisha was born with kidney failure, and the staff must keep her alive until she grows big enough to receive a kidney transplant; 14-year-old Imaan's kidneys are slowly poisoning her, and doctors want to remove them, but she refuses to have the operation; Bethany was born with mental and physical disabilities, including poorly functioning kidneys, and her father is keen to donate his kidney, but the staff must decide whether she is likely to survive a transplant.
Online
2010
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Pregnancy Care [electronic resource]

Before modern medicine, many mothers and their babies did not survive pregnancy and childbirth. Today, good prenatal care can significantly improve the quality of the pregnancy and the outcome for the baby and mother. Good prenatal care includes good nutrition and health habits before and during pregnancy, frequent prenatal exams, routine ultrasounds to detect problems with the baby, and routine screenings. The goals of prenatal care are to monitor both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy, look for changes that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy, explain nutritional requirements during and after pregnancy, explain activity recommendations or restrictions, discuss common pregnancy complaints, and give support to the pregnant woman and her family.
Online
2011
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The Artificial Uterus [electronic resource]: Birth Without Bodies

An IVF petri dish sustains newly fertilized embryos for nearly a week. On the other end of the pregnancy journey, incubation can stand in for a mother's womb as early as five and a half months into gestation. But there is no medical substitute for the intervening time in which the uterus protects and nurtures life - not yet, anyway. This film examines the very real possibility that technology will one day offer a comprehensive surrogate for natural uterine development. Beginning with biologist and philosopher Henri Atlan, who explains the thinking behind his groundbreaking book The Artificial Uterus, the program also features Weill Cornell Medical College researcher Dr. Helen Hung Ching Liu, who performed controversial uterus-replacement tests on mice but stopped short of human exper [...]
Online
2010
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Whatever It Takes [electronic resource]: A Child Against All Odds

Denise, 43, is a midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies for other people but is unable to have a child of her own. She and her husband are putting their trust in an embryo-screening test that could help her avoid another miscarriage. This episode follows them through the treatment - and the critical decision they are suddenly faced with. Yasmina and Aldwin have been receiving IVF treatment for six years. They are so keen to start a family that they are prepared to take medication that is unproven. The couple add to their existing £40,000 IVF bill and take a gamble on the new treatment. An emotional roller coaster ensues.
Online
2006
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Pregnancy [electronic resource]: History

Due to ignorance, politics, and misused technologies, childbirth until very recently was often deadly to mother and child. This program presents a medical history of childbirth from ancient times to the present, contrasting methods and beliefs of the past with today's obstetrics. Along with commentary from obstetricians, medical historians, and evolutionary biologists, the program highlights dangers and advances in birthing through documentary clips, reenactments, archival material, computer graphics, and footage of several modern delivery techniques. Topics include caesarian section, fertility treatments, morning sickness, ultrasound, in utero surgical procedures, and the story of obstetrical forceps.
Online
2005; 2001