Health


The Truth About Alcohol 59 min.

Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim is on a mission to find out the truth about alcohol. In the program he explores the science of drinking and the new evidence for the health risks of alcohol. Why do some people get drunk quicker than others? What’s behind red wine’s healthy reputation? Is a nightcap actually good for your sleep? Does lining your stomach work? And can alcohol actually make you eat more?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Lifespans Are Long Enough: A Debate 84 min.

What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live to about age 79, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us. So researchers around the world have been working on arresting the process of aging through biotechnology and finding cures to debilitating diseases. What a...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

Toxic Chemicals: Children In Danger 56 min.

Is our dependence on pesticides harming the health of our children? Every day, children are exposed to up to 130 chemical pollutants from pesticides. All around the world, scientists and doctors are raising the alarm, linking increase of child cancers, birth defects and even the explosion of autism with exposure to chemicals in pesticides. Six corporations control the pesticide market: Syngenta, B...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Mosquitoes on the Rise 53 min.

In Brazil, in Africa, in Southeast Asia, and in the south of Europe, this film will follow the path of four mosquitoes, each of which is capable of transmitting viruses and dangerous parasites to humans. These mosquitoes are the carriers of dengue fever, malaria, Zika, and other infectious diseases. They take advantage of environmental changes, often caused by human activity, as well as a multitud...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Breaking Point: Heroin in America 41 min.

In this 20/20 special report, David Muir takes us to New Hampshire and inside the lives of recovering heroin addicts, their families, the health professionals working to help them, and those who do not survive. Aaron Smith struggles to find a treatment center where he can get help and when he does they do not have the drugs to get him through withdrawals. Follow Savanah and Matt as they do their b...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Suddenly I Hear You 60 min.

Half a million profoundly deaf people across the world have had their lives transformed thanks to cochlear implantation. Based at the Scotland’s only cochlear implant unit, this film follows five patients as they learn to hear again.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

A Question of Humanity 64 min.

After surviving 20 years of civil war and being forced to live in the deplorable conditions of Internally Displaced Persons' camps, Northern Ugandans return home to discover thousands of their children—who were healthy at birth—developing a bizarre illness called Nodding Syndrome. Children are described by the locals as 'alive in dead bodies' because they become mentally impaired, lose the ability...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

College Students Should Be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs: A Debate 87 min.

If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? By helping to stay focused and alert for longer periods of time, college students are increasingly using off-label medication known as “smart drugs”—pharmaceuticals designed to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Is taking smart drugs appropriate, or...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Mind, Myth and Madness: Are Biological Accounts of Mental Illness Useful? 48 min.

From schizophrenia to depression we assume our psychiatric diagnoses are real. But as the mental health epidemic turns global, the categories now seem like the cause. Is it time to abandon our biological account of mental illness? Or is it the best strategy we've got? The Panel Polly Toynbee interrogates Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall and Pr...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 50 min.

An emotional insight into a debilitating disorder. Horizon meets Richard and Sophie, two people battling obsessive compulsive disorder. Sophie’s overwhelming fear is that she might have murdered people. Richard is scared that he will contract fatal diseases from more or less everything he touches. For both of them, their condition is so bad that it is limiting their ability to live normal lives. T...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015