Health


New! Meth Storm 95 min.

With unparalleled access on both sides of the issue, this 90-minute HBO Documentary Film is at once a cautionary tale of meth addiction in rural America, and a high-stakes drama told from inside the war on drugs. In Arkansas, 90% of methamphetamines are smuggled over the border from Mexico as a strain of stronger and cheaper crystal meth called ICE. Meth Storm tells the story of rural, economicall...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Beyond the Bucket 19 min.

A former baseball player's fight against ALS lead to the ice bucket challenge, raising $220 million to combat the neurological disease. This ABC News film looks behind the challenge at Pete Frates and his courageous battle.

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Adnane Remmal (MA): Boosting Antibiotics with Essential Oils 7 min.

The rise of multi-drug-resistant bacteria is a rapidly growing global problem. The World Health Organization, NGOs, and a number of governments around the world acknowledge the increasing severity of the problem, and have made it a top priority on the public health agenda. Remmal has developed a new drug able to fight multi-resistant bacteria using standard antibiotics with “boosting” agents that...

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Axel Ullrich (DE): Stopping Cancer at the Root 7 min.

German molecular biologist Axel Ullrich broadened the scientific understanding of the genetic causes of cancer and other diseases. The 73-year-old made landmark contributions to the field of genetics and also pioneered novel treatments, including growth-inhibiting drugs for breast, intestinal, and kidney cancer. He made history with the discovery of the HER2/neu oncogene responsible for gene-relat...

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Giuseppe Remuzzi, Ariela Benigni, Carla Zoja (IT): Treatments for Chronic Kidney Disease 8 min.

Before Remuzzi's discovery of ACE inhibitors to treat Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), kidney failure and lifelong dependence on dialysis were inevitable for many patients. In the early 1980s, Remuzzi began investigating the root causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. He noticed declining glomerular filtration rate (GFR), a measure of the kidney's ability to cleanse the blood, as a major indica...

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Hans Clevers (NL): Lab-grown Human Organs 7 min.

Together with his team at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Dutch molecular geneticist Hans Clevers developed the world's first "intestinoids" for testing drugs on active human intestinal tissue. Since then, he adapted this technology for multiple additional human tissues. The advantages of the invention are twofold: First, intestinoids allow care providers to test even aggressive courses...

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James G. Fujimoto (US): High Resolution Medical Imaging 7 min.

US scientist James Fujimoto has been a pioneer of optical coherence tomography (OCT) since the 1990s, and together with US engineer and entrepreneur Eric Swanson and German physicist Robert Huber, he has been key in developing and applying the next generation of medical imaging technology. The patented technology relies on light to create real time, high resolution images of human tissue in vivo f...

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Jan van den Boogaart (NL), Oliver Hayden (DE): Rapid Blood Test for Malaria 5 min.

An automated, computer-based test for malaria infection was invented by haematologist Jan van den Boogaart at Siemens Healthineers in The Hague and biochemist Oliver Hayden at Siemens Healthineers in Erlangen. The system relies on an ingenious principle: instead of detecting the presence of actual malaria pathogens in blood samples – a complicated task, especially when the disease is in its early...

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Rino Rappuoli (IT): Novel Vaccines by Gene Analysis 7 min.

Nominated for the European Inventor Award in the Lifetime Achievement category, 65-year-old Rino Rappuoli is an Italian microbiologist who pioneered numerous life-saving immunizations and advanced laboratory techniques for their manufacture. Considered an international authority in the field of vaccines, Rappuoli is credited as one of the co-founders of cellular microbiology – the intersection of...

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Sylviane Muller (FR): Treating Lupus by Targeting T-Cells 7 min.

The invention by French immunologist Sylviane Muller and her team at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris enables a new treatment approach for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an incurable autoimmune disease. Instead of suppressing the immune system in its entirety, the drug marketed as Lupuzor specifically targets so-called T-cells associated with lupus symptoms. The mechanism...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017