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In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
Prescription Thugs - America's Addiction to Prescription Drugs
In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma, an industry he had been brought up to trust,…
Emma Wants To Live - One Young Woman's Deadly Struggle with Anorexia
When she was only 18, Emma began filming her own struggle with anorexia all the way to her death. She knew the film would end in one of two ways: either about recovery from a low point, or about the…
Becoming American
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning less and having the stress of adapting to a new…
When the Bough Breaks
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And for African Americans the rate is nearly twice as high as for white Americans. Even well-educated Black women have…
Big Bucks, Big Pharma - Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs
Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars…
Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the…
The Connection: Mind Your Body
At 24 years old, filmmaker Shannon Harvey was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Her immune system had become hyperactive and was attacking normal, healthy tissues. Her muscles and joints were inflamed and she was told if her disease progressed she…
Being Mortal
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
Frontline follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how…
Money-Driven Medicine
Part of the Series: Health and Social Justice
Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need if they are to better understand and address the unmet challenges of healthcare reform during the coming decade. Produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The…
Under Our Skin - The Untold Story of Lyme Disease
Part of the Series: Under Our Skin Collection
A chilling tale of microbes, medicine and money, this Oscar shortlisted film has changed the landscape of the Lyme epidemic, bringing unprecedented awareness in an engaging and accessible way. The definitive record of the Lyme controversy, Under Our Skin exposes…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. Before…
The Beginning of Life - Factors in Child Development
One of the greatest neuroscience breakthroughs is having discovered that babies are far more than a genetic load. The development of all human beings lies on the combination of genetics, the quality of the relationships and the environment they are…
Collateral Damage
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Two billion people worldwide are infected with the TB bacillus, but only 9 million people a year actually get the disease. The story of the Marshall Islands can help us understand why. The lives and health of Marshall Islanders in…
The Suicide Plan
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
You have an incurable illness, you want to die, and you want help dying - what can you do? People who are terminally ill and live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the…
Big Charity - The Death of America's Oldest Hospital
Big Charity shares the untold story of Charity Hospital - an iconic New Orleans institution which was closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Through firsthand accounts of hospital employees who withstood the storm, as well as interviews with key…
States of Grace - An Inspiring Journey of Resilience, and Renewal
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the…
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Pharmacology: Simplified Not Mystified - Common Prescription Drugs
This is a clinical film on the most common classes of drugs used in the world of medicine and nursing today. Learn about the "prils", the "sartans", the "triptans", the "cyclovirs", the "prazoles", the "conazoles", the "olols, alols, and ilols",…
3 videos
Monster in the Mind - Investigating the Untruths of Alzheimer’s
Bold, brilliant, original, upbeat, award-winning, unlike any other documentary on Alzheimer's, it reveals the exaggerated fear, untruths and misconceptions that trap us into believing that dementia is a genetically driven epidemic that we can do little to avoid. Proving that…
2 videos