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Can you tell your spleen from your gallbladder? In fact, do you even know where they are, let alone what they do? In Don't Die Young, a no-nonsense approach to health and medicine, anatomy expert Dr Alice Roberts takes us on a high-energy revelatory trip around the body, giving us…
The Lungs
Part of the Series: Don't Die Young
In The Lungs, Dr Alice Roberts deploys some shock tactics to make one confirmed smoker realise just how much she's damaging her lungs. Thirty-four-year-old Lisa Garrity's will power always lets her down and on a night in the pub, she can easily binge smoke her way through 40 cigarettes. Lisa's…
Mind Games (Brain Functions)
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Living with Persistent Pain
For those with chronic pain, the impact can be immense. Science is discovering nerve changes from the tissues, through connections in the spinal cord and ultimately the brain. These changes, commonly referred to as peripheral and central sensitization, means that the pain can be both different in character and intensity.…
The Heart
Part of the Series: Don't Die Young
As a hard-working organ, making sure that every muscle, tissue and cell in the body gets just what it needs, the heart is in need of some love. Thirty-six-year-old Stephen Hall is putting his heart under plenty of stress. As a self-confessed workaholic running his own busy gastro pub, he…
The Human Brain: Anatomy
Part of the Series: FENC Nursing & Medical Collection
The Human Brain: Anatomy shows the dissection and examination of a normal human brain. Dr Marco Rossi, Consultant Neuropathologist at the Corsellis Collection, Runwell Hospital, Essex, performs a standard dissection, explaining what he is doing and what he is seeing. From the start of the coronal dissection, Dr Rossi takes…
The Eyes
Part of the Series: Don't Die Young
Dr Alice Roberts undergoes a thorough eye examination in the latest BBC TV programme, The Eyes, in her tour of the body's major organs. As this hands-on, lecture-free guide to keeping your organs in good working order continues, Alice puts her own body to the test, beginning with a nail-biting…
The Kidneys
Part of the Series: Don't Die Young
In this episode of The Kidneys, Alice meets party girl and mum of two Grainne, from Welwyn Garden City, who, at nearly 40 and with a family history of diabetes, is stressing out her kidneys. Grainne visits the lab to discover more about the body's filtration system and helps dissect…
Why Are Dreams Dreamlike?
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Why does your brain generate sensory imagery while you sleep? Here, examine the neurology of sleeping and dreaming. Also, discover how the key to strange dreams lies in your frontal cortex, which, when it goes completely offline, allows the rest of your brain to run wild.
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The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying…
The Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains
The human brain is fascinating-every movement we make, everything conscious or unconscious stems from our brains. The most critical time for brain development is from birth to age five. What can parents and caregivers of children do to help give those developing brains the best chance for success? Discover how...The…
The Skin
Part of the Series: Don't Die Young
The body's largest organ - The Skin - comes under close scrutiny in this penultimate episode of Don't Die Young - Series 1. Alice puts her own outer layer through a series of tests, weathering temperature extremes and running her face through a computer programme - which ages her until…