Chronic Illness / Heart Disease
(Sickle Cell Anemia) The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers. Dubbed in Spanish.
Angela is a bright, attractive young mother with two small children, and terminal breast cancer. This candid, compelling documentary follows Angela as she visits her physician and explores treatment options, while dealing with issues of body image, loneliness, and romance — and trying to pack twenty years of mothering into five.
The Angry Heart
Spotlights the epidemic of heart disease among African Americans through the story of 45-year-old Keith Hartgrove, who has already experienced two heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery.
Bodies and Souls
Sister Manette, a nurse practitioner, and a white Catholic nun, runs the only health clinic in Jonestown, a largely African-American town in the heart of the Mississippi delta, where many people haven't seen a doctor more than once or twice in their lives.
When 78-year-old Lois Perelman recently developed Emphysema, she was devastated at the thought that she would have to carry an oxygen tank around for the rest of her life. Determined not to let her own past stereotypes of people on oxygen affect her enthusiasm for life, she set out to change the tape in her own head — and society’s views of aging and disability as well.
A Disease Called Pain
What is chronic pain, what are its triggers, and what can be done about it? Clinicians and researchers explore chronic pain through the personal stories of several individuals suffering from the disease.
DNA and Cystic Fibrosis
The stories of two teens with Cystic Fibrosis make the point that many of the medical breakthroughs seemingly promised by genetic science have yet to be achieved.
Dying to Live
Captures a year in the lives of four people waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
Edges of Perception
Eleven-year-old Jessica has Stargardt's, an inherited eye disease. She is legally blind, but with the calm, determined support of her parents and teachers she attends a regular classroom, plays soccer, and is a serious runner. She wants to meet her inspiration, Marla Runyan, a legally blind Olympic runner who also has Stargardt's.
This program focuses on people who experience complex partial seizures, and whose symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as psychiatric or emotional disorders.
Hepatitis C: A Viral Mystery
Hepatitis C is a viral disease of the liver which affects nearly four million Americans. Although about 10,000 people die each year from diseases associated with Hepatitis C, it is not an automatic death sentence.
Making Every Moment Count
Addresses the complex issues surrounding palliative end-of-life care for children. Psychologist Leora Kuttner profiles five children with life threatening illness, and the families and health professionals who support them.
For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. Now, in the midst of working on an important TV series, she finds she can no longer hide her symptoms. She's afraid this revelation may destroy her career and she'll also have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.
Follows three individuals whose lives and relationships have been disrupted by this sleep disorcer. A sleep specialist offers comprehensive scientific information about narcolepsy.
Not So Sweet
Explores new approaches to the prevention and control of diabetes, and shows that it is possible to live a normal life with the disease. Includes a section on diabetes in Native American communities.
"The human heart is a miracle of evolution too bad mine was busted." Born with a congenital heart defect, 27-year-old Marc is facing his third open-heart surgery, not to mention anxious divorced parents who haven't seen each other in years.
Parkinson's: Lynda's Story
Parkinson's disease is robbing Lynda McKenzie of normal coordination and movement. She's prepared to participate in a clinical study of surgery to transplant fetal cells directly into her brain, but she will have to live for a year not knowing whether she has received the actual cells or a placebo.
For Ed Marko, being an occupational therapist was “Plan A” but at the age of 20 he lost his eyesight. Plans B through E didn’t quite work out either, but by the time he got to F, he’d figured out his life’s work: running his own auto repair shop. Gruff and down-to-earth, Marko is an unlikely hero, but he demonstrates the power of reinvention when life forces a change of plans.
Ruth endured the disabling physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for more than twelve years, until a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) enabled her to switch off many of the symptoms that had kept her a prisoner in her own body. A unique opportunity to view the impact of medical technology in action.
Until the late 1950's Americans with leprosy could be forcibly transported, often in chains, to the leprosarium at Carville. This is a disturbing story of stigma and discrimination in our public health system.
Explores the unhealthy relationships between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry as it promotes not just drugs but also the latest diseases that go with them.
Sickle Cell Disease
The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers.
Sickle Cell Disease - English and Spanish Versions
The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers. Purchase both the English and the Spanish-dubbed versions of this video.