Health


New! A Dangerous Son 86 min.

One in 10 American children suffers from a serious emotional disturbance and over 17 million have experienced a psychiatric disorder. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus, A Dangerous Son focuses primarily on three families in crisis, each struggling with a child’s severe mental illness and desperately seeking treatment in the face of limited resources and support. Interspersed with inte...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! World War Zika 56 min.

Headlines about the Zika disease able to destroy the babies’ brains in the womb have shocked the world. Beyond the fear and awe-inspiring pandemic disease this film reveals the origins of this seemingly harmless disease secretly spread across half the world undetected for decades until it exploded in a deadly epidemic. Could it mutate and affect adults with more severe effects and could it cause d...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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

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.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017