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 #29594 Life in the Fast Food Lane
 #14610 Physical Education: Who Needs It? and Why Study It?
 #5372 Cataracts and Vision Problems
 #5380 Men's Health
 #14438 Diet and Weight Management: What Really Works?(+$10)
 #14496 Fad Versus Fit: Your Lifetime Fight Against Fat(+$10)
 #6406 Alternative Medicine: Is It a Prescription for You?(+$20)
 #2360 Dental Surgery(+$20)
 #36269 Dental Health(+$20)
 #2163 The Diet Dilemma(+$20)
 #2329 Weight Control(+$20)
 #3145 Lose Weight the Safe Way(+$20)
 #11030 Fad Diets: The Weight Loss Merry-Go-Round(+$20)
 #12101 Weight Control: A Sane Approach(+$20)
 #32432 Nutrition and Exercise(+$20)
 #34262 Critical Condition: America's Obesity Crisis(+$20)
 #1444 Being Female and Being Athletic(+$20)
 #2380 More Than Child's Play: Kids, Parents, and Sports(+$20)
 #5544 Sports and Science(+$20)
 #5609 Science in the Arena(+$20)
 #8611 Evening the Odds: Is Title IX Working?(+$20)
 #14548 Sports Psychology(+$20)
 #33594 Girls in Physical Education: Increasing Participation and Success(+$20)
 #33601 Physical Training Strategies: Preparing for a Purpose(+$20)
 #34018 Shirts & Skins: The Sociology of Basketball(+$20)
 #4630 Through a Wall of Despair: Coping with Blindness(+$20)
 #5530 Sight(+$20)
 #5810 Eye on Glaucoma(+$20)
 #2875 Foot Care(+$20)
 #2234 The Science of Wellness(+$20)
 #5522 Medical Trends(+$20)
 #5611 Ordinary Aches and Pains(+$20)
 #5793 Travel Medicine(+$20)
 #32433 The Hospital Experience(+$20)
 #33009 Healthcare Casualties: The Underinsured Mentally Ill(+$20)
 #33010 Malpractice and the Measure of Human Suffering(+$20)
 #33011 World-Class Healthcare: Why Isn't the U.S. the Best?(+$20)
 #33012 ERs in Crisis: Turning Away the Uninsured(+$20)
 #37378 Health News and Interviews: Cancer Video Clips(+$20)
 #37383 Health News and Interviews: Genetics Video Clips(+$20)
 #38781 Travel Medicine: Be Prepared(+$20)
 #3058 Environmental Illness: Bad Chemistry(+$20)
 #7359 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: No Place to Hide(+$20)
 #7909 Nature's Pharmacy at Risk(+$20)
 #7910 Epidemics and the Environment(+$20)
 #7911 Dealing with Solid Waste(+$20)
 #30270 NOW with Bill Moyers: Kids and Chemicals(+$20)
 #39554 Bill Moyers Journal: May 23, 2008(+$20)
 #2386 Wellness in the Workplace(+$20)
 #4548 Industrial Epidemics(+$20)
 #9256 Viagra: A New Sexual Revolution?(+$20)
 #11203 BPH: Aging and the Enlarged Prostate(+$20)
 #2353 Acne and Psoriasis(+$20)
 #38785 Pressure Ulcers(+$20)
 #4589 Sleep: A Prerequisite for Health(+$20)
 #5383 Sleep Apnea(+$20)
 #5387 Wake Up, America: A Sleep Alert(+$20)
 #38782 Sleep Disorders(+$20)
 #38792 Narcolepsy(+$20)
 #39412 Sleep Apnea(+$20)
 #1990 Menopause: Facts and Myths(+$20)
 #4273 Estrogen: Is It for Every Woman?(+$20)
 #5379 Hysterectomy: Choices for Women(+$20)
 #5386 Understanding Hysterectomy(+$20)
 #8282 Menstruation: Breaking the Silence(+$20)
 #33569 Ocular Health: Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration(+$30)
 #2446 A Woman's Body(+$30)
 #3042 Women and Disease(+$30)
 #6296 Alternative Medicine: An Overview(+$60)
 #6500 Healing Arts: The Arts and Medicine(+$60)
 #7595 Herbal Remedies: A Matter of Safety(+$60)
 #8575 Chinese Healing(+$60)
 #8581 Alternative Therapies in the OR(+$60)
 #8596 Answered Prayers? Investigating the Healing Power of Prayer(+$60)
 #9195 Shamanism: An Ancient Tradition(+$60)
 #11463 Encounters of a Healing Kind: Approaches to Alternative Medicine(+$60)
 #11464 The Rise and Rise of Alternative Medicine(+$60)
 #11465 Feeling Better, Getting Better?(+$60)
 #11466 A Touch of Magic: Treating the Person inside the Patient(+$60)
 #33289 Alternative Medicine(+$60)
 #12000 Gum Disease: Beyond Tooth Loss(+$60)
 #8161 Obesity: Pain and Prejudice(+$60)
 #11496 Managing Your Weight(+$60)
 #33060 Treating Obesity(+$60)
 #33552 Morbid Obesity: A Probable Cure?(+$60)
 #11399 Keeping Fit(+$60)
 #10617 The Eye: Structure, Function, and Control of Movement(+$60)
 #10618 Movement Disorders of the Eye(+$60)
 #29446 Blind Visions: New Hope for the Treatment and Prevention of Blindness(+$60)
 #35624 Glaucoma(+$60)
 #9026 NYD: Not Yet Diagnosed(+$60)
 #11396 Promoting Healthy Behavior(+$60)
 #11397 Achieving Psychosocial Health(+$60)
 #11403 Practicing Proactive Consumerism: Healthcare(+$60)
 #30390 Beach Sun 911(+$60)
 #35564 Asbestos: Magic Mineral, Killer Dust(+$60)
 #35838 Direct from Libby: Vermiculite-and Asbestos(+$60)
 #36093 Mysterious Poison: The History of PCBs(+$60)
 #36095 Fighting the Microbes: The History of Antibiotics(+$60)
 #10398 Beyond Wound Healing(+$60)
 #36351 Overcoming Acne(+$60)
 #6669 Sleeping Well(+$60)
 #11256 The Sleep Famine: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Fatigue(+$60)
 #35623 Insomnia(+$60)
 #11115 Gender Biology: Men and Women Really Are Different(+$60)
 #30374 Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment(+$60)
 #30915 Now Is Our Time: Healthy Living for Women 40-55(+$60)
 #30916 Now Is Our Time: Healthy Living for Black Women 40-55(+$60)
 #33921 Does Prayer Work? A Medical Perspective(+$80)
 #2327 Playing Hurt(+$80)
 #3332 A Budding Champion(+$80)
 #2355 Eye Care(+$80)
 #2659 Improving Eyesight(+$80)
 #3136 Eye Exam(+$80)
 #3177 Eye Surgery with Lasers(+$80)
 #30502 An Introduction to Visual Fields(+$80)
 #30503 An Introduction to Ophthalmoscopy(+$80)
 #31477 Body Wars: Disease and the Hygiene Hypothesis(+$80)
 #30506 Pfiesteria Files: Closing the Case(+$80)
 #33271 Peter Jennings Reporting-How to Get Fat Without Really Trying(+$80)
 #2218 Hysterectomy: The Surgery Women Fear(+$80)
 #10616 Eye Movements and Their Disorders(+$189.95)
 #35836 Asbestos Invasion: How Tremolite Poisoned America(+$189.95)
 #7908 Health and the Environment(+$199.9)
 #30501 Examination Skills in Ophthalmology(+$229.95)
 #33008 America's Struggling Healthcare System(+$289.85)
 #11360 Coping with Illness(+$319.9)
 #32823 Nutrition S.M.A.R.T. Box(+$430)
 #11462 Magic or Medicine? A Look at Alternative Medicine(+$449.85)
 #7525 Journey to Recovery: For Women with Breast Cancer and Their Partners(+$449.85)
 #37377 Health News and Interviews Video Clip Collection(+$470)
 #35848 Health & Wellness Core Curriculum Video Library(+$715.05)
 #11395 Creating All-Around Wellness(+$969.65)
 #35857 The Health Collection(+$1609.45)
 #11523 Total Health: Achieving Your Personal Best(+$2529.05)

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#29594 Diet & Weight Loss - Life in the Fast Food Lane (Run time min.) DVD $69.95

The lunch hour calls most Americans to the drive-thru lane or to the dining area of a well-known fast food restaurant. Knowing what or what not to eat can be very tricky because most menu items are high in fat, calories, and sodium. This video offers tips for making wise fast food choices, including specific ways to cut fat and calories, and steps for adding complex carbohydrates and fiber. It introduces some new lighter foods offered by many fast food chains. It also gives a comparison of leading fast food items: burgers, fries, chicken, pizza, and breakfast foods. An excellent program for those who want to eat a healthy, balanced diet but continue to find themselves trapped in the fast food lane. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 20-minute video. (c) 1997.


#14610 Exercise & Sports - Physical Education: Who Needs It? and Why Study It? (Run time 39 min.) DVD $69.95

This upbeat program inspires students to learn more about the field of physical education while dispelling common myths. Through interviews with coaches, professional athletes, and physiologists, the program shows how PE has come to encompass such varied fields as nutrition, biology, physiology, and sports psychology. In developing models to maximize athletic performance, physical education practitioners have helped develop new physical therapy techniques, coaching strategies, and more. This program also gives viewers an appreciation for the wide variety of careers available, ranging from coach to trainer and from exercise physiologist to sports psychologist. A great program for introducing students to the wide world of phys ed!One 40-minute video.


#5372 Eye Care & Problems - Cataracts and Vision Problems (Run time 18 min.) DVD $69.95

This program explains what cataracts are and how cataract surgery can improve vision in over 95% of cases. The small-incision approach to cataract surgery, using ultrasound vibrations, is explained. We meet several patients who have had the surgery, and learn about how their vision problems affected their everyday life and what results they've achieved as a result of their surgeries. The program also covers other eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The program concludes by stressing the importance of regular eye exams, which are the only way to catch a vision problem before it worsens. (18 minutes)


#5380 Men's Health - Men's Health (Run time 20 min.) DVD $69.95

This program explores specific issues in men's health: what a man can do to reduce his risk of heart disease; the various problems associated with the prostate and the steps needed to prevent these problems; testicular cancer and how to do a testicular self-exam; and sex-safe practices, impotence, and diseases. The program emphasizes that, in addition to watching their diet, exercising, and not smoking, men need to develop the same regular maintenance schedule for their health as they have for their cars. (20 minutes)


#14438 Diet & Weight Loss - Diet and Weight Management: What Really Works? (Run time 31 min.) DVD $79.95

No matter where you go and what you read, there are endless promises that someone or something can help you lose weight. There are places to go to lose weight (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem), books and magazine articles to help you manage your diet, and people who say their way is best (Susan Powter, Richard Simmons). Furthermore, all the advertisements tell you that their product is the only one that works. How do you separate the fact from fiction? How do you decide what works for you, especially when you realize that most diets really don't work for the long term? This video looks at reasons why people overeat and factors that influence weight gain. It explores why people diet and reviews what is good and bad about some of the popular diets. It describes some of the dangers and problems with diets, such as yo-yo dieting, changes in metabolism, and disorders associated with dieting. Then it tells what really works with appropriate behavior changes to help most people lose weight, control weight gain, and maintain a comfortable, healthy weight. The video encourages use of accepted dietary guidelines, living an active lifestyle, following the Food Guide Pyramid, and practicing portion control. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 30-minute video.


#14496 Diet & Weight Loss - Fad Versus Fit: Your Lifetime Fight Against Fat (Run time min.) DVD $79.95

Lose weight fast. Get thin while you sleep. Lose weight and eat all your favorite foods. Thinner is happier. Teens are bombarded with messages reinforcing insecurities about their appearance and promising happiness if they lose weight fast. They strive to attain unrealistic expectations through unhealthy diets, diet drinks, pills, starvation, and purging. Fad Versus Fit pits the long- and short-term damaging effects of fad diets against the benefits of a healthy diet with regular exercise. This program explains what a teen's nutritional needs are and how teens change with age and develop the ability to control their weight in psychologically and physically healthy ways. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 30-minute video.


#6406 Alternative Medicine - Alternative Medicine: Is It a Prescription for You? (Run time 22 min.) DVD $89.95

This program explores some unconventional ways to treat some common health problems, looking at, among other treatments, an herb that treats emphysema, a magnet that heals muscles, and hypnosis that can get rid of warts. The program looks at the use of acupuncture, hypnosis, and other alternative treatments, and explores how many health-care providers are now using these treatments with success. (22 minutes)


#2360 Dental Care - Dental Surgery (Run time 26 min.) DVD $89.95

This program from The Doctor Is In focuses on TMJ-on the pain and problems that can be caused by a malformed or misaligned jaw, and on the nature of reconstructive dental surgery. It also covers the detection of cancer of the jaw, and explains that the primary cause of this cancer is smoking. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (26 minutes)


#36269 Dental Care - Dental Health (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

Good dentists-and smart dental patients-think of the mouth as the first line of defense against disease. This program details the importance of maintaining good dental health, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular inflammation, and other serious health threats. Illustrating the ways that gingivitis and periodontal disease destroy gum and bone tissue, the program shows how these mouth ailments can ultimately weaken systems throughout the body, with dangerous and possibly fatal effects on the pancreas, blood vessels, heart, and even unborn babies. Interviews with respected dentists reinforce critical concepts and treatment options. (28 minutes)


#2163 Diet & Weight Loss - The Diet Dilemma (Run time 56 min.) DVD $89.95

This Lifequest program is packed with information about diets, the most popular weight-loss programs, fads, scams, celebrities' diet tips, and diet foods. Hosted by Merlin Olsen, the program relates the experiences of five people from around the country who describe their reasons for gaining weight and for wishing to lose from a little to a lot of weight; offers a diet quiz and comments on various diet plans; provides a platform for representatives of Optifast, Nutri/System, Weight Watchers, and Pritikin to explain their programs; and reports on diet scams, dieting tips, and diet food tastes. (56 minutes)


#2329 Diet & Weight Loss - Weight Control (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

This program explains the problems of losing weight and keeping it off in adults. Focusing on overweight children, the program explains the need to establish healthy eating patterns and lifestyles early on, examines the question of whether obesity may be hereditary, and offers suggestions to help overweight children lose weight. (19 minutes)


#3145 Diet & Weight Loss - Lose Weight the Safe Way (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

In this overview of diet programs and products available for weight loss in the U.S. today, dietitians explain the nature, possible problems, and potential adverse side effects of rotation diets, prescription and nonprescription pills, powdered formulas, and modified fasts. Experts recommend that to lose weight safely requires a diet program that includes a balanced food plan that includes reduced calorie intake, an exercise component, a support system, nutrition education, and behavior modification. The point is stressed that losing weight is only half the battle; the toughest part is keeping it off. (19 minutes)


#11030 Diet & Weight Loss - Fad Diets: The Weight Loss Merry-Go-Round (Run time 16 min.) DVD $89.95

Consumers spend millions of dollars trying to lose extra pounds through pills, extreme weight-loss programs, and even surgery when there's only ONE rule that applies: "You must burn more calories than you eat." In this video, nutrition experts identify several of the more popular fad diets and why they're so appealing. Fad diets often do work-in the short term; but in the long term, they do not offer healthy weight maintenance. This relevant program not only clarifies the dangers and frustrations of fad diets, but also offers suggestions to help you make the transition to healthier eating habits...habits that will result in healthy weight loss and a lifetime of learning how to maintain your ideal weight. A Meridian Production.One 16-minute video.


#12101 Diet & Weight Loss - Weight Control: A Sane Approach (Run time 52 min.) DVD $89.95

Nearly one out of every three Americans is overweight to some degree and obesity has reached epidemic levels in this country. In this program, host Kat Carney describes her personal quest to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Doctors and dieticians explain what fat is and which types are good and bad, demonstrate how to determine body fat percentage, evaluate the four major types of diets, and discuss how excess fat increases the risk of stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. A Discovery Channel Production. (52 minutes)


#32432 Diet & Weight Loss - Nutrition and Exercise (Run time 24 min.) DVD $89.95

When diabetes forced Yvonne to take her health seriously, she enlisted the help of a registered dietician and started exercising. By looking at Yvonne and others, this program details how the right foods combined with an adequate amount of exercise can help you avoid certain diseases and cope with existing medical conditions. Basic exercise tips and fitness assessment pointers are combined with suggested daily diets, especially the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, as explained by Dr. John Cook, director of Vascular Medicine at Stanford Medical School and author of The Cardiovascular Cure. (24 minutes)


#34262 Diet & Weight Loss - Critical Condition: America's Obesity Crisis (Run time 22 min.) DVD $89.95

In the United States, people with low incomes tend to weigh more than the affluent, but a causal link between poverty and obesity is still a subject of debate. This ABC News program examines evidence for a link, with the addition of thoughtful commentary on personal responsibility from host Ted Koppel. Focusing on an economically struggling Detroit community in which fast food is prevalent and grocery stores are scarce, the video gathers the experiences of neighborhood residents and healthcare professionals into a powerful study of a dangerous cultural trend-and a moving glimpse into the lives of people for whom that trend is an everyday reality. (22 minutes)


#1444 Exercise & Sports - Being Female and Being Athletic (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

This program focuses on the special physiological needs of women in sports: needs due to thinner bones, less muscle, and more body fat than their male counterparts, to the possible effects of exercise on the menstrual cycle-of oligo- or amenorrhea-and of other hormonal changes typical in competitive female athletes, and of possible dangers to the breasts, uterus, and bone density. The program stresses the importance of frequent checkups and testing, and describes treatment for the typical problems that arise. (19 minutes)


#2380 Exercise & Sports - More Than Child's Play: Kids, Parents, and Sports (Run time 25 min.) DVD $89.95

This program addresses the pros and cons of youth sports, looks at the roles of parents and coaches, and draws on the expertise of professional athletes and world-renowned coaches to offer a step-by-step approach for making youth sports a positive experience for kids, parents, and coaches alike. (25 minutes)


#5544 Exercise & Sports - Sports and Science (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

Training athletes for major competitions is no longer left only to trainers. This program examines how science has gotten into the act, including the techniques that enable coaches to select athletes and prepare them physically and psychologically for the most daunting challenges. The program also looks at the use of performance-enhancing drugs and their devastating physical and psychological side- and after-effects. Finally, the program covers the fascinating mechanism of muscle function. (23 minutes)


#5609 Exercise & Sports - Science in the Arena (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

Since the first Olympic Games, 2600 years ago, the goal of athletes has been to win; however, methods of winning have changed. This program shows three contributions of modern science to the feats of athletes: sports psychology, which uses various psychological techniques, such as autosuggestion, rituals, mental imagery, and relaxation, that enable athletes to extend their physical limits; better health through more careful training, with adequate periods of rest and recuperation; and genetics, which can lead to the pre-selection of athletes who are genetically likely to be winners. (23 minutes)


#8611 Exercise & Sports - Evening the Odds: Is Title IX Working? (Run time 12 min.) DVD $89.95

In 1972, Title IX was established, a civil rights act that prohibits gender discrimination at any school that receives federal funds. In this program filmed in 1997, Elizabeth Brackett, of WTTW in Chicago, goes to Indiana University-alma mater of Olympic diving medalists Lesley Bush and Cynthia Potter-to investigate higher education's Title IX track record in the area of sports. The IU administration is working diligently to meet Title IX conditions by creating new athletics programs and spreading out scholarship dollars more evenly between male and female athletes. But a USA Today survey found that only seven Division 1 schools have met the Title IX standards for gender equity. IU does not expect to be in compliance for several years, and the National Women's Law Center, which has filed complaints against a number of other schools for discriminating against female athletes in scholarship funding, is doing its best to speed up the process. (12 minutes)


#14548 Exercise & Sports - Sports Psychology (Run time 63 min.) DVD $89.95

Five seconds left, the game is tied, your hands are sweaty, and your knees are knocking. Could a fear of failure ruin your chances of winning the game or making the putt? Not with the information from Sports Psychology, a comprehensive guide to success by developing the proper mental attitude. Designed by a leading sports psychologist, this program teaches you how to improve performance by commitment, communication, and attitude. The keys to designing a positive mental game plan are detailed. Goal identifcation and self-motivation explain correct methods of attaining success. Various concentation skills and focusing techniques give an athlete the added tenacity to improve. Tips on avoiding mental burnout and handling stress are also discussed. Remember, you can defeat yourself if you aren't mentally ready.One 60-minute video.


#33594 Exercise & Sports - Girls in Physical Education: Increasing Participation and Success (Run time 24 min.) DVD $89.95

Why is it that involvement in physical activity for girls drops off more rapidly than for boys? This is a serious concern, as participation in school physical education programs has been shown to have a positive influence on a person's physical activity later in life. Do girls lose the attention of PE teachers who favor nurturing the physical development of boys, or do they make a conscious choice not to participate in the PE system? If so, are they aware of the harmful ramifications come adulthood? This program examines some of the reasons why girls lose interest in physical education, then focuses on a number of proven strategies to help teachers tackle the problem. (24 minutes)


#33601 Exercise & Sports - Physical Training Strategies: Preparing for a Purpose (Run time 26 min.) DVD $89.95

This program gives instruction on choosing and using the right training strategies to ensure maximum performance during physical activity. Topics for discussion include: the three energy systems in the body and each one's involvement in athletic exertion; types of continuous, interval, and resistance training methods and each one's effect on the energy systems; and the specificity, duration, frequency, intensity, and diminishing return principles of training. Footage of many sports and events illustrates the topics, providing practice to the theory. (26 minutes)


#34018 Exercise & Sports - Shirts & Skins: The Sociology of Basketball (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95

Pickup basketball is democracy in action. This program-an astute study of sports sociology-tracks a mixed group of serious amateurs through an eight-month period, studying player culture, hierarchy, and interaction as they manifest in a setting that has no place for referees. Age, gender, race, injuries, and multigenerational families of players are also considered, as are the game rules and social norms that keep this group together. Skill alone governs each player's status, and teamwork and fair play are prized above victory. (28 minutes)


#4630 Eye Care & Problems - Through a Wall of Despair: Coping with Blindness (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

Professor John Hull has been totally blind for 10 years. Managing at work is easy, he says, with a bit of patience and ingenuity, but at home-unable to read or to see the smile of his child-he is confronted by his irretrievable loss. He has come to see his blindness as a gift of God's grace. The subject of discussion in this program is how one can believe in a loving God when there is so much suffering in the world; the issue is debated by a rabbi, a former Church of England minister, and a vicar's wife whose daughter has Down's syndrome. (28 minutes)


#5530 Eye Care & Problems - Sight (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

The eyes, our individual windows on the world, are instruments of incomparable precision. Scientists are only beginning to understand the complex process of vision, by which the brain interprets the images it receives from the eyes. In this program, we discover by what intricate joint effort our eyes and brain enable us to see. We are also warned that this highly sophisticated instrument can fail us, causing the visual problems with which we are familiar. Lastly, the program deals with research on artificial vision, which aims to provide robots with vision equivalent to human vision. (23 minutes)


#5810 Eye Care & Problems - Eye on Glaucoma (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, robbing people of their sight slowly and painlessly. Because there are usually no symptoms or pain, people are often not aware they have a problem and don't get diagnosed until it's too late. This program profiles several victims of the disease, explaining their symptoms and treatment, and why people may sometimes be afraid to be examined for the disease. An ophthalmologist explains the two major types of glaucoma, how they are diagnosed and treated, and the risk factors for developing the disease. The program stresses the need for people to get thorough eye exams because blindness from glaucoma is preventable with the proper treatment. (19 minutes)


#2875 Foot Care - Foot Care (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

This problem from The Doctor Is In looks at the structure of feet and how foot problems develop. Viewers see a diabetic who is losing feeling in his feet and a woman who developed foot problems as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes as a child. A sports medicine specialist offers tips for preventing problems, and a podiatrist explains the use of orthotics and surgery. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (28 minutes)


#2234 General Health & Wellness - The Science of Wellness (Run time 26 min.) DVD $89.95

This program investigates the ramifications of applying the theories of preventive medicine-modifications in diet and lifestyle. (26 minutes)


#5522 General Health & Wellness - Medical Trends (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

Will medicine become even more antiseptic, dehumanized, and fractionated a science than it is today? Or will it take a more holistic approach, less mechanical, and more open to nontraditional (actually very traditional) methods of healing? This program points out that many medical practitioners have begun to understand and acknowledge the principles of acupuncture and homeopathy, both ancient practices. At the same time, medicine continues to upgrade its techniques, such as surgery, so that now a simple little balloon inserted and inflated inside an artery can help arteriosclerosis. (23 minutes)


#5611 General Health & Wellness - Ordinary Aches and Pains (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

We all have them, and have little choice but to endure them. They are not specific illnesses but are similar enough to be grouped together. This program looks at colds, a category with similar symptoms but caused by a horde of different viruses; allergies, which can trigger a number of symptoms that range from the annoying to the life-threatening, depending on the degree to which a person is allergic and the nature of the allergen; and backaches, which can be caused by the exaggeration of the natural curvature of the spine, damage to a disc, sprains, or strains-problems some of which can be prevented and the pain of all alleviated to some degree. (23 minutes)


#5793 General Health & Wellness - Travel Medicine (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

Americans take more than one billion trips every year and travel is the second biggest industry in the country behind health care. But, for many people, the two biggest industries don't mix well. According to one estimate, one in five travelers gets sick on a trip. This program examines the need to plan ahead for medical needs, even on a trip within the U.S. How to get medical attention, particularly the right treatment, when you're away from home is explained. Common travel troubles such as diarrhea, drinking local water, and poorly cooked foods are covered, as are the special concerns for traveling overseas, including differences in drugs between the U.S. and foreign countries. (19 minutes)


#32433 General Health & Wellness - The Hospital Experience (Run time 24 min.) DVD $89.95

A hospital is a place of healing and recovery. So why can the experience provoke feelings of anxiety, confusion, helplessness, and fear? This program will help relieve the stress of hospitalization by familiarizing you with what to expect. Topics include admittance procedures, your typical day in the hospital, interacting with your health care workers, and knowing your rights as a patient. As the program follows an actual patient through the process, social workers, nurses, doctors, and patient advocates discuss relevant issues along the way. (24 minutes)


#33009 General Health & Wellness - Healthcare Casualties: The Underinsured Mentally Ill (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

At St. Bernard's Hospital, in Chicago's blighted Englewood neighborhood, the ER staff refuses to back away from the challenge of serving patients with serious mental illnesses and little or no insurance-a population precariously poised to slip between the cracks of a healthcare system that is not set up to catch them. Who are the dedicated professionals stretching their limited resources to help some of those least able to help themselves, and how are they doing it? This ABC News program goes to St. Bernard's to find out. (23 minutes)


#33010 General Health & Wellness - Malpractice and the Measure of Human Suffering (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

When it comes to malpractice awards, there will always be those who call them exorbitant and others who call them just. But how exactly do juries calculate a figure for damages? How do they determine what the quality of life-or even life itself-is worth in dollars and cents? This ABC News program introduces viewers to a jury that, after finding a doctor to be negligent, had to then answer questions that most would find unanswerable. Their insights are illuminating. (23 minutes)


#33011 General Health & Wellness - World-Class Healthcare: Why Isn't the U.S. the Best? (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

In many ways, American healthcare is number one-but not in overall performance, says the WHO, which ranked the U.S. 37th. Unlike most first-world countries, America does not guarantee care for all of its citizens regardless of ability to pay. This ABC News program seeks to understand what factors contribute to top-notch healthcare as it assesses the advantages and disadvantages of the Canadian and U.S. systems. Can some of the Canadian benefits be brought to America, or would that require compromises that Americans are unwilling or unable to make? (23 minutes)


#33012 General Health & Wellness - ERs in Crisis: Turning Away the Uninsured (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

Today's emergency rooms are being used as a safety net for a healthcare system that leaves tens of millions of Americans uninsured-and that net is about to break. Because ERs are required to treat every patient who comes through the door, people with nowhere else to turn are joining the critical-care crowd. This ABC News program reports on America's emergency room crisis, in which many ERs, overwhelmed and losing money, are taking drastic actions to keep their heads above water-including turning away those who cannot pay. (23 minutes)


#37378 General Health & Wellness - Health News and Interviews: Cancer Video Clips (Run time min.) DVD $89.95

This collection of 20 video clips takes a close look at breast cancer, skin cancer, and general cancer. Reports shed light on mammography, melanoma, the apoptosis-inhibitory protein survivin, cancer diagnosis at the DNA level, viruses as anticancer vectors, cancer risk factors, improvements in chemotherapy, and a potential cure for cancer. Video clips include... Breast Cancer • Beyond Mammography • Mammogram Readers • Cancer Screening • Cancer Prognosis Skin Cancer • Anti-cancer Tan • DNA Tan • Skin Cancer Genes • Tanning and Health General Cancer • Non-smokers' Cancer • Cancer Clue • Cancer-Curing Blood • Lung Cancer Test • Cancer Light Fix • Cancer Watchdogs • Pain Relief-with a Price • Cancer-Proof Mice • Cancer-Killing Viruses • Old Age and Cancer • Many Lung Cancers • New Cancer Test (30 minutes)


#37383 General Health & Wellness - Health News and Interviews: Genetics Video Clips (Run time min.) DVD $89.95

This collection of 18 video clips takes a close look at genetics. Topics range from the human genome, to "junk" DNA, to genetic implications for obesity, dyslexia, eating disorders, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, substance abuse, weight loss, and aging. Video clips include... Genetics • Junk DNA • Living Longer • Secrets of the Y Chromosome • Tiny Genes, Big Role • Genome ABCs • Custom Cures • SIDS Test • Blame Your Mother • Mom's Genes • Exercise Gene • Dying to Be Thin • Maternal Separation • Models of Health • Age Accelerator • Redefining Race • Ethnic Drug • Egg Regs • Sex Cells (28 minutes)


#38781 General Health & Wellness - Travel Medicine: Be Prepared (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

Travel abroad and even within the U.S. poses special health risks. In this program, Bradley Connor, of the International Society of Travel Medicine; Phyllis Kozarsky, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and others offer advice on protection from illness while traveling. Suggested pre-trip preparations include determining destination-specific health risks, obtaining requisite vaccinations, making a travel health kit, and creating a medical safety net at the destination, in case illness should strike. Information on venous thromboembolism, a risk factor of air travel, and health tips specifically for trips to developing countries are included. (27 minutes)


#3058 Health & The Environment - Environmental Illness: Bad Chemistry (Run time 60 min.) DVD $89.95

Perfumes, aerosols, plastic on television sets-for some people, these everyday chemicals may create health problems ranging from headaches, to breathing difficulties, to loss of consciousness. This program examines the medical and political dimensions of Environmental Illness (EI)-the controversial and mysterious condition whose victims cannot tolerate common chemicals of modern life. Clinical ecologists, a new breed of doctors specializing in EI, believe the condition may result from damage to the immune system caused by exposure to the chemicals that saturate our environment and by overuse of antibiotics. But other physicians do not recognize EI as a medical condition and condemn those who treat it as "cult practitioners." The dispute has given rise to political action, involving government agencies at the city, state, and federal level, and heated in-fighting in the medical profession. EI sufferers are caught in the middle. (60 minutes)


#7359 Health & The Environment - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: No Place to Hide (Run time 57 min.) DVD $89.95

Around 65,000 chemicals are used each day throughout the world, 3,500 of them in food production. These figures indicate that we may all be unwilling participants in an uncontrolled experiment, one side effect of which may be that chemicals weaken our immune system's resistance to illness. In this program, Diana, Michael, Eve, and Julie-four individuals who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity-discuss the agony of living with the condition and its profound health implications. Their reactions range from severe allergies and heart palpitations, to anaphylactic shock and complete paralysis. In one segment, doctors attempt to detoxify a patient through environmental isolation and fasting. (57 minutes)


#7909 Health & The Environment - Nature's Pharmacy at Risk (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95

Eighty percent of the world's people rely on traditional plant-based medicines, but these cures are rapidly being lost to deforestation. This program explores the world of traditional medicine-from spiritual rituals of Nigerian healers, to the ancient therapies of Indian practitioners-and examines how assaults on the environment are destroying the plants needed to practice the ancient art. Cooperative efforts among communities, countries, and corporations to save the life-giving plants are examined. (30 minutes)


#7910 Health & The Environment - Epidemics and the Environment (Run time 29 min.) DVD $89.95

A boy in Connecticut is paralyzed by Lyme disease after being bitten by a deer tick. Health officials trace the disease to a rise in the deer population, prompted by a man-made decline in natural predators that keep deer numbers in check. Epidemics such as this are on the rise, as humans continue to upset the delicate links between themselves and the environment. This program examines this issue within the context of the reemergence of the plague in India and cholera in Peru. Worldwide efforts to stem the tide of these and other environmentally caused diseases are also examined. (29 minutes)


#7911 Health & The Environment - Dealing with Solid Waste (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95

In Ghana, a young girl walks past gutters-running sewers. Animals there feed on garbage, and the coastline is littered with trash from the towns. For many people in Ghana, and elsewhere around the world, a healthy, clean environment is a luxury. As cities grow, they are often overwhelmed by solid waste that leads to disease. This program explores the issue as a worldwide problem, then examines the ways in which citizens in Ghana have tackled the problem through privatized waste collection and other creative means. (30 minutes)


#30270 Health & The Environment - NOW with Bill Moyers: Kids and Chemicals (Run time 58 min.) DVD $89.95

All across the U.S., growing numbers of children are being diagnosed with asthma, childhood cancers, and learning and behavioral disabilities. Is exposure to an ever-increasing number of untested chemicals to blame? In this program, Bill Moyers investigates the relationship between environmental contamination and the health of America's children. Dr. Philip Landrigan, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Dr. Richard Jackson, of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health; Dr. Frederica Perera, of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and other medical investigators and health officials discuss their findings. In addition, families whose children are coping with potential chemical poisoning talk about their anger and their fears. (58 minutes)


#39554 Health & The Environment - Bill Moyers Journal: May 23, 2008 (Run time min.) DVD $89.95

This edition of the Journal casts a wide net. Included are a Bill Moyers essay on Paul Light's book A Government Ill Executed and recent resignations of executive appointees in Washington; a segment from Expose: America's Investigative Reports that questions why the potentially dangerous chemical BPA, a component of commonly used plastic items, repeatedly has been called safe by the manufacturers, their lobbyists, and U.S. regulators; a discussion between Bill Moyers and Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, about how America's highest court might change if John McCain is elected President; and a segment on the urgent need to provide better care for physically and emotionally injured veterans-particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorder. Broadcast date: May 23, 2008. (58 minutes)


#2386 Health & The Workplace - Wellness in the Workplace (Run time 26 min.) DVD $89.95

This program explores the growing trend of companies toward corporate health programs-how they are controlling skyrocketing health costs by starting "wellness" programs. Successful companies are profiled across the country as well as easy-to-institute plans for companies of four people to four thousand. As a result of these wellness programs, corporations are saving millions of dollars and combating rising health-care costs, while employee are developing greater awareness of their own health and learning what it takes to live a healthy life. (26 minutes)


#4548 Health & The Workplace - Industrial Epidemics (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

The number one disabling work injury is to the back. This program examines this and other common work injuries, explaining the current aggressive approach to active rehabilitation and the importance of early intervention. It also indicates steps that employers can take to safeguard against accidents, and procedures to protect hearing and breathing. (19 minutes)


#9256 Men's Health - Viagra: A New Sexual Revolution? (Run time 22 min.) DVD $89.95

A little blue pill called Viagra is one of the biggest-selling prescription drugs in history. For the estimated 30 million men who suffer some degree of erectile dysfunction, Viagra has been hailed as a new fountain of youth. But given the big difference in sexuality between men and women, what effects will the pill have on traditional relationships? In this ABC News program, Forrest Sawyer speaks with two medical experts on sexual dysfunction and the deputy editor of Men's Journal magazine to learn how Viagra offers new opportunities for men and women to open up lines of communication, both in the bedroom and everywhere else where sex casts a shadow. (22 minutes)


#11203 Men's Health - BPH: Aging and the Enlarged Prostate (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95

As they get older, most men will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland. This program offers timely facts about a condition frequently left undiscussed until severe urinary discomfort forces the sufferer to the doctor's office. The symptoms of BPH, current drug and surgical interventions, and future treatment options are all covered, as well as the life-saving importance of an annual prostate exam for men over 50. Commentary is provided by Dr. Claus Roehrborn, of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, of Kingston General Hospital, Ontario. (23 minutes)


#2353 Skin Care - Acne and Psoriasis (Run time 26 min.) DVD $89.95

The underlying cause of acne is unknown. This program from The Doctor Is In discusses treatments for its symptoms, and the role of food and hygiene in its prevention and cure. Psoriasis is a rarer and more serious problem: an itchy skin disorder that in severe cases can spread all over the body; the program discusses a variety of therapies. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (26 minutes)


#38785 Skin Care - Pressure Ulcers (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

Pressure ulcers and other types of chronic non-healing wounds are a significant-even life-threatening-health risk. In this program, Kristjan Ragnarsson, chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; renowned medical anthropologist Meg Jordan; and others analyze pressure ulcer formation, prevention, and treatment among paraplegics, diabetes patients, and people in hospitals and nursing homes who are unable to leave their beds. SofPulse electromagnetic field therapy is given special attention as a breakthrough technology in non-healing wound repair. (28 minutes)


#4589 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Sleep: A Prerequisite for Health (Run time 18 min.) DVD $89.95

We all think we can tough it out and get by without sleep. This program shows the enormous fallacy of this concept. Fatigue was a factor in the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Challenger disaster, the Three Mile Island incident, and the Bhopal chemical leak; it is likewise a factor in a large percentage of plane and car accidents; and medical personnel, too, are subject to the effects of fatigue. The program shows just how fatigue develops, how it affects reactions and reaction time, and details the value of "proper sleep hygiene." (18 minutes)


#5383 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Sleep Apnea (Run time 20 min.) DVD $89.95

Sleep apnea affects 1-4% of the population, most of whom don't even know they have it, and 80-95% of cases go undiagnosed. This program explains what sleep apnea is and what causes it, how the diagnosis is made, and why it is so dangerous. Symptoms can include memory lapses, morning headaches, personality changes, and irritability. In a sleep lab, we learn about the C-PAP mask and how it helped one patient; another required surgery to trim his palate to stop it from blocking his airway. The program stresses the importance of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. (20 minutes)


#5387 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Wake Up, America: A Sleep Alert (Run time 18 min.) DVD $89.95

Sleep disorders are a national problem, affecting millions and resulting in untold accidents. This program covers the functions of sleep and why some people need more sleep than others; circadian rhythm and events that can disrupt our sleep-wake cycles; the different kinds of sleep problems, including sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy; signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder and how stress, anxiety, and depression affect sleep patterns; the pros and cons of over-the-counter sleep medications; and the workings of a sleep lab. (18 minutes)


#38782 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Sleep Disorders (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

Over 40 million American adults suffer each year from a variety of chronic sleep problems, prompting extensive research into sleep patterns and potential obstacles to healthy sleep. This program explores sleep disorders, how they are diagnosed, and how they can be easily managed or treated. Viewers will learn how various disorders are usually classified into three major categories: lack of sleep, or insomnia; disturbed sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea; and too much sleep, known as narcolepsy. Factors such as stress, biology, diet, and environment are overviewed. Several case studies and expert interviews are included. (28 minutes)


#38792 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Narcolepsy (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95

At various moments throughout the day, people with narcolepsy experience a sudden urge to sleep. If the urge becomes overwhelming, they may sleep for periods lasting from a few seconds to several minutes. This program examines the chronic neurological disorder and its connection to the brain's inability to regulate the correct times for sleeping and waking. Illustrating the profoundly debilitating aspects of the condition-which makes basic activities like driving, typing, and even conversing with others extremely difficult-the program presents case studies and expert interviews. Dr. Richard Bogan of SleepMed and Dr. Todd Swick of the Houston Sleep Center are featured. (28 minutes)


#39412 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Sleep Apnea (Run time min.) DVD $89.95

Over 19 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea. But the potentially fatal disorder only presents during sleep-so a large number of sufferers remain unaware of the danger. This program explores the causes of OSA and the treatments available for it. Two instructive case studies will help viewers understand and feel comfortable about current diagnostic approaches, including the completion of a polysomnogram or sleep study. With the expertise of Dr. Stephen Scharf, director of the University of Maryland Sleep Disorder Clinic, and Dr. Rosanne Barker of the Barker Sleep Institute, the program illustrates many of the treatments that have turned the "slow death" of sleep apnea into a new lease on life. (30 minutes)


#1990 Women's Health - Menopause: Facts and Myths (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

This program explains some of the popular misconceptions surrounding menopause and profiles two women; one suffered hot flashes, depression, and fatigue, the other's symptoms were milder. It stresses the use of estrogen therapy in both situations both to alleviate the discomforts of menopause and to help prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. (19 minutes)


#4273 Women's Health - Estrogen: Is It for Every Woman? (Run time 19 min.) DVD $89.95

This program explains how the ovaries function, what role estrogen plays in a woman's body and what the symptoms are of its deficiency, and describes different methods of estrogen replacement. The program explains the symptoms of menopause and traces the history of estrogen replacement and the questions regarding the relationship between estrogen and breast cancer. (19 minutes)


#5379 Women's Health - Hysterectomy: Choices for Women (Run time 20 min.) DVD $89.95

This program looks at less invasive alternatives to the traditional hysterectomy procedure. Two patients are profiled, whose symptoms-excruciating pain and abnormal bleeding-would not so long ago have been routinely treated with hysterectomy. Among the treatment options for abnormal bleeding, in addition to hormone therapy and medication, the program explains the procedure involved in endometrial ablation; the patient with a painful period elected a laparoscopic hysterectomy, which the program compares with the traditional kind. In the course of the program, hysterectomy, the procedure, and both its physical and emotional effects are described. (20 minutes)


#5386 Women's Health - Understanding Hysterectomy (Run time 18 min.) DVD $89.95

This program illustrates what takes place during a hysterectomy and what other structures may be removed in addition to the uterus. It explains the reasons for hysterectomy and alternatives to it; hysterectomy and menstruation; common problems after hysterectomy; the benefits and risks of estrogen replacement therapy; and the long-term changes in a woman's life or lifestyle that may result from hysterectomy. (18 minutes)


#8282 Women's Health - Menstruation: Breaking the Silence (Run time 57 min.) DVD $89.95

In this program, we meet artists and activists who are challenging taboos surrounding menstruation, often in outrageous ways that may shock some viewers. The program also explores menstruation's impact on society and its role as a rite of passage. Artist Judy Chicago discusses how outraged audiences reacted to a graphic painting in her Menstruation Bathroom exhibit. Author Judy Blume reads from her popular book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Biologist Margie Profet discusses her contention that women menstruate to rid their uteruses of sperm residues. And the curator of a Museum of Menstruation displays a bizarre collection of advertisements for sanitary protection. Medical issues such as toxic shock syndrome are candidly discussed, as well as the environmental controversy surrounding the disposal of tampon casings. (57 minutes)


#33569 Eye Care & Problems - Ocular Health: Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration (Run time 28 min.) DVD $99.95

Using the expertise of leading ophthalmologists specializing in the most common refractive and non-refractive conditions, this program presents the latest therapies to protect the eyes in the event of potentially blinding diseases. Ivan Schwab, Director of Cornea and External Disease Service at the University of California, Davis, maps out the physiology of the eye and its role in sending images to the brain; Kuldev Singh, Director of the Glaucoma Service at Stanford University School of Medicine, describes the symptoms of glaucoma as well as the different therapies available; and Richard Abbot, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, describes macular degeneration and its contributing factors. (28 minutes)


#2446 Women's Health - A Woman's Body (Run time 58 min.) DVD $99.95

This program examines the contemporary woman's life cycle and her lifestyle. It looks at attitudinal changes among health-care providers and consumers; examines the pros and cons of hysterectomy and its alternatives; explains mammography and various options for treating breast cancer; analyzes the pressure to be slim and the eating disorders associated with obsessive concern about weight and appearance; looks at information on menstruation and PMS; and looks at the issues of infertility and endometriosis and at the connection between menopause, estrogen, and osteoporosis. (58 minutes)


#3042 Women's Health - Women and Disease (Run time 30 min.) DVD $99.95

Do women experience heart disease differently from men? Why do women have a higher rate of depression? Do treatments developed exclusively from research on men work for women? This program from The Doctor Is In examines the lack of medical research conducted on women, and the resulting diminished effectiveness of treatments in the areas of heart disease, depression, and alcoholism. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (30 minutes)


#6296 Alternative Medicine - Alternative Medicine: An Overview (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

Alternative, or complementary, health systems are gradually being integrated into American culture and can now be found in many American physicians' offices. This program from The Doctor Is In provides an overview of Chinese and Indian medicine, homeopathy, herbalism, naturopathy, and massage. It also examines osteopathy and chiropractic as practices recognized by traditional doctors. The program observes patients who are using one or more of these therapies in their health care, and speaks with several experts including Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained physician and author of numerous books on integrative health; Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician/gynecologist and proponent of alternative medicine; Dr. Fredi Kronenberg, director of an alternative medical center at Columbia University; and Nancy Lonsdorf, a physician who practices both Western and the Indian system of Ayurveda in her practice. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production. (29 minutes)


#6500 Alternative Medicine - Healing Arts: The Arts and Medicine (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

Art has been used over the centuries to help people accept a medical condition they cannot change or to provide a spiritual lift during difficult times. But, increasingly, the arts are being used in a scientifically ordered manner to improve health in specific ways. Studies have shown that arts therapy can reduce pain, improve the health of pre-term babies, decrease the severity of headaches, and improve speech of people who've had strokes. This program from The Doctor Is In profiles several examples, including a dance that evolved out of dealing with AIDS, murals in a children's cancer clinic, a physician who is also a professional clown, music therapy for autistic children, and a woman with manic-depressive illness who uses painting as therapy. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (29 minutes)


#7595 Alternative Medicine - Herbal Remedies: A Matter of Safety (Run time 21 min.) DVD $129.95

Herbal medicine has grown into a multimillion-dollar industry, as more and more customers demand natural products. But how safe are these natural remedies? Should manufacturers be required to list maximum doses and possible side effects? This program addresses these issues, and investigates how some manufacturers are deceiving the public by neither testing what they sell nor selling what they advertise. (21 minutes)


#8575 Alternative Medicine - Chinese Healing (Run time 45 min.) DVD $129.95

The Chinese look upon the body as an interactive energy system in which life energy-"chi"-flows along bodily meridians. In this program, the therapeutic value of acupuncture, massage, cupping, and chi kung is examined, along with preventive measures for replenishing chi, balancing yin and yang, and promoting harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Traditional Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and generally has no side effects. Until recently, its holistic approach and almost mystical nature have left Western medical practitioners feeling skeptical, despite sometimes astonishing results. Fortunately, as the dialogue between East and West evolves, both are integrating the methods of the other for the overall improvement of health around the world. (45 minutes)


#8581 Alternative Medicine - Alternative Therapies in the OR (Run time 16 min.) DVD $129.95

In this program, NewsHour's Paul Solman takes a lively look at the clinical trials of alternative therapies being conducted on surgery patients at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Other forms of complementary care being studied there include hypnotherapy, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, and music therapy. Progressives call it a way to give the public what it wants-and a way to attract patients, as the effects of managed care heat up the competition between hospitals-while skeptics, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, have branded it quackery and chalk up any successful results to the placebo effect. (16 minutes)


#8596 Alternative Medicine - Answered Prayers? Investigating the Healing Power of Prayer (Run time 25 min.) DVD $129.95

Can prayer account for astonishing recoveries that exceed medical expectations? In this program, doctors-including Larry Dossey, author of Healing Words-and people outside the medical profession share their understanding of prayer as a complementary therapy and the different approaches to using it. They also discuss the difference between curing and healing, and whether or not a patient's death is a failure of prayer. People of different faiths agree that prayers for the ill, whether done as part of a group or alone, vocally or silently, can help provide meaning, hope, and possibly even health for those in need of healing. (25 minutes)


#9195 Alternative Medicine - Shamanism: An Ancient Tradition (Run time 39 min.) DVD $129.95

Shamanism not only predates Western medicine, but is practiced with great homogeneity throughout the world. With a focus on knowing through direct perception rather than cognition, shamans search for the causes and cures for illnesses by contacting spirits through a trance-like state of consciousness. This intriguing program cuts across cultures and national boundaries to delve into the world of shamanic medicine. Shamans, ritualistic dancers, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a doctor, and others investigate this form of traditional healing, contrasting it with Western medical science. (39 minutes)


#11463 Alternative Medicine - Encounters of a Healing Kind: Approaches to Alternative Medicine (Run time 53 min.) DVD $129.95

In this program, Dr. Robert Buckman discusses the differences between conventional medicine and representative forms of alternative medicine while pointing out the similarities behind all forms of medical treatment. A conventional medical doctor, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, a homeopathic physician, a holistic general practitioner, a Rolfing specialist, an iridologist, a healer trained in the Hawaiian belief system of Huna, and a "bonesetter" in the Kalevalan folk tradition are filmed while consulting, diagnosing, and treating their patients. Navajo and curanderismo healing ceremonies are also presented. (53 minutes)


#11464 Alternative Medicine - The Rise and Rise of Alternative Medicine (Run time 53 min.) DVD $129.95

At a time when medical science is at its most powerful, why are so many patients turning to alternative medicine? What do they seek, and what benefits do they receive? In this program, Dr. Robert Buckman answers these questions as he explores the healing principles of holistic medicine, homeopathy, chi kung, reiki, and lomilomi massage. Dr. Effie Chow, of the East West Academy of Healing Arts; Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, of the American Academy of Neural Therapy; Dr. George Lewith, of The Centre for the Study of Complementary Medicine; and other practitioners provide insights into their specialties. (53 minutes)


#11465 Alternative Medicine - Feeling Better, Getting Better? (Run time 52 min.) DVD $129.95

Tumors that shrink. Chronic headaches that stop. Throat ulcers that vanish. Can homeopathy, prayer, visualization, and other alternative therapies be responsible? In this program, Dr. Robert Buckman considers the placebo effect as it relates to alternative medicine. Drawing on case studies of Steve McQueen; Penny Brohn, author of Gentle Giants; and everyday people, as well as on carefully conducted clinical trials, Dr. Buckman tempers his empirical skepticism with a willingness to be persuaded. Ultimately, is a patient's sheer belief in the efficacy of complementary forms of treatment the real key to better health? And if so, is that necessarily bad? (52 minutes)


#11466 Alternative Medicine - A Touch of Magic: Treating the Person inside the Patient (Run time 52 min.) DVD $129.95

In this program, Dr. Robert Buckman seeks to distinguish the perceived merits of alternative medicine-patient empowerment and holistic, "high-touch" care-from its potential drawbacks, including the possibility that complementary therapies excite unrealistic expectations among patients. Best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, Bristol Cancer Help Centre cofounder Penny Brohn, Stanford University's Dr. David Spiegel, medical sociologist Dr. Barrie Cassileth, and others offer their distinctive points of view on topics such as the plausibility of a link between hope and longevity and the value of facing up to impending death. (53 minutes)


#33289 Alternative Medicine - Alternative Medicine (Run time 52 min.) DVD $129.95

Beyond the boundaries of mainstream medicine are treatments that many claim have powerful healing properties. Produced in association with Skeptical Inquirer magazine, this intriguing program scrutinizes the principles behind acupuncture, magnet therapy, crystal therapy, homeopathy, therapeutic touch, and reiki as respected practitioners demonstrate their specialties and make their case. But at every turn, equally respected critics also have their say, making this video a particularly well balanced analysis of these popular treatment modalities. Is alternative medicine scientifically quantifiable? And, if it reduces suffering and promotes healing, does it matter? A Discovery Channel Production. (52 minutes)


#12000 Dental Care - Gum Disease: Beyond Tooth Loss (Run time 24 min.) DVD $129.95

Mounting evidence indicates that there is a definite correlation between unhealthy gums and risk factors impacting overall bodily health. In fact, the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis also multiply the chance of heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and, for mothers-to-be, premature birth. In this program, dental professionals address these and other related life-threatening conditions; spell out the symptoms, stages, and treatment of periodontal disease; and explain the simple steps to maintaining good oral hygiene. (24 minutes)


#8161 Diet & Weight Loss - Obesity: Pain and Prejudice (Run time 40 min.) DVD $129.95

The problem of obesity is discussed against the backdrop of the recent trial of a San Francisco mother convicted of child abuse after her seriously overweight daughter died as a result of obesity. Topics discussed include prejudice against the overweight population; how medical communities and the social system are failing the obese; our society's habit of equating beauty with being thin; what constitutes obesity; and obesity as it relates to health issues. (40 minutes)


#11496 Diet & Weight Loss - Managing Your Weight (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

This program examines the role of exercise, dieting, and other weight control strategies in attaining optimal health while skewering fad diets and risky or useless products, which only serve to undermine healthy weight management. Psychosocial factors that distort views on what constitutes a healthy look and weight are also considered, as young adults explore the dynamics of body image and the issues involved in eating disorders. (29 minutes)


#33060 Diet & Weight Loss - Treating Obesity (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

This program from The Doctor Is In presents a trio of case studies to illustrate a spectrum of treatment approaches for obesity: medical center-based plans emphasizing exercise, education, portion control, and peer support; medicines that suppress the appetite and promote weight loss; and bariatric surgery. In addition, Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Weight Management Center; Sharon Alger-Mayer, M.D., of Albany Medical Center's Lifestyle Challenge Group; and William Laycock, M.D., of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, discuss their work in the field of weight management. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production. (28 minutes)


#33552 Diet & Weight Loss - Morbid Obesity: A Probable Cure? (Run time 48 min.) DVD $129.95

Antonio Biello wants to walk again. Jean-Pierre Allard wants his son to see how energetic he once was. And Vanessa Hull simply hopes not to be dead before 30. Three people of different worlds, yet inextricably linked to a condition that Dr. Nicholas Christou says is poised to spread more rapidly than smoking-morbid obesity. This clinical program follows the three as they each seek an answer in the form of gastric bypass surgery. Medical professionals explain the physiology of obesity and argue the effectiveness of the procedure, and weight-loss surgery advocates analyze the ever-existing social stigmas against obese people. Contains explicit nudity. (Portions in French with English subtitles, 48 minutes)


#11399 Exercise & Sports - Keeping Fit (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

Sedentary jobs and pastimes. Foods high in sugar, fat, and cholesterol. A superabundance of labor-saving technologies. Is it any wonder that a recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows that more than sixty percent of all adult Americans are statistically overweight? This program describes the basic components of physical fitness and the numerous health benefits that derive from regular physical activity while explaining why exercise is helpful in reducing overall health risks. (29 minutes)


#10617 Eye Care & Problems - The Eye: Structure, Function, and Control of Movement (Run time 54 min.) DVD $129.95

In order to provide a smooth and stable image of what is being seen, the eyes must initiate and also compensate for a complex variety of motions. After a concise review of the structure and function of the eye, this program focuses on the extraocular muscles and the mechanisms that control them. The vestibulo-ocular, optokinetic, otolithic, and cervico-ocular eye-stabilizing reflexes are examined in detail, as well as the saccadic and smooth pursuit voluntary control systems. The relationship between the cerebellum and eye movement control is also explored. (54 minutes)


#10618 Eye Care & Problems - Movement Disorders of the Eye (Run time 55 min.) DVD $129.95

This program describes the role of the medial longitudinal bundle and investigates the causes and effects of double vision and malfunctions of voluntary eye movement control. Special emphasis is given to diplopia caused by sixth-, fourth-, and third-nerve lesions as well as by orbital fractures, hyperthyroidism, and myasthenia; focal lesions of the frontal eye fields and the parieto-temporo-occipital region; and conditions that impact eye movement, including Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, and Huntington diseases. Different forms of nystagmus are addressed as well, along with ocular bobbing, ocular flutter and opsoclonus, and convergence spasm. (55 minutes)


#29446 Eye Care & Problems - Blind Visions: New Hope for the Treatment and Prevention of Blindness (Run time 28 min.) DVD $129.95

Perhaps more disturbing than the global statistics concerning blindness-for example, one child goes blind every minute-is the fact that much of it is easily preventable. This program shows how scientific and technological advances offer new hope for millions suffering from vision loss. Experts such as ophthalmologists David Yorston and Bruce Allan of London's renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital discuss cataracts, trachoma, and vitamin A deficiency, the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Film footage and computer animations of various conditions are shown, along with close-up coverage of the newest generation of laser surgery procedures. (28 minutes)


#35624 Eye Care & Problems - Glaucoma (Run time 28 min.) DVD $129.95

People with glaucoma now have a reasonable chance of saving their eyesight-if the disease is detected early enough. This program focuses on information critical to fighting glaucoma, emphasizing the need for regular eye exams and medical support in the management of the degenerative ailment. Exploring the risk factors for glaucoma, including its disproportionate rate among African Americans and its relationship to diabetes and hypertension, the video covers various treatment strategies, including both surgery and the optic application of medicine. Viewers will find the program's detailed graphics helpful in understanding how glaucoma progresses and how it can be stopped. (28 minutes)


#9026 General Health & Wellness - NYD: Not Yet Diagnosed (Run time 51 min.) DVD $129.95

Chloe Atkins' medical history runs more than 500 pages. She has been hospitalized repeatedly with visibly life-threatening symptoms-yet no doctor has been able to diagnose her illness. Is it Munchausen Syndrome? Is it a psychosomatic disorder? Or is it something unknown to medical science? In this provocative program, hosted by renowned actress Margot Kidder, Chloe and medical experts examine her symptoms, her pursuit of a medical or psychological solution, and her image in the eyes of an antagonistic medical community that apparently would like to silence her. (51 minutes)


#11396 General Health & Wellness - Promoting Healthy Behavior (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

This program introduces the basic concepts of health and wellness, emphasizing that well-being is a multidimensional concept that exerts an ongoing influence throughout one's life. By promoting an understanding of the factors that affect personal health and an awareness of what can and cannot be controlled, viewers are invited to take a proactive role in their personal health. The value of making smart decisions-so crucial for defending against negative peer pressure-is reinforced by the DECIDE model: Define, Explore, Consider, Identify, Decide, and Evaluate. (29 minutes)


#11397 General Health & Wellness - Achieving Psychosocial Health (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

Overall well-being requires not only physical health, but psychosocial health as well. What exactly is psychosocial health, and how is it achieved? This program explains the elements that compose psychosocial health, the internal and external factors that influence it, and methods to enhance it. The importance of taking responsibility for one's own psychosocial well-being through self-recognition of problems and identification of barriers to meaningful communication is stressed. (29 minutes)


#11403 General Health & Wellness - Practicing Proactive Consumerism: Healthcare (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

In a consumer society, smart shopping is a virtue-and in matters of healthcare, it is a necessity. This program seeks to demystify the complexities of America's healthcare system by offering indispensable information on healthcare organizations and practitioners, types of health insurance, common legal and ethical considerations, and individual rights as a health consumer. Definitions of essential medical terminology are also provided. (29 minutes)


#30390 General Health & Wellness - Beach Sun 911 (Run time 51 min.) DVD $129.95

Each year millions of people head for the water, but there are dangers that can turn a trip to the beach into a trip to the emergency room. This program looks at these hazards-both in and out of the water-and demonstrates ways to prevent or avoid them, from hypothermia, riptides, and marine life to sunburn, dehydration, and boardwalk injuries. Question-and-answer segments with beachgoers, incident reenactments, and interviews with veteran lifeguards of Newport Beach, California, make this program a useful resource on beach and ocean safety. A Discovery Channel Production. (51 minutes)


#35564 Health & The Environment - Asbestos: Magic Mineral, Killer Dust (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

For nearly a hundred years, asbestos fibers were woven into the very fabric of commercial and residential life in North America and Europe-despite an industry awareness that asbestos dust is extremely dangerous. This program featuring Geoffrey Tweedale, author of Magic Mineral to Killer Dust, and environmental consultant Barry Castleman illuminates the dark history of flame-retardant asbestos: asbestosis fatalities, efforts by the asbestos industry to deflect criticism of its products, the scientific correlation of mesothelioma to asbestos exposure, and belated governmental regulation. Also, today's growing market for asbestos in developing countries is exposed. (29 minutes)


#35838 Health & The Environment - Direct from Libby: Vermiculite-and Asbestos (Run time 22 min.) DVD $129.95

The tremolite asbestos-tainted vermiculite from Zonolite Mountain has spread its lethal legacy well beyond Montana and the town of Libby, where it was mined and milled for decades: over the years, 236 cities in 42 states received billions of pounds of it to be processed into a range of consumer products. This ABC News program focuses on trouble spots in Michigan, New Jersey, and Colorado. With an estimated 15 to 30 million homes containing the deadly stuff in the form of attic insulation-and remediation costs that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per household-this is a health and financial crisis of no small magnitude. (22 minutes)


#36093 Health & The Environment - Mysterious Poison: The History of PCBs (Run time 30 min.) DVD $129.95

They are now banned worldwide-but the toxins known as PCBs are not going away. This program explains how the compounds have almost irreparably polluted the globe and still threaten future generations. The film begins in 1927, when PCBs became integral to electric power and, eventually, a vast array of agricultural and technological products. Describing the growth of scientific awareness of PCB-related threats across the food chain, the program features compelling interviews with researchers who helped uncover the hereditary hazards of PCBs-including World Wildlife Fund senior scientist Dr. Theo Colburn and University of Stockholm professor Soren Jensen. (30 minutes)


#36095 Health & The Environment - Fighting the Microbes: The History of Antibiotics (Run time 30 min.) DVD $129.95

The prescription of antibiotics is a medical tightrope-walk. The drugs save lives, but, because of overuse, may soon usher in a new era of super-germs. This program outlines the discoveries of bacteria and penicillin and sheds light on the frightening emergence of multi-resistant, often deadly microbes during the last six decades. Presenting interviews with researchers who are deeply involved with the issue-including Tufts University microbiology professor Stuart Levy and Eva Nathanson of the World Health Organization's Stop TB Program-the film examines the implications of antibiotic-enhanced livestock feed and the dangers that staphylococcus poses to hospital patients. Viewer discretion advised. Contains footage of injections, surgeries, and open wounds. (30 minutes)


#10398 Skin Care - Beyond Wound Healing (Run time 29 min.) DVD $129.95

Supplemented with clinical photos and precise diagrams, this program quantifies wound assessment and describes approaches to wound healing. The physiological healing cascade and infection flags are discussed, along with case studies spanning an age range of 31 to 78. A deep bruise, a leg ulcer complicated by eczema, an infected surgical incision, and a necrotic neck tumor are presented, allowing the introduction of subjects such as the hydrobalance, hydrosorptive, hydroactive, and hydroionic methods of wound dressing; graduated compression therapy; and odor reduction. (29 minutes)


#36351 Skin Care - Overcoming Acne (Run time 28 min.) DVD $129.95

It's a teen rite of passage-but acne and its scars can continue into adulthood, sometimes leading to serious physical and emotional problems. This program looks at the causes and effects of the unpleasant and frequently distressing skin condition, possible remedies for it, and the specific problem of adult-onset acne. Common misconceptions-linking poor hygiene or chocolate consumption with acne outbreaks, for example-are debunked. Stressing the benefits of medically assisted skin care, renowned dermatologists Dr. Madhavi Kandula and Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield review acne treatment strategies, including over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. (28 minutes)


#6669 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Sleeping Well (Run time 28 min.) DVD $129.95

Forty million Americans suffer from insomnia. Another 56 million can't sleep because of pain. This program from The Doctor Is In provides specific information on how to get a good night's sleep. The topics of breathing disorders such as apnea are discussed, along with the conditions of narcolepsy and restless legs. Dr. Peter Hauri of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Allan Pack of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep Disorders offer tips on how to fall asleep, and how to manage sleep when working night shifts or traveling across time zones. For parents, Dr. Richard Ferber explains ways to help infants and children fall asleep and stay asleep. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (28 minutes)


#11256 Sleep & Sleep Problems - The Sleep Famine: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Fatigue (Run time 54 min.) DVD $129.95

What are the consequences of living in a 24/7 world, where sleep is simply not a priority? In this program, researchers from the circadian, neuroendocrine, and sleep disorders section of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital as well as a broad cross-section of shift workers discuss sleep deprivation and chronic fatigue. Studies involving astronauts, truckers, and teenagers quantify the effects of light and dark on human physiology, long-term fatigue on life span, and tiredness on academic performance. The impact of fatigue on decision-making and the societal implications of time-shifting the circadian clock are also considered. (54 minutes)


#35623 Sleep & Sleep Problems - Insomnia (Run time 28 min.) DVD $129.95

An inability to sleep is far more than a nuisance-it's a genuine health problem. This program examines insomnia from a medical perspective, exploring the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the disorder. Interviews with doctors who specialize in treating sleep difficulties provide historical background on the affliction, the personal and professional hazards it can present, and dietary and behavioral adjustments that can improve the quality of sleep. The advent of safe and effective sleep medications is also described in detail, while observations from patients who have overcome insomnia provide a reassuring human dimension to the discussion. (28 minutes)


#11115 Women's Health - Gender Biology: Men and Women Really Are Different (Run time 22 min.) DVD $129.95

Apart from the reproductive system, how else are women anatomically different from men? And how do physiological differences influence how the female body reacts to diseases and medications? Enhanced by 3-D graphics, this program explores the emerging field of gender-based biology. Officers of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research and the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia discuss the possibility of gender-specific medications, new studies being done on heart disease and osteoporosis, and other topics. The Women's Health Initiative, a pathophysiological study of postmenopausal women, is also featured. (22 minutes)


#30374 Women's Health - Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment (Run time 20 min.) DVD $129.95

This program presents a concise overview of critical concerns and issues regarding breast cancer, a disease that affects one in five women. In a logical format using computer graphics and footage with real patients, the program addresses the general pathology of cancer, the specifics of breast cancer, and the various risk factors. A segment on self-examinations clearly demonstrates how these potentially life-saving checks are performed, explaining how they are the key to early detection. Treatment options are fully explained and illustrated, including chemotherapy, mastectomy, and reconstructive surgery. (20 minutes)


#30915 Women's Health - Now Is Our Time: Healthy Living for Women 40-55 (Run time 37 min.) DVD $129.95

As they reach midlife, women face a special set of health-related challenges. This program hosted by dancer/celebrity Debbie Allen weaves together the personal stories of a racially diverse group of perimenopausal women as they deal with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Expert commentary by an endocrinologist and a diabetes educator stresses the importance of a good diet, exercise, and periodic mammograms and Pap smears. Positive aspects of maturity are also reinforced, rounding out this comprehensive overview of women's health from ages 40 to 55. (37 minutes)


#30916 Women's Health - Now Is Our Time: Healthy Living for Black Women 40-55 (Run time 34 min.) DVD $129.95

In America, black women have statistically high incidences of certain illnesses and conditions. Therefore, as they approach their menopausal years-a time of greater health risks for all women-it is especially important that they focus their attention on wellness. In this program hosted by dancer/celebrity Debbie Allen, several black women talk about their midlife health concerns, while two doctors and a diabetes educator discuss the importance of monitoring for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer; the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy; and other topics, including the importance of a healthy lifestyle. (37 minutes)


#33921 Alternative Medicine - Does Prayer Work? A Medical Perspective (Run time 51 min.) DVD $149.95

This program documents the MANTRA clinical study, the largest multifaith prayer experiment ever devised. A three-year effort to find a causal link between prayer and physiological healing, the project generated a high degree of skepticism among scientific purists and religious leaders. Nevertheless, it rigorously assembled medical data on 750 critical heart patients while coordinating Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist prayer groups from North Carolina to Nepal. Does Prayer Work? follows the investigation with complete objectivity, culminating in multiple interpretations of the results. Original BBCW broadcast title: Does Prayer Work? (51 minutes)


#2327 Exercise & Sports - Playing Hurt (Run time 19 min.) DVD $149.95

This program shows how sports injuries are treated on the spot, and how conditioning and stretching help prevent or minimize injuries. The program also focuses on youth sports and the pressure on young athletes to win; Billie Jean King talks about parental encouragement and the problems of parental pressure, which too frequently leads to burnout in young athletes. (19 minutes)


#3332 Exercise & Sports - A Budding Champion (Run time 26 min.) DVD $149.95

The qualities that enable a youngster to excel at sports are often the same ones that enable him or her to do well academically. At 14, Mark is an outstanding prospect for Britain's Olympic Squad. The discipline, determination, and self-confidence that he has developed through judo are qualities that will benefit him in many other aspects of his life. He rarely loses, and the program follows his attempt to win his first national title-a challenge that calls upon all his reserves of strength and character. (26 minutes)


#2355 Eye Care & Problems - Eye Care (Run time 26 min.) DVD $149.95

This program from The Doctor Is In looks at such common eye disorders as presbyopia, torn or detached retinas, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, and night blindness, as well as such common problems as foreign particles in the eye or a scratch on the eye. It also looks at the effect on eyesight of exposure to ultraviolet light, lighting during reading, and the relationship between eyesight and TV viewing. It explains different kinds of glasses and the benefits and dangers of extended-wear contact lenses, shows a surgical treatment that eliminates the need for glasses for some people, offers tips on how to prevent some eye diseases and how to avoid some common eye injuries, and differentiates between ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production. (26 minutes)


#2659 Eye Care & Problems - Improving Eyesight (Run time 19 min.) DVD $149.95

This program covers the range of diagnostic procedures available to deal with problems and diseases of the eye, explains the techniques involved in repairing cataracts and corneal transplants, and discusses diabetic retinopathy-the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.; it further explains the uses of the excimer laser; and discusses the differences between an optician, an optometrist, and an ophthalmologist. (19 minutes)


#3136 Eye Care & Problems - Eye Exam (Run time 19 min.) DVD $149.95

This program uses a quiz format to explain such sight-affecting conditions as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, "floaters" and light flashes, and macular degeneration. In the case of the earlier disorders, treatments are also described, and the point stressed that regular eye exams are the best defense against the gradual loss of vision. (19 minutes)


#3177 Eye Care & Problems - Eye Surgery with Lasers (Run time 19 min.) DVD $149.95

This program explains the function of the eye, and describes common eye conditions like myopia and hyperopia usually corrected with glasses or contacts. An ophthalmologist describes how the laser corrects myopia and discusses the pros and cons of PRK; a PRK patient is profiled whose vision in the treated eye improved from 20/250 to 20/25. Other uses of laser eye surgery are described and its benefits evaluated. (19 minutes)


#30502 Eye Care & Problems - An Introduction to Visual Fields (Run time 26 min.) DVD $149.95

This program provides a systematic overview of visual fields and their associated defects. After key terms are defined, a dynamic 3-D model of the brain and visual system is employed to illustrate the neuroanatomy of the eyes. A full demonstration of confrontational testing is then followed by a look at both kinetic and static automated field-testing techniques and an introduction to the visual field chart. The program closes by displaying the effects of various neurological lesions on the visual fields. (26 minutes)


#30503 Eye Care & Problems - An Introduction to Ophthalmoscopy (Run time 27 min.) DVD $149.95

This program demonstrates how to use a direct ophthalmoscope to examine patients' retinas. A detailed examination technique segment is followed by examples of clinical abnormalities to be looked for during a checkup. Juxtaposed with images of ordinary retinal tissue, the examples clearly display the signs of key pathologies. Possible causes of retinal abnormalities are presented, and common errors in interpreting those abnormalities are addressed. (27 minutes)


#31477 General Health & Wellness - Body Wars: Disease and the Hygiene Hypothesis (Run time 51 min.) DVD $149.95

Despite the highest sanitary and medical standards, diseases once extremely rare in developed nations are now on the rise. Has ultra-hygienic living unwittingly made us the enemies of our oldest allies? This program examines compelling evidence for the "hygiene hypothesis," which suggests that indiscriminate war on all microscopic organisms may be bad for our health. Immunologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, gastroenterologists, and environmental health experts comment on dramatic increases in allergies, auto-immune diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Case studies of asthma, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and eczema illustrate radically new approaches to treatments. (51 minutes)


#30506 Health & The Environment - Pfiesteria Files: Closing the Case (Run time 60 min.) DVD $149.95

Millions of fish died. People experienced memory loss, confusion, and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin problems. And the press had a field day. This program provides an in-depth retrospective on the Pfiesteria hysteria that engulfed much of the mid-Atlantic region in 1997. Interviews with a wide range of concerned parties-aquatic botanists, an ecologist, an epidemiologist, a neuropsychologist, a government official, journalists, local fishermen, and coastal poultry farmers-provide insights into the origins, effects, and end results of that sensational P. piscicida crisis. (60 minutes)


#33271 Health & The Environment - Peter Jennings Reporting-How to Get Fat Without Really Trying (Run time 44 min.) DVD $149.95

While much of the public debate about obesity has focused on personal responsibility, Peter Jennings reveals how federal government agricultural policies and food industry practices are contributing to America's growing obesity epidemic. How to Get Fat Without Really Trying takes on topics ranging from agricultural subsidies and their impact on the American diet to the effects of aggressive food marketing on children to place obesity in its broader sociopolitical context. (44 minutes)


#2218 Women's Health - Hysterectomy: The Surgery Women Fear (Run time 19 min.) DVD $149.95

This program covers the indications for hysterectomy: the treatment of cancer and of life-threatening bleeding disorders for which no alternative exists, as well as conditions like endometriosis, cervical cancer, and uterine fibroids for which other treatments may be available. It shows myomectomy surgery and explains its risks; explains that there may be functions of the uterus which are not yet fully understood; and discusses the issue of hysterectomy after menopause. (19 minutes)


#10616 Eye Care & Problems - Eye Movements and Their Disorders (Run time min.) DVD $259.9

Using intricate computer animation and footage of patients, this classic two-part series promotes a deep understanding of eye movement and movement disorders. Clinical terminology is supported by on-screen labels, definitions, and topic outlines, making each program especially valuable to medical students and healthcare professionals. 2-part series, 54-55 minutes each.


#35836 Health & The Environment - Asbestos Invasion: How Tremolite Poisoned America (Run time min.) DVD $259.9

In Libby, Montana, vermiculite mining was big business...until its chief by-product, tremolite asbestos, was implicated in the town's abnormally high level of respiratory disease. This two-part ABC News series starts in Libby-an environmental disaster zone more deadly than Love Canal or Woburn-and then follows the trail of tainted Libby vermiculite to homes throughout America. 2-part series, 21 minutes each.


#7908 Health & The Environment - Health and the Environment (Run time min.) DVD $269.85

This three-part series explores the relationship between the environment and the quality of human life and health. 3-part series, 29 minutes each.


#30501 Eye Care & Problems - Examination Skills in Ophthalmology (Run time min.) DVD $299.9

A valuable learning tool for medical students, this clinical two-part series is designed to help viewers diagnose a variety of ocular conditions with certainty and confidence. 2-part series, 26-27 minutes each.


#33008 General Health & Wellness - America's Struggling Healthcare System (Run time min.) DVD $359.8

Healthcare in America is arguably the best in the world, but only for those who can afford it. This penetrating four-part series from ABC News goes to the front lines of the healthcare crisis to take an unflinching look at a system that is itself in failing health. Heroic measures to prop the system up are also presented, as are some glimmers of hope for a solution-or at least the beginnings of one. 4-part series, 23 minutes each.


#11360 General Health & Wellness - Coping with Illness (Run time min.) DVD $389.85

Heart disease. Cancer. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Repetitive stress injuries. In this clinical three-part series, experts in the field of medicine discuss the diseases and disorders that are so much a part of modern life, promoting the value of preventive care and early diagnosis. 3-part series, 27-29 minutes each.


#32823 Diet & Weight Loss - Nutrition S.M.A.R.T. Box (Run time min.) DVD $499.95

Standards-based MediA Resource for Teachers Developed by CURRICULUM MEDIA GROUP The Nutrition S.M.A.R.T. Box provides teachers and students with an outstanding blend of multimedia materials designed to support health-related programs. Correlated to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the National Health Education Standards, the S.M.A.R.T. Box combines core content, creative activities, a Teacher's Guide with suggested lesson plans, and a Teacher's Resource Pack to deliver an enriching and engaging learning experience. In addition, three types of assessment tools (with answer keys/scoring rubrics) are included to help evaluate learning after each lesson: • Selected response assessments-questions to test a student's knowledge (e.g., multiple choice, matching, or true/false) • Constructed response assessments-exercises to test a student's ability to convey information and/or demonstrate skills (e.g., fill-in-the-blank, short answer, essay, visual depiction, reading comprehension, outlining, or graphing) • Authentic assessments-projects to test a student's aptitude for communicating information and applying it in a new way (e.g., ideas for research papers, presentations, debates, demonstrations, artwork, journals, stories, experiments, or interviews) Nutrition basics, factors that influence dietary decisions, and the use of goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance overall health are authoritatively covered. The Nutrition S.M.A.R.T. Box will energize your classroom with a comprehensive, research-based multimedia approach to eating well for lifelong fitness that provides a balanced mix of videos, CD-ROMs, and posters to support your Health curriculum. A Curriculum Media Group Product. Correlates to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education from the Family and Consumer Science Education Association and the National Health Education Standards from the Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards. One multimedia set. The Nutrition S.M.A.R.T. Box contains: 8 VIDEOS • Breakfast: Most Important Meal of the Day • Let's Do Lunch • What's for Dinner? • Snack Attack! • Junk Food Wars • Investigating Food Additives • Exploring Vegetarianism: A Healthy Alternative • Nutrition for Active Fitness 1 CD-ROM • Facts on...Vitamins 7 POSTERS (LAMINATED) • MyPyramid Poster • Savor the Spectrum! "9 A Day" Every Day • Blue/Purple Fruits and Vegetables • Green Fruits and Vegetables • White Fruits and Vegetables • Yellow/Orange Fruits and Vegetables • Red Fruits and Vegetables TEACHER'S GUIDE • A Teacher's Guide packed with information: educational standards, a curriculum map, lesson plans, assessment answer keys, fast facts, program overviews, learning objectives, vocabulary terms, discussion questions, Web site resources, student activities, and a reading/viewing list TEACHER'S RESOURCE PACK • A Teacher's Resource Pack of reproducible hand-outs that include student activities, reference materials, and assessment tools


#11462 Alternative Medicine - Magic or Medicine? A Look at Alternative Medicine (Run time 212 min.) DVD $519.8

Is the clinically based and often depersonalized nature of Western medicine causing patients to look elsewhere for medical help? In this classic Gemini Award-winning four-part series, oncologist Dr. Robert Buckman, an authority on doctor/patient communication, analyzes the growing popularity of alternative medicine while demystifying its practices. 4-part series, 53 minutes each.


#7525 Women's Health - Journey to Recovery: For Women with Breast Cancer and Their Partners (Run time min.) DVD $519.8

UPDATED IN 2002. Breast cancer has yet to be conquered, but unrelenting research is bringing that day steadily closer. This four-part series, hosted by news personality Willow Bay, sensitively approaches the challenge of breast cancer surgery and recovery from the perspective of stress management and the patient's support group of family, friends, and community. Developed by the New York University School of Nursing, these updated research-based programs document the critical factors that promote physical and emotional well-being for patients and their partners. 4-part series, 30-40 minutes each.


#37377 General Health & Wellness - Health News and Interviews Video Clip Collection (Run time min.) DVD $539.95

This six-part collection contains video clips on important health-related advances over the past decade-key moments in medical science in the areas of cancer, substance abuse and addiction, diseases and disorders, mental health and the human mind, nutrition and obesity, and genetics. Interviews intercut with news reporting bring viewers face-to-face with the people who are grappling with the intricacies of the human body and its functions. 6-part series, 24-80 minutes each.


#35848 General Health & Wellness - Health & Wellness Core Curriculum Video Library (Run time min.) DVD $785

Good nutrition or junk food? Healthy coping mechanisms or substance abuse? Peaceful conflict resolution or violence? These are only a few of the concerns addressed head on in this 20-program educational video collection. Recommended for grades 8-12. Correlates to state and national standards. Twenty full-length videos. (c) 2006.


#11395 General Health & Wellness - Creating All-Around Wellness (Run time min.) DVD $1039.6

True wellness involves not only physical health, but mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental well-being, too. An engaging blend of interviews and on-screen text and graphics, this stimulating eight-part series puts it all together. 8-part series, 29 minutes each.


#35857 General Health & Wellness - The Health Collection (Run time min.) DVD $1679.4

Epidemiology, psychology, medical ethics, and more: this collection of 12 programs has a vital place in the health section of any academic library. Programs include: • Secrets of the Sexes (Brain Sex; Attraction; Love) • Curing Cancer: Clinical Research Trials • Playing Hurt: Ethics and Sports Medicine • Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Changing the Future • War Against Deadly Microbes and Lethal Viruses • Managing Diabetes • Deep Vein Thrombosis • Sepsis: The Peril of Infection • Radiation Roulette • Insomnia 12-part series.


#11523 General Health & Wellness - Total Health: Achieving Your Personal Best (Run time min.) DVD $2599

Being the best that one can be is no simple matter. This comprehensive twenty-part series covers every aspect of personal health, breaking up the subject into engaging units ideally suited for classroom or workshop use. Each thought-provoking program contains interviews with students and experts drawn from a wide range of disciplines, while on-screen text-section subtitles, questions, statistics, outlines, quotations-can help guide the discussion that is sure to arise. 20-part series, 29 minutes each.




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