Health, Medicine

Could LSD be the next drug in your doctor's arsenal? New experiments have a few researchers believing that this trippy drug could become a pharmaceutical of the future.

This 1996 documentary examines the CIA's connection to the global drug trade, with a focus on opium and heroin.

Chemistry of neurotransmission

Did you know you have functioning neurons in your intestines -- about a hundred millions of them? Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel.

Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.

There's a tight and surprising link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's.

Some scientists are honing in on a genetic switch to turn off ageing. Others have discovered a hormone which is already producing startling results in the over fifties. In New York, fashion designer Diane Gilman believes she has found the answer. Its called human growth hormone. While we're young and growing, human growth hormone helps the body to build muscle and repair tissue.

Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.

The second program in the Multiple Scleroses From A to Z series is presented by the distinguished MS researcher and clinician, Dr. Jock Murray. Dr. Murray is acknowledged as the world's leading expert on the history of MS. He is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has served as dean of Dalhousie Medical School, chairman of the Department of Neurology, and founder and director of the MS Clinic.

Iris Gibbs, co-director of the Stanford CyberKnife Program, discusses Stanford's world-leading CyberKnife program and its impact on the medical world. A frameless robotic radiosurgery system, the CyberKnife allows for a more accurate delivery of radiotherapy. Discover more about this innovative, minimally invasive technology, invented and pioneered at Stanford. Find out how CyberKnife may provide an additional option for patients diagnosed with previously inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or patients looking for an alternative to surgery.

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