Health, Medicine

Joseph B. Shrager, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, speaks about new surgical treatments for emphysema that could dramatically improve symptoms and, in many cases, increase longevity. Current medical treatments of emphysema provide a modest degree of palliation, but there is no medical therapy that dramatically improves emphysema patients' shortness of breath or improves their survival. The new surgical treatments that Dr. Shrager shares could completely change the way emphysema is treated.

Ever considered rhinoplasty? For some people, a nose job is a matter of breathing easier, while for others, it is purely about aesthetics. According to Dr. Sam Most, associate professor and chief of the Division of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford Medical Center, the surgery requires both functional and aesthetic considerations. Learn how Dr. Most understands advances in modern rhinoplasty and nasal airway surgery.

A very well built documentary about cannabis and drug prohibition. Does the drug prohibition work? Have a look and think for yourself.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food may make you sick. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death.

Twelve hundred years ago the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system. They understood how the mind affects the body. They knew subtle ways of changing the body's chemistry with medicines made from plants and minerals. They blessed their medicines in lengthy rituals. And they encoded this knowledge in a series of elaborate paintings called thangkas.

Communication is a crucial part of everyone's life, yet millions of Americans suffer from communication disorders. In fact, stuttering affects about 1 percent of the U. S. population. Dr. Dennis Drayna, of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, explains how genes affect the ability to communicate and discusses his work with stuttering and disorders of pitch recognition, also known as 'tone deafness.'

The first in a series of programs exploring Multiple Sclerosis from A to Z, this program takes a broad view of the autoimmune disease which affects the brain and central nervous system. UW researchers as well as nationally- and internationally-renowned experts define MS and explore current concepts of the disease.

G. Edward Griffin's 1974 book World Without Cancer is as poignant today as the day it was written, and in some circles, just as controversial. That's because Griffin tells the story of a powerful substance that, despite its potential to aid in the fight against cancer, few cancer sufferers will ever know about, and that their doctors certainly will not offer them. That substance is vitamin B-17, also called Laetrile, and it is a naturally-occurring substance that has been banned for use in the control of cancer in the United States.

Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization.

Wild at heart: Rebecca Hosking and her father, Roger, on their farm.

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