Rx for Survival
A Global Health Challenge

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Disease Warriors
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis…
Rise of the Superbugs
It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines -- and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development…
Delivering the Goods
At the dawn of the 21st century, we can prevent, treat or cure most of the deadliest diseases known to humankind -- and yet millions die needlessly every year because…
Deadly Messengers
Since the plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases -- those that rely on insects and animals to spread infectious agents -- have posed a serious…
Back to the Basics
Ever since sailors noticed that scurvy could be prevented with citrus fruits, it has been clear that illness could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients. While nutrient-enriched products…
How Safe Are We?
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, thirty new infectious diseases have emerged and one of them --…

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Delivering the Goods
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
At the dawn of the 21st century, we can prevent, treat or cure most of the deadliest diseases known to humankind -- and yet millions die needlessly every year because the benefits of modern medicine and public health fail to reach them. What are the obstacles to providing care to…
Deadly Messengers
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
Since the plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases -- those that rely on insects and animals to spread infectious agents -- have posed a serious threat to public health. Today, the most dangerous vector on earth is the mosquito. From malaria to yellow fever to…
Back to the Basics
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
Ever since sailors noticed that scurvy could be prevented with citrus fruits, it has been clear that illness could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients. While nutrient-enriched products have reduced diseases caused by vitamin deficiency in the developed countries, the problem continues to plague the developing world. And…
Rise of the Superbugs
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines -- and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development of more "wonder drugs" transformed the face of modern medicine. Rise of the Superbugs chronicles these historic successes, as well…
How Safe Are We?
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, thirty new infectious diseases have emerged and one of them -- AIDS -- is becoming perhaps the most devastating epidemic in history. New diseases travel the globe with unprecedented rapidity, and…
Supermarket Sleuth - Hidden Superpowers of Nutrition
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Discover how the food we put in our shopping baskets every week could hold the answer to our worries about weight and hang ups about health. In this entertaining and informative series, Cherry Healey sets out to reveal the hidden superpowers in our diets, showing how the staple foods we…
Supermarket Sleuth Episode 1
Episode 1 of Supermarket Sleuth
In Supermarket Sleuth - Episode 1 we investigate how the food we put in our shopping baskets every week could hold the answer to our worries about weight and hang ups about health. In this entertaining and informative series, Cherry Healey sets out to reveal the hidden superpowers in our…
Supermarket Sleuth Episode 2
Episode 2 of Supermarket Sleuth
In Supermarket Sleuth - Episode 2 we discover how the food we put in our shopping baskets every week could hold the answer to our worries about weight and hang ups about health. In this entertaining and informative series, Cherry Healey sets out to reveal the hidden superpowers in our…
Disease Warriors
Part of the Series: Rx for Survival
Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Pasteur went on to develop a rabies vaccine -- a great…
Too Fat Too Young - Childhood Obesity
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Obesity rates are soaring in children. In the US there are now over 10 million fat children, so shockingly obese that it will shorten their lives. Never has the future of the couch potato generation seemed so bleak. This documentary looks at how some children may be able to escape…
Eat, Fast and Live Longer
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Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight. But he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. And he thinks he's found the answer - the ancient idea of fasting. Could the…
FAT: What No One is Telling You
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Face it: We're fat. With 66 percent of U.S. adults either overweight or obese, our girth is a serious public health issue. Yet many of us still view being overweight as a character flaw, a lack of self-control, or even a moral crime. But does fat really equal failure? FAT:…