AIDS : A Biological Perspective (34:00)Why is a cure so elusive? Why has it been so difficult to find a cure or vaccine for AIDS? What makes AIDS so deadly? What is the HIV virus, and how does it devastate the immune system? This eye-opening video explores these questions, providing fascinating insights into the unique qualities of the HIV virus that make AIDS such a relentless killer.
Blood-Borne Pathogens: HIV / AIDS / OSHA (29:59)Focusing on the subject of blood-borne pathogens, this program includes discussion of epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk behaviors, opportunistic diseases, and diagnostic tests. The video also reviews disease transmission and prevention as well as current treatment modalities. Complies with OSHA standards. Florida-approved curriculum. Designated for 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education. A viewable/printable facilitator's guide is available online. (30 minutes)
Influenza (27:42)If influenza were an animal, it would be a chameleon. This program sheds light on the constantly changing virus, exploring medical efforts to track its adaptations, improve flu treatments, and develop a reliable vaccine. Explaining the differences between influenza types A, B, and C, the video describes how the body’s immune system reacts to an influenza attack, highlights the importance of T-cell levels, and looks at the particular vulnerability of people over age 65. Detailed commentary from physicians, researchers, and CDC authorities focuses on the historical cycle of epidemics and global pandemics and the push to develop an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine. (28 minutes)
Our Immune System (23:10)A veritable army of cells is constantly on the alert in our bodies. Its mission is to destroy any foreign cells, viruses, or bacteria that attack the fortress they are protecting, the human body. This program uses stunning imagery to describe the battles our immune system wages inside our bodies, showing how it sets up defenses against viral invasion. It explains how, by means of vaccination, we can use the functions of the immune system to prevent disease. The program also shows how, in the case of organ transplants, the immune system must be suppressed, and shows how the anti-rejection drug, Cyclosporine, works. (23 minutes)
Defeating Cancer (48:08)For many of us, getting cancer is our greatest fear. What’s more, the chances are that eventually it may be a fear we will have to face. But science is at a crucial turning point in cancer treatment. This program follows three patients and their medical support teams as they employ advanced forms of personalized medicine in their fight against cancer. Ray’s doctor uses robotic radiosurgery to pinpoint malignant cells when Ray’s prostate cancer returns. Phil, diagnosed early, opts for a prostatectomy with the da Vinci laparoscopic technique. And Rosemary participates in new drug trials to combat her melanoma after surgery and chemotherapy failed to stop its metastasis. In addition, researchers from the Royal Marsden Hospital explain what cancer is, why some people get it, and what makes it so hard to treat. A BBC Production. (48 minutes)
What is Diabetes? (14:17)Focusing mostly on type 2 diabetes, this program is designed to help the layperson—especially patients who have been newly diagnosed—understand the physiological impact of the illness, complications associated with it, and important steps to prevent or decrease the risk of complications. The video explains the links between type 2 diabetes and factors such as obesity, advanced age, physical inactivity, family history, impaired glucose tolerance, and other criteria. Diabetes specialist Susan C. Ward helps viewers understand why the disease is frequently diagnosed even if a person is “feeling fine” and how patients can take action to manage it—clinically as well as through improved nutrition and exercise. (14 minutes)
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