Marcia Hines was 16 and pregnant when she arrived in Australia. She talks about life as a single mum and her daughter Deni tells how this experience has shaped her life.
At 8848m above sea level, the summit of Mt Everest lies in the death zone - a hostile area that's so high up, there is barely enough oxygen to stay alive. In this two-part documentary series, we go on a journey with 60 doctors and scientists who are attempting to re-write our understanding of the human body. The doctors and scientists will experiment on themselves as they attempt to climb to the summit, turning Everest into the highest laboratory on earth.
In Sydney's outer western suburbs is a school that looks like any other. But at Plumpton High, there is something quite unique. It's a young mothers program that helps teenage mothers stay at school. There is no program like it anywhere in the world. There are schools that cater for pregnant girls or young mothers, but nowhere that integrates them into the general student population like Plumpton does. The idea, pioneered by principal Glen Sargeant, was to stop pregnant girls being forced out of school and onto welfare.
Of the 4.2 million people between the ages of 16-26 living in Australia, nearly two-thirds of them still live at home with their parents. The Nest, follows three very different Australian families as they participate in a social experiment, to find out how prepared (or unprepared!) they are for living sustainable, independent futures. Over the course of this revealing six-part series, families will engage in challenges designed to encourage them to weigh up the pros and cons of living together, and to consider why they aren't living more independently.
This entertaining eight-part series explores the essence of motherhood. Presented by stand-up comedian A.J Rochester and journalist Rebecca Le Tourneau, each episode involves six women discussing their own experiences of motherhood.
Would you believe that your genes are shaped in part by your ancestors' life experiences? Epigenetics is a new genetic discovery which reveals the hidden influences upon genes which could affect every aspect of our lives. Epigenetics proposes a new simple but contentious idea - that genes have a 'memory', and that the lives of your grandparents - the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw - can directly affect you
Meet the women and men who are at the front line of quality medical care. This week Cardiothoracic Nursing, Emergency Nurse Practitioner and High Rise Pregnancies.
Of the 4.2 million people between the ages of 16-26 living in Australia, nearly two-thirds of them still live at home with their parents. Experts such as demographer Bernard Salt are concerned that this co-dependence between parents and their children will leave both parties emotionally and financially unprepared for their future. The Nest, follows three very different Australian families as they participate in a social experiment, to find out how prepared (or unprepared!) they are for living sustainable, independent futures.
The sleep clinicians at Papworth Hospital think adolescent Robert's tendency to sleep 17 hours a day is not just teenage indolence. They discover he has a sleep disorder that prevents his brain from switching on the wake-up button. It has cost the teenager his job and his long suffering mother is relieved to hear it is not Robert's fault when the doctors diagnose a physiological condition.
The final episode of this documentary series about the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery, looks at how surgery dragged itself kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, transforming itself from butchery into a science.
This entertaining eight-part series explores the essence of motherhood. Dina Panozzo survived her first year with an adopted two year old from Guatemala and Erina Reddan, author of Baby Daze, discusses sleep deprivation and survival.
Of all the weird sleepers featured in this fascinating series filmed at Papworth Sleep Clinic Cambridge, 23-year-old university student Alex is probably the most alarming. He is not merely a sleep walker. He is a sleep jumper. He has leapt through second-storey windows and is particularly prone when his living arrangements change. Little wonder the problem is exacerbated when he changes share-house addresses.
Part of Medical Evolution Season, top surgeons carry out life-changing operations in front of a studio audience, broadcast on live television in Britain. Tonight, the neurosurgeon operates on a small tumour on a patient's pituitary gland, accessing it through her nose.
Syphilis, lost knowledge, an Indian brick maker and a gentleman's magazine, doctors who operated on Jewish noses, and the terrible effects of aeroplane fuel - this is the story of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is not a modern phenomenon. It started over 400 years ago with a spate of botched nose jobs, so badly engineered that the nose would fall off if the wind blew too hard. It marked the birth of a whole new obsession - surgeons gradually became entranced with the idea that not only could they fix the body, but now they could even fix our sense of self-esteem.
Stress-related diseases are some of the biggest killers in modern developed society, yet we know little about their root cause. That all changes in this unprecedented look at the revelatory science, based on the latest research by pioneering scientists including neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, a professor at Stanford University. For over a quarter of a century he has been fascinated by why some people are crushed by stress while others seem to thrive on it.
Doctors Gunther von Hagens and John Heyworth examine the effect of violent impact on the human body. A woman died after falling from a great height and fracturing her ribs, clavicle, femur and spine. Dr Heyworth explains the X-ray and broken bones. These fractures are then marked on a living body so that the audience can understand the injuries that these broken bones have caused.
Derek is the strangest sleeper in Europe. Repeated medical attempts to treat his sleep problems have failed him and he continues to undergo a strange metamorphosis from a mild-mannered gentleman by day into a thrashing wild animal while he sleeps. Derek's night-time antics have been so violent, he has had to resort to drastic action like building a grate down the middle of the bed that he shares with his wife to protect her. He has head butted and punched the walls, ripped out light fittings and made violent dives out of bed, waking with blood and bruises all over his body.
A neo-nazi obsessed with the perfect stitch, organs from prisoners, patients bombarded with radiation, chance discoveries involving bottles of good quality olive oil - this is the story of transplant surgery. At first, transplant surgery seemed a craze, a one-off experiment. But pursuing fame, prestige and worldwide acclaim, surgeons took increasingly extraordinary risks.
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