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Health 18 February 2013 14 362
A day in life of someone who lives with osteogenesis imperfecta – or brittle bone disease – is fraught with risk. Even the tiniest movement can lead to serious fractures. This documentary gives an insight into the strong community of those with the disease, and how neither young nor old are held back by their disability.
Over 20 million Americans are prescribed medication for a variety of mental disorders. Even young children are being given pills to treat ‘behavioural problems’. The drugs are intended to help, but many patients say they just don’t work, are dangerously habit forming and have debilitating side effects.
China was the first country to recognise internet addiction as a clinical disorder. It has hundreds of rehab camps where concerned parents can send their web-dependent kids, who don’t always go willingly. The path to recovery isn’t easy but it is most effective, if the parents walk it with them.
E-waste (discarded electronic appliances) is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. Locals call its most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie, “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while child labour and criminal gangs are also rife.
Galina is often called the “Ice Maiden”. While everyone else layers up in winter, she walks around in a beach dress and sandals. She insists she is not cold and that freezing temperatures help her stay young and healthy.
Swinging new-borns by their feet and forcing toddlers to dive – Russian PE teacher, Elena Fokina, has adopted an unconventional approach to child development at her school in Dahab, Egypt. Her critics say these methods border on abuse. But Elena insists that kids raised this way become strong, agile and independent.
This is a game in which the stake is human life. These people play with death. While the grim reaper stands at the head of the dying person’s bed, waiting for their final breath, volunteers from the Dutch “Ambulance Wish Foundation” arrive. They are prepared to fulfil any last wish of the patient. Completely free of charge!
Is there such a thing as immunity to cancer or diabetes? Dr Jaime Guevara of Ecuador believes so. He discovered that people suffering from Laron Syndrome, a form of dwarfism, never appear to develop these life-threatening diseases. But could his amazing findings benefit everyone else?
Get up close and personal with some young women confined to wheelchairs, but who haven’t let their disability prevent them from doing what they love. Watch how they learn to waltz on wheels, as they prepare for the now annual ‘Miss Independence’ beauty contest.
These people look decades older than their real age. This is due to a genetic condition that affects their skin's elasticity: dermatochalasia. While their bodies and souls are still young, their faces trick others into believing otherwise.
The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Gujarat, India, offers surrogacy services to childless couples desperate for their own baby. While making money from surrogacy remains controversial, doctors such as Nayna Patel stay convinced of the benefits for all concerned.
As of 11 December, the Ebola virus has claimed 7,690 lives this year. From a couple of cases at the end of March, the outbreak's rapid spread has sowed seeds of panic all around the world. RTD goes to Liberia, the country hardest hit by the disease, to speak to those battling on the frontline against the terrifying illness.
Autism is a fast-spreading illness. No scientist is certain where it comes from or how to cure it. One thing is clear: people with autism are intelligent individuals who don’t have the mental capability to stand their ground. As such, their well-being depends a great deal on the people around them.
Aleksandr Suvorov graduated with a PhD from Moscow State University's department of psychology, and later went on to become a professor and work with children who are deaf and blind. While these are impressive achievements, what makes them truly remarkable is that Dr. Suvorov is both deaf and blind himself, and must communicate primarily by touch.