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Horizon - How does your memory work?

BBC
You might think that your memory is there to help you remember facts, such as birthdays or shopping lists. If so, you would be very wrong. The ability to travel back in time in your mind is, perhaps, your most remarkable ability, and develops over your lifespan.
Medical Sciences

Horizon - How much is your dead body worth?

BBC
Each year millions of people's lives are improved by the use of tissue from the dead. Bodies are used to supply spare parts, and for surgeons to practice on. Horizon investigates the medical revolution that has created an almost insatiable demand for body parts and uncovers the growing industry and grisly black market that supplies human bodies for a price.
Medical Sciences


Horizon - How to live to 101

BBC
The quest to live longer has been one of humanities oldest dreams, but while scientists have been searching, a few isolated communities have stumbled across the answer. On the remote Japanese island of Okinawa, In the Californian town of Loma Linda and in the mountains of Sardinia people live longer than anywhere else on earth. In these unique communities a group of scientists have dedicated their lives to trying to uncover their secrets. Horizon takes a trip around the globe to meet the people who can show us all how to live longer, healthier lives.
Medical Sciences

Horizon - How to Make Better Decisions

BBC
We are bad at making decisions. According to science, our decisions are based on oversimplification, laziness and prejudice. And that's assuming that we haven't already been hijacked by our surroundings or led astray by our subconscious! Featuring exclusive footage of experiments that show how our choices can be confounded by temperature, warped by post-rationalisation and even manipulated by the future, Horizon presents a guide to better decision making, and introduces you to Mathematician Garth Sundem, who is convinced that conclusions can best be reached using simple maths and a pencil!
Medical Sciences


Horizon - Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy?

BBC
Recent research has analysed the link between the harmful effects of drugs relative to their current classification by law with some startling conclusions. Perhaps most startling of all is that alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B. Drug policies have remained unchanged over the last 40 years so should they be reformed in the light of new research?
Medical Sciences


Horizon - Monitor Me

BBC
Dr Kevin Fong explores a medical revolution that promises to help us live longer, healthier lives. Inspired by the boom in health-related apps and gadgets, it's all about novel ways we can monitor ourselves around the clock. How we exercise, how we sleep, even how we sit.
Medical Sciences

Horizon - Prof. Regan's Supermarket Secrets

BBC
Friendly bacteria, superfoods, cholesterol busting spreads, 99% germ free, whiter than white...it's almost impossible to find a product in the supermarket today that doesn't come with impressive claims, scientific claims with an inflated price tag to match. Are they oversold? Or are they worth the extra cash?
Medical Sciences

Horizon - The Fallout from Chernobyl

BBC
In 1992 the nuclear industry celebrated its 50th anniversary and the report on the accident at Chernobyl claimed there was no evidence of long term health effects. Within months, a team of western scientists presented a very different picture with evidence of an epidemic of thyroid cancers in local children.
Medical Sciences

Horizon - The Secret Life of Your Bodyclock

BBC
Why are you more likely to have a heart attack at eight o'clock in the morning or crash your car on the motorway at two o'clock in the afternoon? Can taking your medication at the right time of day really save your life? And have you ever wondered why teenagers will not get out of bed in the morning?
Medical Sciences




Horizon - Why Are Thin People Not Fat

BBC
The world is affected by an obesity epidemic, but why is it that not everyone is succumbing? Medical science has been obsessed with this subject and is coming up with some unexpected answers. As it turns out, it is not all about exercise and diet. At the centre of this programme is a controversial overeating experiment that aims to identify exactly what it is about some people that makes it hard for them to bulk up.
Medical Sciences

Horizon - Why Do We Dream?

BBC
Horizon uncovers the secret world of our dreams. In a series of cutting-edge experiments and personal stories, we go in search of the science behind this most enduring mystery and ask: where do dreams come from? Do they have meaning? And ultimately, why do we dream?
Medical Sciences

Horizon - Why Do We Talk?

BBC 2
Talking is something that is unique to humans, yet it still remains a mystery. Horizon meets the scientists beginning to unlock the secrets of speech - including a father who is filming every second of his son's first three years in order to discover how we learn to talk, the autistic savant who can speak more than 20 languages, and the first scientist to identify a gene that makes speech possible.
Medical Sciences

How Science Changed Our World

BBC 1
Professor Robert Winston presents his top ten scientific breakthroughs of the past 50 years. Tracing these momentous and wide-ranging discoveries, he meets a real-life bionic woman, one of the first couples to test the male contraceptive pill, and even some of his early IVF patients. He explores the origins of the universe, probes the inner workings of the human mind and sees the most powerful laser in the world. To finish, Professor Winston reveals the breakthrough he thinks is most significant.
Medical Sciences





Inside the Human Body - Best of Series

BBC 1
In a special episode of Inside The Human Body, all the family can join Michael Mosley as he takes us on a fantastic voyage through the wonders of the human body. Using state-of-the-art graphics, based on real images and scientific research, he reveals the ingenious inner workings of your body, starting with the extraordinary story of how a sperm and egg fuse to create life.
Medical Sciences