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Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of April 2011

Filmography - Health and Fitness

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of April 2011. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library . Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (

There are also over 1500 streaming videos in the Films-On-Demand Health and Medicine collection. These videos are only available for viewing by current American University students and faculty and require authentication.

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All jacked up: Hungry for the truth? 2008. 1 videodisc (110 min.). "All jacked up is an angst-driven portrait of four teenagers who discover the truth about their obsessive, addictive, and emotion-fueled eating habits.” DVD 4040

The alternative fix. 2003. 1 videodisc (57 min.). Frontline examines the controversy over complementary and alternative medical treatments. Through interviews with staunch supporters, skeptical scientists and observers on both sides of the debate. These popular treatments are facing increased scrutiny as the first real studies of their effectiveness are published. DVD 1042

Ashtanga, NY: a yoga documentary. 2004. 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.). Follows the aging yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as he gives his final North American workshop in New York City in September 2001. Devotees were arriving from all over the world when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place in the midst of the celebration. In the difficult weeks that followed, Jois used the Ashtanga practice to help heal and fortify his diverse followers. This is not an instructional video, and these are not your garden-variety contortionists. This is a real look into the intersection of ancient practice and modern-life, New York-style. DVD 1024

Ayurveda the art of being. 2004. 1 videodisc (102 min.). Ayurveda, the "science of life", one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. Originating in India more than 5000 years ago, and spreading to Tibet, China and Japan, this uncanny intersection of science, medicine and magic is only now receiving serious study in the West. DVD 872

Baghdad ER. 2007. 1 videodisc (64 min.). An unforgettable look at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, which is the premier U.S. Army medical facility in Iraq. Watch as doctors and nurses fight to save lives of wounded soldiers on a frighteningly routine basis. DVD 3996

The beast within & crash. Body story. 2003. 1 videodisc. Unravel the mysteries of the two most important organs in the human body--the heart and the brain. Travel inside the body and witness a heart attack in progress. Learn why a man's animal instincts take over under the influence of alcohol. Also see what happens to a person's body after a car accident. DVD 2027

Beauty mark Body image & the race for perfection. 2009. 1 videodisc (53 min.). "[Diana] Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.  The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors" -- Container. DVD 6876

Big bucks, big pharma: marketing disease & pushing drugs. 2006. 1 videodisc (46 min.). Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment. Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being. DVD 7391

Bigger, stronger, faster*. 2008. 1 videodisc (106 min.). A look at how Americans see themselves as having to be the best in the world, and what some people will do in order to achieve that title. DVD 4867

Body snatchers & breaking down. Body story. 2003. 1 videodisc. Follows different groups of people to reveal what goes on inside their bodies as they react to events such as injury, aging, sickness, etc. DVD 2026

Body story. 2003. 3 videodiscs (ca. 324 min.). Follows different groups of people to reveal what goes on inside their bodies as they react to events such as puberty, an automobile crash, anaphylaxis, food poisoning etc. DVD 2026 - 2028

Community voices : Exploring cross-cultural care through cancer. 2005. 1 videodisc (70 min.). Using the subject of cancer, this video explores ways that differences in culture, race, and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of health care services. DVD 7954

A dangerous business revisited [videorecording]. 2008. 1 videodisc (60 min.). "Five years ago, FRONTLINE and The New York Times joined forces to investigate death and dismemberment in one of America's most dangerous industries -- the iron pipe foundry business. One company stood out, the McWane Corporation. It had more health and safety violations than all of its competitors combined, and there were a number of environmental violations as well. In the five years since our original broadcast, federal prosecutors obtained indictments against and juries convicted the company in five cases in four states. Today McWane says it has made a dramatic turnaround and that worker safety and environmental protection are now high priorities. FRONTLINE revisits its original broadcast with correspondent Lowell Bergman who then reports on what has changed at McWane and whether the company has become a less dangerous business"--Frontline web site. DVD 6396

The doctor's story. Life. Series 3: Life (Bullfrog Films). 2002. 1 videodisc (23 min.). Part of a series examining the issue of globalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. Nepal has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. This episode explores the plight of Nepal's local health services, and links the situation to the prohibition by the U.S. government against funding any non-governmental organization that supports abortion. DVD 5897

Fat: What no one is telling you. 2007. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (90 min.). This documentary explains our psychological responses to food, shares new scientific knowledge about hunger, eating, and human metabolic operation. Shows how external pressures such as oversized restaurant portions and the unending barrage of food advertisements make fighting fat so difficult. Also features real Americans telling their stories about the biological barriers, cultural habits, and economic realities contributing to their struggle to get fit. DVD 5505 and Streaming video.

Good news: How hospitals heal themselves. 2005. 1 videodisc (57 min.). This documentary reports on solution to escalating costs, unnecessary deaths and waste in America's hospitals through the use of Toyota management principles called "systems thinking." Features Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and SSM Health Care System in St. Louis. DVD 4838

Healing and the mind. 2009. 3 videodiscs (318 min.). Ancient medical science told us our minds and bodies are one. So did philosophers of old. Now modern science and new research are helping us to understand these connections. Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients -- people who are taking a new look at the meaning of sickness and health. He discusses their search for answers today? How do thoughts and feelings influence health? How can we collaborate with our bodies to encourage healing? DVD 5711 - 5713

Healing and the mind. Healing and the mind: Healing and the mind. 2009. 1 videodisc (114 min.). Vol. 1: Bill Moyers is on location in Beijing and Shanghai with his guide, David Eisenberg, M.D. of Harvard Medical School. They explore traditional Chinese medicine and its approach to healing through "Chi," the energy force that is at the root of all Chinese medicine. -- Vol. 2: Bill Moyers talks with scientists and doctors who are on the frontier of mind-body research. Through careful research to understand how our thoughts, emotions, and even our personalities can effect our physical health, they are gaining new insights into how the mind and body work. DVD 5711

Healing and the mind. Healing and the mind: Healing and the mind. 2009. 1 videodisc (114 min.). Vol. 4: Clinical evidence shows that patients benefit when their psychological needs are attended to along with their purely physical needs. Looks at medical professionals who are employing a model of medical care based on the idea that emotional states play an important role in people's vulnerability to disease--and in their recovery. -- Vol. 5: Visits Commonweal, a retreat for people with cancer.  Follows a group of people over the course of a week as they learn to navigate the life passage called cancer. Addresses the afflictions that have wounded their minds and spirits. DVD 5713

Homo sapiens 1900. 2004. 1 videodisc (85 min.). Examines the history of eugenics, racial hygiene and the ideas of the "new man," as developed in the early 20th century in Germany and the Soviet Union. In Germany, race hygiene focused on the body, on corporal beauty and the ideal form, while in the Soviet Union, eugenic interest focused on the brain and intellect.  DVD 1151

If these walls could talk. 1999. 1 videodisc (97 min.). Film looks at the abortion issue from the 1950s to the present as it examines how three separate women coped when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Part 1/1952: A recently widowed nurse struggles to take control of her life after she finds she is pregnant by her brother-in-law. Part 2/1974: A mother of four is overwhelmed trying to raise a family and maintain a career. Part 3/1996: A young student makes a decision with the help of another woman that will change the course of both their lives. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 5811

In the family. 2008. 1 videodisc (83 min.). Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick is faced with a difficult decision when she tests positive for the breast cancer gene. Now she has the difficult decision of whether she should have her breasts and ovaries removed or hold on to her ability to have children. DVD 7961

In the shadow of the Reich Nazi medicine ; The cross and the star. 2003? 1 videodisc (109 min.). "'Nazi medicine' studies the step-by-step process that led the German medical profession down an unethical road to genocide. It graphically documents the racial theories and eugenics principles that set the stage for the doctors' participation in sterilization and euthanasia, the selections at the death camps, as well as inhuman and unethical human experimentation. 'The cross and the star' finds disturbing echoes of anti-Semitism in the ... Gospel of St. John, the sermons of St. Augustine, the writings of Martin Luther and in the voices of the Crusaders and the Spanish Inquisitors--all of which may have helped the ideological seeds that developed into Nazism."--Container. DVD 1149

In the womb: Multiples. 2006. 1 videodisc (90 min.). National Geographic explores the world of twins, triplets, and quadruplets as they develop in utero. Featuring 4-D ultrasound images and revolutionary new fetal imaging techniques, this remarkable new special travels inside the womb. DVD 4659

Incredible human machine. 2007. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (96 min.). Brilliantly designed and marvelous in its mechanics, the human body is incredible. With stunning footage and powerful first hand accounts, take a fantastic journey through an ordinary day in the life of the human body. Witness striking feats of medical advancement, from glimpses of open-brain surgery to real-time views of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler's vocal chords. Meet athletes and other unique people who push the human body to its ultimate limits. Take an exhilarating tour of the human body, from the inside out, to reveal the miraculous everyday workings of the incredible human machine. Features cutting-edge medical technology and groundbreaking CGI views. An update to the 1975 documentary. DVD 4660 and Streaming video

A killer bargain. 2006. 1 videodisc (57 min.). "The Killer Bargain referred to by this documentary's title is the availability of cheap consumer goods, imported by Western companies, whose prices do not reflect the actual human and environmental costs associated with their production in the developing world. Consumers remain largely unaware of the conditions under which the goods they buy are produced; this film makes those connections shockingly clear. While some retailers and manufacturers refuse to talk to the filmmakers, workers, doctors and scientists testify eloquently to the tremendous human costs of globalization." --taken from California Newsreel web description. DVD 3659

Killer flu. 2004. 1 videodisc (60 min.). "In 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead--four times the number of victims eventually claimed by the First World War. Where did this particular flu strain come from? What made it so deadly? Eighty-five years later, American and Bristish virologists are teaming up to hunt down the answers to those two critical questions. Their quest has been imbued with a sense of urgency; modern health experts are bracing themselves for the emergence of a flu strain similar to 1918's, with many suggesting a similar pandemic will occur within the next decade. If modern scientists can shed light on why the 1918 virus was so lethal, they could apply that information to the emergence the next pandemic strain." -from container. DVD 786

The last abortion clinic. 2005. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (60 min.). "The headlines today are filled with speculation about changes in the U.S. Supreme Court and what those changes might mean for abortion--an issue that has divided the country for more than 30 years. Heated rhetoric from both sides continues to be heard in courtrooms and on the campaign trail. But while attention is often focused on the arguments, there is another story playing out in local communities. Pro-life advocates have waged a successful campaign to reduce abortions in many places throughout the country. By using state laws to regulate and limit abortion and by creating their own clinics to offer alternatives to women, they have changed the facts on the ground. FRONTLINE investigates the steady decline in the number of physicians and clinics performing abortions, and focuses on local political battles in states like Mississippi, where only a single clinic performs the controversial procedure."--Container. DVD 2662 and Streaming video.

Libby, Montana. 2005. 1 videodisc (116 min.). Libby, Montana is a small logging and mining town. This documentary looks at Libby in the context of its being deemed by the E.P.A. as the worst case of community-wide exposure to a toxic substance in U.S. history. In the case of Libby, this substance is asbestos, and hundreds of the townsfolk are sick or have already died from exposure due to asbestos contamination of the W.C. Grace & Co.'s vermiculite mine. The film documents the stories of the people of Libby who have been affected by asbestos poisoning and emphasizes the plight of these people and their supporters to receive recognition of this local tragedy. DVD 4467

Lorenzo’s oil. 2004. 1 videodisc (136 min.). A boy develops a disease, Adrenoleukodystrophy, that’s so rare nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn about it and tackle the problem himself. Feature film based on an actual case. Home Use Collection DVD 3324 

The medicated child. 2008. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (60 min.). In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. "It's really to some extent an experiment, trying medications in these children of this age," child psychiatrist Dr. Patrick Bacon tells FRONTLINE. "It's a gamble. And I tell parents there's no way to know what's going to work.". DVD 4048 and Streaming video.

Le monde selon Monsanto = The world according to Monsanto. 2008. 1 videodisc (109 min.). Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. This film uses hitherto unpublished documents and testimonies of victims, scientists and politicians to expose Monsanto's lack of care in protecting the environment and the health of those exposed to their products. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 5587

Motherland Afghanistan. 2006. 1 videodisc (73 min.). Afghanistan today has the second highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi reveals the extent of this tragedy by documenting the 2003 return to Afghanistan of her father, Dr. Qudrat Mojadidi (an OB/GYN who emigrated to the U.S. in 1972) as he attempts to rehabilitate Kabul's Rabia Balkhi Hospital with the promised support of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The film focuses on Dr. Mojadidi's emergency treatment of three Afghan women: Kakujan, who had received inadequate care from a midwife during a home birth; Sitara, who had traveled far to receive treatment after prolonged obstructed labor in her remote village; and Sharifa, who Dr. Mojadidi discovered was pregnant with a second twin after the first baby had died. DVD 5641

Obama's deal. 2010. 1 videodisc (60 min.). Health care reform was the first big policy deal taken on by the Obama administration. Many say the young president has bet the mid-term elections, possibly his presidency, on the outcome. Goes behind closed doors at the White House, in Congress and the boardrooms of the giant health-care lobby to examine the political battles and costly compromises that defined Barack Obama's endeavor. DVD 7236

Pandemic facing aids. 2003. 1 videodisc (113 min.). "Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy ("American Hollow," "A Boy's Life"), this theatrical version of the HBO series takes us from Uganda to India, Brazil, Thailand, and Russia to reveal five remarkable stories of people who have been touched by AIDS. From James, a seven-year-old Ugandan orphan who is taking care of his little sister Jessica, to Lek, a former sex worker in Thailand, these stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting. Ultimately, Pandemic is a film about hope, not defeat."--Publisher's website. DVD 754

Pandora's box. 2003. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (57 min.). With Dr. Jim Watson as guide, this program looks into the future of genetic manipulation, exploring some of the current and proposed ways scientists hope to improve humankind. Watson feels people should be able to enhance their own genes and those of their descendants. Also looks at the work of Dr. Mario Capecchi who manipulates mouse DNA for potential benefits to humans such as using genetics to enhance intelligence. Watson also addresses some of his critics, including a family with a son who has Down syndrome, and Dr. Kay Jamison, a world expert on manic depression and a manic depressive herself. DVD 1852 and Streaming video.

Period: The end of menstruation? : a film. 2006. 1 videodisc (54 min.). "This timely and necessary documentary interviews physicians, health practitioners, cultural critics, and a variety of women from around the country who fall on both sides of the menstrual suppression debate: from those who maintain that technology should make menstruation virtually obsolete to those who see menstruation as defining the essence of being female"--Container. DVD 3898

Pills, profits, protest: A chronicle of the global AIDS movement. 2005. 1 videodisc (60 min.). A documentary about the global activist movement to improve access to AIDS treatment. This program examines the national and international grassroots responses to the AIDS epidemic, depicting activists' successes in bringing affordable treatment to the poor. DVD 7170

Raising Cain exploring the inner lives of America's boys. 2006. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (ca. 120 min.). Two of the country's leading child psychologists identify the social and emotion challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness, giving them the support to navigate the social pressures of youth. DVD 1841 and Streaming video.

Rez-robics the exercise tape. 2002. 1 videodisc (90 min. + 70 min.). A discussion of diet and exercise, with particular attention to the development of diabetes, in the lives of Native Americans. Includes simple aerobic exercises. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 2226

Rx for survival: A global health challenge. 2005. 3 videodiscs (336 min.). Examines the most critical health threats facing the world today by portraying conditions in over twenty countries, examining why diseases that are curable still persist, the efforts to treat them, and the dangers of new "superbugs.". DVD 1735

The shaman's apprentice: A tale of the Amazon rain forest. Reading rainbow. 2003. 1 videodisc (30 min.). In the book, Kamanya believes in the shaman's wisdom about the healing properties of plants found in the Amazon rain forest and hopes one day to be a healer for his people. LeVar Burton and Mark Plotkin then visit the Tirio people, and learn about traditional medicines, customs, and crafts. The real-life Kamanya then shows them his world in the Amazon. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6015

Sick around America: Investigating the national debate on healthcare reform. 2009. 1 videodisc (60 min.). In the United States, more than 2.5 million people lost their jobs last year. Along with losing their livelihood, they lost their health insurance. As the economy continues to spiral downward, the new administration promises to deliver comprehensive health care reform. Investigates the failures and future of the private insurance industry, examing the best and worst of U.S. healthcare by telling the gripping and sometimes tragic stories of ordinary Americans. As the national debate intensifies, the program lays bare the flaws in the system and examines the critical choices Americans face in changing a system that all sides agree needs a fundamental overhaul. DVD 6493

Sick around the world. 2008. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (60 min.). "Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs "fundamental" change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health-care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand the health-care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies -- UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan -- to see what tried and tested ideas might help us reform our broken health-care system."--Frontline web site. DVD 5116 and Streaming video.

Sicko. 2007. 1 videodisc (123 min.). Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by the United States health care insurance companies -- companies who sacrifice essential health services in order to maximize profits. Sheds light on the how complicated it can become for communities and individuals, and the sacrifices they have made when they are denied health care coverage. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 5112

Six billion and beyond. 1999. 1 videodisc (56 min.). Explores the issues of population growth and the issues surrounding it: reproductive health, overpopulation, and the environment in six nations: Mexico, Kenya, India, China, Italy, and the United States. DVD 6256

Slim hopes: Advertising and the obsession with thinness. 2002. 1 videodisc (30 min.). "Slim Hopes offers an in-depth analysis of how female bodies are depicted in advertising images and the devastating effects of those images on women's health. Addressing the relationship between these images and the obsession of girls and women with dieting and thinness, the program offers a new way to think about life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and a well-documented critical perspective on the social impact of advertising."--Container. DVD 7885

The state of the planet. Journey to planet Earth. 2005. 1 videodisc (55 min.). Investigates some of the most critical environmental and earth science questions of the 21st century.  Are populations soaring out of control?  Are we running out of water?  Will there be enough water and food for future generations?  Global warming - a false alarm or a gathering storm?  And why we should take these issues seriously before it is too late. DVD 3387

Staying alive! Life 4: The Millennium series: Life 4 (Bullfrog Films, inc.). 2005. 1 videodisc (23 min.). "Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh"--Bullfrog Films website. DVD 1690

Stress: Portrait of a killer. National Geographic special: National Geographic Society special. 2008. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (56 min.). Stanford University neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, has been advancing our understanding of stress - how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out a ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague. DVD 8015 and Streaming video.

Sweet misery: A poisoned world. 2005. 1 videodisc (95 min.). Explores questions raised about Aspartame sweetener including whether there is a connection between the artificial sweetener and illnesses such as brain cancer and multiple sclerosis.  Also discusses the process by which Aspartame received FDA approval and various reports of health risks. DVD 4464

Tapped. 2009. 1 videodisc (76 min.). "Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce?  Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water... From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table.  A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water."--Film website. DVD 7383

Thin. 2006. 1 videodisc (102 min.). This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death.  DVD 4853

This emotional life: In search of ourselves-- and happiness. 2010. 3 videodiscs (360 min.). This program explores ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals in these difficult times. DVD 7233

Tuskegee. 2004. 1 videodisc (22 min.). Between the years of 1932 and 1971, the U.S. government used approximately 600 African Americans from Macon County, Alabama, as human guinea pigs for syphilis research under the guise of treatment for bad blood. DVD 6255

Unnatural causes: Is inequality making us sick? 2008. 1 videodisc (236 min.). A four-hour documentary series arguing that "health and longevity are correlated with socioeconomic status, people of color face an additional health burden, and our health and well-being are tied to policies that promote economic and social justice.  Each of the half-hour program segments, set in different racial/ethnic communities, provides a deeper exploration of the ways in which social conditions affect population health and how some communities are extending their lives be improving them" -- Container insert. Bad sugar: "O'odham Indians, living on reservations in southern Arizona, have perhaps the highest rate of Type 2 diabetes in the world.  Some researchers see this as the literal 'embodiment' of decades of poverty, oppression, and loss.  A new approach suggests that communities may regain control over their health if they can regain control over their futures" -- Container insert. Becoming American: "Recent Mexican immigrants tend to be healthier than the average American.  But those health advantages erode the longer they've been here.  What causes health to worsen as immigrants become American?  What can we all learn about improved well-being from new immigrant communities?" -- Container insert. Collateral damage: "In the Marshall Islands, local populations have been displaced from their traditional way of life by the American military presence and globalization.  Now they must contend with the worst of the 'developing' and industrialized worlds: infectious diseases such as tuberculosis due to crowded living conditions, and extreme poverty and chronic disease, stemming in part from the stress of dislocation and loss" -- Container insert. In sickness and in wealth: "What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color?  Follow four individuals from different walks of life to see how their position in society, shaped by social policies and public priorities, affects their health" -- Container insert. Not just a paycheck: "Residents of Western Michigan struggle against depression, domestic violence and higher rates of heart disease and diabetes after the largest refrigerator factory in the country shuts down.  Ironically, the plant is owned by a company in Sweden, where mass layoffs, far from devastating lives, are relatively benign because of government policies that protect and retrain workers" -- Container insert. Place matters: "Increasingly, recent Southeast Asian immigrants, along with Latinos, are moving into long-neglected African American urban neighborhoods, and now their health is being eroded as a result.  What policies and investment decisions create living environments that harm, or enhance, the health of residents?  What actions can make a difference?" -- Container insert. When the bough breaks: "African American infant mortality rates remain twice as high as for white Americans.  African American mothers with college degrees or higher face the same risk of having low birth-weight babies as white women who haven't finished high school.  How might the chronic stress of racism over the life course become embedded in our bodies and increase risks?" – Container insert. DVD 4919

A woman's place short stories. A Woman's place: Woman's place. 1995. 1 videodisc (70 min.). Six 10 minute videos by women about the status and condition of women in 6 countries. [1] In Fiji women are involved in new sea farming projects. -- [2] In South India a literacy campaign gives birth to an effective anti-liquor campaign. -- [3] In South Africa, the Women's Health Project ensures that women will have a voice in shaping the new health care system. -- [4] A new generation of Caribbean women are using drama and reggae to focus attention on domestic violence. -- [5] Thousands of Filipino women are leaving children and country behind to work as domestics in Hong Kong. -- [6] Guatemalan women widowed in the civil unrest have formed an organization, Conavigua, to conduct literacy classes and encourage political participation. DVD 7028

Worlds apart: A four-part series on cross-cultural healthcare. 2003. 1 videodisc (49 min.). Follows patients and families facing critical medical decisions as they navigate their way through the health care system. Provides a look at a variety of patients' cultures and the culture of medicine. Raises an awareness about the role sociocultural barriers play in patient-provider communication and in the provision of healthcare services for culturally and ethnically diverse patients. Shows how cross-cultural conflicts arise and how they can affect health decisions and outcomes. Discusses language barriers, cultural and religious beliefs, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and reasons for non-adherence to medications. DVD 7951