Overeaters Brains

Some peoples brains do not respond to fullness cues. Researchers at Brook Haven National Laboratory put a balloon in participants stomach to simulate food expansion. How did Dr. Wang show differences in brain activity between overweight and lean participants?

Prenatal Influences on Obesity

If you’re planning to have children and want to help them avoid getting fat, lose your own fat before you get pregnant. That’s the message from researchers who have found obesity during pregnancy can cause lifelong obesity in the next generations. What did researchers supplement the mother mouses diet with that seemed to promote healthier […]

Test for Fat Virus

Richard Atkinson discovered at virus in chickens. Atkinson found antibodies of that virus in 30% of obese people and in 11% of lean people. However, Randy Seeley doesnt believe we have enough information to provide treatment for obesity or to prevent obesity. How might this discovery affect the society-created stigma of being obese?

The Dark Side of Paradise: Mental Illness in Bali

[This video is in Balinese with English subtitles] Professor Lu Ketut Suryani, a Balinese psychiatrist, and her team ran a 10-month survey (2007-2008), in an attempt to uncover the prevalence of mental illness in Bali. According to the official government position, mental illness is almost non-existent in Bali. However, after interviewing almost half a million […]

PSA Exercise is Fun

In this home-made public service announcement, we hear about the importance of exercise. Define exercise. How can regular exercise affect your overall physical and mental health?

Anorexia and Reward

New research suggests that the brains of former anorexics have a hard time telling the difference between winning and losing. A psychiatrist studied how the brain processes reward in both those who struggled with anorexia, and those who didnt. Define anorexia, including psychological problems, symptoms of the disorder (for example, hair loss), and treatment.

I Eat 33,000 Calories a Day: Lisa Sellers

This is a clip from TLCs show “I Eat 33,000 Calories a Day.” It features morbidly obese people and shows how daily consumption of excessive calories impacts their weight. This video highlights the eating habits of Lisa Sellers. How much does the average American woman consume in a day? How have food preferences shaped what […]

Jessica Alba Anti-Smoking PSA

This PSA from the American Lung Association features actress Jessica Alba, who loads a gun with bullets she pulls from a cigarette case. How does this dramatization call attention to the negative effects of smoking? What are the physiological consequences of smoking?

College Binge Drinking

This news clip from ABC discovers the prevalence of binge drinking on college campuses. The clip shows photographs from students social websites in various stages of inebriation. What characterizes alcohol abuse? When is drinking considered binge drinking? How does alcohol abuse affect the body?

Chronic Pain and Vitamin D Status: Mayo Clinic Study

Dr. Michael Turner studies Vitamin D and its affect on patients who have chronic pain and take narcotic pain medication. This research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic pain. This information can help researchers discover new ways to treat chronic pain. […]

Depression and Chronic Pain is Extremely Common

Dr. Russell Portenoy of Beth Israel Medical Center explains that depression often coincides with chronic pain. The relationship is complicated and requires a strong assessment of both conditions. Dr. Portenoy explains that patients often seek treatment for depression with a psychiatrist and for chronic pain with a physician and that this disconnect is a problem […]

Pain Patients Shouldnt Tough It Out

Dr. Russell Portenoy explains how important it is for patients to report actual levels of pain rather than remaining stoic or attempting to tough it out. Dr. Portenoy says that there are often various reasons for patients to appear stoic. What reasons do you think there are? What does Dr. Portenoy suggest patients do to […]

How to Keep a Pain Diary

Dr. Russell Portenoy explains why and how patients should record their pain. He recommends they record the following: intensity of pain, medicines taken, functioning abilities (sleeping, walking, etc.), and related symptoms. Keeping diaries like this can help physicians assess a care plan. Create a sample pain diary template based on Dr. Portenoys description.

Chronic Pain and Neurofeedback

This video from EEG Info covers treatment for chronic pain using neurofeedback. R.N. Caroline Grierson explains how they use neurofeedback to redirect a patients attention to pain in order to lessen its severity. How is this treatment a training, and how does it control the patients pain?

Coping with Terminal Illness

This excerpt from a 28-minute documentary shows one womans struggle with terminal illness and includes interviews of her husband and nurse. How did religion play a role in Liz acceptance of her impending death and how does that relate to research in your textbook?

Terminal Illness Interviews

Multiple people are interviewed about terminal illness and provide various perspectives. Questions asked include: In one word, can you describe your experience with terminal illness? Is having hope important? If you could go back in time and whisper something in your own ear, what would you say? Do you have any advice for those that […]

Chinese Buddhist Funeral Processions

This video shows a traditional Chinese-American Buddhist Funeral Procession. The video includes clips spliced together, showing pieces of the ceremony which took place over more than a day and involved many rituals. Research Buddhist funeral ceremonies; what is the importance of the various rituals shown? Contrast this ceremony with one youve attended (if possible).

Dealing With Grief After Death

Grief is a process with no time limit or prescription. Sandi Sunter explains the importance of grief and its variance. What guidance does Sunter give to deal with grief at the loss of a loved one? What is the difference between getting over it and moving on?