Shift Work and Health

Living outside “normal” hours can be bad for your body. A small research study of ten people showed that when their schedule was knocked out of whack, they quickly started showing symptoms that lead to diabetes. What other health risks do these shift workers face?

The Epidemic of College Smoking

It is argued that college smoking rates are increasing and reaching epidemic proportions. This documentary contains research findings and anecdotal evidence from students. What aspects of the college experience promote or contribute to smoking behavior? What do you think it means that the students in the video werent interested in quitting smoking immediately, but down […]

Depression: An Upcoming Program on PBS

A preview of PBS documentary, Depression: Out of the Shadows, shows how depression affects people from all cultures and every walk of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 21 million American adults are diagnosed annually. What does the video recommend as one way to overcome depression?

Should Fat Flyers Pay More?

CBS News Online discusses United Airlines’ new policy regarding overweight passengers; United Airlines requires large passengers to purchase two seats. Considering the American male and females average size has increased over the years, should United Airlines increase their seat size rather than require large passengers purchase multiple seats? How does Marilyn Wann call attention to […]


Curanderas: Awakening the Spirit shows interviews of four southwestern curanderas and curanderos in New Mexico. Each interviewee recounts their personal history and how curanderismo played a part in their lives. They each show different methods for healing; what methods featured can you identify? What overarching illnesses are curanderos attempting to treat?

Native American Shamanism

This brief clip gives an overview of Shamanism; natural and supernatural, human and nature are intertwined. This clip acts as a preview to the advent of Hmong Shamans to America. Considering the influence the worlds population has on its environment, what can we learn from the Shaman way of life?

Cultural Competence

This clip depicts how someone might feel in an unfamiliar hospital where their culture is not the dominant one. If they do not have someone who can help them interpret situations and communicate effectively with them, it can be an extremely frightening experience. What is the definition of cultural competency?

Cultural Diversity Health Care

This brief video clip explains why health care professionals should adapt their assessment based on cultural needs and preferences when treating their patients. Other than language barriers, what kinds of communication should be adapted? How can health professionals become culturally competent?

Becoming American: Wealth Equals Health

This brief segment from the PBS series Becoming American is taken from an episode titled Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? This segment shows how socioeconomic status has become increasingly relevant to health status. How has this relationship (between wealth and health) affected the immigrant community, specifically Latinos?

How Unemployment Affects Families

Another segment from Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? shows a roundtable discussion amongst unemployed members of a community who have recognized how unemployment affects the family as a whole. What are some run-off ramifications that children of unemployed parents face? How does it change the family dynamic?

On Living Longer

Dr. Craig Wilcox discusses his study of Okinawans and tries to identify reasons for their long lifespan. According to the study, their body ages slower than their calendar age. Dr. Wilcox examines family health history, hormone levels, and lifestyle. Not only do Okinawans have a longer lifespan than the worlds population, but they also have […]

Does Religion Benefit Society?

This clip focuses on the benefits found between religion and overall wellness (emotional and physical) as well as how religious people measure against others in society. The creator of the film cautions viewers that he has compiled references that show a link between religion and its benefits and has not intended it for use against […]

How Anxiety Affects the Body

According to AnswersTV, anxiety is more common than depression in the U.S. There are a number of factors in the brains chemistry that contribute to anxiety. Low levels of serotonin can contribute to an anxiety disorder. The clip gives an overview of the function of neurotransmitters. What neural abnormalities might people with anxiety disorders have?

Wild Divine: Relaxing Stress Relief Games

The Wild Divine is a multimedia solution to promote self-care and wellness by combining games and exercises that include guided meditation and relaxation techniques. The website includes calming scenery. This clip shows how the Wild Divine website uses biofeedback hardware to assess the state of your mind and body. Do you think this program reduces […]

Poverty, Stress, and Diabetes Among Native Americans

Dr. Donald Warne discusses the biochemical connection between living in poverty and blood sugar levels. As a preview to his segment Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Dr. Warne calls attention to the difficult situation Native Americans face during tough economic times. Consider the United States as a whole; how might the current economic […]

Anti-Stress Video Game

According to this ScienCentral video clip, reducing perceived social threat should reduce stress. He used two games: a smile game and a flower game, which both draw the eye to positive imagery (picking the smiling face or a flower with a certain number of petals). What hormone did the researcher measure? Why did he test […]

Scotty Nguyen Goads Opponents

Professional poker player Scotty Nguyen goads his opponents by using profanity, insults, and criticizing their play. This montage of footage is from the 2008 World Series of Poker. What is an acute stressor? What is one way to cope with acute stressors? How could Scottys opponents have coped better with the annoying antics?


[Caution: This clip may be disturbing for some viewers.] This student-produced film focuses on how soldiers who fought in Iraq often return home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather than explaining what PTSD is or interviewing soldiers, the clip shows exemplary scenes (filmed by soldiers) that help others understand why soldiers return with PTSD, including scenes […]

Coffee Lowers Stroke Risk

In this clip from CBS Healthwatch, Julie Chen discusses a study that shows an interesting relationship between daily coffee consumption and risk of strokes. NIH showed that people who consume six or more cups of coffee a day were at a lower risk of having a stroke. What theories does Dr. Jennifer Ashton offer to […]

Power of a Mothers Milk

Sanjay Gupta interviews a mother who has had premature twins: a daughter who has been brought home and a son who is remains in a neonatal ICU. Kathy breastfeeds her son through a feeding tube and she and her husband believe this will help him recover. What is NEC and how has breast milk affected […]