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Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Back To The Basics


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Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge
Back To The Basics
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From vaccines to antibiotics, clean water to nutrition, bio-terror threats to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the six-part series Rx for Survival tells the compelling stories of global health champions and the communities they strive to protect. Employing both historical dramatic sequences and poignant current documentary stories, the series will showcase key milestones in public health history, such as the eradication of smallpox, alongside modern and future challenges, including SARS, a potential global flu pandemic and recovery from the Asian tsunami catastrophe. Experts including Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; author Laurie Garrett; Harvey Fineberg, President of the National Academies of Sciences Institute of Medicine; Nils Daulaire, President of the Global Health Council; and Donald Hopkins, the Associate Executive Director of the Carter Center, will guide viewers through the ins and outs of this complex but fascinating story. Series release date: 11/2005

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Ever since British sailors noticed that scurvy could be staved off with citrus fruits, it has been clear that some illnesses could result from a deficiency of certain nutrients. In scurvy's case, it was vitamin C. But while nutrient-enriched products such as iodized salt and vitamin A-enriched milk have dramatically reduced instances of vitamin-deficiency in the United States, a host of such illnesses continue to plague the developing world. In addition to nutritional deficits, many people in poorer countries suffer from easily preventable diseases because they lack other basic necessities, such as clean water and sanitation. "Back to the Basics" explores the vital connection between health and the essential requirements that so many people in developed countries take for granted. And it also examines how America's overabundance of nutrition — in the form of overconsumption — is causing a host of health concerns, such as obesity and adult-onset diabetes, which are beginning to spread to the rest of the world.

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Chicago: “Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Back To The Basics,” 11/01/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0AB2003132FC42CA8BC8515F61E8739D.
MLA: “Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Back To The Basics.” 11/01/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0AB2003132FC42CA8BC8515F61E8739D>.
APA: Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Back To The Basics. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0AB2003132FC42CA8BC8515F61E8739D
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