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The Age of Aging

   2015    Medicine
In recent years, close study of the aging process has opened up new ways that could help us all live healthier for longer. Can we move beyond treating individual diseases, and instead treat the aging process itself? But would a longer life necessarily be a better life? A loose-knit group of researchers believe the real breakthrough is extending our health span - the period of life spent free of disease". Hear from Laura Deming, who dropped out of M.I.T. at the age of 14 and committed herself to finding and funding projects that can expand the human health span, and Dr. Brian Kennedy, whose work in the basic biology of aging has been crucial to the development of countless other researchers' work.
Series: Breakthrough

Pill Poppers

   2010    Medicine
Over a person's lifetime they are likely to be prescribed more than 14,000 pills. Antibiotics, cholesterol lowering tablets, anti-depressants, painkillers, even tablets to extend youth and improve performance in bed. These drugs perform minor miracles day after day, but how much is really known about them? Drug discovery often owes as much to serendipity as to science, and that means much is learnt about how medicines work, or even what they do, when they're taken. By investigating some of the most popular pills people pop, Horizon asks, how much can they be trusted to do what they are supposed to?

The Normans
The Normans

   2010    History
Blood of the Vikings
Blood of the Vikings

   2001    History
Earth, the Power of the Planet
Earth, the Power of the Planet

   2007    Nature
How to Stay Young
How to Stay Young

   2016    Medicine
The Human Body
The Human Body

   1998    Medicine
Galapagos with David Attenborough
Galapagos with David Attenborough

   2013    Nature
Survivors Guide to Prison
Survivors Guide to Prison

   2018    Culture
The Real History of Science Fiction
The Real History of Science Fiction

   2014    Technology