Health

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
Magic Bullets


Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.


The six-hour, three-part film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

 

Magic Bullets

The search for a “cure” for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science, spanning centuries and continents, complete with heroes, villains and sudden twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introduces the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a full-scale national “war on cancer.” Interwoven with Farber’s narrative is the story of Olivia Blair, who at 14 months old is diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which spreads to her brain and spinal column.

 

TWICE BORN
Stories from the Special Delivery Unit Part 1

 

Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb. With exclusive access to the elite unit, experience rarely seen, real-time footage of operations on fetuses. Join expectant parents who face a gut-wrenching decision: Should they take a leap of faith to repair birth defects with pre-natal surgery, even if it means they could lose their child? Gain insight into the lives of an unusual team of doctors who have defied skeptics and chosen to pursue this high-risk, high-reward career path.

 

PBS Hawaii hosts free preview of upcoming Ken Burns cancer film

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Ken Burns

 

HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii will host a free preview of the latest Ken Burns-produced documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The screening will take place this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at ProtoHUB Honolulu (458 Keawe Street in Kakaako).

 

The event will feature an hour-long excerpt from the six-hour documentary, followed by an audience discussion, moderated by an American Cancer Society representative.

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies airs March 30 – April 1 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS Hawaii. The film is produced by Ken Burns, directed by Barak Goodman, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

 

The three-part documentary tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll, to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Intimate stories from patients, and the latest scientific breakthroughs, are interwoven throughout the historical narrative.

 

Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. Attendees can print this parking pass to park at the lot on 555 South Street. PBS Hawaii will have a volunteer there to hand out passes, as well.

 

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FRONTLINE
The Vaccine War



Public health scientists and clinicians tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But for many ordinary Americans vaccines have become controversial. Young parents are concerned at the sheer number of shots and follow alternative vaccination schedules. Other parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids at all. And some advocacy groups view vaccines as responsible for alarming rises in certain disorders, including ADHD and autism. This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other, a populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists. It’s a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools to win the hearts and minds of the public.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Should Hawai‘i Require Vaccinations for All Healthy Children?


Measles outbreaks linked to unvaccinated children on the mainland have many in Hawai‘i questioning whether our vaccination requirements are strong enough to prevent an outbreak here. Although several vaccinations are required to attend public schools, parents who believe the shots are dangerous or unnecessary can seek exemptions for religious and medical reasons. But now that the nearly eradicated measles virus has returned, should exemptions for healthy children still be allowed? Malia Mattoch moderates this discussion.

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on PBSHawaii.org. Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time toinsights@pbshawaii.org.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Forgotten Plague


By the dawn of the 19th century, the deadliest killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.”

 

FRONTLINE
The Trouble with Antibiotics

 

FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Also this hour: An exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a nightmare bacteria outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

FRONTLINE
League of Denial

 

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under siege as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. In a special investigation, FRONTLINE joins prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their book League of Denial.

 

What did the NFL know and when did it know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the League denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats.

 

 

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