The Nature of Things Killed by Care: Making Medicine Safe

It's a chilling statistic: up to 24,000 Canadians die every year from medical errors. This program probes the heart of the problem — how hospital processes can contribute to fatal errors. By examining four real-life scenarios and speaking with patients, families of patients, doctors and medical experts, this unflinching investigation comes up with some surprising answers. How does medical culture ...
  • 2004
  • 00:45:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Last Right: Assisted Suicide in Canada (Part 1 of 4)

In this first of four parts, The National explores the growing demand for new laws governing assisted suicide in Canada. The renewed push comes from baby boomers, a politically active generation that is now aging and demanding more control over their final days. This segment also explores the life of Bill Kennett. A senior Ottawa bureaucrat, he was used to making big ...
  • 2013
  • 00:20:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/12/2014

The National Last Right: Harriet's Story (Part 2 of 4)

In this second of four parts, The National's Duncan McCue continues the series on dying with dignity. All her life, Harriet Scott liked being in the driver's seat. So when her doctor told her she had a terminal case of liver cancer, she was determined to die on her own terms. But would the choice be taken away from her as ...
  • 2013
  • 00:18:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The National Last Right: Reflections (Part 4 of 4)

When Duncan McCue and The National started this series on the right-to-die debate, their offices were flooded with emails, some of them including very personal stories from viewers whose loved ones have grappled with end-of-life questions. This final segment in the Last Right series tells these Canadians' stories.
  • 2013
  • 00:11:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/15/2014

The National Last Right: Sandy Trunzer's Story (Part 3 of 4)

In this third installment from the documentary series Last Right, from The National, Duncan McCue meets Sandy Trunzer. She's 49 and dying of a rare disorder. She hoped to respect the laws banning assisted suicide by simply shutting off her pacemaker, but that decision is proving to be problematic.
  • 2013
  • 00:17:51
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/09/2014

The National Life Sentence: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can lead to learning disabilities, poor judgment and antisocial behaviour. It is caused by maternal drinking during pregnancy. FAS causes permanent organic injury to the brain. One in 500 babies born in Canada suffers from this condition. Now, new research suggests our prisons are full of victims of FAS – many of them undiagnosed. A study shows ...
  • 1997
  • 00:23:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Living Forever: The Longevity Revolution

Scientists from around the world are racing to answer one of humanity's chief questions: can we turn back the human clock? Hitch a ride on this controversial roller-coaster with charismatic gerontologist Michael Rose as he leads us to where the cutting-edge science in life extension is happening: biotechnology, genetic research, therapeutic cloning and stem-cell research. Living Forever looks at what ...
  • 2007
  • 00:53:19
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - May 1996 Mad Cow Disease: The Panic Over Beef

The possible link between a fatal bovine disease and a human brain disease in Britain raises important questions about agricultural practices as well as political and economic issues.
  • 1996
  • 00:11:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/15/1996

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The Nature of Things Me, My Brain and I

The program looks at general theories that explain how the brain works and, in particular, how the frontal lobes are involved in processing and interpreting information from the world around us. Previously, scientists believed that the frontal lobes served no real purpose. Now, a whole new picture is emerging. We see examples of how the frontal lobes are involved in ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:44
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Measuring Up: The Eugenics Debate

It is an awful choice: knowing that your unborn child may have a major physical problem, do you decide to abort? The advances of science have thrown society into a moral quandary. Genetic testing for diseases is pushing the boundaries of parental expectations. This program investigates the science and the conscience: as a society, can we decide who lives among ...
  • 2001
  • 00:24:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013