Medical, Health & Fitness
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Running Time: 16 minutes) — We all have occasional problems concentrating or getting organized, but for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this is a constant state of being. HCTV spoke to several experts, as well as people who suffer from the disorder, to learn about the different types of ADHD and what help is available.
Adventure Henrico: Scuba Diving (Running Time: 21 minutes) — Breathing under water is as easy as one, two three, well maybe four — days of training that is. Join HCTV staffers Ben and Steve as they dive into an adventure that begins in the classroom and ends 60 feet beneath the water’s surface. Earning their PADI Open Water Dive Certifications was a little trickier than they thought. Kick your fins along with them as they sink or swim through the doorway of a new world in Adventure Henrico: SCUBA Diving.
Battles with Parkinson’s Disease (Running Time: 31 minutes) — Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition that causes problems with muscular movement and many other systems in the body. In this program, HCTV talks with local people who deal with Parkinson’s every day. Find out how they cope and what options are available locally in Battles with Parkinson’s Disease.
Collecting Yourself: Hoarding Disorders (Running time: 26 minutes) — Do you have trouble throwing things away? Are your “collections” out of control? If you are a hoarder, or have clutter in your home, this program is a must see. Henrico County has a support group for people who want to rid their lives of clutter. HCTV defines the difference between simple clutter, collecting and hoarding in Collecting Yourself: Hoarding Disorders.
Complicated Condition, A: Stories of Muscular Dystrophy (Running time: 30 minutes) — Muscular Dystrophy is a complicated condition which can affect not only muscle strength, but nerves, digestion and cognition as well. In this program, HCTV explores the many distinct varieties of Muscular Dystrophy, and how several families are dealing with the special challenges of this complex disease.
Deep in the Night: REM Sleep and Dreams (Running time: 21 minutes) — Everyone dreams. Dreams are a normal part of our sleep cycle, and are beneficial to our health, memory retention, learning and self-awareness. While dreams may be recurring, prophetic, scary, sad, funny or downright weird, psychiatrists believe we can find meaning in these subconscious creations of our brains. Join HCTV as we explore Rapid Eye Movement sleep and the significance of dreams in Deep in the Night: REM Sleep and Dreams.
Dining Out in Henrico [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 30 minutes) — Watch the Henrico Health Department conduct an actual restaurant health inspection, and find out how you can monitor violations in your favorite eatery.
Fresh Set of Eyes, A: Restaurant Inspections in Henrico County (Running time: 22 minutes) — We all enjoy a good meal out, right? In fact, Americans dine out four to five times a week on average. No one plans to contract a foodborne illness as a result, but it happens far more often than is reported. The dedicated food safety team in Henrico’s Health Department performs thousands of inspections each year on the county’s more than 1,100 foodservice establishments to assess risks and protect the public from potential hazards. Join HCTV and our Environmental Health Specialists as we take you inside the inspection process.
From Stuffing to Starving: Dealing with Eating Disorders (Running time: 22 minutes) — From anorexia to binging, eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that impact the mental and physical health of millions each year. The fear and avoidance of eating, inability to control eating and purging after eating can cause damage to every major organ in the body. Join HCTV as we hear the stories of several people who have battled eating disorders and learn how they found help.
Food Allergies [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — Food allergies are on the rise, and allergic reactions can range from slight itching to anaphylaxis and even death. A food allergy can be triggered by eating, touching or even smelling certain foods, and there is no immunization available to desensitize patients. See how food allergies affect the lives of children and adults, and how they consciously avoid dangerous foods.
Heart of the Matter, The: Atrial Fibrillation [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 23 minutes) — Atrial fibrillation is a disorder in the heart’s electrical system which causes the two upper chambers to contract irregularly. This condition can be treated with medications, but more severe cases may require surgery. HCTV explores the stories of Atrial fibrillation patients who benefited from different surgeries, and we talk to several leading cardiologists who explain these procedures.
Hunger to Live, A : Transplanting Life [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 23 minutes) — Learn about the remarkable medical advancement of organ transplants as HCTV tells the story of one young Henrico resident who now has a new lease on life.
Learning to Hear (Running Time: 15 minutes) –A little more than a decade ago, children who were born deaf were destined to live in a world of silence. Today, thanks to advanced technology, early infant screenings and Henrico’s therapeutic programs, children with hearing disabilities can integrate into school and society as normally functioning, listening and speaking children. Join HCTV as we talk to the parents and professionals whose diligent work helps children born with hearing loss interpret the world of sound that surrounds them.
Living with Autism [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 28 minutes) — The origin of Autism is a mystery waiting to be solved, and a cure may be decades away. HCTV joins the families of Philip, Troy, and Fielding as we learn about living with this communications disorder. We’ll also discuss medical advancement and therapeutic treatments with today’s educators and doctors.
Losing Weight, Gaining Life: The Obesity Epidemic [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — Americans have always had an appetite for big things: Big cars, big houses, big business, big stars, big dreams. Lately — with Big Gulps, biggie fries and big buffets — the culture of big has moved onto our menu. And that’s big trouble. Obesity can result in a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Join HCTV as we hear the stories of several people who are fighting obesity, and get some advice from the county’s health director.
More Than Skin Deep: Our Most Common Skin Cancers (Running time: 20 minutes) — Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Just one blistering sunburn during childhood more than doubles the chances of developing melanoma, the most virulent of skin cancers, during adulthood. The survival rate is good if detected early and removed, but falls dramatically if the melanoma is ignored and continues to grow. Join HCTV as we talk with doctors and survivors of skin cancer, and learn ways to detect and prevent the disease.
No Way Back: Coping with Alzheimer’s (Running time: 29 minutes) — Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating form of dementia that is on the rise. There is no known cure, and according to doctors, it is appearing in younger patients than in previous years. HCTV introduces you to several families who are dealing with various stages of Alzheimer’s, and what support services are available to help caregivers cope.
Pandemic 1918: A Diary of the Flu (Running time: 28 minutes) — The 1918 flu pandemic brought life to a screeching halt in Central Virginia. Schools and businesses closed, church services were canceled, and people were being quarantined by the thousands. As World War I drew to a close, more than 50 million people worldwide lost their lives to this violent strain of flu. Join HCTV as we chronicle this horrific public health episode through original diaries of a Virginia woman who lived through it.
People In Crisis: Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Center (Running time: 21 minutes) — Every year in Henrico County more than 30,000 calls are made to the Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Hotline. Under the emergency services program, this hotline is available for anyone in the county experiencing acute mental stress. Whether callers feelsuicidal, are experiencing panic attacks, or are feeling overwhelming depression, the crisis clinicians are there to help. Join HCTV as we hear stories from the professionals who staff this hotline, as well as those who have benefited from the service. If you or someone you love is experiencing significant mental stress and are unable to handle it alone, the crisis line (727-8484) is always there 24 hours a day.
Points to Freedom [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 16 minutes) – Discover the benefits of acupuncture for people with substance abuse problems, and learn more about this progressive drug treatment program.
Stroke: Medical Emergency–How to Survive a “Brain Attack” [Retired from Broadcast](Running time: 18 minutes) Strokes are the third leading cause of death among the adult population. Stroke survivors may suffer devastating injury to the brain, and expeditious emergency medical care is key to minimizing long-term damage. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of a “brain attack,” and hear stories of stroke victims who cope with brain injuries in HCTV’s Stroke: Medical Emergency–How to Survive a “Brain Attack.”
Tails of Survival: Life in Veterinary Hospitals (Running time: 29 minutes) — Step into the world of modern animal hospitals and see how veterinary medicine has evolved. Through the eyes of emergency doctors and staff, you’ll see life and death decision making for pets that are loved as true family members.
Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County (Running time: 23 minutes) — Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County provides the opportunity for residents with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in activities that benefit them socially, emotionally and physically. Join HCTV as we highlight programs including arts and crafts, sports, games, dance and drama offered by Henrico Recreation and Parks. Learn from recreation therapists, coaches, participants and parents as they describe the importance of these activities and how our disabled community benefits from these innovative programs.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries (Running Time: 33 minutes) –The spinal cord is a delicate structure that allows the brain to communicate with the body. When that communication is interrupted by a spinal cord injury, the body is no longer able to function normally below the level of the injury. In this program, we learn about the devastating and life-altering effects of spinal cord injuries, and we meet people who have come through this trauma to lead fulfilling and successful lives.
You Are Not Alone: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness (Running time: 27 minutes) — We’ve all known someone with mental health challenges, whether it be a family member, coworker, friend or have had struggles ourselves. Until recently, “recovery” was seldom uttered in the same sentence with “mental illness,” but times are changing. We’ve come a long way from the mental institutions and sanitariums of a generation ago, but the shackles of stigma still remain. In 2011, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services launched an innovative campaign to combat the stigma of mental illness and granted HCTVfull access to the process.
Your Other Mind: The Healing Power of Hypnotherapy [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 26 minutes) — The healing powers of hypnotherapy can range from pain management and anxiety, to insomnia and smoking cessation. In this program, HCTV talks to several people who have used hypnotherapy to successfully control some of their medical or behavioral issues, up to and including calming the side effects of Tourette’s Syndrome.