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What it’s like for EMTs to battle coronavirus in Detroit

Source:  VICE Not long after midnight in Detroit, Michigan, another call came in.  EMT Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving.  The screen glowed red. “Emergency pending,” a digitized voice said...

Fighting the opioid crisis with an innovative treatment

Source:  The Atlantic “The first time I used, it was the most euphoric rush I had ever felt in my life.  And I knew then that I was not going to stop,” says Kenny Shadday, a McDonald’s manager in eastern Kentucky. Shadday did, in fact, stop—he’s now recovered from his...

“The American Nurse” is a tribute to our Florence Nightingales

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle During the deadly new coronavirus pandemic, we have come to think of the nurses treating COVID-19 patients as soldiers on the front lines of a global war — underequipped, but undeterred. They are our Florence Nightingales, putting...

CBSN Originals presents “The War on Science”

Source:  CBS News As the government struggles to contain growing public concern about coronavirus from spilling over into panic, it’s faced with a potentially larger problem — trust in science. More access to misinformation online is casting doubt on established...

“Bedlam” examines the mental health crisis in Los Angeles

Source:  Independent Lens on PBS Haunted by the death of his mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine a national health crisis. "Bedlam" follows the stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and...

Coping with severe OCD as a teenager

Source:  VICE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that often involves ritualization, anxiety, and intrusive thoughts. While millions suffer from OCD, the mental disorder is often misunderstood by the general public and misrepresented in the media...

The Hidden Crisis in Rural America

Source:  The Atlantic It’s prohibitively difficult to access mental-health services in rural America.  That’s because, relative to urban areas, rural counties have so few mental-health professionals. The majority of non-metropolitan counties in the U.S. don’t have a...

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” opens May 2020 in theaters

Source:  Deadline Ric Burns' "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life," about the famed neurologist and author has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber.  As part of the U.S. rights deal, the documentary will open theatrically in New York City, followed...

Veterans heal with the help of dogs in “To Be of Service”

Source:  The New York Times Many of the smiles mask deep sorrows in “To Be of Service.”  But hope still runs throughout much of the documentary. Directed by Oscar nominee Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury"), the film looks at veterans of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and...

Austin Davis has only eaten mac and cheese for the past 17 years

Source:  VICE For most people, eating nothing but mac and cheese seems like a childhood fantasy.  But for 20-year-old Austin Davis, who has been eating nothing but mac and cheese for the past 17 years, it’s not a fantasy -- it’s his reality and has become his...

Nobel Prize winner Jim Allison takes on cancer in “Breakthrough”

Source:  The New York Times Documentaries about innovative figures don’t always offer correspondingly innovative filmmaking.  But even coloring within the lines of conventional biographical storytelling, “Jim Allison: Breakthrough” provides an accessible introduction...

How Paranoid Schizophrenia Impacts My Life

Source:  VICE Allie Burke first started seeing shadows when she was three years old but it wasn’t until she was in her mid-twenties that she was formally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. When it comes to mental illness, the day-to-day realities, challenges, and...