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Season 1, Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 Season 1, Episode 2

  • 27 mins
  • Aired January 28, 2019

Episode 2 features the following stories: a man almost beaten to death in a home invasion that left him with severe traumatic brain injury; using tango as an effective exercise to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease; and a woman who uses botulinum toxin injections to combat a rare disease known as blepharospasm.

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Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

9 mins

Russell Erickson was almost beaten to death in a home invasion that left him with a severe traumatic brain injury. This segment uses his story to examine why some people and some brains recover and why others do not.

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Tango for Parkinson's Disease

8 mins

One of the many therapies used to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease is exercise. Research scientists at the VA have shown teaching tango to Parkinson’s patients is more effective than traditional exercise.

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Blepharospasm

7 mins

Blepharospasm is a rare disease making people blink uncontrollably, leading to functional blindness. It happens because of confused signals in the brain, and is often incurable. We feature a woman regains her sight after getting botulinum toxin injections around her eye.

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The One Thing - Benefits of Getting Out in Nature

1 min

Getting out in nature may be an effective therapy and/or preventative for Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, stress, and high blood pressure.

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Did You Know? Procrastination Is in Your Genes

1 min

A scientific study has show that procrastination runs in families.