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Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. Health Sense III

(Rochester, NY) Health Sense, hosted by former CNN news anchor Chris Curle, helps healthcare consumers take charge of their medical choices in an ever-changing healthcare landscape by providing viewers with the most accurate and current information available. The 12-part series tackles medical and health-related topics ranging from autism and childhood obesity to colds and smoking cessation. Medical and research experts from a variety of disciplines discuss the latest findings and explain risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention tactics for diseases and conditions that affect millions of people. Each episode features the inspiring stories of individuals coping with potentially devastating diseases, including heart disease and prostate cancer, as well as conditions like sexual dysfunction. Health Sense III premieres Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

Health Sense III features the following episodes:

As many as one and a half million Americans – children and adults - are believed to have some form of autism, and it’s growing at a rate of 10-17 percent per year. In this episode, profiles of families living with autism; experts outline red flags every parent and pediatrician should know; and a first-hand look at the most common treatment approaches.

Men’s Issues
Experts have categorized American men as “living sicker” and “dying younger” than women. Doctors and their patients address diagnosis and treatment of some common men’s health issues, including: prostate health, male menopause, erectile dysfunction, and hair loss.

Women’s Health
Experts and patients discuss women’s health issues including: breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, heart disease, female sexual dysfunction, and varicose and spider veins.

Cold & Flu
Just in time for Cold and Flu Season, experts address the best ways to treat and prevent getting sick, as well as explain the real risks from the emerging threat of the Avian flu.

Quitting Smoking
An in-depth look at what effects smoking has on the body, and some of the alternative methods for quitting smoking including: hypnosis, an injection, acupuncture, and laser treatments.

Doctors and nutrition experts explain the newly renovated Food Pyramid, nutrition labels, and whether vegetarian diets can be healthy, plus lactose intolerance and debunking the risks of cooking with non-stick pans.

Childhood Obesity
Experts and families address why and how childhood obesity is becoming such an epidemic as well as how to prevent it. Also: a look at the increase in type-2 diabetes, and how schools are trying to make a difference.

Childhood Cancer

More children today are surviving childhood cancer than ever before. Experts explain diagnosis, treatment, and complications of several types of childhood cancer, and families share their stories.

Surgery Safety
As many as 70 million Americans undergo surgery each year. Health Sense explores how to best prepare for surgery, what goes on in the O.R. during surgery, and why it’s important to follow post-operative instructions. Also, experts weigh in on medical mistakes and how to avoid them.

It’s estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of American children have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); that means that in a typical classroom of 25 to 30 children, it’s likely that at least one will have ADHD. On Health Sense experts define ADHD, explain how it’s diagnosed, and explore treatment options. As well as, the growing incidence of adults with ADHD.

Substance Abuse
Experts address the physical and psychological ramifications of substance abuse -- including prescription drugs and alcohol; and people share their stories of beating their addictions. Also, a look at the growing trend of performance-enhancing drugs.

Parkinson’s Disease
As many as one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s Disease- yet, its causes still aren’t certain, and there is no known cure. Health Sense offers a look into the world of Parkinson’s from diagnosis and treatments to living with the disease.

For more information, visit http://wgcu.org/healthsense.

Pictured: Host Chris Curle
Photo Credit: WGCU


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