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Blood and the Body

About Blood - WCPN 90.3 & WVIZ/PBS ideastream

- a new kind of partnership -

ideastream in collaboration with NetWellness and other multimedia partners presents About Blood!


      Learn more about blood from these NetWellness originals:

   • Blood and the Body Health Topic
   • Blood: What's in It, Anyway?
   • A Closer Look at Anemia
   • Sickle Cell Anemia Information
   • The Clotting Process: What You Need to Know
   • Bleeding and Clotting Problems: What Can Go Wrong
   • Preventing Risk: Pulmonary Embolism, Heart Attack, and Stroke
   • A Closer Look at Blood Cancers
   • Understanding Blood Tests
   • Understanding Blood Types
NetWellness and ideastream are partnering to bring more understanding to the health and medical issues you care about. Launched in 1995, NetWellness is a consumer information website from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. ideastream is a non-profit public broadcasting organization including WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV and other educational and public service media. About Blood is part of ideastream’s ongoing multiple-media coverage on important health issues presented in collaboration with The Plain Dealer and NetWellness. Through this partnership, you will be able to explore ideastream’s programs as NetWellness puts in-depth information at your fingertips.

Stories About Blood from 90.3 WCPN ideastream:

Blood Biology
Blood Phobias Real, Treatable
The Sound of Ideas
Ohio's Newborn Screening Program
Childhood Leukemia
About Blood: Sickle Cell
Web Exclusive: Clots
Blood Detectives
Around Noon
Applause "Mr. Blood"

Blood Biology

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What is blood? Why do we have it? How does the body use blood? Blood cells flow through your body like trucks carrying packages on the freeway. Blood delivers the goods to all parts of the body, and hauls off the waste. It is a rich mixture of cells, platelets, proteins, sugars, minerals, hormones, and enzymes.

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Blood Phobias Real, Treatable

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Why does even the mere mention of the word "blood" make some people squeamish? Morning Edition Host Rick Jackson gets some answers…and some advice… from a local psychologist.

 

The Sound of Ideas

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In his special installment of The Sound of Ideas host Mike McIntyre and guests will examine the anatomy of blood – what exactly is it and what does it do? They’ll also explore how doctor’s use blood to learn what’s going on inside our bodies and explain various blood diseases including leukemia and sickle cell anemia.

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Ohio's Newborn Screening Program

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Blood is a window to our genes. All newborns are pricked in the heel after birth, and that drop of blood is screened for genetic disorders. The CDC calls this newborn screening process one of the ten greatest public health achievements in the U.S. over the last decade. What we can learn from this drop of blood is increasing at a rapid clip, and some of these disorders can be managed through early treatment. One such disorder is PKU. If caught early, brain damage can be avoided through dietary interventions. 

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Childhood Leukemia

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Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. In the 1950s, nearly all children with leukemia died. Now that picture has drastically changed. While it remains the most common form of childhood cancer, it is also the most curable. 

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About Blood: Sickle Cell

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This half-hour television program explores how blood works in the body with a focus on sickle cell anemia -- a genetic disease that affects red blood cells and is most common in the United States among African Americans. Learn more about the sickle cell story through the eyes of 25-year old Akron resident Arthur Brown and his family. Brown was born with one of the most severe forms; when he was six-weeks old, his mother was told her infant son would likely not to survive to age five. We chronicle Brown's fight against this devastating disease from childhood to the present. Living and thriving as a young adult, Arthur Brown has come close to death more than once and shares his struggles and triumphs with a disease he considers to be both a curse and a gift.

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Web Exclusive: Clots

Heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolisms can all result from some form of blood clot and while many factors contribute to strokes and heart attacks, a particular blood disease called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the main contributor of Pulmonary Embolism or clotting  in the lungs.  This web-exclusive video answers some important questions including: What exactly is DVT? How does it happen? What are some of the risk factors and how can these dangerous blood clots be prevented? 

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Blood Detectives

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When a patient presents with an unusual set of symptoms, what do doctors do? Usually, the mystery starts to unravel with a simple blood test. Blood provides clues to organ function.

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Around Noon

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Host Dee Perry and guest explore the influence of blood on literature, music, film - -virtually every corner of arts and culture, including the science of Vampires. 

 

Applause: "Mr. Blood"

Dan Folino is an accomplished local actor. He’s also the go-to guy if a local theater company is presenting a show, say like Sweeny Todd, that requires realistic stage blood. From realistic splatters to squirting veins; Dan cannot just make it - - but make it look real!

 

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Last Reviewed: Feb 25, 2014

NetWellness Staff
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