Building A Healthier Britain

Series 1: Richard Hannaford presents a series on half a century of medical research into people's health and lifestyle.

Series 2: Since the 1950s doctors have continuously researched people's health and lifestyle.

Richard Hannaford examines the results of these epidemiological studies: some have given simple answers and saved hundreds of thousands of lives, while the results of others are confusing and highly controversial.

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0101Heart Disease2005050320050504

Series 1: Richard Hannaford presents a series on half a century of medical research into people's health and lifestyle.

Series 2: Since the 1950s doctors have continuously researched people's health and lifestyle.

Richard Hannaford examines the results of these epidemiological studies: some have given simple answers and saved hundreds of thousands of lives, while the results of others are confusing and highly controversial.There was a time when people thought that heart disease was an inevitable part of ageing.

Now, thanks to the Seven Countries Study that started in the 1950s, we know that diet and exercise play a crucial part in reducing the risk of heart attack.

0101Heart Disease2005050320050504

Series 1: Richard Hannaford presents a series on half a century of medical research into people's health and lifestyle.

Series 2: Since the 1950s doctors have continuously researched people's health and lifestyle.

Richard Hannaford examines the results of these epidemiological studies: some have given simple answers and saved hundreds of thousands of lives, while the results of others are confusing and highly controversial.There was a time when people thought that heart disease was an inevitable part of ageing.

Now, thanks to the Seven Countries Study that started in the 1950s, we know that diet and exercise play a crucial part in reducing the risk of heart attack.

0102Cot Deaths2005051020050511

In 1988 there were 12 cot deaths every day in the UK, now there is one a week.

How were scientists able to save the lives of vulnerable babies and how can they further protect infants at risk?

0102Cot Deaths2005051020050511

In 1988 there were 12 cot deaths every day in the UK, now there is one a week.

How were scientists able to save the lives of vulnerable babies and how can they further protect infants at risk?

0103Breast Cancer2005051720050518

There are a few definite things we can say about breast cancer; 5% of cases are due to hereditary gene problems; breastfeeding and childbirth protect against breast cancer and Hormone Replacement Therapy can produce an adverse risk.

Most of the information we know has come from epidemiological studies like the Million Women's Study and the Womens Health Initiative.

What more can these studies tell us and what else do we need to find out in order to curb the numbers affected with breast cancer in the UK?

0103Breast Cancer2005051720050518

There are a few definite things we can say about breast cancer; 5% of cases are due to hereditary gene problems; breastfeeding and childbirth protect against breast cancer and Hormone Replacement Therapy can produce an adverse risk.

Most of the information we know has come from epidemiological studies like the Million Women's Study and the Womens Health Initiative.

What more can these studies tell us and what else do we need to find out in order to curb the numbers affected with breast cancer in the UK?

0104 LASTSocial Status2005052420050525

New research suggests higher status at work leads to longer life expectancy.

Some researchers say this is a simple link between health and POVERTY, while Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who carried out the study, says the reason is that the lower you are in the hierarchy, the more stressful your life is.

0104 LASTSocial Status2005052420050525

New research suggests higher status at work leads to longer life expectancy.

Some researchers say this is a simple link between health and POVERTY, while Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who carried out the study, says the reason is that the lower you are in the hierarchy, the more stressful your life is.

0201Diabetes2005110120051102

Early research in the 1990s suggested that babies born with a lower birth weight were at increased risk of developing diabetes in later life.

This work has now moved on to show that the weight you put on after birth is more crucial.

How effective is physical exercise on the rate of developing diabetes, and just how much exercise do you need to do in order to protect yourself?

Richard Hannaford follows the population studies that have found the answers to these and other questions about the emergence of this disease.

0201Diabetes2005110120051102

Early research in the 1990s suggested that babies born with a lower birth weight were at increased risk of developing diabetes in later life.

This work has now moved on to show that the weight you put on after birth is more crucial.

How effective is physical exercise on the rate of developing diabetes, and just how much exercise do you need to do in order to protect yourself?

Richard Hannaford follows the population studies that have found the answers to these and other questions about the emergence of this disease.

0202Water2005110820051109

Adding fluoride to the water supply has always been a polarised debate.

Some think it will prevent tooth decay while others say its safety has not been proven.

Richard Hannaford looks at the whether science can solve this controversy.

0202Water2005110820051109

Adding fluoride to the water supply has always been a polarised debate.

Some think it will prevent tooth decay while others say its safety has not been proven.

Richard Hannaford looks at the whether science can solve this controversy.

0203Dementia2005111520051116

Many feel that as we grow older, memory loss and dementia are inevitable.

Dementia is a difficult condition to research as many different factors are responsible for its development.

Richard goes in search of what we do know about dementia and what we need to find out in order to provide better services for our ageing population.

0203Dementia2005111520051116

Many feel that as we grow older, memory loss and dementia are inevitable.

Dementia is a difficult condition to research as many different factors are responsible for its development.

Richard goes in search of what we do know about dementia and what we need to find out in order to provide better services for our ageing population.

0204 LASTSchizophrenia2005112220051123

One person in a hundred suffers from schizophrenia and among some groups, especially migrants, the incidence appears to be even higher.

Schizophrenia still carries a stigma and many sufferers refuse to accept that they have the condition.

Over the last two decades, psychiatrists have standardised the diagnosis of schizophrenia to include a range of symptoms like delusions and hallucinations.

But doctors are still at a loss to explain what actually causes the disease.

Is there a genetic influence? Why do women typically present with schizophrenia ten years after men? And why are young Black men six times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition?

Richard Hannaford follows the population studies that have highlighted these anomalies and thrown up interesting theories about the cause of this disease.

0204 LASTSchizophrenia2005112220051123

One person in a hundred suffers from schizophrenia and among some groups, especially migrants, the incidence appears to be even higher.

Schizophrenia still carries a stigma and many sufferers refuse to accept that they have the condition.

Over the last two decades, psychiatrists have standardised the diagnosis of schizophrenia to include a range of symptoms like delusions and hallucinations.

But doctors are still at a loss to explain what actually causes the disease.

Is there a genetic influence? Why do women typically present with schizophrenia ten years after men? And why are young Black men six times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition?

Richard Hannaford follows the population studies that have highlighted these anomalies and thrown up interesting theories about the cause of this disease.