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AM I NORMAL?
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Tuesdays 24 February - 17 March 2009, 21.00-21.30
(Repeated Wednesdays 25 February - 18 March at 16.30)

We expect health professionals to tell us if we’re 'normal' or not, but how do they decide where to draw the line between someone who’s OK and someone who isn't? Vivienne Parry investigates.

Cartoon with phrase "Are you normal? No!"

Programme 1 - Lungs

Healthy lungs help us run faster, live longer and laugh louder but do we take them for granted?

This spring the government will publish new proposals to improve the diagnosis of respiratory disease.

The aim is to detect problems in 20-30 year olds before damage occurs as this is irreparable.

So should there be mass screening of this age group for lung function or should it just be reserved for people that smoke who are at a higher risk?  Vivienne Parry investigates.

Related links:

British Lung Foundation
British Thoracic Society
Asthma UK
NHS Direct - COPD
BBC Health – COPD
ASH
Smokefree England
BBC News Health – Lung disease ‘on the rise’
Cancer Backup: Lung cancer
BBC Health – Lung cancer

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Programme 2 - Post-natal Depression

If you ask a woman who's just had a baby, have you felt sad or miserable in the last seven days, there's a fair chance she'll say yes. 

So are we now better at identifying and helping women who are depressed post-natally or are we in danger of turning a normal, if bumpy period of psychological adjustment into an illness?

Vivienne Parry talks to psychiatrists and several mothers about what they think is normal in the post natal period.

Related Links:

NHS - Post-Natal Depression
The National Childbirth Trust
Parenting Culture Studies
Post-Natal Depression

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Programme 3 - Menopause

When women were having children younger, an early menopause was less likely to worry them.

As women delay trying for a baby will early menopause be recognised more?

Vivienne Parry investigates the stigma that surrounds the menopause - from the Greeks to Virginia Woolf - and asks if it still exists today?

Related Links:

British Menopause Society
Menopause Matters
The Daisy Network
BBC Health - Menopause
Case Notes – Menopause & Osteoarthritis
BBC Radio 4: Woman’s Hour – HRT Archive
Women’s Health Concern

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Programme 4 - Gifted and Talented

If your child is in the top 5-10% of their school in an academic subject, they may have been identified as "gifted" and put on the government's new national register of gifted and talented children.

Vivienne Parry finds out how "gifted" is measured and by whom.

Related Links:

National Association of Gifted Children

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