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Documentaries, medicine

Extraordinary Humans

YEAR: 2010 | LENGTH: 4 parts (46 minutes each)  |  SOURCE: NATGEO

description:

National Geographic explores the science behind bones, blood, muscles, and skin. 

episodes:

People with genetic bone disorders are profiled, including a 9-year-old with brittle bone disease, and a 28-year-old with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), which turns muscles into bone.

Cameras follow a 12-year-old with a bulging vascular malformation caused by abnormal blood vessels as he undergoes a risky procedure to have it diminished. Also: a 16-year-old with Klippel-Trenaunay (KT) syndrome is profiled.

Profiling a 31-year-old with dystonia, a rare movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of muscles. Also followed: a 41-year-old man with spinal muscle atrophy, which has caused his muscles to wither away.

Two rare skin disorders are examined, including harlequin ichthyosis (HI), a condition characterized by hard, scale-like skin that reproduces at an accelerated rate; and epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which causes the skin to be very fragile.

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