Airdate: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.caPromo for W5’s episode this week: Available on W5’s Facebook PageVideo Clips: Available on Gateway at W5_DR_DOG_VIS_AND_CLIPSKEY STORYLINE: This week, W5 Reporter Sandie Rinaldo investigates a unique group of animals being trained to sniff out disease as part of groundbreaking research trials in England. W5’s “DR. DOG” takes viewers to the English countryside where the idea of dogs as disease detectors is picking up momentum. Exploring a future that includes an alternative to blood work, CT scans, or other invasive medical procedures to detect prostate cancer, Britain’s National Health Service has recently approved clinical trials to see if dogs pass the sniff test.
W5 also takes viewers to Vancouver General Hospital, home to the first and only dog in Canada certified to sniff out Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the often deadly hospital-acquired bacterial infection which strikes as many as 6,000 Canadians a year. In Halifax, another study is using the power of dogs’ sense of smell to detect diabetes. Long recognized for their value to law enforcement, the visually impaired, and helping alert patients to the onset of epilepsy attacks and panic associated with PTSD – the use of dogs as medical diagnostic tools is just beginning.
Also this week, W5 Host and Managing Editor Kevin Newman investigates life from one end of the age spectrum to the other in “FOREVER YOUNG”. Alan Day, a 92-year-old living in Victoria, B.C., currently holds the world record in the bench press for his age. Able to lift an astounding 70 kilograms (155 pounds) over his head, Day has outlived most of his past competitors. Newman also meets with 86-year-old Catholic nun Madonna Buder who, in competitive circles, is known as the “Iron Nun”, a nickname donned after racing in an Iron Man triathlon at the age of 75.
Newman interviews researchers at McMaster University and the University of Victoria who are looking for patterns that may explain the longevity of those who live into their eighties and nineties, while remaining active. W5 reveals new myth-busting studies that provide insight may help all generations live longer lives. One conclusion that’s surfaced so far: it’s never too late to hit the gym.