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The CDC has declared insufficient sleep to be a national health epidemic. Why are we not getting enough and how can we change our behaviors? Sean P.A. Drummond, PhD, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Program in the VA San Diego Healthcare System, joins host Dr.David Granet to discuss the ramifications of insufficient sleep and ways to improve your sleep health.

Millions have watched Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube videos on the role sugar plays in obesity. In this compilation of the popular YouTube series "The Skinny on Obesity," Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues dig deeper into the root causes of the obesity epidemic. Discover why what we eat is as important as how much we eat. Understand the effects of stress on obesity rates, and why some predict that the next generation will die younger than the current one due to obesity and the many health problems it causes.

Influenza is the number one vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people may die in the United States annually as a complication of influenza infection. Yet, influenza is often ignored as a serious illness, and despite the availability of an effective and relatively inexpensive vaccine, many people choose not to get vaccinated. Dr. Janice K. Louie, California Department of Public Health, reviews the epidemiologic, clinical and public health aspects of influenza epidemics and pandemics and explores the myths and misunderstandings surrounding vaccination.

Tim Wigal reviews the difficulties in diagnosis of children of preschool age who present with attentional and social deficits.

There is strong evidence to suggest that where you live determines your life expectancy as well as your overall health. Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH is Senior Vice President at The California Endowment, discusses the root causes of health inequity, mostly living conditions as a result of poverty and economic opportunity, and how interventions at multiple points can change health outcomes.

Alan Wu looks at toxicology testing that solved forensic cases. Wu is Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF. Recorded on 02/12/2014.

The sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise but how safe are they? Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander joins our host Dr. David Grant to discuss the potential health risks of vaping including the potential for MRSA infections.

A look at current research and practices in kidney transplantation at UC San Francisco.

Ideas alone are good but not good enough - it takes collaboration to make things happen. That theme was heard throughout UC Global Health Day 2014, including in the morning plenary featuring Jonna Mazet, Executive Director of the One Health Institute and Andrew Hargadon of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis. Drs. Mazet and Hargadon explored the discovery of penicillin, why this lifesaving antibiotic took so long to get to market, and what steps must be taken to advance the pace of global health innovation. UC Global Health Day was sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute. Recorded on 04/26/2014.

After introductory comments from UC President Janet Napolitano, Dr. Jonathan Samet of the USC Institute for Global Health gives an eye-opening talk on how public health campaigns dramatically reduced smoking rates in the US and offers ideas on how those techniques can be used to curb non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Samet's presentation was part of UC Global Health Day 2014, sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute. Recorded on 04/26/2014.

"Teach for California, Research for the World." That's how UC President Janet Napolitano describes the mission of the University of California as she details the UC's innovative responses to today's most pressing global health issues in this keynote address to the 2014 UC Global Health Day at UC Davis. Recorded on 04/26/2014.

The case for, benefits of, and potential pitfalls involved in the virtual crossmatch.
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