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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.

Cancer screenings sometimes sound better than they are. Dr. George Sawaya explores the major goals of these screenings - balancing benefits, harms and costs. See which cancer screening are currently discouraged and which are recommended. Recorded on 03/15/2016.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. A panel of experts examines suicide among particular groups, and covers SAMHSA's suicide prevention efforts/resources (including SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [telephone hotline] and Suicide Safe [a prevention app for health care providers]). They also discuss the treatment and support needed by individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, as well as people in bereavement from suicide, as they find their own unique paths to recovery. The discussion highlights the role that peers can play in supporting people experiencing mental or substance use disorders and the family members of those who have attempted suicide, as well as include family-to-family support for those bereaved by suicide.

In recent years, we have increasingly heard about the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to find areas of the brain that may be associated with our thoughts and actions, such as when we are being deceptive, if we trust someone or are in love, or our religiosity. While this research has been very exciting, concerns were raised that there may be a fundamental flaw in how at least some of these studies were analyzed. Lisa Eyler, PhD explains the implications and meaning of these new concerns, and addresses some of the ethical implications for scientists and the general public.

From neuropathology to molecular target to clinical treatments, where are we on the road to finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease? Howard Feldman, MD, FRCP(C), a neurologist noted for his original research in geriatric cognitive disorders and expertise in large-scale clinical trials, walks through the latest research and shares some tips on brain health.

Flavio Vincenti, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery, UCSF. Recorded on 06/03/2016.

An X-ray for a broken bone may have been your introduction to the world of radiology but did you know it is one of the most cutting-edge fields in medicine? From CT scans to ultrasounds, radiologists are studying the body in new ways to quickly diagnose and treat a myriad of conditions. Alexander Norbash, MD, MS, Professor and Chair of Radiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine joins host David Granet, MD to discuss the changing role of the radiologist and how innovative techniques can impact your health.

For the past several years, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Research Fellow Dr. Eve Ekman has been collaborating with her father, Dr. Paul Ekman, and the Dalai Lama on their "Atlas of Emotions" project, based on a survey of 248 leading emotion researchers and their consensus about five universal emotions: enjoyment, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear. The Drs. Ekman present their findings on this groundbreaking project.

In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture.

Cramps and medical treatment / Magnesium and leg cramps / Dystonia / How tall is too tall? / Advantages of tea.

Mobility is important for health. Learn about mobility, activity, function and falls and how these relate to health. Then explore ways to assess and improve your mobility with an activity plan. Recorded on 10/11/2016.
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