Health and Medicine
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and can spread to the organs and bones. Early detection is key for optimal treatment results. Join Dr. David Granet as he talks with Dr. William Wachsman about an experimental test that could revolutionize the way melanomas are detected. Essentially an adhesive tape strip is used to collect cells from the surface of the skin instead of the usual skin biopsy that is performed on suspicious looking moles. This new concept in detection shows the creative advances in medical science that are possible at an academic medical center with an industry partner.
Deborah Kado, MD, MS discusses common spine conditions such as osteoporosis and the related disorder, hyperkyphosis, and recent advances in treatment. Recorded on 10/16/2013.
Controversies in the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Before Transplant - The Nathan Bass UCSF Liver Transplant Fall 2012
Francis Yao, MD takes a look at the controversies in managing hepatocellular carcinoma before transplant surgery.
Mary Beth Terry, Columbia University, explains that accumulating evidence from both human population and animal studies supports a role for the prenatal and early life environment in influencing breast cancer risk. Timing of menarche and menopause are also important predictors of breast cancer risk. Prenatal and early life factors that have been associated with breast cancer risk have not always been associated with age at menarche and intermediate markers of breast cancer risk like breast density in the same way.
German and South African scientists are collaborating in Durban to find new ways of fighting tuberculosis, or TB. For the past 20 years the number of cases of TB has been on the rise, in part because conventional antibiotic treatment has become less and less effective. South Africa is a region especially badly affected by TB. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, who heads the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, has set up a research group there in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an American biomedical research institute.
Taking responsibility for one's body is the common theme among three visionaries in personal health. Larry Smarr of Calit2 joins Deborah Szekely, the co-founder of the highly acclaimed Rancho La Puerta wellness center and Kunal Sarkar, the CEO of the brain-trainer Lumosity for an invigorating conversation with The Atlantic's Megan Garber and Corby Kummer. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego.
Vaccines are an important part of personal and public health. While vaccines for infants and young children are critical, immunizations also affect the health of adolescents and adults. Dr. Lisa Winston, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, explores many of the new vaccines recommended for adolescents and adults and the updated recommendations for older vaccines. She also address some of the common misconceptions about vaccines and vaccine safety. Dr. Lisa Winston, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, explores who should get what vaccines. She looks at vaccines for Measles and Mumps, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal, Pertussis (whooping cough), Influenza, Varicella zoster (shingles) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
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.
Host Jeanne Blake discuss the topic of ALS with Sheila O'Connell, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, and Darlene Sawicki, a nurse practitioner who works with ALS patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Recovery is a Family Affair: The Complex Dynamics in Families Struggling with Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
The process of recovery applies not only for the person with a mental and/or substance use disorder but for all family members as well. A mental and/or substance use disorder in one or both parents can traumatize children, which often has a lasting impact and can lead to multigenerational behavioral health problems. Similarly, a mental and/or substance use disorder in a child has a strong impact on siblings and parents. More and more, the field of behavioral health is recognizing the importance of engaging the entire family in treatment and recovery. This show will demonstrate the positive results gained from taking a whole family approach in treatment and recovery, one in which all family members are engaged and supported in the healing process. Also, family issues in certain settings such as military families and nontraditional families will be explored.
Traditional economic theory asserts that more choice is better. It unleashes competitive forces; consumers can simply ignore choices that are not optimal. But can there be too much choice? The Medicare prescription drug (Part D) program provides a possible test since seniors face dozens of different private drug insurance options. Thomas Rice, Department of Health Policy and Management at UCSF, presents research results that touch on whether traditional or behavioral economics might better explain the evidence. Recorded on 7/25/2013.
Pilot results of a parent-implemented communication and positive behavior support intervention targeting young boys with fragile X syndrome. With Andrea McDuffie, PhD, CCP-SLP, Wendy Machalicek, PHD, BCBA-D and Ashley Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP.