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Steve Hickman, Psy.D., Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a discussion of how to be present in the moment and leverage the practice of mindfulness to stay engaged, focused, and fulfilled.

Dr. Hannah Valentine is a cardiologist whose research has focused on improving the management of heart-transplant patients. She is a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Transplantation Genomics at the National Institutes of Health.

The scientific evidence that good nutrition and physical activity are foundations of health and disease prevention is stronger than ever. Americans, however, are too often not living the way science says is best. UC San Diego School of Medicine associate professor Cheryl Anderson looks at diet-related disease prevention. Recorded on 02/10/2016.

Researchers are using wearable cameras and location-tracking devices to observe how people behave in real life. They look at how daily behavior patterns relate to health. Some of the participants are not worried about the information captured by these wearable devices, some are. While there is an ethical framework to protect participants the challenge is how to share accumulated data with other scientists. How can we balance protecting participant privacy and advancing scientific methods, which require outsiders to repeat our analyses?

Today's "safety" can take decades to disprove. David Gee has worked for 40 years on reducing harm from hazards to health and environment. Here he explores the harm that can result from not responding adequately to health risks in the environment. Research eventually shows that exposures and the nature of the harm expand over time and that harm is caused at lower and lower levels of exposure. In addition, benefits of taking action expand over time. Recorded on 05/09/2016.

Danielle Ramo examines the usage of marijuana and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, vape pens and discusses their long and short term health effects. Recorded on 06/01/2016.

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.

Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.

Rupert Spira, author of "The Transparency of Things," speaks here with Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego about the concept of non-duality, or advaita. They explore the idea that there is no separation between the self and the universe -- and how understanding this basic truth will lead to greater wellbeing.

Dr. Alex Smith is a clinician-researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. Recorded on 11/08/2016.

Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, discusses how unique exposures in the environment (such as mouse allergens at home or school) contribute to increased cases of asthma.

Periodontitis: What is it? / Prevention and Treatment of Periodontitis / Bad breath: Embarrassing but treatable / Fit and slim with Zumba? / Living with brittle bone disease.

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego presents J. Craig Venter, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. as the keynote speaker for its 2017 Michael Kriegler Memorial Lecture. Venter describes in fascinating detail how researchers saved his life by diagnosing his own prostate cancer using new imaging techniques that caught what routine biopsies had missed. Venter shares other stories of breakthroughs that demonstrate how genomics-based technology is transforming the practice of medicine. Venter is introduced by Ashley Van Zeeland, a Rady alumna with significant experience leading innovative scientific programs, including groundbreaking work in the genetics of autism, neurodevelopmental disorders and other rare genetic pediatric diseases.
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