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A look at the current state of kidney transplantation.

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.

Is there a science of the soul? Does how we think about the brain define how we think about ourselves? Patricia Churchland, B. Phil., LLD (hon), Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a deeper look at the connections between neuroscience and philosophy.

This panel focuses on the translation of clinically proven interventions into population impact, and population-based interventions that have clinical implications. Panelists explore future directions in global population sciences, including behavioral, social, and policy analysis, economics, and implementation sciences. Each panelist describes the status of his or her field, identifies emerging issues for the next two decades, and highlights opportunities for UCSF to advance global population health. Panelists: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor, Department of Medicine; Elvin Geng, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Jim Kahn, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Claire Brindis, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences moderates.

There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. The impacts are felt not only by the patients but by their family, their caregivers, and the community at large. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss how we can better manage this disease from a public policy standpoint.

Ed Hernandez, O.D., California State Senator District 24, Chair, Senate Committee on Health. Recorded on 05/02/2014.

A look at the new wait list allocation system for kidney transplants.

Historically, neurosurgeons have had little information available to help navigate through the brain during surgery. New technologies are now allowing them to design more direct trajectories to brain tumors as well safely remove more of the tumor minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue. Dr. Clark Chen joins Dr. David Granet to explain how tractography and performing surgery in the MRI are improving patient outcomes.

Technology plays a large role in our everyday lives. It can be a helpful tool or a distraction but is there a point where it becomes a danger? Andrew Doan, M.D., Ph.D. joins David Granet, MD to discuss the warning signs of technology addiction and what we can do to prevent it.

Anticoagulant medications have been in use for many years for the treatment and prevention of blood clots associated with different disease states. Safe management requires a delicate balance between preventing or treating a blood clot and avoiding any bleeding complications from the anticoagulant drugs. The availability of new drugs may offer some advantages. Steve Kayser, Professor Emeritus Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF, discusses the use of anticoagulant medications, their differences, their benefits and their risks. Recorded on 06/26/2014.

Candy Tsourounis, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy UCSF, looks at herbal remedies, dietary supplements and weight loss medications. Recorded on 07/03/2014.

What does the future hold for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease? Steven L. Wagner, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the development of new drugs to aid in the fight. Wagner describes amyloid plaques as "the cholesterol of the brain" and is working to find a way to suppress its adverse effects.

Susan Shurin, MD, reviews the role of research in advances for pediatric health over the past century and discusses trends in where pediatric research is heading.

Brian Hackett, MD, PhD, reviews the various roles of cilia in normal cellular function and discusses the disruption of normal cilia assembly and function resulting in a wide range of human diseases affecting multiple organ systems.

Recovery housing environments are increasingly being recognized as a critical component to recovery success for many individuals. This show will examine the growing support for recovery housing in many states and communities, highlighting the many forms that these housing programs can take. Among the housing programs available are sober housing and recovery housing tailored to specific demographic groups such as adult men, adult women, young adults, and college students. The activities and programs offered in these housing settings will be discussed: one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, management of medications, mediation, spiritual engagement, and others. For a variety of reasons, the need for recovery housing is likely to rise in coming years. At the same time, challenges and barriers remain to providing recovery housing. Strategies for overcoming these challenges and barriers to meet the need for recovery housing will be explored.
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