Health and Medicine
Tim Wigal reviews the difficulties in diagnosis of children of preschool age who present with attentional and social deficits.
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.
Can steroid therapies drive you crazy? Two leading neuropsychiatrists share their dramatic and startling findings that yes, certain glucocorticoids such as prednisone can lead to erratic and self-destructive behavior, especially in women. Dr. Lewis Judd of UC San Diego and Dr. Sherwood Brown of the University of Texas, along with an international roster of co-authors, recently published this eye-opening research in The American Journal of Psychiatry and discuss their work here with Nick Binkley, President of the Diana Foundation. Recorded on 09/11/2014.
Recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention can improve outcomes. UCSF Clinical Professor Dr. Barbara Bennet explains the signs that may indicate a child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. Recorded on 11/20/2014.
Gary Mathern, MD, discusses the effects of seizures on the developing brain (Epileptic encephalopathy) and the contribution of UCLA in treating epileptic encephalopathy with surgery.
21st Century Cures is a new initiative that aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. Health research moves at a rapid pace, but the federal drug and device approval process is in many ways a relic of another era. Our nation has dedicated scientists and bold leaders at agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but when our laws don't keep pace with innovation, we risk falling behind. 21st Century Cures is taking a comprehensive look at what steps we can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette (D-CO) describes how the effort will take a broad look at the full arc of the process - from the discovery of clues in basic science, to streamlining the drug and device development process, to unleashing the power of digital medicine and social media at the treatment level.
Dr. Carlin Senter is a primary care sports medicine doctor whose focus is to help patients of all ages stay active. She explores exercise and the athlete in every woman. Recorded on 02/10/2015.
Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, explores guidelines for treating cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular disease. Recorded on 02/18/2015.
Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, explores hypertension. He explores how to prevent and treat high blood pressure. His key take home points: Most patients will need two or more drugs to achieve goal blood pressure and control only occurs with motivated patients who trust their clinician. Recorded on 02/25/2015.
Jean-Pierre Changeux reflects on his scientific journey and shares insights into his research with Dr. William Mobley. This wide-ranging discussion takes a deeper look into Changeux's early work with bacteria to more recent findings on the chemistry of consciousness.
Surgeon and historian Jack C. Fisher sits down with Dr. David Granet to discuss the controversial history of silicone medical devices - including breast implants. Though the fear surrounding their usage was unwarranted and not based in scientific fact, battles waged about their safety and government regulation followed suit. Dr. Fisher argues that regulatory policy should rely on valid science and not on the fear of risk. Recorded on 04/17/2015.