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The CDC has declared insufficient sleep to be a national health epidemic. Why are we not getting enough and how can we change our behaviors? Sean P.A. Drummond, PhD, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Program in the VA San Diego Healthcare System, joins host Dr.David Granet to discuss the ramifications of insufficient sleep and ways to improve your sleep health.

More than 2 million people die every year in the United States, almost always in the presence of life-sustaining medical technology. Sometimes the choices posed by medical technology make death the least worst alternative. Yet, choosing death, or letting go, is often a painful and contentious business. Bioethicist Dr. Stuart Youngner, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, explores some of the ways our society and others are coping with this unavoidable dilemma.

William B. Grant, PhD, Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, looks at the costs and benefits of increasing vitamin D-related behavior. Identify the cost reductions of increased vitamin D as it compares to the cost of skin cancers, Recorded on 12/10/2014.

Alexander Wunsch, MD, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany, discusses the importance of measurement when studying vitamin D. Michael F. Holick, PhD MD, Boston University Medical Center, discusses how to treat patients at rick for vitamin D deficiency. Recorded on 12/10/2014.

A spin-off of space research may help solve a huge medical problem. It turns out that a plasma, an form of ionized gas helps to heal chronic wounds by killing off multi-drug resistant bacteria and stimulating tissue growth. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching are developing new applications for plasmas while doctors at Munich's Schwabing Hospital are testing plasma therapies on patients. The field of plasma medicine is already showing great promise.

Mary Pittaway, MA, RD identifies ways to educate communities about vitamin D from a public health perspective.

Overview of legislation and promotion of Vitamin D in Alaska by State Senator Paul Seaton.

Steven Lee, MD, reviews methods of diagnosing and treatment of pediatric appendicitis.

UCSF Liver Transplant Conference 2014, Part Nine; Hepatitis C: A Disappearing Disease?; Noral Terrault, MD, MPH, Director of Viral Hepatitis Research in Liver Transplantation at UCSF reviews all oral therapies available for Hepatitis C and relates the benefits and challenges for their use.

Dr. Michael Policar, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF School of Medicine, explores what's new in the management of menopause. From tips for living with hot flashes to hormone treatment, see what works and what doesn't. Recorded on 02/17/2015.
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