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Steven Thorp, Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Clinical Team (PCT) at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and he serves as the Associate Chief of the Psychotherapy Unit in the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health. Dr. Thorp discusses PTSD and its impact on older adults. He examines current treatment options such as psychotherapy and offers insights into the future of PTSD research and treatment.

The discipline and practice of medicine has a very unique way of approaching problems. Doctors use a mix of experience, intuition, evidence, and even chance to inform their clinical conclusions and decisions. In the emergency room, these decisions are being made rapidly, often with tremendous amounts of uncertainty when a lot is on the line. Dr. Jahan Fahimi explores the basis for those decisions, highlighting the sophisticated mechanisms that help doctors get it right, as well as the pitfalls and distractions that lead them astray.

Jacopo Annese, a neuroanatomist and director of the Brain Observatory at UC San Diego, takes a humanistic approach to studying brains by getting to know donors while they are living in order to understand posthumously how their brain structure affected their personalities, memories and health. Annese explains his research to The Atlantic's Ron Brownstein, as part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego.

Learn more about the various states of the grieving process and how men and women grieve and heal differently. Natasha Josefowitz, PhD, bestselling author and professor of management will use poems from her award-winning book, Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without (November 2013), to illustrate the emotional aftermath of loss and the changes that must take place in order for people to heal.

Can stem cells be a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's disease? Larry Goldstein, PhD director the the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss how stem cells work and what possibilities they may unlock.

Can cancer cells be killed without harming the healthy cells around them? A new clinical trial is testing that hypothesis using a virus-based treatment. Learn how vaccinia, once used to eradicate smallpox, may be the key to more effective cancer fighting tools. Dr. Loren Mell joins Dr. David Granet to discuss current research and the importance of clinical trails for cancer patients.

By the age of 40, nearly all people with Down syndrome have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease. Michael Rafii, MD, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss why this occurs, the prevalence and progression of Alzheimer's disease, potential treatment models and current research affecting this predisposed population.

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.

UCSF nutritionist Katie Ferraro explains a healthy person on 2,000 calorie diet per day should strive for 65 grams total fat, less than 20 grams saturated fat, zero grams trans fat and under 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol. Learn more about each type of fat and how to identify which is in what food. Recorded on 05/30/2014.

Robert H. Lustig MD. Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology; Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program, University of California San Francisco ; Member, Institute for Health Policy Studies Recorded on 05/20/2014.

Suzanne Phelan, PhD. Associate Professor, Kinesiology Department Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Recorded on 05/20/2014.

In his talk, George Liu, MD, discusses community-associated MRSA infections (CA-MRSA) and the impact on public health.

This show identifies and promotes the use of new technologies that facilitate and expand treatment and recovery services. These new technologies include social media, interactive text messaging platforms, and smart phone applications. These technologies are enabling new models of behavioral health care both within and outside of formal or traditional systems of care. The benefits of using these technologies is highlighted, such as their ability to build virtual recovery communities, facilitate peer support, and enable a person in recovery to participate anonymously.
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