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Six in ten people with dementia will wander. Hear about the programs that are available to help bring them home safe. Linda Cho, executive director of Stellar care, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the problem of wandering and how to create a home environment that facilitates safety and comfort.

Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

In the wilderness there is an obvious danger of being bitten by snakes, insects and arthropods. Dr. Susanne Spano offers advice on what to do in case you meet are bitten by a venomous creature far from medical help. Recorded on 05/24/2017.

Michael Green, neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, has been fascinated with the human brain, behavior and mental illness since his undergraduate days. In particular, his research focuses on schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that affects about 1 percent of the population. In this UCLA Faculty Research Lecture, he describes how his lab uses discoveries in psychology and social neuroscience about normal brain functioning to inform his schizophrenia research. And now, Green and his colleagues are moving into new territory, studying the causes of social isolation among people who do not have schizophrenia. You'll learn about the tools they use such as functional MRI, that measures and maps brain activity, and EEG, that detects electrical activity in the brain, and how they do research to answer questions about social isolation in the general public. Recorded on 11.06.2017.

Why do we sleep and how does it affect our bodies? Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP, FAASM shares how you can get better sleep and how sleep changes as we age.

Dr. Paul Volberding, professor of medicine at UCSF, was perhaps the leading clinician in the United States in the early days of the HIV epidemic. As a young oncologist finishing his training in the early 1980's, Volberding recalls seeing a young gay man with a previously rare tumor: Kaposi's sarcoma. Little did he know that the underlying immunodeficiency that led to KS would come to define his career. Volberding went on to become the founding chief of the AIDS division at San Francisco General Hospital, where he established the first inpatient AIDS wards and outpatient AIDS clinic. In this interview with Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of UCSF's Department of Medicine, Volberding recalls the early days, including the impact of activism and the fear that he and other clinicians would contract the illness. He also discusses the remarkable progress in turning HIV into a manageable chronic disease and the possibility of finding a cure for AIDS.

People who are homeless use the most expensive parts of the healthcare system. Dr. Margot Kushel looks at older homeless adults and how the healthcare system can better care for them. Living on the street contributes to premature aging; many homeless people in their 50s have physical and cognitive disabilities more commonly seen in people in their 70s or 80s.

There are obvious challenges with skill practice in medical education. Dr. Sandrijn van Schaik looks at how simulation is used and its limits and challenges. Recorded on 11/15/2017.

Even after medical school, learning for doctors continues in the form of residency, fellowship and lifelong learning. Dr. Robert Baron, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education at UCSF, explains how doctors become specialists and then stay current throughout their careers. Recorded on 11/29/2017.

When you are feeling dizzy and falling how do you get an accurate diagnosis of the root cause? Kimberley Bell, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Vestibular Expert who specializes in treating patients with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance and unexplained repeated falls. She shares the typical symptoms to make note of and share with your doctor as well as treatment options.

Asthma disproportionately affects children who are economically disadvantaged, particularly those who belong to racial and ethnic minority groups. Dr. Juan Celedon, Division Chief, Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology at University of Pittsburgh, discusses possible solutions to the disparity. Recorded on 01/19/2018.
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