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Prosthetics have existed for centuries but today's advanced technologies are providing amazing devices to replace missing or impaired parts of the body. Matthew Garibaldi and Richard Nguyen explore these technology-driven advances.

UC Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon was the keynote speaker and panelist at Blue Shield of California's first Healthcare Innovation and Technology Career Summit in San Francisco. Illustrating several examples from his research, including the development of penicillin as a medical breakthrough, Professor Hargadon shared a primer on what it takes to turn an idea into an innovation -- and the power of the network. Recorded on 04/10/2018.

We have come so far in understanding the brain, yet we are often perplexed by our emotions. Geronima Cortese gives an brief history of herbalism and how it is practiced today. She explores the herbal approach from diagnosis to treatment.

Recorded on 03/21/2019.

"I use art to start conversations about something that is serious and complex." Shaney jo Darden, Founder and Global Creative Chief of The Keep A Breast Foundation, shares her journey in the world of art and activism. As someone who has carved out a career path focused on community and compassion, she stresses the importance discovering your unique talents and finding a place for them in your everyday work. Recorded on 03/12/2019.

Dr. Steven Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care at UCSF, where he also heads UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. In this interview, he discusses academic medicine, the epidemic of substance abuse, his work at the RWJ Foundation (including the "failed study" that helped build the field of palliative care), and his life in healthcare policy and politics. Between 1990 and 2002, Dr. Schroeder was President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During that time, the Foundation gave out nearly $4 billion in grants, including for new programs in substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children, among others. He has won numerous awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees and the Gustav Leinhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine.

Khalid Shah, MS, PhD discusses translating biological therapies into clinical care.

Dr. Rahul Aggarwal, is a genitourinary oncologist practicing at UCSF.

Scott Kelly spent a year in the International Space Station while his identical twin Mark Kelly was on earth. UC San Diego and many institutions studied the mental, cardiovascular, immune, genetic, muscular, microbial, bone, and eye changes in both twins to see the effects of long-term space travel. Changes were troubling, so NASA plans several more long-term space flights that will focus on genetic changes, bone loss, loss of vision, brain swelling, and Nutrition. Michael G. Ziegler, MD, is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCSD. He has studied astronaut health since 1978. He chaired NASA's yearly cardiovascular reviews, helped devise current astronaut protocols, and studied physiologic and genomic changes during the Year in Space study.  

As societal stresses have increased, loneliness and social isolation have become silent killers. Dilip Jeste, MD, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist who specializes in successful aging, explains how loneliness has become an epidemic, the risk factors, helpful interventions, and how we can harness wisdom for compassion, self regulation, and more.

There is still no effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease. That makes it all the more important to provide support for sufferers and their families. That is the job of Saskia Weiss from the German Alzheimer Society.

Dr. Aimee Kao looks at recent news in Alzheimer's Disease therapeutics including drugs in development and the potential of stem cells and genome editing. Recorded on 10/24/2019.
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