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Millions have watched Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube videos on the role sugar plays in obesity. In this compilation of the popular YouTube series "The Skinny on Obesity," Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues dig deeper into the root causes of the obesity epidemic. Discover why what we eat is as important as how much we eat. Understand the effects of stress on obesity rates, and why some predict that the next generation will die younger than the current one due to obesity and the many health problems it causes.

Review methods used to study functional interactions and networks with rs-fcMRI and how these methods have been used to define developmental changes in network functional connectivity. The implementation of multivariate pattern analysis methods using support vector machine classification and regression has allowed us to make predictions about the maturity of the brains functional network architecture in individuals. The implications of these approaches for understanding typical and atypical development of the brain's functional network architecture will be discussed.

What does the future hold for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease? Steven L. Wagner, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the development of new drugs to aid in the fight. Wagner describes amyloid plaques as "the cholesterol of the brain" and is working to find a way to suppress its adverse effects.

Alexander Wunsch, MD, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany gives a historical perspective on sunlight exposure and explains how both the public's and medical community's perspective has changed over time. Recorded on 12/09/2014.

Dr. Susan Little of UC San Diego School of Medicine presents her research that tracks HIV infection by rapidly obtaining genetic information from those engaged in HIV healthcare. A discussion follows on privacy protections, the risks associated with the use of these data and their potential to significantly limit HIV transmission in communities. Dr. Little is presented by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in San Diego.

Children's services have pioneered some of the most important innovations in health services across the US over the past several decades. Molly Coye, MD, MPH, discusses the new challenges for innovation, disruptive technologies and looks at what we can learn from patterns of innovation and adoption in other sectors.

Dr. Leah Kelley, a physician specializing in breast and gynecologic surgery, explores the landscape for treating breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recorded on 03/10/2015.
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