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Cancer is a lens in which to understand modern society and the acquisition of knowledge, argues Pulitzer-Prize winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. In this wide-ranging interview with journalist Dean Nelson, Dr. Mukherjee goes on to describe himself as a "sober optimist" about the future of cancer research as he urges the cancer community to demand more public support for cancer therapies, treatments and prevention. He was presented as part of the Exploring Ethics series convened around his best-selling book, "The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology and the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC San Diego Extension.

Margaret A. Chesney, UCSF Professor of Medicine and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses techniques for managing stress.

Steve Hickman, Psy.D., Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a discussion of how to be present in the moment and leverage the practice of mindfulness to stay engaged, focused, and fulfilled.

Osteoporosis may have no symptoms, but it causes bones to become weaker. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than fifty will break a bone because of this silent disease. Learn about new concepts in diagnosis, newer treatments, and fracture prevention strategies from Heather Hofflich, DO.

Three global health experts - Gregg Alton JD, Executive Vice President, Gilead; Ambassador Eric Goosby MD: Global Health Science, UCSF; and Stefano Bertozzi MD PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley - discuss the role and responsibilities of public and private organizations in the response to the global HIV and HCV epidemics. From policy advances to facilitate access to life saving antiretrovirals for millions of patients, to challenges in regulatory infrastructure, to the rocky path for point-of-care diagnostics and treatment monitoring technologies, to the recognition that treatment is prevention and key to any containment strategy - the lessons provided by the expansion and entrenchment of the HIV epidemic, and successes and failures in the public health response are unparalleled in the global health arena.

The sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise but how safe are they? Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander joins our host Dr. David Granet to discuss the potential health risks of vaping including the potential for MRSA infections.

"Teach for California, Research for the World." That's how UC President Janet Napolitano describes the mission of the University of California as she details the UC's innovative responses to today's most pressing global health issues in this keynote address to the 2014 UC Global Health Day at UC Davis. Recorded on 04/26/2014.

Prostate cancer kills approximately 30,000 men in the US every year. For many, the disease is highly treatable and can be controlled with medical therapy for many years. An understanding of the factors that drive prostate cancer to become potentially lethal has led to a variety of new treatments that go far beyond standard chemotherapy approaches to cancer. Patients with advanced prostate cancer are currently treated with combinations and sequences of immunotherapies, hormonal approaches and chemotherapy. UCSF oncologist Dr. Charles J. Ryan covers the clinical and biological factors that drive treatment choice and sequence by physicians, and highlights how prostate cancer therapies are emblematic of the progress that is being made against cancer in general. Further, he addresses the challenges faced by patients and doctors and the research being done to address them. Recorded on 06/17/2014.

Patrick M. Catalano M.D., Director of Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth and the Clinical Research Unit of the Case Western Reserve; Professor, Reproductive Biology MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. Recorded on 05/20/2014.

Brian Hackett, MD, PhD, reviews the various roles of cilia in normal cellular function and discusses the disruption of normal cilia assembly and function resulting in a wide range of human diseases affecting multiple organ systems.
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