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Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, discusses the need to transform our health system from 2.0 to 3.0 and how health system transformation framework can be used to provide transformative strategies for health care reform.

Surgeon and historian Jack C. Fisher sits down with Dr. David Granet to discuss the controversial history of silicone medical devices - including breast implants. Though the fear surrounding their usage was unwarranted and not based in scientific fact, battles waged about their safety and government regulation followed suit. Dr. Fisher argues that regulatory policy should rely on valid science and not on the fear of risk. Recorded on 04/17/2015.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination are alive and well. Despite civil rights laws and protections related to the disclosure of protected health information, people with HIV often worry about their status being disclosed and when that happens, it can cause serious harm. At the same time, exciting work is being done at UC San Diego and elsewhere to integrate HIV surveillance and clinical data to increase engagement in care. Jeffrey Crowley, a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at Georgetown Law, describes a new way of thinking about the competing impulses to protect privacy while sharing information that could lead to innovations in care. He examines existing privacy protections, explores how testing and counseling methods have shifted and how big data is impacting HIV treatment and prevention. This program is part of the Exploring Ethics series, presented by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

Do we really need to sleep? Dr. Thomas Neylan looks at intrinsic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia and what to do if they affect you. Dr. Elissaios Karageorgio looks at how aging affects sleep and Dr. Rochelle Zak looks at the neurophysiology of sleep. Recorded on 10/28/2015.

Susan Lynch, PhD. Associate Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology, UC San Francisco. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet and provide no nutritional value. UCSF now only sells zero-calorie beverages or non-sweetened drinks with nutritional value, such as milk and 100% juice in its onsite eateries, including cafeterias, vending machines and retail locations. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

UCSF's Dr. John Roberts discusses living donor transplantation and the estimated outcomes. Recorded on 11/06/2015.

Dr. Ryutaro Hirose, Professor of Clinical Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery, Associate Program Director, UCSF General Surgery Residency Program. Recorded on 11/06/2015.
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