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The scientific evidence that good nutrition and physical activity are foundations of health and disease prevention is stronger than ever. Americans, however, are too often not living the way science says is best. UC San Diego School of Medicine associate professor Cheryl Anderson looks at diet-related disease prevention. Recorded on 02/10/2016.

The California Summit for Transition Age Youth (TAY) Evaluation and Quality Improvement Summit brought together stakeholders (e.g., TAY, county representatives, providers) interested in learning about and sharing their experiences related to evaluation and quality improvement of TAY services. Recorded on 10/15/2015.

Parkinson's disease (PD) affects more than a million people in the US. Jeanne Loring, professor and the founding director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, discusses current research and potential future therapies for PD. In 2012, a partnership of scientists, clinicians, PD patients, and patient advocates was formed to develop a therapy for PD using patients' own skin cells that can be transformed into dopamine neurons, which can then be transplanted to their brains to restore lost cells. With further support from the foundation and granting agencies, the research and clinical partners hope to transplant cells to the first patient in about three years. This kind of partnership is unprecedented, and is inspiring for both the researchers and the patients, who are working together to develop the first effective therapy for PD.

Learn the latest practical dietary suggestions to reduce risk and progression of heart disease, including strategies for reducing inflammation and lowering LDL cholesterol (i.e., the "bad" cholesterol). Vicky Newman, a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with years of experience in dietary behavior change research, talks about the protective compounds found in big color, big flavor plant foods, including dark chocolate and red wine. She also discusses the benefits of fiber-rich foods, and the special role that soluble fiber plays in controlling cholesterol. Additionally, Ms. Newman offers her perspective on the continuing controversies regarding vegan diets (elimination of all animal foods), egg consumption, and saturated fats like coconut oil.

Sir Richard Branson joins UC San Diego's Steffanie Strathdee, Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga, MD, and author Jon Cohen for a discussion on the costs of criminalizing drug use on marginalized communities in Tijuana and elsewhere.

Get an overview of how bones heal and research advances that may provide new solutions. Recorded on 05/10/2016.
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