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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantWorks, describes his vision for turning cancer into a chronic but controllable disease by using advanced rapid gene sequencing, supercomputing and other methods of analysis to transcend the genome to the proteome. This approach has the potential to redefine how cancer is diagnosed and to develop therapies precisely tailored to the molecular profile of a particular tumor. Dr. Soon-Shiong anticipates a revolution in drug research, development and delivery of molecularly designed cancer treatments to patients.

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.

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease - before symptoms are visible - may be a key to stopping the disease's progression. What warning signs are researchers looking for and what tools can they use? Paul Aisen, MD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss optimal assessments for diagnosing the disease, novel tools making earlier diagnosis possible, and the road map to developing drugs to slow, halt, and prevent Alzheimer's. Recorded on 7/29/2014.

Can cancer cells be killed without harming the healthy cells around them? A new clinical trial is testing that hypothesis using a virus-based treatment. Learn how vaccinia, once used to eradicate smallpox, may be the key to more effective cancer fighting tools. Dr. Loren Mell joins Dr. David Granet to discuss current research and the importance of clinical trails for cancer patients.

In the United States, there are over 60,000 new diagnoses and nearly 14,000 deaths from kidney cancer each year. Dr. Won Kim reviews the epidemiology of kidney cancer (including established risk factors), the biology and pathophysiology of kidney cancer, treatment options for localized disease, and the role of systemic therapy in the treatment of advanced, metastatic disease. He also discusses the current and future role of immunotherapy in kidney cancer. Recorded on 07/15/2014.

There were 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the US last year. The good news is that there has been 40% drop in age-adjusted prostate cancer mortality since early 1990s. Dr. Matthew Cooperberg, Associate Professor of Urology at UCSF, talks about screening, treatment and risk assessment. He also explains the concept of active surveillance. Recorded on 07/22/2014.

Robert H. Lustig MD. Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology; Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program, University of California San Francisco ; Member, Institute for Health Policy Studies Recorded on 05/20/2014.

Suzanne Phelan, PhD. Associate Professor, Kinesiology Department Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Recorded on 05/20/2014.

Elizabeth Bromley, MD, PhD, reviews recent data on burnout, depression and suicide in physicians, with particular emphasis on the work-related factors that appear to contribute to physician distress.
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