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There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. The impacts are felt not only by the patients but by their family, their caregivers, and the community at large. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss how we can better manage this disease from a public policy standpoint.

Six in ten people with dementia will wander. Hear about the programs that are available to help bring them home safe. Linda Cho, executive director of Stellar care, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the problem of wandering and how to create a home environment that facilitates safety and comfort.

As we grow older, we often become concerned about our memory. Dr. Ramin Motarjemi, Assistant Professor of Medicine and geriatrician at UCSD, will speak about memory changes that can occur with age and address common concerns. He will also discuss when to seek assistance, along with providing tips for keeping your memory sharp. Recorded on 7/15/2015.

A profile of Diane Havlir, MD and her work in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, from co-founding the much admired Getting to Zero consortium in San Francisco to her Sustainable East African Research on Community Health (SEARCH) study in a fishing village in Kenya. Both efforts include the three pillars that are central to stopping the epidemic preventing HIV infection with PrEP, testing and treating people immediately upon diagnosis of HIV, and retaining people in HIV care.

Researchers are using wearable cameras and location-tracking devices to observe how people behave in real life. They look at how daily behavior patterns relate to health. Some of the participants are not worried about the information captured by these wearable devices, some are. While there is an ethical framework to protect participants the challenge is how to share accumulated data with other scientists. How can we balance protecting participant privacy and advancing scientific methods, which require outsiders to repeat our analyses?

Dr. Lawrence Poree looks at alternatives to opioid pain medication. Might technology hold the key to reducing opioid use? Recorded on 02/25/2016.

Each year in the United States, firearm violence results in approximately 30,000 deaths and 75,000 nonfatal injuries to patients seen in hospital emergency departments. Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and UC Davis, discusses new research on the epidemiology of firearm violence, including mass shootings. Then, Dr. Amy Barnhorst explores the relationship between mental illness and firearm violence, and discusses firearm legislation that is aimed at people with mental illnesses. Recorded on 05/03/2016.

The treatment of bone fractures has changed a great deal from the days of plaster casts. See what tools are available to doctors now to help bones mend. Recorded on 05/17/2016.

For the past three decades the largest family in the world with a genetic form of Alzheimer's disease has been tracked. This extended family of some 5,000 individuals live in Antioquia, Colombia among a people who call themselves Paisa. Passing relentlessly through the generations with 100% penetrance is a mutation that causes early onset Alzheimer's disease in its carriers. Dr. Kenneth Kosik explains that the mutation in the Americas likely originated from a Spanish conquistador whose progeny are the members of the family we see today. Recently, interest in the family has grown because they are now participating in a clinical trial intended to delay the onset of the disease. Recorded on 06/30/2016.
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