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Robotics are increasingly becoming part of our lives, providing diverse benefits. However, that same technology captures information about us. This raises intriguing questions about whether that information should be stored, with whom and when it should be shared, and if it should be shared at all. Albert ("Al") P. Pisano, Professor and Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, explains how engineers are working to not only answers these questions but create solutions that improve our quality of life.

As baby boomers age, an unprecedented number of people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The economic and social impacts will be wide reaching from cost of treatment to the effect on caregivers. Maria Carrillo, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer's Association joins Willliam Mobley. MD, PhD to discuss what can be done and how government, industry and the Alzheimer's Association are working together on larger scale trials and innovative projects. Recorded on 12/8/2016.

When a new technology makes people ill, how high does the body count have to be before protective steps are taken? Dr. Paul Blanc discusses his book "Fake Silk" that explores cellulose viscose, an industrial hazard whose egregious history ranks with those of asbestos, lead, and mercury. Recorded on 05/18/2017.

How can society prevent up to half of all cancers? Genetic testing, expanded screening, along with behavioral and lifestyle changes, may be the key. Learn how UCSF scientists are working with city leaders, community groups and other providers to increase access to proven methods of prevention screening and awareness that would reduce cancer in the Bay Area and beyond.

Lower back pain (LBP) remains the most common cause of disability and lost work time among working-age adults in industrialized countries. Find out what you can do to reduce your LBP. Recorded on 05/16/2017.

Hypothermia is a potentially dangerous drop in body temperature. If the temperature drops too low it is a medical emergency. Emergency medicine specialist Dr. Chris Colwell explains the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of hypothermia so that it can be managed as soon as possible. Recorded on 04/26/2017.

The documentary In Utero explores how experiences in utero affect our lives. Director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal and Producer Stephen Gyllenhaal are be joined by Professor Brenda Major (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB) and Professor Maya Rossin-Slater (Economics, UCSB) for a discussion moderated by Professor Maryam Kia-Keating (Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, UCSB). Recorded on 04/27/2017.

From self-described army brat to a renowned physician and scientist, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo's career success is due in part to her many interests and her ability to pursue a job in which she could thrive. Her thoughts apply to anyone committed to hard work and a balanced life, no matter the field. In this conversation with Dr. Robert Wachter, Chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine, we learn how she is helping to shape healthcare through her work both at UCSF and as the immediate past-chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, which makes evidence-based recommendations about services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

From a small town in South Carolina to joining UCSF as chair of the Department of Medicine in 1964, Lloyd "Holly" Smith helped transform UCSF into a leader in research, medical education and patient care. Dr. Smith has earned many honors and had a lasting impact on UCSF. He reflects on his career and the challenges of shaking up the status quo with Dr. Robert Wachter, Chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine. Recorded on 08/11/2017.
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