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Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are small devices making big changes in the lives of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green joins our host Dr. David Granet to explain the impact of ICDs on the heart's electrical system, the ins and outs of living with your ICD, and lowering the risk for sudden cardiac death.

Impairments in language and communication are among the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These impairments are often the first symptoms to emerge and parents may raise initial concerns about their baby, later diagnosed with ASD, because he or she fails to communicate and has not begun speaking. In this talk data is presented from two large-scale longitudinal studies that focus on the early development of language in this population: a study of infants at risk for ASD and a study of toddlers with ASD who were followed from age 2 to 4, with an emphasis on which factors predict variability in language outcomes in ASD. These studies highlight some of the behavioral, environmental, and neurobiological origins of language and communicative development in very young children with ASD.

Innovative new products have completely transformed how we prevent and treat conditions like HIV, malaria, meningitis, hepatitis, diarrheal disease, and respiratory infection, saving countless lives. And yet, the challenges to successful innovation in life sciences continue to rise. Leaders here describe what is needed to enable biomedical science to be translated into life-saving products. Speakers include Colin Boyle, Deputy Director, Global Health Sciences, UCSF; Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; John Martin, Chairman & CEO, Gilead Sciences; Bill Rutter, Chairman & CEO, Synergenics, LLC; and Tachi Yamada, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Recorded on 10/02/2014.

Dr. Susan Little of UC San Diego School of Medicine presents her research that tracks HIV infection by rapidly obtaining genetic information from those engaged in HIV healthcare. A discussion follows on privacy protections, the risks associated with the use of these data and their potential to significantly limit HIV transmission in communities. Dr. Little is presented by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in San Diego.

In his talk, Shahram Yazdani, MD, discusses the clinical effects of heavy metal and radiation exposure in children.

About 25% of reproductive-aged women have fibroids. These non-cancerous tumors are the most common reason for hysterectomies. Drs. Jeannette Lager and Margaret Kohi explore minimally invasive approaches to treating fibroids. Recorded on 03/17/2015.
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