Health and Medicine
Featured This Month
Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, discusses how unique exposures in the environment (such as mouse allergens at home or school) contribute to increased cases of asthma.
Student advocates from across the UC system join the 2018 UC Global Health Day to describe efforts on their respective campuses to collaborate with faculty, campus global health groups, and each other in support of global health. Current proposed cuts to the global health budget threaten the health of communities both globally and locally. The UCGHI Advocacy Initiative helps ensure student, faculty, and community voices are heard throughout California and in Washington, D.C. by coordinating campus events and outreach to members of Congress and other elected officials.
Recorded on 04/22/2018.
The atmosphere is composed of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Other gases are present at much lower concentrations and include ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and formaldehyde just to name a few. But there is something else in the air we breathe: microscopic particles called aerosols. Vicki Grassian discusses aerosols, their many sources, and how they impact the Earth's climate and human health in ways we are just starting to understand.
There are different types of genetic influences on people's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Douglas Galasko, MD, of the UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss these genes, how they are being studied, and what being a carrier of Alzheimer's associated genes means. Learn more about penetrance and expressivity, genome-wide association studies, and more.
Across the tree of life, we can trace cancer vulnerabilities back to the origins of multicellularity. Cancer is observed in almost all multicellular phyla, including lineages leading to plants, fungi, and animals. However, species vary remarkably in their susceptibility to cancer. Amy Boddy (UCSB Integrated Anthropological Sciences Unit) discusses how this variation in cancer susceptibility is characterized by life history trade-offs, as cancer defense mechanisms are a major component of a body's maintenance. She also looks at how understanding these trade-offs in the context of evolution may help explain the variability we see in cancer susceptibility across human populations. Recorded on 07/18/2018.
Scientist Karl Wahlin is hoping to use the tiny retinas he's developed from stem cells to find a cure for blindness. Wahlin has teamed up with UC San Diego Stem Cell Program Director Alysson Muotri, who is using a similar technique to study the brain. Together, they hope to understand how the brain and the eye influence one another's development.
"I use art to start conversations about something that is serious and complex." Shaney jo Darden, Founder and Global Creative Chief of The Keep A Breast Foundation, shares her journey in the world of art and activism. As someone who has carved out a career path focused on community and compassion, she stresses the importance discovering your unique talents and finding a place for them in your everyday work. Recorded on 03/12/2019.
Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH. Stanford University
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Thuillier looks at the options to treat severe ankle pain from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to surgery including ankle replacement and ankle fusion. Recorded on 05/23/2019.
Dr. Eric Small, Professor of Medicine; Urology; and Chief, Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF. Recorded on 06/08/2019.
Disease Location and Risk Assessment: the scientific tools available to help with clinical decision making. Panelists: Peter Carroll, MD; Matt Cooperberg, MD; Felix Feng, MD; Tom Hope, MD. Recorded on 06/08/2019.