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Humans are each home to trillions of microbes that have a widespread impact on our physiology and predisposition to disease. Peter Turnbaugh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF, explains. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Immune cells are the body's natural way of attacking infections and other invading pathogens. However, since cancer is not foreign (tumors are mutated versions of the body's own cells), immune cells do not attack most cancer cells. Find out how scientists are using immune proteins to mobilize immune cells to fight cancer with Michael Fischbach and Kole Roybal.

Hollis King and Michael Kurisu, both osteopathic physicians (DO's) at UC San Diego, describe how osteopathy is a hands-on medical treatment that focuses on the structure and function of the whole body, not just symptoms of disease or pain. As they explain to host Paul J. Mills, doctors of osteopathy learn the same curriculum as traditional medical students, but they approach their patients with a more integrative philosophy of healthcare.

All healthcare systems must strike a delicate balance between cost, quality and access. Though Obamacare focused largely on increasing access to coverage and spreading the cost of illness across the entire population, Trumpcare tips the balance largely in favor of reducing federal spending, at the risk of destabilizing insurance markets and increasing costs for older and sicker individuals. What would it take to create a healthcare system that would provide future generations with accessible, affordable care? Can this be done while also covering the sick and the underserved? Join the conversation with a panel of government, policy and legal experts. Recorded on 08/03/2017.

In discussing his new book, "Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs For Your Child's Developing Immune System," author and UC San Diego Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering Rob Knight explains how the microbiome works and offers guidance for parents on boosting their children's health. Knight is presented by the Library Channel at UC San Diego. Recorded on 10/24/2017.

About one in eight households are food insecure, meaning that they have uncertain access to adequate food. UCSF's Dr. Hilary Seligman. a nationally recognized expert in food insecurity, discusses its health implications across the life course, the economic implications and what policy change is needed. Recorded on 11/28/2017.

Key presentations on research models in integrative medicine feature the use of functional MRI to track changes in the brain during meditation; measuring the effect of intense meditation retreats on the telomeres of participants; and the coevolution of traditional medicine and modern biomedical research. Speakers Thomas Liu of UC San Diego and Clifford Saron of UC Davis joined James Nettles of Emory University as part of the Tibetan Medicine Conference on Mind-Body Health held at Harvard in October, 2017. Recorded on 10/06/2017.
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