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UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute's Larry Smarr, noted authority in information technology and high-performance computing hosts a discussion with UC San Diego's Rob Knight, leading expert on microbiomes and bioinformatics who is widely renowned for his early and innovative investigations of the symbiotic relationships between microbial life and humans, about how the unique cyberinfrastructure resources for Big Data at UC San Diego will drive applications in the new frontier of microbiome research.

Approximately 1 million Americans currently live with Parkinson's disease. Irene Litvan, MD joins our host William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the latest advances in PD research. Learn about the progression of the disease, early warning signs, and promising new therapies currently in development.

Interest in the human microbiome has moved quickly from frontier science to public awareness. Larry Smarr, Director of CalIT2 at UC San Diego, describes the ways he uses technology to gather body data to track his internal biomarkers and how microbiome research is blossoming at UC San Diego. Recorded on 01/20/2016.

What is autism and how can we treat it? Karen Piece, PhD, co-director of the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to define autism and share current research. Learn about the importance of early detection, creating standardized screenings, the search for diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, and what parents and pediatricians can do to help children with autism.

Todd P. Coleman of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering discusses multi-disciplinary efforts to develop noninvasive tools to monitor health status. He shares novel ways of interpreting the collected data for prediction, diagnosis, and prevention of disease, with a particular focus on chronic disease management and healthy aging, as well as the ethics of data collection, privacy, and assessment methods.

Osteoporosis compromises your bone strength - increasing your risk of fractures. Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Health System explains how osteoporosis is diagnosed, its secondary causes, as well as treatment and prevention options.

Moderator: Dr. Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, UCSF. Panelists: Dr. Atul Butte, Dr. Michael Hogarth, Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, Dr. Michael Pfeffer

Substances that might seem innocent can be toxic. Dr. Kent Olson is the Medical Director of the San Francisco Poison Control System. He helps us understand when plants and fungi can be toxic and how to avoid misbegotten uses of herbal medications. Recorded on 03/15/2017.

Medical oncologist Daniel Vicario, co-founder of the San Diego Cancer Center, talks about his pioneering research in integrating Western medicine with ancient healing techniques as he develops comprehensive treatment plans for his patients. In this conversation with Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego, Dr. Vicario gives examples of treatments that have led to a decrease in symptoms, fewer doctor visits and a higher quality of life for those who are responsive to holistic cancer care. Recorded on 03/22/2017.

Gregory L. Moneta, MD. Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, Oregon Health and Sciences University. Recorded on 04/06/2017.

Treating depression can be a slow process. Even after pinpointing the correct medication, it can still take weeks to take effect. Abraham A. Palmer, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego joins our host Dr. David Granet to discuss his work uncovering of the molecular and cellular underpinnings of depression. Dr. Palmer and his team are exploring how inhibiting the Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) enzyme can reduce signs of depression. He explains the science behind the discovery and the implications for new, faster-acting treatments.

Orthopedic clinical specialist Wendy Katzman looks at avoiding fractures in older age with a focus on skeletal health. Recorded on 05/30/2017.

If you are hiking, skiing, climbing or just visiting at altitude higher than 8,000 feet you may experience altitude sickness. Emergency Medicine specialist Dr. Chris Colwell covers the symptoms and what you should do if you show any of the signs. Recorded on 04/26/2017.

Dr. Andi Tenner, UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine, explores how to keep yourself and others safe and healthy in remote settings where medical care may be scarce. Tenner discusses some common diseases and offers prevention and treatment tips. Recorded on 05/03/2017.

Coral, sea urchins, venomous fish, and stingrays can all inject venom into their targets causing pain and wounds that must be treated. Dr. Dan Repplinger explains how to recognize and treat these injuries. Recorded on 05/10/2017.

Yoga is good for the body and soul. But practicing it does hold certain risks. Also: Modern treatments for spider veins, the best ways to cope with constipation and why adults can need surgery to combat tonsillitis.
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