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Millions have watched Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube videos on the role sugar plays in obesity. In this compilation of the popular YouTube series "The Skinny on Obesity," Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues dig deeper into the root causes of the obesity epidemic. Discover why what we eat is as important as how much we eat. Understand the effects of stress on obesity rates, and why some predict that the next generation will die younger than the current one due to obesity and the many health problems it causes.

Sandra Encalada describes her work that interfaces the fields of cell biology, genetics and biochemistry in understanding the role of cellular motor-based transport in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Can we turn off the genes responsible for neurodegenerative diseases? Designer DNA drugs are making this possible. By identifying and targeting the genes that drive disease, scientists are moving closer to treatments for ALS, Huntington's disease, and more. Don W. Cleveland, PhD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to talk about how these drugs work and how they will impact patient care.

Why do we sleep and how does it affect our bodies? Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP, FAASM shares how you can get better sleep and how sleep changes as we age.

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.

Dr. Rebecca Berman was recently recruited to UCSF to direct the internal medicine residency program, generally considered to be one of the nation's finest. Dr. Berman comes to UCSF from Harvard, where she directed the primary care residency program at Brigham & Womens Hospital. In the interview, Dr. Berman discusses her upbringing, her longstanding commitment to social justice and health equity, her approach to mentoring and career development, and her view of how medical training needs to evolve to meet the needs of our trainees and patients. Recorded on 11/26/2018.

Danielle Brandman, MD, MAS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, UCSF and Chris Freise MD, Professor of Surgery
Interim Chief, Division of Transplantation from UCSF. Recorded on 11/16/2018.

More than 5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050, without prevention or cure. By 2060, the number of Latinos in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease is projected to increase 832 percent — from 379,000 in 2012, to more than 3.5 million. Find out what UC San Diego is doing to both serve this community and catalyze the research careers of investigators from underrepresented groups.

Cancer becomes highly dangerous when it spreads from its original site to a different vital organ. These secondary tumors called metastases are what kill most patients. Despite hundreds of years of research, it is not understood why, where, and how cancer spreads to organs like the brain. Lawrence Livermore Lab scientist describes how they bring together cancer biology, 3D printing and material science, to understand and hopefully prevent metastases in the future. Recorded on 02/16/2019.

Alysson Muotri and Catriona Jamieson discuss how cutting-edge stem-cell-based cures will reach patients through California's network of Alpha Clinics.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jeff Barry goes over the basics of hip and knee replacement and what's improved over the last decade. Recorded on 05/30/2019.

Dr. Susan Love has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. Here she describes the amazing human breast and why we need to understand it in order to prevent breast cancer. She talks about the anatomy of the human breast and the milk ducts. Recorded on 05/15/2019.

A growing number of couples are fulfilling their dream of having a child with the help of fertility treatment. Dr. Heribert Kentenich talks about the state of modern reproductive health. Also: Some tips to encourage you to exercise more, and the eating disorder orthorexia.
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