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There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. The impacts are felt not only by the patients but by their family, their caregivers, and the community at large. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss how we can better manage this disease from a public policy standpoint.

Irene Litvan, MD, FAAN, FANA, Director of UC San Diego's Movement Disorder Program, discusses the latest advances in detection and treatment of Parkinsonian Disorders including examples of her fascinating work in PSP and Parkinson's disease. She will also provide practical advice for reducing the risk of developing these disorders.

Dr. Helene Langevin explains the importance of connective tissue in the body and its link to the immune system. She talks about recent findings on the effects of stretching on inflammation and fibrosis and the the relevance of these findings to chronic pain and cancer. Langevin is the director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Researchers are using wearable cameras and location-tracking devices to observe how people behave in real life. They look at how daily behavior patterns relate to health. Some of the participants are not worried about the information captured by these wearable devices, some are. While there is an ethical framework to protect participants the challenge is how to share accumulated data with other scientists. How can we balance protecting participant privacy and advancing scientific methods, which require outsiders to repeat our analyses?

Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of one's thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and environment. Dr. Kevin Barrows, the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and a Clinical Professor at UCSF. explores mind-body medicine, with a special focus on the application of mindfulness practice in health care settings Recorded on 05/19/2016.

Chris Freise, MD Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, and Brian Lee, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine' Division of Transplantation, UCSF. Recorded on 06/03/2016.
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