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Dr. Hannah Valentine is a cardiologist whose research has focused on improving the management of heart-transplant patients. She is a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Transplantation Genomics at the National Institutes of Health.

The scientific evidence that good nutrition and physical activity are foundations of health and disease prevention is stronger than ever. Americans, however, are too often not living the way science says is best. UC San Diego School of Medicine associate professor Cheryl Anderson looks at diet-related disease prevention. Recorded on 02/10/2016.

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?

Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.

Rupert Spira, author of "The Transparency of Things," speaks here with Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego about the concept of non-duality, or advaita. They explore the idea that there is no separation between the self and the universe -- and how understanding this basic truth will lead to greater wellbeing.

Dr. Alex Smith is a clinician-researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. Recorded on 11/08/2016.
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