Health & Medicine

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Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist.

Tue, Feb 9 2010 - 6:00pm

Danger to Self: Life on the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist

Paul Linde, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine

What happens behind closed doors in an urban psychiatric ER? What medical, psychiatric and social problems does a front line psychiatrist confront? Linde sheds light on this place, highlighting the history, politics, finance and ethics of society’s current involuntary commitment laws. Read more »

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Your Brain's Function and IQ: How Do We Improve Cognition, Mood, and Focus

Tue, Jan 19 2010 - 6:00pm

Your Brain's Function and IQ: How Do We Improve Cognition, Mood and Focus (as well as Developmental Disorders) Using Scientific Tests and Holistic Therapies?

Adiel Tel-Oren, M.D., Founder and President, Ecopolitan Eco-Health Network

Is your brain functioning optimally, as well as it used to? Would you like to keep it that way? Read more »

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Change and Transformation: Participating in the Emergence of New Worldviews

Thu, Jan 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Change and Transformation: Participating in the Emergence of New Worldviews

Marilyn Schlitz, President & CEO, Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences studies consciousness transformation, seeking guideposts that help us navigate our individual and collective responses to change. They have explored world traditions, identifying both diverse and perennial themes that shape our experiences and promote health and healing. Schlitz will explain her work and tackle some questions: What is consciousness transformation? Read more »

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Enhance Your Mind, Mood, Energy... and Longevity

Fri, Dec 4 2009 - 12:00pm

Enhance Your Mind, Mood, Energy… and Longevity

Hyla Cass, M.D., Author; Integrative Medical Practitioner

Tired? Stressed? Depressed? Frustrated with your doctors? Cass will discuss how we can take charge of our own health, energy and well-being. Caffeine, alcohol and other unhealthy mood-altering substances create dependencies that impede our ability to stay healthy. Read more »

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Distraction and Multitasking in the Modern Media World

Wed, Dec 2 2009 - 6:00pm

Distraction and Multitasking in the Modern Media World

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF

Our brains, despite extraordinary complexity and remarkable capabilities, have distinct limitations – we misplace car keys, we confuse names, we forget phone numbers. Read more »

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David Blumenthal: How Technology Can Improve Health Care

Fri, Nov 13 2009 - 12:00pm

David Blumenthal: How Technology Can Improve Health Care

This program has been postponed

David Blumenthal, National Coordinator, Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services

Sarah Varney, KQED Reporter, The California Report and Health Dialogues - Moderator

Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) in February. Read more »

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Prevention of Osteoporosis

Wed, Nov 4 2009 - 12:00pm

Michael Castleman: Prevention of Osteoporosis

Science Writer; Co-author, Building Bone Vitality

For 30 years, health authorities have insisted that calcium is the key to bone health, but during that period, fracture rates have increased. In addition, the countries that consume the most calcium have the highest rates of osteoporotic fractures. What does this mean? Noted San Francisco health journalist Castleman and nutritionist Amy Lanou, Ph.D., analyzed 1,200 studies of diet and osteoporosis risk and concluded that calcium is not the answer. Read more »

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Doing Well by Doing Good: Life Science in the 21st Century

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 6:00pm

Doing Well by Doing Good: Life Science in the 21st Century

Bill Greene, Director, MPM Capital

At the dawn of the biotech era, investing in “new biology” was all about the tools of science and the promise of turning genes intro drugs. Now, more than 30 years later, there are over 300 biotech companies and several blockbuster drugs have been developed from their efforts. But what has made a real difference in these achievements? Read more »

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Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

Wed, Oct 14 2009 - 4:00pm

Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

This program is cancelled

Gary Taubes, Author, Good Calories, Bad Calories

Common sense tells us that we get fat because we eat more calories than we expend. So why does eating less and exercising more not always work? German and Austrian researchers have suggested that we should consider obesity a disorder of excess fat accumulation and pay attention to the hormones and enzymes that regulate our fat tissue. Read more »

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The Jungle Effect

Wed, Oct 14 2009 - 6:00pm

The Jungle Effect

Note new date! This program is now occurring on October 14 at 6 p.m.

Daphne Miller, M.D., Associate Professor, UCSF

Food is a powerful medicine, and what you eat and how can tell a lot more about your health than the supplements you take. Over the span of three years and tens of thousands of miles, Miller traveled to five locations where common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and depression were rare. Read more »

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