Upcoming Events: Health & Medicine
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal IconDate: Mon, August 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Part of our special series Big Solutions for Big Problems
Larry Tye, Author, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Nobody was better, half a century ago, at thinking about the biggest solutions for the problems of his age than Bobby, whether that be race riots roiling in cities across America, and especially in California; the war raging in Vietnam; or the general issue of inequality that was dividing people along lines of class, race, gender and generation.
Those issues, of course, are a mirror of those facing the country today, when RFK's message is more resonant than ever. He predicted we'd have a black president almost to the day, when no white politician dreamed of it. He talked about how our problems made us ripe for demagogues, though he'd never met Donald P. Trump but did know George Wallace better than anyone. And he offered ways out of all of that, in compelling enough terms to win the California primary and seem poised for the presidency.
What's the Big Idea?Date: Thu, August 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Finding solutions to big problems
Marty Nemko, Ph.D., Contributor, Time; Host, "Work with Marty Nemko," KALW 91.7 FM
What's the Big Idea? Some big, hard questions we all have to deal with ... and their possible answers. Health care is changing: How can we get good care when the system is likely to experience more demand, including from millions of low-pay/high-need people? The job world is also changing: Full-time benefitted, stable, well-paying jobs are being replaced by part-time/temp gigs—how can we thrive in a gig economy? Terrorism and jihad seem to only be accelerating: Now what? U.S. spending on education is near the top among developed nations, but student achievement flounders near the bottom: What to do? The U.S. government is almost $20 trillion in debt—$1.25 trillion to China—and the debt is growing: Is that sustainable? If not, what to cut? Where to raise taxes?
Dr. Marty Nemko, Time contributor, KALW host and author of eight books, including What's the Big Idea? 39 Reinventions for a Better Society, will address these issues.
Navigating the Health Care CrisisDate: Wed, September 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
John Dearborn, M.D.
The United States is in the midst of a crisis in health care. With the many advances in biomedical technology and pharmacology, fueled by research in academia and industry, we have never been better cared-for and are enjoying longer productive lives. But the growing cost of delivering that care, especially for an aging population, has us in the middle of a battle between the health-care delivery system and third-party payers, including Medicare. Premiums have soared, and coverage has waned to keep the insurers in the black, but Medicare has been badly underfunded for decades.
Can physicians and hospitals strike a balance between high-quality care and cost that will ease the strain on our wallets yet still keep us healthy and active? This has been the focus in the joint-replacement realm at Washington Hospital in Fremont for nearly 20 years, and the results have been astounding.
Being Well While DyingDate: Mon, September 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Ira Byock, M.D., Palliative Care Physician; Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Institute for Human Caring, Providence Health and Services; Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth
Americans tend to consider illness and dying as fundamentally medical problems. Doctors and nurses focus their attention on alleviating suffering at end of life. But though suffering is undeniably part of illness and dying, with good palliative care many people retain a capacity for subjective well-being through the end of their lives. Dr. Byock will explore the surprising possibility of contentment and joy in dying and the implications for our understanding of full and healthy living.
A renowned author, Dr. Byock has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered," CBS "60 Minutes," "Fox and Friends," and PBS "The News Hour."
Mind over Genes: Heredity Is not Destiny—The Science of EpigeneticsDate: Thu, October 27, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Stem Cell Biology Pioneer; Best-selling Author, The Biology of Belief
A renaissance in science is creating a genuine revolution in thought and understanding, one so radical that it is changing the world. The frontier science of epigenetics reveals that we are not victims of our genes but instead have unlimited capacity to live a life overflowing with peace, health and happiness.
Cell biologist and bestselling author Bruce H. Lipton will take you on a fast-paced journey from the microcosm of the cell to the macrocosm of the mind. This informative and self-empowering presentation on the mechanics of the mind-body interaction explores his views of how our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs create the conditions of our body and our place in the world. He has designed this presentation to inspire your spirit, engage your mind and empower you to become the master of your fate rather than the "victim" of your heredity.
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech WorldDate: Thu, November 03, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab and the Gazzaley Lab; Co-founder and Chief Science Advisor, Akili Interactive; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, JAZZ Venture Partners; Co-author, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
We are living in extraordinary times. Rapid advances in information technology continuously transform our lives in countless ways. But we are now aware that our increasingly information-saturated world, coupled with growing expectations of constant availability and immediate responsiveness, can place excessive demands on our brains. The consequences can include detrimental effects on our safety, education, workplace and relationships with family and friends. Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the study of how our brains process information, will take us on a journey into how and why we struggle with interruptions and distractions that emerge from both our inner and outer worlds.
He will present a unique evolutionary perspective that the very essence of what has evolved in our brains to make us most human—our ability to set high-level goals —collides head-first with our brain’s fundamental limitations in cognitive control. He will conclude by offering practical strategies for modifying our behavior, as well as sharing his lab's latest innovations in enhancing our brain's function, so that we can better survive and thrive in the information age.
Better End-of-Life Care: Using Video and Story to Aid DecisionsDate: Tue, November 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Making better end-of-life decisions
Angelo Volandes, M.D., Faculty Member, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Why do so many Americans die in ways they say they don’t want, suffering and tethered to machines? When Harvard physician Dr. Angelo Volandes had trouble explaining to his dying patient the possible consequences of her treatment options, he walked her down to the ICU. She immediately understood where her decision might lead, and it changed her outlook. Since then, Dr. Volandes has created dozens of powerful videos to support advance care planning and facilitate difficult conversations about end-of-life care. His ground-breaking work has attracted support from the NIH and private foundations, and his efforts have helped thousands of clinicians, patients and families have “the conversation.”
Dr. Volandes’ efforts have demonstrated the power of stories and video in helping patients make decisions that reflect their preferences and values. He has applied his approach to large health-care systems and entire states, and his work has been translated into multiple languages. His presentation will include excerpts from several videos as well as from his recent book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.