Category: Health and Medicine

Need more vitamin D? Step outside!

8232Our growing concern for skin cancer has given sunshine a bad name. New research on the benefits of sunshine – and vitamin D in particular – indicates that it’s time to make friends with the sun, once again.

You may know that vitamin D is necessary for Calcium absorption, but according to Dr. Robert P. Heaney of Creighton University, in the absence of adequate vitamin D, none of our body systems work well.

So what’s the best way to get enough? Good old fashioned sunshine. Vitamin D produced by sun exposure lasts 2-3 times longer in your body than a supplement.

But too much sun is still bad, right? Yes. You never want to burn. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and premature aging (i.e. wrinkles). But too little can contribute to a host of medical problems including diabetes, certain types of cancer (yes!), hypertension, asthma, arthritis, and on and on.

The key is getting sun exposure in the proper “doses.” Dr. Michael F. Holick of Boston University Medical Center says that, ideally, we should be getting 5-15 minutes of sunshine on our arms and legs during the peak of the day, 2-3 times per week, followed by good sun protection.

Want to learn more about the science of vitamin D and sunshine? Then browse all of the videos in this new series, Vitamin D for Public Health, presented by GrassrootsHealth and the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Notable researchers discuss conditions affected by vitamin D, ways to improve patient outcomes, how to solve the deficiency epidemic and much more.

Then step outside for your daily dose of sunshine!

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The Kids are All Right – Adolescent Health Care

8232With middle-of-the night-feedings, toddler tantrums, and elementary school behind you it’s time to face the teen years when our children really grow into the people they will become.

Adolescence, the years from puberty to adulthood, is a time of change and intense growth – physically, emotionally and intellectually. UCSF’s Mini Medical School for the Public takes you on a journey through the teen topics of eating behavior (including obesity), smoking and substance use, adolescent development, sexual activity, depression and bullying, chronic disease, and includes an update on health care policy concerning adolescents. Come and learn from the world’s foremost physicians and researchers in their various fields of expertise concerning the younger population!

28886Adolescent Depression and Anxiety with Josephine Lau, MD
Why are mental health disorders more prevalent during adolescence? Dr. Josephine Lau, UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, looks at symptoms, prevalence and treatment of adolescent depression and anxiety.

28887How to Talk to Teens: A Developmental Approach with Carolyn Bradner Jasik, MD
Dr. Carolyn Bradner Jasik describes trends in adolescent risk‐taking behavior and the impact on health. She reviews typical adolescent development and highlights research on the developing brain, and the important role of risk taking in brain remodeling.

28888Maximizing Health Care for Underserved and Marginalized Youth with Marissa Raymond-Flesch, MD
Dr. Marissa Raymond-Flesch, UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, focuses her research on access to care for adolescents and young adults with a particular interest in improving reproductive health access for minority and border communities.

28906Eating Disorders Part 1: How to Prevent, Identify, and Intervene Early with Sara Buckelew, MD, MPH
Research shows that early detection and prompt intervention may prevent as many as two‐thirds of patients from developing a more serious eating disorder. Dr. Sara Buckelew discusses how to identify an eating disorder, early intervention and prevention.

And coming soon:

Eating Disorders Part 2: Recent Advances in Treatment with Daniel Le Grange, PhD
UCSF’s Daniel Le Grange looks at the prevalence and mortality of eating disorders. He discusses inpatient and outpatient treatment and the role of the family.

Contraceptive Choices for Teens and Young Adults: Treatment of Menstrual Issues In Addition to Birth Control with Loris Hwang, MD
Dr. Loris Hwang, UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, looks at what to consider in choosing a contraceptive method for a teen or young adult. She explains what medical conditions are treated using hormonal contraception and which methods are most effective.

Watch all of the programs in The Kids Are All Right: Adolescent Health Care.

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Find the Right Path to Your Medical Career

8232Approaches to a successful career in medicine can be many and varied.

UC San Diego Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is one such avenue highlighted in The Persistence Factor: Alternative Pathways to Your Medical Career. This informative panel discussion features four experts in medical education as well as a recent graduate of this exciting new program.

Geared toward students and working professionals who, for whatever reason, missed out on the most direct route to medical school admission, The Persistence Factor gives viewers insights into what the medical school experience is really like and offers the all-important advice on how to get there.

Watch The Persistence Factor: Alternative Pathways to Your Medical Career.

Browse other programs on The Career Channel.

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Understanding and Protecting the Planet, Enriching Human Life and Society — UC San Diego Founders Symposium 2014

8232This annual celebration of UC San Diego’s founding in 1960 highlights guest speakers showcasing the knowledge and innovation originating on this dynamic campus.

Areas of research cover various topics, from air quality and the environment, economics of energy costs and climate change, to personalized cancer treatment and big data.

The 2014 Founders Symposium features top UC San Diego faculty presenting their latest research, including:

Matthew Alford of Scripps Institution of Oceanography on “Chasing Waves: Measuring Skyscraper-High Waves Beneath the Sea and Their Importance for Submarines, Coastal Ecosystems and Climate

Eugene Pawlak from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on “Turbulence: Chicken Soup for the Coral Reef Soul

Economist Richard Carson on “China: Consumption, CO2 and Climate Change

Dr. Razelle Kurzrock of the Moores Cancer Center on “Personalized Cancer Therapy: Promise and Challenge

William Griswold of Computer Science and Engineering on “Pervasive Air-Quality Monitoring via the Crowd

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, associate dean for Informatics and Technology on “Big Data: What it Means To You

Watch this program online or browse more programs from The UC San Diego Founders’ Symposium.

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Your Eyes Are An Important Part of Your Health

8232If you want to learn about all things eye-related from nationally recognized speakers involved in one of the most active vision science programs in the country, this series is for you!

Learn more about:

How the eye works – or doesn’t

Diabetes and the impact on vision

Cataracts and the surgery to treat them

Glaucoma – the leading cause of blindness

Explore new discoveries in eye health and disease and integrative approaches to care – through the eyes of leading faculty from UCSF’s Department of Ophthalmology.

Watch Looking Ahead: Examining Eye Health and Disease.

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