Category: Health and Medicine

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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Alzheimer’s Disease – Neuroimaging, Caregiver Concerns, and Residential Care

Continuing our in-depth look at Alzheimer’s disease, On Our Mind examines the patient experience as well as the impact of the disease on families and communities. Learn more with our newest installments:

27760Neuroimaging Advances for Alzheimer’s Disease
What insights can new imaging techniques give us not only to the biology of the disease but the efficacy of new therapies?

27760Caregiver Concerns: Wandering, Home Safety and More
Six in ten people with dementia will wander. Learn how to create a home environment that facilitates safety.

27760Residential Care and Alzheimer’s Disease
Making the residential care decision can feel overwhleming. Learn how residential care has changed and the impact of care with dignity.

The Brain Channel’s flagship series On Our Mind takes a closer look at Alzheimer’s disease. Join Dr. William Mobley as he meets with those on the front lines of this disease to discuss current and potential therapies, testing, clinical trials, neuropathology, public policy and so much more.

Watch all of the Alzheimer’s Disease programs.

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Your Medications: Making Sense of Treatments, Benefits and Risks

8232These days, medications of all kinds are being developed at an extremely fast pace. There are new treatments for everything from high cholesterol to high blood pressure, diabetes to indigestion, weight loss to male pattern baldness. Even more alarming, many of these meds, once prescription only, are available over the counter making medication use more complicated and mistakes in use more likely.

This series, Your Medications: Making Sense of Treatments, Benefits and Risks, explores how today’s healthcare providers choose, monitor, and weigh the risks and benefits of common drug therapies for you and your child.

Appropriate Antibiotic Use in the Community Setting

Anticoagulants

Weight Loss, Dietary Supplements & The Pursuit of Happiness

Adverse Drug Events in the Community

Medications in Kids

For these programs and more, visit the Your Medications series.

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Discovering New Drugs and Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease

Watch the latest Alzheimer’s Disease programs from the Brain Channel:

1761Embracing Innovation: Discovering New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease
How can we create more effective drugs for Alzheimer’s disease? Michael Jackson, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the process of turning an idea into a drug. Creating connectivity between basic scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the physicians on the front lines is a critical step as is embracing new ideas that may lead us to new therapeutic options.


1761Seeking the Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease
The biomarkers for many diseases can be found through blood tests, can Alzheimer’s disease eventually be diagnosed this way? Douglas R. Galasko, MD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the search for these biomarkers and how they might one day lead to earlier and more accurate diagnoses of the disease, improved therapies, clear maps of progression, and much more.

The Brain Channel’s flagship series On Our Mind takes a closer look at Alzheimer’s disease. Join Dr. William Mobley as he meets with those on the front lines of this disease to discuss current and potential therapies, testing, clinical trials, neuropathology, public policy and so much more.

Watch all of the Alzheimer’s Disease programs.

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When Drugs Do More Harm Than Good – Three Takeaways

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Recently published research in The American Journal of Psychiatry shows that steroid therapies can cause neuropsychiatric damage.

Commonly prescribed medications such as prednisone can lead to erratic and self-destructive behavior among patients. Dr. Lewis Judd and Dr. Sherwood Brown, two of the paper’s authors, sat down with Nick Binkley of the Diana Foundation to share their findings in-depth. Here are three great takeaways from their discussion:

• Glucocorticoid treatment is associated with a seven-fold increased risk of a suicide or suicide attempt.

• Women appear more likely to develop depression during glucocorticoid treatment while men may be at greater risk for mania, delirium, confusion or disorientation.

• Despite the prevalence and potential seriousness of adverse effects, patients are often not warned about the risks before starting treatment.

To learn more and find out how patients and doctors can work together to reduce risk factors, watch When Drugs Do More Harm Than Good: Adverse Effects of Glucocorticoids on the Brain.

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