Category Archives: Health and Medicine

Move Better, Feel Better

8232If you’re in pain, surgery may not be your only option. Many conditions, such as low back pain, dizziness, and osteoarthritis have been shown to respond as well or better to physical therapy than medications or surgery. Physical therapy often complements these interventions and offers far fewer side effects.

Learn how physical therapists develop treatment plans and implement techniques that improve movement, reduce pain, restore function, and help prevent future injury in individuals of all ages and in many settings. Taught by experts from the UCSF Faculty Practice in Physical Therapy, this new series highlights the wide variety of medical conditions that physical therapists can effectively treat using the latest research and proven approaches.

Train the Brain: Exploring the Brain-Body Connection in Neurological Rehabilitation: UCSF Physical Therapists Catherine Printz and Monika Patel explore neurological physical therapy.

When Your World Spins Out of Control: How Your Inner Ear and Brain Work Together for Perception, Balance, and Movement: UCSF Physical Therapists explore the how the inner ear works with the brain in an effort to help patients with perception, balance and movement.

Getting Under Your Skin: The Role of Fascia in Movement and Function: Fascia, or connective tissue, helps muscles communicate. See how to keep this important part of your body supple to improve your mobility and decrease pain.

Back to Basics: Guidelines For a Healthy Spine: Lower back pain (LBP) remains the most common cause of disability and lost work time among working-age adults in industrialized countries. Find out what you can do to reduce your LBP.

Rebooting Pelvic Health: Staying Continent and Pain-Free: Pelvic floor dysfunction physical therapists provide tips for maintaining pelvic health to stay continent and pain-free.

“Too Fit to Fracture”: Guidelines for Skeletal Health and Aging: Orthopedic clinical specialist Wendy Katzman looks at avoiding fractures in older age with a focus on skeletal health.

Explore more programs in Move Better, Feel Better: What Can Physical Therapy Do For You?

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Aicardi-Goutieres: A Rare Disorder, A Unique Look into the Brain

8232Using brains-in-a-dish (cortical organoids), the Muotri Lab at UC San Diego has developed a new treatment for Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome. This study not only identified the underlying mechanisms that drive AGS but has also led to surprising revelations about neuroinflammation. Learn how they repurposed HIV antiretroviral drugs to rescue mutated cells and what this research means for studying other neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Watch: Reconstructing the Brain in a Dish: Emergence of Neuroinflammation from Retrotransposons

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Neurotransmitter Switching

8232If a neuron has sustained activity over a long period of time (visual stimulus, stress, etc.) it can change the type of neurotransmitter that it makes. This gives our neurons many languages to communicate with and makes our brain more adaptable. Nick Spitzer explains this neurotransmitter switching and how that process impacts our physical abilities, disease processes, and more.

Watch Neuroplasticity: Our Adaptable Brain with Nick Spitzer.

Click here for more programs from the Brain Channel.

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Healthy Bones & Joints

8232Bone and joint problems are among the most common medical maladies, affecting more than 1.7 billion people worldwide. Whether it’s due to an accident or fall, a workplace, sports, and war-related injury, or caused by disease, one out of every two Americans head to the physician’s office seeking help for musculoskeletal problems.

In this new Mini Medical School series from UC San Francisco, Bones and Joints: Injury, Repair and Keeping Them Healthy, you’ll learn more about common issues in bone and joint injuries, and get an in-depth glimpse at what’s being done to improve patient care and outcomes.

Pain Management: Explore pain management options for the common orthopaedic conditions of low back pain and knee osteoarthritis.

The Skeleton: The skeleton is remarkably engineered to provide structural support, protect vital parts and facilitate movement. Discover bone biomechanics and how we can leverage the properties of bone to better engineer skeletal repair.

Trauma: Learn about trauma and bone injuries in North America and internationally. See what research is being done to improve care of patients with bone injuries.

Diabetes: Diabetes complications include limb disorders. Find out about preventative measures for diabetic foot care, and diabetic amputation.

Spine, Neck and Lower Back Injuries: Doctors from UCSF department of Orthopaedic Surgery look at injuries to the spine, neck and lower back.

A Look Inside the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute: Meet some of the of UCSF Orthopaedic Department surgeons, as they review the educational programs, basic research, clinical research and outreach programs at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Explore all episodes of Bones and Joints: Injury, Repair and Keeping Them Healthy.

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Winning The War On Women’s Cancer

8232Gynecologic cancer can be a devastating disease that either directly or indirectly affects nearly every person in our society. Learn about recent discoveries and advances that are not just changing our understanding of these cancers but also creating more effective treatments.

Winning the War on Women’s Cancer – Introduction to Women’s Cancers
Learn about the risk factors, prevention, and treatment of gynecologic cancers: ovarian cancer, uterine (endometrial) cancer, and cervical cancer.

Genetics of Gynecologic Cancers
Find out what you need to know to make the best decisions about managing complex genetic information.

Gynecologic Cancer Surgery
Preoperative procedures for surgeries such as hysterectomy and ovarian cancer surgery.

Gynecologic Cancer Prevention
Learn about the risk factors, symptoms and prevention of cancers such as ovarian, uterine, and cervical.

Gynecologic Cancer Treatment
Explore treatments, other than surgery, to treat gynecologic cancer: radiation, cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted treatments, and immunotherapy.

Sexual Health & Survivorship of Gynecologic Cancer
Surviving gynecologic cancer means follow-up care and regaining sexual health. Learn how often to be seen and what tests are needed.

Click here to watch the whole series from UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public.

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