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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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Confronting Climate Change

8232Rosina Bierbaum, formerly of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, shows how climate change will affect all regions and sectors of the economy, and disproportionately affect the poorest people on the planet. Therefore, improving the resilience, adaptation, and preparedness of communities must be a high priority, equal to that of achieving deep greenhouse gas reductions and rapid development and deployment of innovative technologies, as well as altered planning and management strategies in the coming decades to achieve a sustainable world.

Watch Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable, Managing the Unavoidable with Rosina Bierbaum – 2017 Keeling Memorial Lecture

To see more programs from this series, click here.

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Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind

8232Experts who have addressed cases of extraordinary human cognitive abilities, from memory to music to language, explore what understanding cognitive anomalies can tell us about the development and evolution of uniquely human mental characteristics. Enjoy these fascinating explorations with the series Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind: Lessons for Anthropogeny. This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM).

For more programs from CARTA, click here.

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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.

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