Category: UCTV

Eating For Health (and Pleasure): The UCSF Guide to Good Nutrition

8232Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling good, having more energy, and sustaining your mental disposition. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you are not alone.

UCSF Professor of Medicine Dr. Robert Baron and Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator Katie Ferraro discuss eating healthy in this series from UCSF, Eating for Health (and Pleasure): The UCSF Guide to Good Nutrition.

8232How Do We Know What to Eat, Drink (and Take)?
Dr. Baron addresses this often perplexing question. He explains what you can do to improve your diet, as well as what supplements you should — and should NOT — be taking. You may be surprised at the evidence.

8232Dietary Guidelines: From Pyramid to Plate
65% of the world’s population live in countries where obesity kills more people than those who are underweight. Katie Ferraro, takes us through the history of the food pyramid and how to judge what to put on your plate to maintain healthy weight.

8232Dietary Fats: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Katie Ferraro explains a healthy person on 2,000 calorie diet per day should strive for 65 grams total fat, less than 20 grams saturated fat, zero grams trans fat and under 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol. Learn more about each type of fat and how to identify which is in what food.

8232Understanding Obesity
Dr. Baron explains the prevalence of obesity and trends in obesity rates, then looks at what we can do about it. He takes a look at various popular diets along with surgical and medicine options and concludes that the goal is to be as fit as possible at your current weight and prevent further weight gain, then begin weight loss.

Browse all programs in the series, Eating for Health (and Pleasure): The UCSF Guide to Good Nutrition.

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Ananya Roy Discusses Poverty

8232A billion people live under conditions of extreme poverty.

UC Berkeley Professor Ananya Roy calls them the “bottom billion,” but she sees hope. As more people become aware about the nature of poverty, the bottom billion are starting to benefit from poverty alleviation efforts and market forces reaching them. While inequality is at an historic high, Roy sees a new common sense growing around these issues which is reason for optimism.

According to Roy, it is important to develop a more relational view of poverty – that inequity is an issue for all of us, regardless of our economic standing. “I’d like us to move further from asking, how can we help the poor? to asking how’s poverty produced? and how are wealth, power, and privilege produced? When we get to that last set of questions, we’re adopting… a relational understanding of poverty. It’s about our dependencies on the labor of the poor… and how we think about ourselves and our place in the world.”

Mark Juergensmeyer, Director of the Orfalea Center at UCSB talks with Ananya Roy about her path from her upbringing in Calcutta, India to her current position as Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She is an expert in global poverty, particularly in urban centers, and shares her experiences with the undergraduate program in Global Poverty and Practice which she founded at Berkeley. As a teacher, she uses social and digital media in the classroom to engage and motivate her students. (You can watch Roy’s animated videos on poverty on GlobalPOV.)

Watch the entire interview with Ananya Roy.

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Do 4.2 Million Children Really Need Ritalin?

8232In 2011, Dr. Sanford Newmark posed an important question: Do 2.5 million children really need Ritalin?

Nearly 3 years later, the number of children taking Ritalin has risen to 4.2 million.

Dr. Newmark, head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at UCSF, specializes in the integrative and holistic treatment of children with autism and ADHD. While drugs such as Ritalin definitely serve a vital role in helping some children, he suggests that misdiagnoses, not allowing for normal variations in a child’s learning styles and abilities, and a growing “pill culture” may be causing doctors to over prescribe.

Instead, Dr. Newmark prefers an integrative approach that looks at the whole child in terms of friends, family, community, and school. In many cases, changes in diet, environment, and parental skills can have a significant positive impact on a child’s behavior – without the use of drugs.

“When we do make a diagnosis, it makes sense to explore non-pharmaceutical options before moving to psychostimulants. We have to be careful not to over diagnose ADHD and allow for many normal variations of learning styles and abilities.”

Watch Dr. Newmark in this UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presentation:

Do 4.2 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD, 2014 Update

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Playing Solomon: How Much is a Life Really Worth?

8232Placing a dollar amount on a life or an injury may sound heartless, but such is the work of Kenneth Feinberg, and very few of us envy him the job. By the time an organization calls him, the tragedy itself is oftentimes long over with. Its victims, however, remain. And it is Feinberg’s job to figure out a way to quantify their loss.

A man well-versed in tragedy, Kenneth Feinberg is the go-to attorney when it comes to compensation funds. He mediated the 1984 class action lawsuit brought by 250,000 Vietnam War veterans against the manufacturers of Agent Orange, and oversaw the compensation funds for 9/11 victims, the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Currently, Feinberg is working with General Motors to vet the claims that are now being made as a result of a defective ignition switch that has so far been blamed for at least 13 deaths. In January, Feinberg spoke with UC Hastings law professor Evan Lee about the challenges he’s faced in the UC Hastings College of the Law and California Lawyer presentation “Legally Speaking,” a series of in-depth interviews with prominent lawyers, judges, and academics.

Tune in and watch Playing Solomon: How Much is Life Really Worth? with Kenneth Feinberg

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Dirty Sexy Policy

Dirty-Sexy-PolicyDirty Sexy Policy brings together prominent scholars, attorneys, activists, regulators, and journalists to explore current challenges facing media.

Participants and speakers engage in lively discussion and debate through a moderated Q&A to explore content regulation of obscenity and indecency, structural regulation of broadband technologies, and the broader stakes that citizens and policy critics share.

Tune in for each of these shows on UCTV from the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC Santa Barbara.

Media Policy and Fetishism
Des Freedman, Professor of Media and Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking and regulation.

Communications Evolution, Revolution, and the Role of the Academy
Nicholas Johnson was the FCC Commissioner from 1966-1973. He fought for reform by battling the status quo in the broadcasting industry. He takes us from those turbulent times to these. Many of the issues are similar but there are more and different players.

The Politics of Infrastructure
From net neutrality to what broadband means, the politics of the infrastructure we rely on to move information is evolving. A panel of experts discusses the idea that everything should be delivered equally and at the same speed regardless of who is sending it. Though much of the infrastructure is invisible, it has big impacts.

Obscenity and Indecency
How are obscenity and indecency officially defined and what does it mean for the current digital age? How are policies different for adult films and why is the first amendment applied differently?

Content and Conduits
How fast is our internet and how fast could or should it be? Explore the common ground between content and infrastructure policy. What role do the media giants play and how should they be regulated?

Watch more programs from the Carsey-Wolf Center.

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