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Alzheimer’s: The Long and Costly Goodbye

In the first episode of UCTV Prime’s new series “Heartache & Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” top UCLA researchers offer a startling overview of just how much the country– and the world–will be affected in the coming years by the disease. With a diagnosis every 68 seconds and an annual cost of $1.2 trillion projected by 2050, finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is more important than ever.

The episode also offers an intimate look into the lives of several brave patients diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones charged with caring for them as their memory deteriorates. These disarmingly frank interviews, including conversations with Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan, and TV personality Leeza Gibbons, both of whom lost a parent to the disease, add a personal, even hopeful, dimension to the Alzheimer’s story.

Watch “Alzheimer’s Long and Costly Goodbye” and stay tuned September 25 for the premiere of part two, “Alzheimer’s Diagnosis & Clinical Trials.” In the meantime, check out the “Heartache & Hope” website for links to additional resources and information.

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Heartache & Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic

As Baby Boomers become senior citizens, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are on track to reach epidemic proportions, with a new diagnosis every 68 seconds and an annual cost of $1.2 trillion projected by 2050, not to mention the psychological toll on family members caring for their loved ones.

Premiering September 18, UCTV Prime’s original series “Heartache and Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic,”  reveals what it’s like for patients and families living with this devastating disease and how UCLA researchers are leading the charge to slow its progress and, eventually, find a cure.

With 50% of primary caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients at risk of severe clinical depression, UCLA is working with local organizations and community leaders to establish caregiver support groups and connect caregivers to community resource centers. “Heartache and Hope” profiles several, including one established by Patti Davis, daughter of President Ronald Reagan, and another by television personality Leeza Gibbons, who lost her mother to the disease. Both women are featured in the series.

Researchers at UCLA and beyond are moving fast to understand Alzheimer’s disease and develop effective treatments. “Heartache and Hope” includes interviews with top UCLA researchers and their patients involved in the latest clinical trials, some of which demonstrate promising results.

You won’t want to miss this powerful, three-part series premiering September 18 on UCTV Prime’s YouTube channel and website, with new episodes every Tuesday through October 2. In the meantime, watch the trailer and spread the word!

 

 

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Can Computers Learn from Children?

When it comes to pretend play, toddlers and young children are experts. But mini-scientists? That seems like a stretch.

Not according to researchers at UC Berkeley who are studying children’s behavior during playtime in an effort to crack the code inside their heads that makes them little “learning machines” capable of hypothesizing, experimenting and thinking outside the box — all valuable skills in a scientist as well as, researchers hope, computers of the future.

The latest episode of “UCTV Prime: Cuts” introduces you to the cutest research subjects you’ll ever meet.

“Prime: Cuts – Can Computers Learn from Children?”

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UCTV to Live Stream Dalai Lama’s San Diego Visit, April 18 & 19

The Dalai Lama is coming to UCTV’s hometown, San Diego, for a whirlwind tour that includes four appearances in just two days, April 18 and 19.

The public events sold out in no time, so we’re thrilled to give our viewers front row seats through our live stream. Then, in May and June, we will broadcast and post online his public appearances at UC San Diego and University of San Diego, as well as an invitation-only event held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. So basically, you’re in!

Here are the details:

The Dalai Lama in San Diego on UCTV
Live Stream at http://www.uctv.tv/dalai-lama

April 18 (all times Pacific)
9:30am  ”The Global Impact of Climate Change:  Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama” (UC San Diego)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins esteemed scientists Richard Somerville and Veerabhadran Ramanathan at UC San Diego to discuss the need for humanitarian values and universal responsibility in responding to the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems.

1:30pm  “The Dalai Lama: Cultivating Peace and Justice” (USD)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues his “Compassion without Borders” tour in San Diego with a public lecture at the University of San Diego addressing escalating violence among nations and alternatives that emphasize shared human values across societies.

April 19
9:30am  ”Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times” (SDSU)

The public lecture at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena provides an opportunity for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to share his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today’s society. Through the teachings of His Holiness, more than 12,000 attendees will learn how to open their minds and approach their daily struggles with patience and virtue.

Broadcasting and online in May & June
(Additional broadcast dates/times at the links)

May 23 at 8pm
The Dalai Lama: Cultivating Peace and Justice (USD)

May 30 at 8pm
Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind:  A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Consciousness and Compassion (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama engages with Larry Hinman of the University of San Diego, V.S. Ramachandran of UC San Diego and Jennifer Thomas of San Diego State University in a scientific and philosophical discussion of human consciousness.

June 6 at 8pm
The Global Impact of Climate Change:  Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama (UC San Diego)

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In UC Berkeley Lab, Mind-Reading is Real

Mind reading video reconstruction from lab of Jack Gallant, UC Berkeley neuroscientist

The latest episode of  “Prime: Cuts” could easily be the premise of a Hollywood science fiction movie. Except this science is real, and it’s happening at UC Berkeley.

Neuroscientist Jack Gallant and his team have done what many thought impossible – literally read someone’s mind.

Using advanced brain imaging, researchers can now track what a subject’s brain sees while watching a movie and translate it from the mind to digital video. Talk about someone getting inside someone’s head!

Watch “Prime: Cuts – Vision Reconstruction” and see how they did it. It’s amazing stuff.

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