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Investigating Medical Mysteries

765Have you ever wanted to be a detective and solve mysteries, conundrums, and enigmas? UCSF Medical Mysteries, explains how physicians at UCSF are like detectives using their knowledge, deductive reasoning, and data gathering skills to diagnose strange illnesses, rare diseases, new infections and unexpected poisonings. Climb inside the mind of these medical detectives and see how it works – how they obtain clues, synthesize data to formulate a hypothesis, and select and interpret their tests based on these hypotheses.

25800The discipline and practice of medicine has a very unique way of approaching problems. Doctors use a mix of experience, intuition, evidence, and even chance to inform their clinical conclusions and decisions. In the emergency room, these decisions are being made rapidly, often with tremendous amounts of uncertainty when a lot is on the line. In Inside the Mind of a Medical Detective, Dr. Jahan Fahimi explores the basis for those decisions, highlighting the sophisticated mechanisms that help doctors get it right, as well as the pitfalls and distractions that lead them astray.

25799The series kicks off with Genetic Mysteries: FOP – When Bodies Turn to Bone, which spotlights Dr. Joseph A. Kitterman, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCSF. Dr. Kitterman explores Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a rare horrific genetic condition with an incidence rate of 1 in 2 million. In FOP, skeletal muscle, tendons, and ligaments undergo endochondral ossification in episodes known as flare-ups that lead to progressive permanent loss of range motion in joints.

Most people with FOP are initially given erroneous diagnoses, often leading to inappropriate treatment with permanent complications. Currently, there is no effective treatment, but recent research suggests there will be a clinical trial of treatment in the relatively near future.

Look out for more medical mysteries here. >> UCSF Medical Mysteries

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Foundations for Future Health Care Providers: Pharmacology

Have you always dreamed about being a doctor? Maybe you find the way the body works really fascinating or you feel compelled to help others.

Well, we’ve got a series for you! Foundations for Future Health Care Providers gives you a sneak peek at your first year at medical school with these videos from faculty at UCSF.

Medical school can be tough, but you can get ahead of the curve with these programs designed to teach you the fundamental concepts of medicine including the basics of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

In “Pharmacology: Bugs and Drugs, Part 1,” Marieke Kruidering Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF, talks about the diminished effectiveness of antibiotics as infectious bacteria become increasingly resistant to them.

One cause may be that people don’t always finish all of the prescribed drug — they feel better and don’t think they need to keep taking the antibiotic. Although the symptoms of the infection are gone, some bacteria remain and by not completing that antibiotic, people allow those remaining bacteria to survive. Those remaining bacteria multiply, thereby creating a strain of bacteria that is able to survive the treatment of antibiotics.

See what else Kruidering Hall has to say about the way antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal drugs work differently within the body, in “Pharmacology: Bugs and Drugs, Part 1.”

Explore other videos in the Foundations for Future Health Care Providers series!

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Foundations for Future Health Care Providers: Immunology 101

As much as we try to improve our health with exercise, a balanced diet, and good hygiene, our well being is largely determined by the immune system.

Learn about this complex coordination of organs from immunology expert, Katherine Gundling, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Allergy and Immunology at UCSF, and Practice Chief of the Allergy/Immunology clinic at Moffitt Hospital.

She explains that our immune system is responsible for combating external threats, like viruses or physical injuries, and internal threats, such as cancer. But, before our immune system can protect us from these threats, it must regulate functions within the body to determine whether such entrants and occurrences are friend or foe.

Sometimes our immune systems make mistakes and react negatively to things that aren’t really so harmful, such as cat dander, causing allergies. But more severe dysfunctions of the immune system, like a primary immune disorder, can have more devastating effects. Watch “Immunology 101: The Basics and Introduction to our Patient” to meet Elizabeth, a patient with a primary immune disorder, and see how this disorder can teach us about the way a healthy immune system functions.

See what else you can learn about the body in this new UCSF Osher Mini Medical School series, Foundations for Future Health Care Providers .

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Urological Conditions and Cycling: Is Cycling Safe?

There have been frightful rumors about cycling and urological conditions, particularly one spread in the late 90′s directly attributing erectile dysfunction and male impotency to cycling.

In the latest episode of the Medicine of Cycling series, Dr. Peter Carroll, Chair of the UCSF Department of Urology shares his knowledge with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to bust some myths about the urological dangers of riding bikes.

Now they’re not all myths. It is possible to acquire organ damage in falls and collisions with harmful results to the genitalia and kidneys. Carroll explains that most commonly these injuries in men come from the bike seat or the handle bars, while in women most bike injuries are a result of striking the top tube.

Watch “Urological Conditions and Cycling: Is Cycling Safe?” to find out the truth behind these cycling myths and hear Carroll’s recommendations for safe biking.

See what else there is to learn about bike safety in the Medicine of Cycling series.

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New Mini Med School Series! Medicine of Cycling

Bicycles were first invented for transportation almost 200 years ago, but since then we have created many models of bikes and many modes of cycling, from mountain biking to racing in a velodrome. The Medicine of Cycling series addresses concerns of all types of cyclists, calling on professionals from a diverse array of disciplines to give advice on things from bike safety to finding the right bike for you.

The first episode in the series covers the various injuries that people suffer from riding bicycles and what is the best treatment. Dr. Kristin Wingfield, team physician for EXERGY 2012/16 women’s pro cycling team, visits the UCSF Osher Integrative Center of Medicine to talk about some of the common injuries and treatments cyclists receive.

Some injuries, like those that occur from a fall or collision, are often outside your control, but many injuries arise from intrinsic factors like overuse, personal health, and lack of proper bike knowledge or technique.

Watch “Cycling Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment” to learn the correct ways to identify and treat bicycle injuries — and maybe event prevent them!

Stay tuned for more episodes in the Medicine of Cycling series.

MOC-logoWant more on the medicine of cycling? This series is just an introduction to a whole field of science dedicated to keeping cyclists safe. Visit medicineofcycling.com for more information about the group of doctors determined to give cyclists top quality care.

Also, the fourth annual Medicine of Cycling Conference is coming up in Colorado Springs, Colorado September 20-22. There is still time to get early bird registration if you sign up before August 15th!

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