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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.


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!


HIV – Is there a cure in sight?

HIV: Past, Present, & Future is the latest series from UCSF Osher Mini Medical School.

In this episode, HIV: Dare We Say Cure?, learn more about HIV treatment and the exciting potential for a cure in the near future. Dr. Peter Hunt breaks down the immunology of the disease, while Dr. Steven Deeks scrutinizes the possibility of achieving a cure for HIV in the near future. Watch as he explain case studies, including the Berlin Patient and the VISCONTI cohort, to determine how close we really are to developing a cure.

Taught by UCSF’s national and international leaders in HIV research, HIV: Past, Present, & Future presents the history of HIV/AIDS, how it was discovered, and how the epidemic continues to evolve worldwide. Watch all of the programs to gain a comprehensive, up-to-the-moment understanding of this complex disease and get a glimpse of what the future holds for a potential cure.

Be sure to check out other programs in the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School series!


HIV: Past, Present, and Future

Humans have faced many epidemics, from the historical bubonic plague to diseases such as Malaria and Measles that still kill people today. But, none are quite like the virus that runs rampant through modern society: Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.

Dr. Jay Levyan, a professor and AIDS and cancer researcher at UCSF, was one of the doctors involved in the discovery of the disease in the early 1980’s. In “HIV: A Primer,” Dr. Levyan explains some of the basic science behind the disease and what he thinks makes it so different from other epidemics. He says that HIV can interact with and infect a variety of different cells. Our vaccines are formulated to combat the free virus in the body, where medicines to combat HIV need to focus on treating the infected cell.

Dr. C. Bradley Hare, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director, UCSF HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital gives a more personal look at HIV by examining individual cases of the disease in this most recent video of the HIV: Past, Present, and Future series, presented by UCSF Osher Mini Medical School.

Now that you’ve learned about the history of HIV, see what you know about the prevention of HIV and the future of the disease in this video, “HIV, Prevention and Global Health.”


Maximize your Memory with Brain Games

Do you have trouble remembering people’s names? Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car?

Dr. Kate Possin, assistant professor of neuropsychology at UCSF, says that those are actually specific memory problems that are linked with different circuits or memory systems in the brain. In this video, watch her use different memory tests to reveal the difference between types of memory, like long term memory and working memory.

If you answered yes to those first two questions, be sure to check out the brain games that can help you maximize the use of your memory.

Then, Dr.Winston Chiong, Neurology fellow at UCSF, discusses the link between the perception of oneself and memory, how neuroscience could help answer the existential question “what is the self?”

For more information from top neurology experts, see the other videos in the Multidimensional Mind series.