Dentistry – Gateway to Your Body

8232We all know it’s important to visit the dentist regularly for the health of our teeth, but that’s not the only reason to do so. We often think that dentists deal exclusively with the teeth, and from the tonsils on it’s the physicians’ realm. But there are conditions in the mouth that blur that boundary and can have major impacts on overall health, comfort and self-image.

Current topics in dentistry and dental research are presented by some of the leading experts in these fields from UCSF. Are there new approaches to prevent tooth decay for myself or for my children? Is that red or white spot in my mouth something to be concerned about? Does the health of my gums affect my overall health? How effective are lasers for my dental treatment? What determines the shape of my child’s face, mouth and teeth? And what is the best type of dental implant for me?

Find out:

Gums to Guts: Periodontal Medicine
Mark Ryder, DMD

Can Lasers Fix Teeth?
Peter Rechmann, DMD, PhD

Dental Implants: Teeth With Titanium
Arun Sharma, BDS, MS

Prevention of Tooth Decay is Worth Everything
John Featherstone, PhD

How to Get a Head in Life: The Development of the Craniofacial Complex
Richard Schneider, PhD

Oral Medicine or Dermatology of the Mouth: Oral Diseases Beyond Teeth
Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD

Browse all programs in Gateway to the Body: The Oral Cavity and Dentistry.

Your Brain in Health and Disease

8232The brain is the most important organ in the body. It is the hub of the nervous system and controls all the body’s functions. But sometimes there are problems with the brain. For example, with our aging population the incidence of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease are predicted to reach epidemic proportions. But decline in cognition with age is not inevitable. Find out how to know when it’s serious.

Sometimes brains are injured by head trauma and cause long term effects. We hear about this with football players and others who have been exposed to concussion. You’ll also learn why we need to sleep and about disorders like sleep apnea that may be preventing you from getting the rest you need.

Explore other fascinating functions of the human brain, such as how we acquire language and what happens to brain networks to cause aphasia and dyslexia.

Prevention, recognition, treatment and even potential cures are presented by experts from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, one of the world’s leading centers in the care and research of neurodegenerative disorders.

The complexity of the brain is endlessly fascinating. Tune in to learn more:

Rapidly Progressive Dementia: From Prions to Antibodies

Normal and Abnormal Aging and the Brain

Sleep Disorders

Language and Brain: From Dyslexia to Progressive Aphasia

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Alzheimer’s Disease, FTD and Parkinson’s Disease

Is There a Link Between Obesity and Diabetes?

8232Diabetes is the nation’s seventh-leading cause of death and a prime cause of kidney failure, blindness, nontraumatic limb amputations, heart disease, and stroke. Of the people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, about 80 percent are also diagnosed as obese. This fact provides a clue to the link between diabetes and obesity.

Being overweight places extra stress on your body in a number of ways, including your body’s ability to maintain proper blood glucose levels. Just being overweight can cause your body to become resistant to insulin. If you already have diabetes, this means you will need to take even more insulin to get sugar into your cells. And if you don’t have diabetes, the prolonged effects of the insulin resistance can eventually cause you to develop the disease.

In this Health Matters program, Dr. Alan Saltiel joins host Dr. David Granet to examine the link between weight and diabetes, how our metabolism can influence our health, the role evolution plays, and where current research is trending.

Watch Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and visit the Health Matters series to browse more programs.

Sleep Apnea on Health Matters

8232Do you wake up in the morning tired and unrested? If so, sleep apnea may be to blame.

Though conventionally thought of as a condition that only affects older, overweight men, sleep apnea can affect anyone of any age, weight, or gender. Insufficient sleep due to sleep apnea can affect not just your day to day life but also your long-term health.

Dr. Robert Owens joins our host Dr. David Granet to discuss how much sleep we really need, how sleep apnea affects the body, as well as new techniques for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Go inside the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center and see how sleep tests are conducted and get the lowdown on the latest medical devices to help you get a good night’s rest.

Watch Sleep Apnea on Health Matters.

Privacy, Policy and HIV Care

8232 How does the current trend toward big data affect HIV? Jeffrey Crowley, a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at Georgetown Law, describes a new way of thinking about the competing impulses to protect privacy while sharing information that could lead to innovations in care. He examines existing privacy protections, explores how testing and counseling methods have shifted and how big data is impacting HIV treatment and prevention.

Watch Personalized Medicine, Big Data and Innovating to Improve HIV Care with Jeffrey Crowley.