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Archived Mini Medical School Lectures

The Science Behind Cancer Screening Guidelines with Dr. A. Nelson Avery

Resources: Video | Presentation (PDF) | Interview

Description: Each year, around 350,000 people are diagnosed with breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer in the U.S., and nearly 100,000 die from these diseases. Trials show that early detection can reduce mortality rates. What could be wrong with screening, especially if it can detect a life threatening condition at an earlier stage? Why recommend against screening unless the concern is cost? Are lives lost to save money? What are the real reasons that guidelines set limits on screening? How cancer screening guidelines are developed in the U.S., why there is disagreement on some of them, and their impact on healthcare delivery.


Adult Stem Cells and New Methods for Repairing Bone Defects with Dr. Carl Gregory

Resources: Video | Presentation (PDF) | Interview

Description: The use of stem cells in medicine is becoming a common yet controversial subject of the mainstream media. But you might be surprised to read that the most promising types of stem cells for clinical use are prepared from the tissue of living, adult donors. Dr. Gregory addresses the nature and origin of a variety of adult stem cells, with examples of potential applications, such as the use of adult human bone marrow derived stem cells for the treatment of traumatic bone injury.


The Biggest Losers’ Secrets: What Works in Weight Loss with Dr. Kory Gill

Resources: Video | Presentation (PDF) | Interview

Description: All too often, people make weight loss more difficult with extreme diets that leave you unhappy and starving, along with unhealthy lifestyle choices that undermine dieting efforts, and emotional eating habits that stop you before you even get started. But you can lose weight without feeling miserable. How to avoid common dieting pitfalls, develop healthier habits and achieve lasting weight loss.


Pain Management with Dr. David Lindzey

Resources: Presentation (PDF)

Description: Advances in modern medicine are curing diseases and improving outcomes for patients at all stages of life. But many conditions doctors can’t cure are accompanied by ongoing pain that a patient must learn to deal with and address. Dr. Lindzey discusses the different types of pain and the use of medications to deal with acute pain and chronic pain syndromes.


Psychotherapy: An Underutilized Treatment in Psychiatry with Dr. Joseph Sokal

Resources: Video | Interview

Description: Over the past three decades, psychiatry has moved away from psychological models of mental illness to biomedical ones. This is due in part to real progress in understanding how genetic, infectious, autoimmune, vascular and biochemical processes affect our emotional and cognitive functioning. But this shift in models has also led psychiatry away from valuable psychological treatments like psychotherapy, despite increasing evidence of its benefits as a treatment tool. Dr. Sokal discusses psychotherapy in general and then focuses on how Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy can be used in treating mental illness.


From Drosophila with Love: What We Can Learn about Our Cravings for Sugars and Sex from a Tiny Little Fly with Dr. Hubert Amrein

Resources: Presentation (PDF)

Description: Perceiving external cues, such chemicals, light and sound, and responding appropriately to them, are critical to the success of any animal. Chemosensory signals are the most basic kind of cues available, and are used by bacteria, humans, and everything in between.

By identifying the receptors behind these chemosensory signals, we now know more than ever about how animals use chemical information to find food, to secure mates, to avoid harmful chemicals and to evade natural predators. Dr. Amrein provides an overview of how a tiny insect, the fruit fly Drosophila, employs chemoreceptors to survive and thrive in our human world.