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Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination: What to Do?
Since March 2020, Stop AAPI Hate has recorded 9,081 incidents of hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In addition to the mental health impact of COVID-19, Asian Americans have also been significantly impacted by the rise in hate crimes against their communities. Rona Hu, MD, explores what we can do to end violence and racism against Asian Americans and strategies for healing.
Rona Hu, MD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Founder, SMHART clinic (Stanford Mental Health for Asians Research and Treatment); Founder, Stanford CHIPAO (Communication Health Interactives for Parents of Adolescents and Others)
Understanding Obesity: From Stigma to Solutions
In the United States, nearly 75% of adults are either overweight or obese. Despite its commonness, many patients who are overweight or obese feel stigmatized and helpless. Dr. Kim discusses how we can move beyond stigma to solutions and reviews novel therapies for obesity, including medications for weight loss.
Sun Kim, MD, MS, Associate Professor Of Medicine (Eendocrinology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Managing Obesity in a Meaningful Way to Create Better Health
Weight loss is only part of the equation in managing obesity. Drs. Azagury and Hauser address integrative approaches to long term success and better health outcomes for those battling obesity. Learn about the role of medication, intensive lifestyle changes, metabolic/bariatric surgeries, endoscopic procedures, and more.
Dan E. Azagury, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACP, FACLM, DipABLM, Chef, Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine (Surgery), General Surgery and, by courtesy, Primary Care and Population Health the Stanford University Medical Center
Intro to Ayurveda: The Science of Life
Ayurveda is the traditional medical practice of India and one of the world's oldest continuously practiced healing traditions. In this talk, Neeta Gautam, MD, a Family Physician and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, will introduce you to the history, background, and fundamentals of Ayurveda and how these ancient practices can be applied in today's world.
Neeta Gautam, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Primary, Preventive, and Community Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine at the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE).
Living Better with Type 2 Diabetes
A comprehensive approach to diabetes relies on patients taking control of their health. Stanford primary care physician Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Registered Dietitian, Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDCES, review the benefits of attention to diet, physical activity, sleep, and stress for people with diabetes. They also provide key practical tips to get you moving towards healthier, better living with diabetes.
Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices (PPOP)
Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDCES, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Registered Dietitian with Stanford Health Care
How Your Genes Affect Your Response to Medication
There are known differences in drug metabolism, outcomes, and side effects across racial and ethnic groups, and not everyone responds to medications in the same way. A medicine that works well for others may not work well for you, resulting in significant side effects. In the US, adverse drug reactions cause a great number of hospitalizations and are a leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. Pharmacogenomics, or individualized drug therapy, can help us prevent dangerous drug reactions by pre-identifying at-risk patients. Pharmacogenomics analyses can study your unique genetic profile to determine which medications are likely to help you or harm you, before you even take them. Through this avenue of precision health, we can tailor medical care to every individual, and provide every patient with the right medication at the right dosage at the right time.
Latha Palaniappan, MD, Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Erika Connor, RD, CSO Dietitian, Oncology/Hematology Stanford Health Care
Precision Medicine - How the Human Genome Helps Us Define, Detect and Defeat Disease
Euan Ashley, professor of medicine and genetics and author of the new book The Genome Odyssey - Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them, sits down with Leilani Graham, his patient, four-time cardiac arrest survivor, transplant recipient, and patient advocate to discuss heart disease, genetics, patient stories, patient advocacy, medical mysteries, music, writing, and a whole lot more.
Euan Ashley, MD, PhD, Associate Dean of the School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University
Leilani Graham, Speaker, patient advocate, and writer
Alcohol-Induced Facial Flushing and Health Implications
Facial flushing and increased heart rate after alcohol consumption is frequent among Asians. Approximately 560 million people, or 8% of the world population, suffer from this unpleasant response. This phenomenon is caused by a genetic deficiency of the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) gene which plays a critical role for alcohol detoxification. Contrary to a misunderstanding that alcohol flushing is a sign of “good health”, this reaction is a sign of acetaldehyde accumulation which is toxic. This presentation explains the biological cause of the alcohol flushing reaction and the related health issues for those carrying the alcohol flushing gene.
Che-Hong Chen, PhD, Senior Research Scientist-Basic Life Sciences, Chemical and Systems Biology Operations
Eric Gross, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Functional Medicine Approach to Health
Functional medicine is an evidence-based, patient-centered system of medicine that treats illness at the root cause level. The focus is on restoring balance to the underlying dysfunction of cells, biochemistry, etc. Hear Susan Payrovi, MD, speak about using lifestyle habits along with natural supplements and complementary therapies to restore balance and treat chronic diseases.
Susan Payrovi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Increased Risk of Gastric Cancer in Asians
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide and is diagnosed in 27,000 Americans each year. In the United States, this burden falls disproportionately on ethnic minorities and immigrant communities, especially Asians. There exists no coherent national strategy for the early detection or risk attenuation of gastric cancer, even among identified high-risk groups. The under-recognition of gastric cancer risk among minority communities may be one of the most significant unaddressed healthcare disparities in the United States.
Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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