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Local hospitals in San Diego like UCSD and Scripps offer mindfullness programs where they encourage people to meditiate, sit in silence, and just “be” as a way to destress and help heal their bodies....

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As Congress goes into recession, the debate over healthcare hits home. But what's really happening on the reform front? Will it meet the needs of the American public? In a 5-hour special series over five days, we'll hear from doctors, hospital administrators, insurance companies, economists and average people about what's driving up healthcare costs, what it will take to make real changes, and what trade-offs people are willing to make to see meaningful reform through.

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Timothy C. Rickard is a professor of psychology at UCSD. He researches numerical cognition, memory, memory and attention, human memory and performance, expertise, skill acquisition and transfer. His current projects explore the changes in cognitive processing and representation that occur with practice, memory impairment in patients with damage to the medial temporal lobe, the role of attention in memory retrieval, and the cognitive and neurological structures involved in numerical cognition.

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Dr. R. Jeffrey Chang is a professor of reproductive medicine and director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the UCSD School of Medicine. A reproductive endocrinologist with wide-ranging expertise in infertility issues and treatments as well as endocrine abnormalities, Chang has served as president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and as chair of the National Institutes of Health Reproductive Biology Study Section.

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Palmer W. Taylor is founding dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD. A nationally recognized leader in pharmacology research, Taylor was instrumental in creating the new school -- which opened in 2002 -- and in pointing out to state leaders the nationwide shortage of pharmacists, as well as the need for a pharmacy school that would take a leadership role in the post-genomic era of drug development and patient counseling regarding specialized medications tailored to individual needs.

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Nayan Shah is an associate professor of history at UCSD. Shah has expertise in the history of public health and medicine, the history of race, ethnicity and gender in the U.S. West, the history of the experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the historical context of gender and sexual identities in the United States. Shah writes about the individual topics and intersections of health, ethnicity, culture, and gender and sex in U.S. hstory.

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Natalia M. Molina is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at UCSD. She is interested in how social and cultural values shape human understandings of issues related to disease and health, especially in regards to how they intersect with race and gender. Specifically, she researches the institution of public health and demonstrates how through its programs, discourse, and production of knowledge, public health officials in Los Angeles at the turn of the last century imbued meaning into the categories Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Dr. Murray B. Stein is a professor of psychiatry and family and preventive medicine at UCSD and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program at UCSD and at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His research interests include the neurobiology, epidemiology and treatment of anxiety disorders including social phobia, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Lisa Sun Hee Park is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she was an associate professor of ethnic studies at UCSD. She specializes in Asian-American studies, immigrant women's health care, immigrant work and labor, welfare and immigration policy, the sociology of consumption, and environmental inequality.

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Laura E. Schreibman is a professor of psychology at UCSD and director/principal investigator of the university's Autism Intervention Research Program, which supports experimental research on the analysis and treatment of autism, emphasizing the development and evaluation of effective parent training interventions. Schreibman is an authority on the experimental analysis and treatment of childhood autism, an area she has researched for more than 30 years at UCSD.

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