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April 09, 2014
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Doctor uses crowdfunding to launch anti-food choking campaign

One child dies every five days from choking on food in the United States  Popcorn, hot dogs and grapes are among the favorite foods of many young kids, but did you know these foods can easily get lodged in a child's airway and cause choking accidents and death? Dr. Nina Shapiro, professor of head and neck surgery and director of pediatric ear, nose and throat at Mattel Children's Hospital ....
April 08, 2014
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Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs

The study's four participantsLeft to right: Andrew Meas, Dustin Shillcox, Kent Stephenson and Rob Summers, the first four people to undergo task-specific training with epidural stimulation at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, a part of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Frazier Rehab Institute. Four young men who have been ....
March 06, 2014
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UCLA students bring much-needed medical aid to Mexican community

In a community less than 150 miles south of UCLA, Enrique Juarez Gonzalez, his wife, Mercedes, and their children live without running water or electricity. Their sanitation system is sub-standard, and access to health care was almost nonexistent. There are many families just like them in Tijuana's Colonia Margarita Moran, families that are struggling to survive in an area where poverty is rampant ....
December 11, 2013
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Former Operation Mend wounded vet continues tough trek to South Pole

Mark Wise, a former infantry platoon leader who was wounded in 2009 by an IED in Afghanistan and underwent reconstructive surgery with UCLA’s Operation Mend, is making his way in Antartica with teams of other wounded servicemen and women from four different countries to the South Pole. Despite harsh conditions, including temperatures as low as -50 degrees, he said in a blog filed on Dec. ....
December 04, 2013
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Holiday Safety Tips

As you prepare for this holiday season, here are a few simple tips to help keep you and your loved ones protected, prepared and safe. Home Safety: If you are buying Christmas lights for your home this year, look for energy-efficient LED lights that use 75 percent less energy and last years longer than an incandescent light string, according to ENERGY STAR. LEDs are reliable and do not produce ....
November 22, 2013
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Lockheed Martin funds new telehealth suite, enhanced recovery area for Operation Mend

Thanks to a $4 million gift from Lockheed Martin, UCLA Health System's Operation Mend now has a state-of-the-art telehealth suite, which will enable improved communication between the program's personnel, patients and partners, and a renovated recovery area for the wounded warriors who undergo surgery at the Westwood facility. The new Lockheed Martin UCLA TeleHealth Suite and Lockheed Martin Outpatient ....
November 07, 2013
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New UCLA center to work with U.S. military on challenges of healing wounded warriors

UCLA has launched the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast, thanks to a generous donation from two sons in honor of their father, the inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald A. Katz.  The Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, established by an initial $2 million gift from Todd and Randy Katz and their families, will work with ....
November 07, 2013
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UCLA health care staff help treat several thousand at free clinic

A team of more than 200 UCLA health professionals helped staff a free health care clinic last week that provided vital basic medical services to approximately 3,000 uninsured and underserved people in Los Angeles. They were among the nearly 3,000 medical and general volunteers at Care Harbor's annual urban health clinic - held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena just south ....
October 02, 2013
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Cocaine use can make otherwise resistant immune cells susceptible to HIV

In many ways, the spread of HIV has been fueled by substance abuse. Shared needles and drug users' high-risk sexual behaviors are just some of the ways that narcotics such as cocaine have played a key role in the AIDS epidemic in much of the world. There is, however, relatively little research into how drugs can impact the body's defenses against the virus. But a new UCLA study published in ....
September 10, 2013
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A system in crisis: Cancer care in America needs an overhaul, national report says

  Cancer care in the United States is a system in crisis, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine that says urgent changes are needed to boost the quality of care and improve outcomes for people diagnosed with the disease.   The report, prepared by an IOM committee chaired by UCLA's Dr. Patricia Ganz, attributes the crisis to the growing demand for cancer care ....
July 12, 2013
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UCLA School of Nursing, Children's Hospital Los Angeles partner to improve kids' health

  An innovative new partnership between the UCLA School of Nursing and Children's Hospital Los Angeles will bring together nurses working in clinical practice, education and research to improve the health and well-being of children while advancing nursing practice.   "There are so many opportunities with this collaboration that will advance nursing practice by bridging clinical practice ....
June 18, 2013
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School of Nursing clinic fights spread of TB on L.A.'s skid row

Each morning as the gate to fenced-in Gladys Park is unlocked, homeless men and women move in from wherever they have spent the night on downtown L.A.'s skid row. One group gathers near the portable bathroom stalls in the park; others take over a picnic shelter for their daily domino game. A few claim park benches to watch the activity - legal or otherwise - on Gladys Avenue.   As a new ....
May 30, 2013
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Take 15 minutes to learn lifesaving Hands-Only CPR

Take a 15-minute work break Tuesday to save a life. The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care and Campus Emergency Medical Services will be offering free Hands-Only CPR training Tuesday, June 4, in Bruin Plaza between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in honor of National CPR Week. A second CPR training location will also be available at the same time at the Dining Commons patio of the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. ....
May 06, 2013
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WALL-E, meet EVA: 'Robo-doc' navigates on its own, frees doctors to focus on the critically ill

Dr. Paul Vespa, director of neurocritial care at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and EVA, the neuro-ICU's executive virtual attending physician. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the world's first hospital to introduce a remote-presence robot into its neurological intensive-care unit in 2005, now welcomes the RP-VITA, the first robot able to navigate the hospital on its own. UCLA ....
May 03, 2013
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Many plastic surgeons view social media as important tool for promoting their practice

Social media has revolutionized the way in which people and businesses interact, and it is taking on a growing role in the health care industry. A new UCLA study looking at the use of social media among plastic surgeons has found that roughly half of these specialists use social media tools.   Plastic surgeons have been leaders among medical specialists in the development of interactive websites ....
April 02, 2013
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Chancellor leads UCLA contingent to White House for announcement of BRAIN Initiative

Chancellor Gene Block led a delegation to the White House for President Obama's announcement today of a new federal effort to fund research to better understand the structure and function of the human brain.    Also attending from UCLA were Vice Chancellor for Research James Economou; professor Kelsey Martin, chair of biological chemistry and head of a group that is encouraging collaboration ....
April 02, 2013
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New UCLA institute fosters unified approach to understanding and curing pediatric diseases

For more than 60 years, the faculty and staff at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the department of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have conducted pioneering research, delivered state-of-the-art patient care and expertly trained future pediatricians.  Now, under the umbrella of the recently launched UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute, these efforts ....
April 01, 2013
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UCLA's animal assisted therapy program showcased in new PBS special

Video courtesy of ShelterMe.TV 'Shelter Me' highlights stories of dogs that bring hope and healing to hospitalized patients Several four-legged volunteers with the People-Animal Connection (PAC) program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and their human counterparts will star in an upcoming episode of the PBS television show, "Shelter Me: Let's Go Home," premiering in April. The docu-series ....
March 20, 2013
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Man who received nation's first 'breathing lung' transplant at UCLA thankful for gift of life

  Fernando Padilla could barely breathe or walk more than a few steps. An incurable disease, pulmonary fibrosis, was causing his lungs to turn to hardened scar tissue, and he was permanently tethered to an oxygen tank. His only hope was a double lung transplant.   In November 2012, he got an early-morning call that a pair of donor lungs was available.   Upon arriving at Ronald Reagan ....
March 18, 2013
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Neuroscientists present new guidelines for sports concussions

  (Editors: Video interview of co-lead author Dr. Christopher Giza available upon request.)   More than 1 million young and adult athletes in the U.S. suffer concussions each year. Until now, no consistent standards existed to guide coaches and physicians in evaluating and treating sports-related brain injuries.   Today, the American Academy of Neurology released its first updated ....
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