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August 18, 2014
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Pediatrician from Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Reminds Parents to Immunize Children Before School Starts

With children starting school earlier than usual this year, UCLA pediatrician Dr. Piper Calasanti reminds families to schedule a visit to their healthcare provider for necessary vaccinations, especially for diseases such as whooping cough and measles, which have increased in prevalence in California …
July 29, 2014
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Favorite foods can cause serious choking accidents in kids

UCLA expert offers tips to prevent young children from choking on food (Note to broadcast editors: A high-definition package, b-roll and SOT's are available for download.  Please contact Amy Albin, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, aalbin@mednet.ucla.edu, (310) 794-8672.) Most parents never …
May 15, 2014
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Training Future Haitian Rheumatologist to Meet Critical Need

Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise Money for Training at UCLA Haiti has a tremendous burden of arthritis, lupus, and other rheumatic diseases. Currently there are only two rheumatologists to serve the country's entire population of over 10 million.  Without access to a well-trained specialist, many …
April 29, 2014
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Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment

 Female hormone estriol reduces relapse rate by nearly 50 percent, UCLA neurologist reports A study conducted by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a UCLA neurologist, shows that combining estriol, a female hormone, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduced the relapse …
April 25, 2014
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Heal My Heart with Art project aims to help patients with end stage heart disease using art therapy

Crowdfunding campaign to raise money for program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center For patients with end stage heart disease who need a heart transplant, the experience of an extended hospitalization while waiting for a life-saving organ and then undergoing life-saving surgery can be an emotional …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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