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Physicians Update

 
Fall 2013

UCLA Clinical Updates

Learn about the Latest Advances from UCLA

Diabetes Education
New self-management education guidelines represent a paradigm shift in diabetes education from a content-driven practice to patient-centered goals. Diabetes educators aim to help patients adopt healthy behaviors and actively partner with their healthcare providers.

Pediatric Pulmonology
The UCLA Division of Pediatric Pulmonology offers specialized clinics for children and adolescents with asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, neuromuscular-disease respiratory disorders, and for those who need mechanical ventilatory support.

Pelvic-Organ Prolapse
UCLA pioneered many of the innovations now considered the standards of care for such conditions as vaginal and uterine prolapse, as well as other pelvic-floor disorders. UCLA is a leader in laparoscopic-abdominal-pelvic-floor reconstruction, including robotically assisted laparoscopic techniques.

Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Two UCLA studies show that FDG-PET/CT scans of soft tissue sarcomas can help guide disease management, sparing non-responsive patients the side effects and costs of an ineffective treatment, while encouraging responsive patients to continue with the therapy.

Thyroid Nodules
Fine-needle biopsy performed under ultrasound guidance targets the highest-yield portions of thyroid nodules and reduces the risk of a failed biopsy.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Musculoskeletal ultrasound provides a closer look at joints, nerves, tendons and other structures without exposing patients to radiation and at a lower cost than using a CT scan or MRI. Because it is dynamic, it can show how a tendon moves or help guide a needle to a precise site — useful for treating arthritis, tendonitis and other disorders.

Urinary Incontinence
UCLA provides a full range of treatment options for stress incontinence, from individualized regimens in a physical-therapy program that focuses exclusively on pelvic-floor issues to the most advanced interventional procedures. UCLA is also at the forefront of developing safe, effective and durable new therapies for stress incontinence.

To download these and other clinical advances at UCLA Health, go to: uclahealth.org/clinicalupdates





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