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Physicians Update

Summer 2010

UCLA Clinical Updates: The Latest Advances


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  • UCLA has opened an intensive outpatient program to treat children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is the only hospital-based pediatric OCD program in the Los Angeles area and one of only a handful in the nation.
  • UCLA offers a less invasive endoscopic alternative for craniosynostosis with similar results to the traditional open repair: reduced pressure on the brain and restoration of the normal contour of the skull.
  • The cure rate is significantly improved for resectable gastric cancer by adding chemotherapy and, in appropriate cases, radiation therapy.
  • The HeartMate II, a left ventricularassist device previously available only for bridge-to-transplant therapy, is now approved for destination therapy in patients with end-stage heart failure.
  • Early intervention, often with minimally invasive surgery performed by surgical robots, improves the life expectancy and symptomatic status of patients with mitral valve disease and wards off secondary heart problems.
  • The UCLA Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program offers expert diagnosis and comprehensive care for patients with intestinal failure from a variety of disorders.
  • The UCLA Pediatric IBD Program offers a full range of expert care and related services for young patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

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

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