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October 20, 2014

UCLA scientists discover protein that can accelerate cancer patients’ recovery after radiation and chemotherapy

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Dr. John Chute Scientists from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown for the first time how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury. The groundbreaking findings provide …
October 20, 2014

UCLA vice chancellor for research elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr. James Economou has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He was one of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates elected this year. Economou is UCLA’s Beaumont Professor of Surgery and vice chancellor for …
October 17, 2014

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center holds Ebola preparedness exercise

UCLA doctors, nurses and other Ebola response team members held an Ebola preparedness exercise at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Oct. 17. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also participated. “This was an important exercise and allowed our health care team the opportunity …
October 17, 2014

UCLA Health System named as a national leader in providing quality LGBT healthcare

UCLA Health System has been recognized as one of the “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality …
October 17, 2014

UCLA receives $1 million in new funds for role in worldwide ENIGMA brain study

UCLA will receive $1 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health as part of a global initiative to pool data about the human brain. The Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) consortium unites brain researchers in 33 countries to discover factors that help …
October 16, 2014

UCLA faculty voice: Big data analysis shows health care professionals at risk treating Ebola

UCLA John Villasenor John Villasenor is professor of public policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of electrical engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. This op-ed appeared …
October 16, 2014

UCLA research could help improve bladder function among people with spinal cord injuries

People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often susceptible to bladder infections, and those infections can cause kidney damage and even death. New UCLA research may go a long way toward solving the problem. A team of scientists studied 10 paralyzed rats that were trained daily for six weeks …
October 15, 2014

Discovery of heart’s repair process suggests potential new treatment strategy for heart attack

UCLA researchers have discovered that some scar-forming cells in the heart, known as fibroblasts, have the ability to become endothelial cells — the cells that form blood vessels. The finding could point the way toward a new strategy for treating people who have suffered a heart attack, because increasing …
October 15, 2014

Increased hospital use following Medicaid expansion is mostly temporary, UCLA study finds

The expansion of Medicaid to millions of uninsured people should not have the catastrophic impact some predicted for state budgets because the increases in hospital and emergency room usage are only temporary, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “We found that the …
October 15, 2014

Post-tonsillectomy complications more likely in children from lower-income families

Removing a child’s tonsils is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with approximately 500,000 children undergoing the procedure each year. New research by doctors at UCLA finds that children from lower-income families are more likely to have complications following the surgery. In …
October 15, 2014

UCLA to feast on a cornucopia of activities in celebration of Food Day

Food demonstrations, film screenings, lectures, discussions and a special dinner will all be on the menu for campus consumers Oct. 22 - 24 as UCLA joins forces with thousands of other organizations nationwide, including several UC campuses, to celebrate Food Day. Organizers of Food Day, which is held …
October 14, 2014

Once fragile newborns, 'graduates' of NICU meet their hospital caregivers

Tiny 11-month-old Willow Crisostomo will never remember all the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who took care of her for the first six months of her life, but her parents Joseph and Stephanie Crisostomo will never forget them. The family attended the 28th Neonatal Intensive Care …
October 14, 2014

UCLA hosts 24-hour invention competition to meet health care needs

Just a stone’s throw from Silicon Beach — the epicenter of technology in Los Angeles — the Business of Science Center at UCLA, with support from the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and Center for Digital Behavior, is spurring innovation as the organizer of the second-annual …
October 14, 2014

Using a novel biological clock, UCLA researchers find that obesity accelerates aging of the liver

Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have found for the first time that obesity greatly accelerates aging of the liver. This finding could explain the early onset of many age-related diseases, …
October 13, 2014
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Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA party reunites patients, medical staff

On Sunday, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA held a party to reunite families who have spent time at the neonatal intensive care unit taking care of their premature newborns. Watch highlights of the event, which took place at Wilson Plaza. Daily Bruin Video also interviewed one family that attended …
October 09, 2014

UCLA receives $11 million grant to lead NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing

The National Institutes of Health has awarded UCLA $11 million to form a Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing. The UCLA center will develop new strategies for mining and understanding the mind-boggling surge in complex biomedical data sets known as “big data.”  The grant to UCLA was part of an …
October 09, 2014

UCLA study finds link between neural stem cell overgrowth and autism-like behavior in mice

People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a period of accelerated brain growth after birth. No one knows why, or whether the change is linked to any specific behavioral changes. A new study by UCLA researchers demonstrates how, in pregnant mice, inflammation, a first line defense …
October 08, 2014

A picture of health

When Jane Semel was 23 and sick in a hospital, she recalled, “a doctor came into my room and said, ‘Something in your life is making you unhappy, and you need to get rid of it. We will help with medication.’ “I did end an unhealthy relationship,” she said, “but the drugs made me sick. Another doctor …
October 08, 2014

Automatic enrollment significantly boosts employer-based health plan sign-ups

New and innovative wellness programs make health insurance available to more people, yet health plans and employers often have a difficult time enrolling individuals in them. Many employers use the voluntary enrollment approach, which requires individuals to sign up. Yet many people don’t do so for …
October 08, 2014

Four UCLA scientists receive NIH innovator award for stem cell, neuroscience research

Four scientists from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award for advancing revolutionary stem cell and neuroscience in medicine. The four UCLA researchers were among only …
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