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September 18, 2014

UCLA faculty voice: This is your child’s brain on alcohol

UCLA Rotheram-Borus Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Center for Community Health. Mark Tomlinson is a professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Thinking L.A. is a partnership of UCLA and …
September 17, 2014

Men who are uneducated about their prostate cancer have difficulty making treatment choices

They say knowledge is power, and a new UCLA study has shown this is definitely the case when it comes to men making the best decisions about how to treat their prostate cancer. UCLA researchers found that men who aren’t well educated about their disease have a much more difficult time making treatment …
September 17, 2014
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UCLA doctors prepared to treat infectious disease patients if needed

UCLA infectious disease specialists have assembled kits containing special protective gear to be used in the event that a patient infected with Ebola or other infectious diseases arrives at the emergency room for treatment. Doctors began putting the kits together in July after the Centers for Disease …
September 17, 2014

UCLA Health System, Anthem Blue Cross join L.A. and Orange County partners to launch Vivity

The UCLA Health System and six other top hospital systems in Los Angeles and Orange counties have partnered with Anthem Blue Cross to offer Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, an integrated health system. This partnership — the first in the nation between an insurer and competing hospital systems — will help …
September 17, 2014

UCLA volunteers at free clinic solve small problems for poor that could become catastrophic

It was a typical misunderstanding that could have led to disastrous consequences. The man had run out of medication to control his hypertension. But he couldn’t afford to get it refilled, or so he thought. So instead of picking up a simple, generic medication at Wal-Mart or Target for $4, the man decided …
September 16, 2014

UCLA physicians now available via LiveHealth Online

Doctors from UCLA Health System will be available on your smartphone, tablet or laptop beginning this week through LiveHealth Online, a telehealth solution for business travelers, busy parents, students away at college or anybody else who needs non-emergency medical attention when their own doctors …
September 15, 2014

Treating insomnia in elderly reduces inflammation, lowers risk for chronic diseases

Lack of sleep can make you sick. And while everybody has the occasional restless night, for those who suffer from chronic insomnia — some 15 percent of older adults in the United States — that sleep loss can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and …
September 15, 2014

UCLA student finds a better way to deal with her diagnosis

It seems that everything in Megan Cory’s life has pointed her toward a career in medicine. It’s what she has wanted to do all her life — even after she got some bad news about her own health that would have frightened and discouraged most people. Instead of lamenting her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, …
September 11, 2014

Deconstructing the placebo response: Why does it work in treating depression?

In the past three decades, the power of placebos has gone through the roof in treating major depressive disorder. In clinical trials for treating depression over that period of time, researchers have reported significant increases in patient’s response rates to placebos — the simple sugar pills given …
September 10, 2014

Study provides more evidence that sleep apnea is hurting your brain

Employing a measure rarely used in sleep apnea studies, researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing have uncovered evidence of what may be damaging the brain in people with the sleep disorder — weaker brain blood flow. In the study, published Aug. 28 in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, researchers …
September 10, 2014

UCLA faculty voice: Rats ditch balanced diet to eat just like obese people

Aaron Blaisdell is professor of psychology in the UCLA College and a member of UCLA's Brain Research Institute. He is an expert in animal cognition who conducts research that addressed the relationship between a junk food diet and cognitive impairments that can result. This piece appeared on Aug. 29 …
September 08, 2014

Low-doses of fish oil may reduce seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy

An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from epileptic seizures. Although drug therapies often successfully dampen the out-of-control neural firing that produces seizures, such drugs don’t work for everyone. A new study by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA suggests that for …
September 08, 2014

UCLA biologists delay the aging process by ‘remote control’

UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life scientists activated a gene called AMPK that is a key energy sensor in cells; it gets activated when cellular energy levels …
September 04, 2014

Body language

Under the glare of operating-room lights, six UCLA neurosurgery residents embarked on a rare adventure into the human body. As they started cutting into three bodies, Dr. Warwick Peacock, professor of surgery, encouraged them onward. “That should be the linea alba,” he said in his gentle South African …
September 04, 2014
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FDA approves new melanoma drug that turns on the immune system to fight deadly cancers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. The drug, Keytruda, was tested on more than 600 patients who had melanoma that had spread throughout their bodies. Because …
September 03, 2014

He's harnessing the regenerative power of stem cells

As a boy growing up in Soviet Russia, Denis Evseenko was drawn to the wonders of scientific discovery. Though closed off from many of the resources of the Western world at the time, it was a country that housed its own wealth of scientific institutions and provided a fertile and supportive environment …
September 03, 2014

Q&A: Teresa Roth, 'mother' to medical school interns, residents

Teresa Roth, coordinator of the medicine residency program for the past 31 years in the Department of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, is the winner of the 2014 Chancellor’s Excellence in Service Award. Roth was nominated for the award, which is co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s …
September 03, 2014

UCLA projects to improve L.A. by 2050 vie for online votes

The year is 2050, and Los Angeles has ascended to the top of everybody’s list of “best places to live in the U.S.” The reason? Los Angeles has finally achieved the gold standard of sustainability. Thanks to game-changing technologies, new policies and efficiencies, the city has become completely self-sufficient …
September 03, 2014

UCLA-led study identifies genetic factors involved in pediatric ulcerative colitis

UCLA researchers were part of a team that has discovered the interplay of several genetic factors that may be involved in the development of early-onset ulcerative colitis, a severe type of inflammatory bowel disease. The early research findings may offer new targets for prevention and treatment strategies …
August 29, 2014

Survivor of lightning strike reunites with rescuers

July 27 started out as a typical Sunday for Robert Kilroy, a 56-year-old off-duty seasonal Los Angeles County lifeguard and a chiropractor. The Marina Del Rey resident went to his favorite spot in Venice Beach and was chest- deep in the ocean teaching his daughter Emily Kilroy, 15, how to surf. Suddenly, …
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