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October 29, 2014

‘Treasure in saliva’ may reveal deadly diseases early enough to treat them, UCLA scientists report

UCLA research could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diabetes and cancer, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. The study, the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of RNA molecules in human saliva, reveals that saliva contains many …
October 29, 2014

Longtime UCLA philanthropists donate $2 million for endowed scholarship fund at School of Dentistry

A $2 million gift from Bob and Marion Wilson, longtime supporters of the UCLA School of Dentistry, will give a significant boost to scholarship funding for future generations of dentists. The Wilsons’ donation will establish the Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be used in support …
October 29, 2014

UCLA celebrates opening of Edie & Lew Wasserman Building

Campus officials today dedicated a landmark new research and patient-care facility on UCLA’s Stein Plaza. The state-of-the-art Edie & Lew Wasserman Building completes the trio of buildings envisioned for the Stein Eye Institute more than half a century ago by Hollywood agent and studio chief Lew …
October 29, 2014

UCLA Health System Statement

The following is a statement in response to the "speak out" event conducted today by the California Nurses Association union and National Nurses United. " Over the past few weeks a small group of highly trained UCLA nurses, doctors and staff who would be on the front line treating possible Ebola patients …
October 29, 2014

Young adults aren’t too young to be at risk for a stroke

Jennifer Reilly was 28 years old when she began experiencing some odd symptoms. Half of her left hand went numb. She could move her fingers, but she couldn’t feel anything on the outer part of that hand. Because she was so young, Reilly assumed it was nothing. She was wrong. She was having a stroke. The …
October 28, 2014

Quality of biopsy directly linked to survival in patients with bladder cancer

UCLA researchers have shown for the first time that the quality of diagnostic staging when performing biopsies on patients with bladder cancer is directly linked with survival, meaning those who don’t get optimal biopsies are more likely to die from their disease. The two-year study found that about …
October 24, 2014

UCLA and UCI awarded $8 million grant to launch collaborative stem cell clinic

The UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and UC Irvine Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center received a five-year $8 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the state’s stem cell agency, to establish a CIRM Alpha Stem Cell …
October 23, 2014

South African ‘Mentor Mothers’ program improves perinatal health outcomes

The incidence of HIV infection in South Africa tops that of any nation in the world, with some 6 million of the country’s nearly 50 million residents infected. Sadly, young women — and particularly young pregnant women — suffer some of the highest rates of HIV infection. More than one-fourth of pregnant …
October 23, 2014
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UCLA Breast Cancer Surgeon Sorts Out the Facts: Is that Double Mastectomy Really Necessary?

When Angeline Vuong, 27,was diagnosed with cancer in one breast earlier this year, her first reaction was "A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. NOW. "  Turns out, she's far from alone: a recent JAMA study of 190,000 breast cancer cases in California between 1998 and 2011 found a six-fold increase in the percentage …
October 22, 2014

New diagnostic test helps UCLA doctors pinpoint mutations that cause rarest genetic diseases

Audrey Lapidus adored her baby’s sunny smile and irresistible dimples. But when Calvin was 10 months old, suffering from chronic digestive problems and unable to roll over or crawl, she was worried. Four neurologists were unable to determine the cause, and a battery of tests proved inconclusive. Desperate …
October 22, 2014

UCLA to play leading role in NIH initiative to boost biomedical workforce diversity

UCLA will play a leading role for a major five-year, multi-institution initiative to boost the diversity of the nation’s biomedical workforce. The NIH announced Oct. 22 that it has awarded nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 to develop new approaches to engage researchers, including those from backgrounds …
October 21, 2014

Osteoporosis screening guidelines miss many younger post-menopausal women

To reduce the risk of bone fractures and the complications arising from them, the United States Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF) recommends that all women age 65 and older be tested and treated for low bone mineral density. The task force also recommends that postmenopausal women aged 50 to 64, …
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 …
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 …
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