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November 21, 2014

A Thanksgiving to remember

UCLA Dr. Jeremy M. Blumberg is assistant professor of urology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and surgical director of renal transplantation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This story appeared in U Magazine, the quarterly publication of the UCLA Health System. It was the morning of a …
November 21, 2014

To heal the human instrument

When Erik Laurence transferred in 2009 to Shanghai, China, as vice president of a software company, he thought his biggest challenge would be improving his Mandarin-language skills and learning the nuances of the Chinese business scene. But his vocal cords, not the foreign nation, turned out to be his …
November 20, 2014

A global report card: Are children better off than they were 25 years ago?

Twenty-five years ago this month, the countries that compose the United Nations reached a landmark agreement that laid the foundation for much-needed strengthening of children’s rights and protections in nearly every country around the world. Today, the Convention on the Rights of the Child remains …
November 20, 2014

Half a million Californian seniors fall repeatedly; many providers do not routinely screen for falls

More than half a million older Californians — 12.6 percent of the state’s senior population — fall more than once a year, but nearly 60 percent of them fail to seek medical attention afterward, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  The study also found that among those …
November 20, 2014

UCLA stem cell researcher pioneers gene therapy cure for children with ‘Bubble Baby’ disease

UCLA stem cell researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with a life-threatening condition called adenosine deaminase–deficient severe combined immunodeficiency, or ADA-deficient SCID. Often called Bubble Baby disease, the condition can be fatal within the first year …
November 19, 2014
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UCLA Stem Cell Researcher Pioneers Gene Therapy Cure for Children with “Bubble Baby” Disease

Game-changing treatment next to be used for sickle cell disease; clinical trials to begin in early 2015 UCLA stem cell researchers cured 18 children born without a working immune system due to life-threatening ADA-deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Breakthrough stem cell gene therapy …
November 18, 2014

New student-led project investigates healing benefits of live music

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what might a daily dose of Mozart or Thelonius Monk do for one’s health and well-being? A cross-disciplinary group of UCLA students is hoping to find out. Using a series of weekly 30-minute concerts held in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS), coupled with a …
November 18, 2014

Tech tool will support smokers' efforts to quit for good

UCLA is marking the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20 by introducing a new technology tool to help smokers who are seen in the UCLA Health System quit for good. Health care providers in the UCLA Health System will soon be able to send an “eReferral” for tobacco cessation through CareConnect, the patients’ …
November 18, 2014

UCLA biochemists build largest synthetic molecular ‘cage’ ever

UCLA biochemists have created the largest-ever protein that self-assembles into a molecular “cage.” The research could lead to synthetic vaccines that protect people from the flu, HIV and other diseases. At a size hundreds of times smaller than a human cell, it also could lead to new methods of delivering …
November 17, 2014

Suffering from constipation? Self-acupressure can help

About 19 percent of North Americans suffer from constipation, with the digestive condition being more common among women, non-whites, people older than 60, those who are not physically active and the poor. The costs are significant. Hospital costs to treat the condition were estimated at $4.25 billion …
November 16, 2014

UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative helps inspire new nationwide college program

Less than two years after UCLA launched its groundbreaking Healthy Campus Initiative, a prominent organization is introducing a national health and wellness program for colleges and universities. The Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and Michelle Obama to make …
November 14, 2014

Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva

IMPACT Current methods to screen for lung cancer mutations in plasma or blood are complicated, technique-dependent and not readily available. Electric field-induced release and measurement is a reliable method to detect tumor-causing, lung cancer mutations in saliva that would be non-invasive, cost-effective …
November 14, 2014

Statins reverse learning disabilities caused by genetic disorder

UCLA scientists have discovered that statins, a popular class of cholesterol drugs, reverse the learning disabilities caused by a genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome. Their findings were published online Nov. 10 by the journal Nature Neuroscience. The disorder, which is caused by a genetic mutation, …
November 13, 2014

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA receives unrestricted $50 million gift

An unrestricted gift of $50 million to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from the estate of Irma and Norman Switzer was announced Nov. 12 at a gathering of faculty, staff members, the school’s board of visitors and friends of the Switzer family.   “This exceptionally generous gift is an enduring …
November 13, 2014

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center recognized with award for heart failure care

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s work implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College …
November 12, 2014

Mayor, L.A. business leaders to celebrate UCLA Health/CTI lab in China

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will escort a delegation of Los Angeles leaders in tourism, business and medicine to China to attend a Nov. 19 ceremony celebrating UCLA Health’s partnership with Centre Testing International (CTI), a Chinese firm, to launch an advanced medical laboratory in the Zhabei …
November 12, 2014

Online tool created by UCLA provides health information by ZIP code, city and legislative district

For the first time, anyone can easily access comprehensive California health statistics by ZIP code, city and legislative district thanks to a new web tool created by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The easy-to-use AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition, or AskCHIS NE, enables users to customize searches, …
November 07, 2014

Discovery by UCLA researchers could lead to better head and neck cancer therapies

UCLA scientists have discovered that a protein usually linked to rare neurological disorders is also associated with head and neck cancer in people who are infected with the human papilloma virus. And when that protein is combined with another cancer-suppressing protein, it helps improve the effectiveness …
November 07, 2014

UCLA study finds tai chi reduces inflammation in breast cancer survivors

UCLA researchers have discovered that the Chinese practice of tai chi can reduce inflammation in people who have had breast cancer, thereby reducing a risk factor for the recurrence of the cancer. Current research indicates that women diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 10 years are three times …
November 06, 2014

Contraception needs to be on global health agenda, Melinda Gates says at UCLA

Todd Cheney/UCLA Renee Montagne, left, interviews Melinda Gates The world has backed away from supporting contraception in the developing world because of politics, and it's vital to put the issue back on the global health agenda, said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, …
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