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July 22, 2014

UCLA faculty contribute to international study on the biology behind schizophrenia

UCLA researchers were part of a multinational effort that has identified more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. The study, the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, provides important new insights about the biological …
July 22, 2014

UCLA researchers find mechanism that clears excess of a pancreatic protein linked with Type 2 diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes have an excess of a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide, or IAPP, and the accumulation of this protein is linked to the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. What causes this accumulation of IAPP in pancreatic beta cells of people with diabetes has remained …
July 21, 2014

Low-income students in high-performing high schools less likely to engage in risky behaviors

Low-income minority adolescents who were admitted to high-performing public charter high schools in Los Angeles were significantly less likely to engage in risky health behaviors than their peers who were not admitted to those schools, according to a new UCLA-led study. These students also scored significantly …
July 18, 2014

Lights, camera, health!

Sonja Perryman once had a successful career as an actress doing live theater and television commercials. Jill Donnelly did sketch and improvisational comedy on stage, in theaters and on television in New York and L.A. As a child, Adam Carl Cohen used his dad’s video camera to make films starring crude …
July 18, 2014

Scrub in for the Hygiene Games (video)

For workers in a hospital, preventing the spread of infections is vital. UCLA's goal is to have zero health case-associated infections. The most effective way that hospital staff can do that isn't with some high-tech disinfecting laser — just thorough handwashing. To reinforce the critical importance …
July 18, 2014

UCLA-led effort to improve medical computing gets $3M boost from public-private partnership

A group led by UCLA engineering researchers that designs high-performance, customizable computer technologies to improve health care has received a $3 million grant from a public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation and semiconductor giant Intel Corp. The award will help further …
July 17, 2014

Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments

When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient's brain that relieve mental disorders? UCLA psychology professor Michelle Craske says the honest answer is that we don't know. But, according to Craske and two colleagues, we need to find out. Mental health disorders …
July 16, 2014

UCLA-led study finds personalized approach enhances communication skills in children with autism

A UCLA-led study has found that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. The three-year study examined different approaches to improving communication abilities among …
July 15, 2014

Men with prostate cancer and depression have lower survival rates than those who aren't depressed

Depressed men with localized prostate cancer are more likely to be diagnosed with more aggressive cancer, receive less effective treatments and survive for shorter times than prostate cancer patients who are not depressed, a UCLA study has found. The study's lead author, UCLA professor Dr. Jim Hu, said …
July 15, 2014

UCLA Health System's hospitals ranked among nation's best in U.S. News' annual survey

The UCLA Health System's hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named to U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals 2014–15 Honor Roll. UCLA was ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  The annual rankings, now in their 25th year, are …
July 14, 2014

UCLA doctor to lead major trial to prevent fall-related injuries among older people

Each year, one in three adults aged 65 or older falls, and a third of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and a loss of independence. Thousands of older adults also die every year from such falls. To find effective, evidence-based strategies …
July 14, 2014

UCLA-led study shows intoxication played bigger role in suicide deaths during economic downturn

People who committed suicide during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 were more likely to have been legally intoxicated at the time than those who committed suicide during other recent years, according to research led by UCLA professor Mark Kaplan. Although one-third of all people who commit suicide …
July 11, 2014

UCLA hospitals named among 2014 'Most Wired'

UCLA hospitals have been named among the nation's "Most Wired" for the second consecutive year in a survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. As health care transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect a patient's …
July 10, 2014

Parents, coaches and doctors learn ways to prevent concussion among young football players

“Welcome to the future of high school football,” Terry O’Neil said as he greeted nearly 90 coaches, physicians, sports advocates and parents who came to Carnesale Commons July 8 to learn about what they can do to help players reduce the risk of concussion. The diverse group gathered to learn about football …
July 10, 2014

Robot-assisted technique improves surgeons' ability to remove small kidney cancer tumors

Roughly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Most of them have small tumors that doctors discover while screening for other health problems. The surgeries to remove renal tumors can be difficult, particularly if the cancer is on the posterior side of the kidney and if patients …
July 08, 2014

Harmful hookahs: Many young smokers aren't aware of the danger

Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, many young adults believe that using the water pipes is not harmful to their health, according to a UCLA School of Nursing study. Researchers visited three Southern California …
July 08, 2014

UCLA to develop 'brain prosthesis' to help brain-injured patients recover memory

UCLA has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to spearhead an innovative project aimed at developing a wireless, implantable brain device that could help restore lost memory function in individuals who have suffered debilitating brain injuries and other disorders. The four-year …
July 03, 2014

Dental school's diversity pipeline a success

When Raquel Ulma moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Greg, in 2002, he knew that it was time for her to start making her lifelong dream of becoming a dentist a reality, even though she had no idea how. So Greg encouraged her to attend the annual California Dental Association session with a friend. …
July 02, 2014

Siblings discover relationship in time for life-saving kidney donation

Two people whose lives intersected at times over the last couple of decades discovered only a few months ago that they are actually brother and sister. The sister said it was nothing less than divine intervention — because it gave her the opportunity to donate a kidney to her newfound brother …
July 02, 2014

UCLA addresses 'lost in translation' issues in Chinese medicine

Millions of people in the West today utilize traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, massage and nutritional therapies. Yet only a few U.S. schools that teach Chinese medicine require Chinese-language training and only a handful of Chinese medical texts have so far been translated …
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