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January 14, 2015

Iron overload disease causes rapid growth of potentially deadly bacteria, UCLA study finds

Every summer, the news reports on a bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus found in warm saltwater that causes people to get sick, or die, after they eat raw tainted shellfish or when an open wound comes in contact with seawater. People with a weakened immune system, chronic liver disease or iron overload …
January 13, 2015

Children of melanoma survivors need better protection from sun’s harmful rays, UCLA research shows

UCLA researchers have found that children of melanoma survivors are not comprehensively adhering to sun protection recommendations, despite them being at an increased risk for developing the disease as adults. In the study led by Beth Glenn, associate director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer …
January 13, 2015

Exposure to antidepressants during gestation influences anxiety behavior later in life

Courtesy of Anne Andrews Anne Andrews About 15 percent of U.S. women suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However, little is known about how their children might be affected by exposure to these medications in the womb. It’s …
January 13, 2015

UCLA Health Sciences vice chancellor to depart for top post at Duke Health System

In a message to the UCLA campus community today, Chancellor Gene Block announced that Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will be leaving UCLA at the end of February. Read the full text of the chancellor’s statement below. …
January 13, 2015

UCLA, Yale professors propose new regulations for off-label uses of drugs and devices

Off-label use of drugs and medical devices — using approved remedies in unapproved ways — has long been a part of medicine. The practice provides public health benefits but also presents some risks. For the most part, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows physicians to prescribe drugs and devices …
January 13, 2015

Vote to fund your favorite community health project

Top five will win $20,000 each The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health System are staging an online competition to fund projects aimed at transforming health in the Los Angeles region. Starting Monday, Jan. 12, UCLA faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the …
January 12, 2015

More important than money? Environmental health benefits inspire people to cut back on electricity

What would inspire you to cut your electricity use: Finding out how much money you could save, or knowing how much cancer-causing air pollution you could eliminate?  A multidisciplinary study conducted at UCLA showed that eliminating pollution is the more powerful motivator. People who regularly heard …
January 12, 2015

UCLA scientists use ‘NanoVelcro’ and temperature control to extract tumor cells from blood

An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood. Circulating tumor cells are cancer cells that break away from tumors and travel in the blood, looking for …
January 08, 2015

The science behind your kid’s obsession with ‘Frozen’

Yalda T. Uhls and Maryam Kia-Keating are sisters, psychologists, and, most importantly, moms. Uhls is a senior scientific researcher at the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA at UCLA and regional director of the non-profit Common Sense Media. Kia-Keating is an associate professor of clinical psychology …
January 07, 2015

Scientists at UCLA develop method to define stages of stem cell reprogramming

In a study that provides scientists with a critical new understanding of stem cell development and its role in disease, UCLA researchers led by Kathrin Plath, have established a first-of-its-kind methodology that defines the stages by which specialized cells are reprogrammed into stem cells resembling …
January 06, 2015

Anderson professor shows reputation is a measure of your mystique

In a perfect world, we’d solely be concerned with who we really are. But how others see us has a direct effect on our lives and careers, according to studies done by UCLA Anderson associate professor Maia Young. She studies organizational behavior, and some of that research involves your reputation …
December 24, 2014

Top UCLA stories of 2014: A year in images

The year 2014 at UCLA featured the debut of a multi-year fundraising campaign, research breakthroughs in several fields, stunning achievements by students and faculty members — and one afternoon in July, an unexpected flood that impacted the campus for months. We call that a momentous year. Browse the …
December 23, 2014

Researchers shed light on how ‘microbial dark matter’ might cause disease

One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists. It is estimated by scientists that roughly half of bacteria living in human bodies is difficult to replicate …
December 22, 2014

Boy with rare disease delivers 1,000 toys to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Casey Abrams, 11, has organized toy drives for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for the past four years. On Monday, he delivered roughly 1,000 toys to the hospital where he has spent many holidays and birthdays and built a special bond with the hospital staff and volunteers. Casey Abrams …
December 22, 2014

Full-time employment with no health benefits was a trend for workers in 2012

Almost half of the 6.9 million Californians who lacked insurance in 2012 were in a family with a full-time worker, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The State of Health Insurance in California report also found that the number of adult workers with job-based …
December 19, 2014

Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates

New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses — the connections between brain cells, or neurons — which are …
December 18, 2014

All UC medical centers designated as Ebola treatment centers

All five University of California medical centers have been designated as hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The hospitals were selected by state health officials, in collaboration with local health authorities and hospital leadership. …
December 18, 2014

Combination drug therapy doubles positive effect of treatment for women with advanced breast cancer

In a groundbreaking study that offers new hope for women with advanced breast cancer, researchers from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published final clinical trial results that showed the amount of time women with advanced breast cancer were on treatment without their cancer worsening …
December 18, 2014

UCLA institute to help biologists, doctors mine 'big data'

By Eryn Brown A new UCLA institute, headed by professor Alexander Hoffman, left, is intended to help scientists and physicians make sense of a deluge of medical data. Hoffman is pictured with UCLA medical professor Douglas Bell. UCLA to announce today a new institute to help medical and …
December 17, 2014

Helping seriously ill children, families cope with the unfathomable

The news Jeannie Malabanan received last January was devastating. Following a year of difficult and aggressive chemotherapy for a rare bone tumor, the cancer at the base of her daughter Ashlee’s spine had metastasized to her brain. After a recurrence of her symptoms, Ashlee began to have seizures and …
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