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October 01, 2014

Health innovations pay off in cost savings, better patient care

A University of California center that fosters health care innovation at UC's five medical centers is proving to be a boon to both patient health and the bottom line. Grants made by UC’s Center for Health Quality and Innovation to fund innovative projects that improve patient care and satisfaction at …
September 30, 2014

Antioxidant found in grapes uncorks new targets for acne treatment

Got grapes? UCLA researchers have demonstrated how resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in wine, works to inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne. The team also found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability …
September 30, 2014

Two UCLA scientists receive NIH grants to further BRAIN Initiative research

In April 2013, UCLA scientists led by Chancellor Gene Block were among the guests at President Obama’s announcement of the BRAIN Initiative. The program is aimed at discovering new ways to treat, cure and prevent traumatic brain injuries and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy. Today, …
September 29, 2014

UCLA scientists engineer antibiotics to catch up in race against drug resistance

UCLA By adding amino acids to the molecule of tobramycin, UCLA researchers led by Gerard Wong created a new antibiotic drug molecule, called Pentobra, which is able to easily punch holes in persister cell membranes and get inside the cells to kill the bacteria.   We face an urgent global health problem …
September 26, 2014

In studying suicide, he shines a light on a secret shame

When people think of public health, they do not often think of suicidology — the study of the causes and prevention of suicide. Historically, public health has been either associated with Hollywood-style images of government workers investigating disease outbreaks or mistakenly equated to local health …
September 25, 2014

Biochemists solve ‘address problem’ in cells that leads to lethal kidney disease

Research by UCLA biochemists may lead to a new treatment — or even a cure — for PH1, a rare and potentially deadly genetic kidney disease that afflicts children. Their findings also may provide important insights into treatments for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative diseases. Led …
September 23, 2014

Teens extend help to family of girl with liver cancer

When Myra and David Mezquita of the South Bay had triplets, they knew they were blessed even though they had their hands more than full caring for the new arrivals as well as their teenagers. Then one of the triplets, Vicky, was diagnosed with liver cancer and needed a transplant, which was performed …
September 23, 2014
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UCLA Spark campaign raising funds to treat low sexual desire in female cancer survivors

Women who survive cancer face a number of long-term challenges after treatment; for many, this can include a loss of their sex drive. The reasons are varied, ranging from self-consciousness about changes to their bodies, such as scaring, or simply from the stress of battling a life-threatening disease. These …
September 19, 2014

Attend mini medical school

Learn the basics of medical science and advances in the biomedical and clinical sciences at Mini Med School, a lecture series presented by UCLA Health for the general public.The three-evening series featuring distinguished professors from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA giving an introduction …
September 19, 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 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 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 …
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