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August 19, 2014

Mother whose young daughter died from ovarian cancer raises money for UCLA cancer research

When Paulinda Babbini’s daughter, Robin, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004 at age 17, the mother’s first reaction was shock. Robin was a typical, active teenager and honor student, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, homecoming queen and involved in the dramatic arts. How could her baby have …
August 19, 2014

New vaccine shows promise as stronger weapon against both tuberculosis and leprosy

In many parts of the world, leprosy and tuberculosis live side-by-side. Worldwide there are approximately 233,000 new cases of leprosy per year, with nearly all of them occurring where tuberculosis is endemic. The currently available century-old vaccine Bacille Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, provides only …
August 19, 2014

Teaching Award for Residents and Fellows

From Left - Christine Thang, Melody Chung, Joyce Fried and Azim Laiwalla The UCLA Medical Student Council recently created an “Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award” to recognize residents and fellows who model exemplary behavior toward medical …
August 18, 2014

Doctors, patients at the crossroads make difficult decisions together

Ann Johansson/UCLA When Craig Mann was diagnosed with prostate cancer, UCLA’s novel shared decision-making program helped him, working closely with his physicians, to make the choices he felt were right for him. Craig Mann was bewildered enough when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer late last …
August 18, 2014

Implantable heart devices result in similar survival benefits among ethnic, racial groups

Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows. While the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association jointly recommend the use of implantable …
August 18, 2014

Mother who Lost Young Daughter to Ovarian Cancer Raises Money for UCLA Gynecologic Cancer Research

Paulinda Babbini and her late daughter, Robin When Paulinda Babbini’s daughter, Robin, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004 at age 17, the mother’s first reaction was shock. Robin was a typical, active teenager and honor student, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, homecoming …
August 18, 2014
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Pediatrician from Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Reminds Parents to Immunize Children Before School Starts

With children starting school earlier than usual this year, UCLA pediatrician Dr. Piper Calasanti reminds families to schedule a visit to their healthcare provider for necessary vaccinations, especially for diseases such as whooping cough and measles, which have increased in prevalence in California …
August 18, 2014

UCLA faculty voice: Thanks to technology, our internal sleep clocks are out of sync

  UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is a distinguished professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This op-ed was published Aug. 14 in the Wall Street Journal. In this season of vacation travel, many of us are happily resigned to jet lag as the price …
August 14, 2014

PTSD can develop even without memory of the trauma, psychologists report

Micrograph of a rat's amygdala Adults can develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder even if they have no explicit memory of an early childhood trauma, according to research by UCLA psychologists. The study, which will be published Aug. 15 in the journal Biological Psychiatry, …
August 13, 2014

Superhero grime fighters delight young patients

Erin, 5, reaches out to touch Captain America and Spider-Man when they appear outside her hospital room window high up on the fifth floor of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The costume-clad superhero window washers who included Batman and Wonder Woman descended …
August 13, 2014

UCLA honors legacy of former World Boxing Council president

The UCLA Health System and department of neurosurgery will celebrate the legacy of Don Jose Sulaiman, former president of the World Boxing Council, with a tribute luncheon on Aug. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles.  The event will honor Sulaiman's leadership …
August 12, 2014

To eat or not to eat

A disposable plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs and shorten hospital stays, according to a UCLA study. Some patients …
August 11, 2014

Researchers discover gene that slows bone loss and promotes bone formation

IMPACT Osteoporosis and aging-related bone loss is debilitating and painful. With a greater understanding of Wnt4 signaling, researchers are now closer to developing therapeutic agents that could slow down bone loss, regenerate lost bone and inhibit the inflammation associated with osteoporosis and …
August 06, 2014

Picturing pain

The pain of loneliness. The pain of post-traumatic stress. The pain of spinal stenosis, of uterine fibroids, of mortality. So how does someone explain one’s pain to another person, to make it real for someone else? By drawing it. To help UCLA medical students understand the experience of pain and illness …
August 06, 2014

U.S. medical schools urged to increase enrollment of undocumented immigrants

A paper by researchers at the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture urges medical schools to do more to increase their enrollment of undocumented immigrants seeking access to the medical professions. The authors of “Undocumented Students Pursuing Medical Education: The Implications …
August 04, 2014

Earlier intervention for most common form of heart attacks linked to improved survival rates

Changes in the treatment of the most common form of heart attack over the past decade have been associated with higher survival rates for men and women regardless of age, race and ethnicity, according to a UCLA-led analysis. But the study also suggests that there is room for improvement in how current …
August 04, 2014

Poor people with diabetes up to 10 times likelier to lose a limb than wealthier patients

It's no secret that poverty is bad for your health. Now a new UCLA study demonstrates that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state. Earlier diagnosis and proper treatment …
July 31, 2014

Sarah Michelle Gellar to host 15th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier benefitting Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Hosts VIP Area Sponsor Area; Special Celebrity Guests to Sign Autographs and Lend a Hand in the Game Booths Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is celebrating its 15th annual Mattel Party on the Pier benefiting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA at Pacific Park on the Santa …
July 31, 2014

UCLA program puts Spanish-speaking international medical grads on pathway to practice

Across California, there is a dearth of Spanish-speaking, culturally adept primary care physicians. In Tulare County, 61 percent of the population is Hispanic, and many are monolingual Spanish speakers in this region located inland between Fresno and Bakersfield. And yet there are only 42 Hispanic physicians …
July 30, 2014

Diverticulitis patients reveal psychological and physical symptoms long after acute attacks

UCLA researchers interviewed people with diverticulitis and confirmed that many suffer psychological and physical symptoms long after their acute illness has passed.  For the study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Quality of Life Research, a UCLA team led by Dr. Brennan Spiegel interviewed …
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