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August 21, 2014

A Band of Doctors Rock for Charity

From left: Solomon Poyourow, MD, Phuong Nguyen, MD, Jason Roostaeian, MD and Robert Kang, MD. Photo by Michelle Van Vliet Watch out Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins. Help the Doctor, an indie rock band of doctors moonlighting as musicians, is generating buzz. What began as a much-needed outlet …
August 21, 2014

Geriatrics Unit Becomes ‘Friendlier’ for Older Adults

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica’s 26-bed geriatrics unit has achieved the next level of professional designation from a national nursing organization known as NICHE — Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders. The designation recognizes hospitals that have implemented the NICHE Geriatric …
August 21, 2014

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Children’s social skills may be declining as they spend large amounts of time using digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading …
August 21, 2014

Vault nanoparticles engineered at UCLA show promise for cancer treatment and possible HIV cure

American Chemical Society UCLA scientists developed a method for placing bryostatin 1 in nanoscale vaults for safe delivery to cells, where it can activate latent HIV, enabling the virus to be eradicated. A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally …
August 20, 2014

Q&A: Federica Raia and life with a new heart

Forty years ago, it was unthinkable to live a life with an artificial heart, with someone else’s transplanted heart or with an assist-heart pump. Today, the technological advances of modern medicine make this possible. But how does that change a human being’s life? And how can doctors help their patients …
August 20, 2014

Study identifies protein that helps prevent active tuberculosis in infected patients

A UCLA-led study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacterium that causes tuberculosis — from developing the active form of the disease. The protein, interleukin-32, was discovered to be one biomarker of adequate …
August 20, 2014

Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost and community concerns, too

In April, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order asking residents to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. That hasn’t happened. Since then, the state’s dry conditions have worsened, with more than 80 percent of California now in an extreme drought according to the National Weather …
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 …
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