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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 …
December 17, 2014

Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common …
December 16, 2014

Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates. But does …
December 12, 2014

Boy battling cancer gets treated as UCLA's No. 1 sports fan

Logan Nobriga, a 10-year-old-boy who is battling cancer, never expected he’d see his story played out on the giant monitor at Pauley Pavilion. But on Wednesday, he stood on the basketball court before the tip-off of a game watching a video about the fight of his young life. Logan, who comes from Oak …
December 12, 2014

FDA approves drug that extends survival in the most common type of lung cancer

The Food and Drug Administration today approved a new drug to treat non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), offering people new hope in fighting the disease. Lung cancer is expected to lead to more than 150,000 deaths in the United States this year alone, and NSCLC accounts for about 85 percent of all lung …
December 12, 2014

UCLA researcher develops robotic surgery technique to treat previously inoperable head and neck cancer

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have advanced a robotic surgical technique to successfully access a previously unreachable area of the head and neck. This pioneering method can now be used safely and efficiently in patients to remove tumors that many times were previously considered …
December 11, 2014

As gay marriage gains voter acceptance, UCLA–Columbia study illuminates one possible reason

Conventional wisdom holds that changing the views of voters on divisive issues is difficult if not impossible — and that when change does occur, it is almost always temporary. But Michael LaCour, a UCLA doctoral candidate in political science, and Donald Green, a Columbia University political science …
December 11, 2014

Higher-earning physicians make more money by ordering more procedures per patient, says UCLA report

In results they characterized as “very surprising,” UCLA researchers found for the first time that higher-earning clinicians make more money by ordering more procedures and services per patient rather than by seeing more patients, which may not be in patients’ best interest. The researchers, from UCLA’s …
December 11, 2014

UCLA’s resilience-building programs for veterans and their families lauded

A new report evaluating the impact of research-based programs designed to enhance the mental health of military families, has found compelling evidence that such programs help veterans and their families build resilience to cope with the effects of wartime service and combat-related physical and psychological …
December 08, 2014

UCLA researchers unlock protein key to harnessing regenerative power of blood stem cells

UCLA scientists have for the first time identified a protein that plays a key role in regulating how blood stem cells replicate in humans. This discovery lays the groundwork for a better understanding of how this protein controls blood stem cell growth and regeneration, and could lead to the development …
December 05, 2014

UCLA study finds over-treatment for prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of fewer than 10 years

National guidelines recommend that men with low- and intermediate -risk prostate cancer who have life expectancies of fewer than 10 years should not be treated with radiation or surgery, since they are unlikely to live long enough to benefit from treatment. Yet a new study by UCLA researchers found …
December 03, 2014

Gene discovery shows how stem cells can be activated to help immune system fight infection

In a study led by Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research member Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto, UCLA scientists have shown that two genes not previously known to be involved with the immune system play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight …
December 02, 2014

UCLA study: To stop spread of HIV, African governments should target hot zones

David Gerberry Efficiency of reducing transmission of HIV in South African provinces, from red (best) to orange (moderate) to green (worst). Blue and pink bars show prevalence of HIV for men and women, respectively. While Ebola has attracted much of the world’s attention recently, a severe HIV epidemic …
December 01, 2014

Life in America: Hazardous to immigrants’ health?

Margaret Molloy/UCLA Over time, the health status of immigrant groups tends to decline and faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health are trying untangle the causes and promote solutions.   America is a nation of immigrants drawn from all parts of the world by the promise of freedom and …
November 26, 2014

UCLA scientists discover why some patients respond to a life-saving melanoma drug

UCLA researchers have pioneered a new methodology to predict why some patients battling advanced melanoma respond well and others do not to the new breakthrough drug pembrolizumab. The study, led by UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center members Dr. Paul Tumeh and Dr. Antoni Ribas, primary investigator …
November 25, 2014

Q&A: David Gere and the fight to end AIDS

Through the UCLA Art and Global Health Center he created, visionary director and professor David Gere of the Department of World Arts and Cultures has used art and a network of artists to communicate his message about ending the AIDS epidemic around the world. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, before World AIDS …
November 25, 2014

UCLA and House Clinic sign letter of intent to expand patients’ access to specialty ear care

The UCLA department of head and neck surgery and House Clinic announced today that they have signed a letter of intent to pursue and finalize a clinical partnership. The alliance would create the nation’s leader in patient care, research and education for hearing and ear disorders. “We are thrilled …
November 24, 2014

Brain’s reaction to virtual reality should prompt further study, suggests new research by UCLA neuroscientists

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial, scientific or other purposes. “The pattern of …
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