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August 29, 2014

Survivor of lightning strike reunites with rescuers

July 27 started out as a typical Sunday for Robert Kilroy, a 56-year-old off-duty seasonal Los Angeles County lifeguard and a chiropractor. The Marina Del Rey resident went to his favorite spot in Venice Beach and was chest- deep in the ocean teaching his daughter Emily Kilroy, 15, how to surf. Suddenly, …
August 28, 2014

A sermon and a flu shot: Taking preventive health care into community spaces

A church. A city park. An office. These are not the typical settings for a medical checkup. But a new nationwide study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that providing health services in unorthodox settings helps underserved adults get preventive care. With support from the Centers …
August 27, 2014

Protein in ‘good cholesterol’ may be a key to treating pulmonary hypertension

Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels and hardening arteries, which causes diseases like atherosclerosis. A new study at UCLA demonstrates that they may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension, a serious lung disease that narrows the small blood vessels in the lungs.  Using …
August 27, 2014

Stacy Park wins grant to study role of e-cigarettes in lung cancer

Stacy J. Park, a senior postdoctoral fellow in the department of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been awarded a two-year, $80,000 grant by the Prevent Cancer Foundation to study the role of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in the pathogenesis of lung cancer. Park is …
August 26, 2014

In sync and in control?

In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation’s attention has been focused on how law enforcement’s use of military gear might have inflamed tensions. But what if the simple act of marching in unison …
August 25, 2014

Providing futile treatment prevents other patients from receiving the critical care they need

Providing futile treatment in the intensive care unit sets off a chain reaction that causes other ill patients who need medical attention to wait for critical care beds, according to a study by UCLA and RAND Health. The research is the first to show that when non-beneficial medical care is provided, …
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 …
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