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April 14, 2014

Community-based HIV prevention can boost testing, help reduce new infections

Communities in Africa and Thailand that worked together on HIV-prevention efforts saw not only a rise in HIV screening but a drop in new infections, according to a new study in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet Global Health.   The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health's Project Accept — a trial conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network to test a combination of social, behavioral ....
April 14, 2014

Panel: Investing in health could bring profound returns by 2035

WHAT: The UCLA Center for World Health will celebrate its launch by hosting a panel of leading experts in the field of global health to explore "Global Health 2035," a report published by The Lancet to explore the case for health investment.     Written by an independent commission of 25 internationally recognized economists and health experts co-led by panelist Dean Jamison, the report ....
April 11, 2014

Entertainers Julianne Hough and Derek Hough honored at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s second annual Kaleidoscope Ball

Additional honorees included Maureen and Bryan Stockton and patient Grace Suomi Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA celebrated the second annual Kaleidoscope Ball “Designing the Sweet Side of L.A.” at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 10. Hosted by Maria Menounos, the star-studded event honored Emmy Award-nominated Julianne Hough and Emmy Award-Winning Derek Hough with the Kaleidoscope ....
April 11, 2014

Promising drug doubles positive effect in hormone-receptor–positive breast cancer

Breast cancer researchers from the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center announced final clinical trial results this week that showed the amount of time patients were on treatment without their cancer worsening (called "progression-free survival") was effectively doubled in women with advanced breast cancer who took the experimental drug palbociclib.   The ....
April 09, 2014
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Doctor uses crowdfunding to launch anti-food choking campaign

One child dies every five days from choking on food in the United States  Popcorn, hot dogs and grapes are among the favorite foods of many young kids, but did you know these foods can easily get lodged in a child's airway and cause choking accidents and death? Dr. Nina Shapiro, professor of head and neck surgery and director of pediatric ear, nose and throat at Mattel Children's Hospital ....
April 09, 2014

UCLA launches joint venture with Chinese firm to open sophisticated lab in Shanghai

Joint venture for clinical lab in ShanghaiSigning ceremony for UCLA-CTI joint venture in Shanghai Sangem Hsu, president of CTI, and Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System (seated), surrounded by (from left) Ren Sun and Dr. Jianyu Rao (both from UCLA), Paul Fasi (CTI), Dr. Scott Binder, Dr. Jonathan Braun and Dr. Tom Rosenthal (all UCLA). Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA The ....
April 08, 2014
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Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs

The study's four participantsLeft to right: Andrew Meas, Dustin Shillcox, Kent Stephenson and Rob Summers, the first four people to undergo task-specific training with epidural stimulation at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, a part of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Frazier Rehab Institute. Four young men who have been ....
April 08, 2014

UCLA's Fielding School to launch partnerships with Chinese schools of public health

On Friday, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will welcome nine delegates from three of the most renowned schools of public health in China to launch formal academic partnerships.   Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School, and her counterparts from China will sign memoranda of understanding establishing training and research collaborations between UCLA and the Chinese institutions. ....
April 04, 2014

Does a junk food diet make you lazy? UCLA psychology study offers answer

Aaron Blaisdell Photo Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA A new UCLA psychology study provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary — not the other way around. Life scientists led by UCLA's Aaron Blaisdell placed 32 female rats on one of two diets for six months. The first, a standard rat's diet, consisted of relatively unprocessed foods like ground corn and ....
April 03, 2014

Free UCLA Seminar: Treating Weight Gain after Bariatric Surgery

What:             Weight gain after bariatric surgery is a common problem that occurs several years after the operation, often due to stretching that expands the surgically created gastric pouch.  At an upcoming free seminar, UCLA experts will cover the mechanisms of such weight gain and a new minimally-invasive procedure to tighten ....
April 03, 2014

Higher social class linked to fewer bone fractures among non-white women

If you are a middle-aged African-American or Asian woman, your social class may play a significant role in how likely you are to suffer bone fracutres, a UCLA-led study suggests.   The study, published in the current issue of Osteoporosis International, is unique in that it followed Asian, African-American and white women for a period of nine years during mid-life; most previous studies on ....
April 02, 2014

UCLA hospitals serve up antibiotic-free beef and chicken

Patricia Oliver, director of nutrition services, UCLA Health System, and Gabriel Gomez, executive chef, UCLA Health System, with new antibiotic-free menu items at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Credit: Reed Hutchinson Patients, staff and visitors to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica can now enjoy a healthier version of the traditional burger-and-fries ....
April 01, 2014

Cell metabolism discovery could lead to treatments for cancer, common cold

Scientists at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published the first study explaining in detail how viruses reprogram the metabolism of the cells they invade to promote continued viral growth within an organism.   The findings could have implications for cancer treatments based on similarities between viruses and cancer-cell mechanisms and may even lead to drugs that could inhibit ....
March 31, 2014

Tweaking potassium levels in brain could be a key to fighting Huntington's disease

Astrocytes in brain tissue. Brain tissue from a mouse shows star-shaped astrocytes (green). Cells (blue) containing mutant protein (white) display lower levels of a potassium-regulating protein (red). By boosting the ability of a specific type of cell to absorb potassium in the brain, UCLA researchers were able to improve walking and prolong survival in a mouse model of Huntington's ....
March 26, 2014

Dentist shortage bites California as more choose to practice out of state

A lingering recession, the elimination of Medicaid dental reimbursements and a glut of established dentists in wealthier, populated areas may explain why more new dentists are practicing outside California, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "Good access to dental care depends on having a robust supply of new dentists in California," said Nadereh Pourat, ....
March 25, 2014

Unique use of heart-lung machine saves heart attack victim at UCLA emergency room

UCLA patient James Manzi with his wife Barbara at a recent clinic follow-up visit on Feb. 28. James Manzi is lucky to be alive. When the 79-year-old Brentwood, Calif., resident arrived at  Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's emergency room in full cardiac arrest, the medical team tried everything to stabilize him, including shocking his heart 29 times with a defibrillator in an ....
March 21, 2014

UCLA medical students meet their match

Sarah Neyssani will do her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Friday was the day when U.S. medical students rip open envelopes and learn where they’ve been accepted for residency, the next phase of their training as physicians. This year, 40,000 individuals applied for 30,000 residency slots across the country.  Nationwide, 85 percent were matched with one of their top ....
March 17, 2014

New UCLA program offers parents medical guidance for international adoptions

The Wilsons of Bakersfield, Calif., whose family includes three biological children, two brothers adopted from Ethiopia in 2011 and two boys adopted from China 2013, have benefited from the expertise of UCLA's International Adoption and Travel Clinic. With thousands of internationally adopted children arriving in the United States each year, there is a growing demand for a specialized ....
March 13, 2014

Older adults: Build muscle and you'll live longer

New UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition — and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI — is a better predictor of all-cause mortality.   The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, is the culmination of previous UCLA ....
March 12, 2014

Doctors issue new treatment guidelines for skin abscesses caused by MRSA

It has been more than 10 years since the clinical battle began with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and doctors are still grappling with how to diagnose, treat and prevent this virulent form of staph infection, which is immune to many antibiotics.   As MRSA cases have increased dramatically over the decade, so have the number of skin abscesses — ....
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