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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 …
July 29, 2014
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Favorite foods can cause serious choking accidents in kids

UCLA expert offers tips to prevent young children from choking on food (Note to broadcast editors: A high-definition package, b-roll and SOT's are available for download.  Please contact Amy Albin, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, aalbin@mednet.ucla.edu, (310) 794-8672.) Most parents never …
July 29, 2014

Sunset Flood: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Update as of July 29,2014, 7:00 p.m.The valve feeding the ruptured main was shut off at 5:25pm, although residual pressure resulted in continued flow for some time. We are now seeing the flood water recede on campus. Although some water entered level 1 of Structure 8, there is no reported damage or …
July 28, 2014

Three of four California children with mental health needs don't get treatment

More than 300,000 California children between the ages 4 and 11 need mental health care, but only one in four is treated, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research — this, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending early-childhood intervention …
July 22, 2014

UCLA faculty contribute to international study on the biology behind schizophrenia

UCLA researchers were part of a multinational effort that has identified more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. The study, the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, provides important new insights about the biological …
July 22, 2014

UCLA researchers find mechanism that clears excess of a pancreatic protein linked with Type 2 diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes have an excess of a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide, or IAPP, and the accumulation of this protein is linked to the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. What causes this accumulation of IAPP in pancreatic beta cells of people with diabetes has remained …
July 21, 2014

Low-income students in high-performing high schools less likely to engage in risky behaviors

Low-income minority adolescents who were admitted to high-performing public charter high schools in Los Angeles were significantly less likely to engage in risky health behaviors than their peers who were not admitted to those schools, according to a new UCLA-led study. These students also scored significantly …
July 18, 2014

Lights, camera, health!

Sonja Perryman once had a successful career as an actress doing live theater and television commercials. Jill Donnelly did sketch and improvisational comedy on stage, in theaters and on television in New York and L.A. As a child, Adam Carl Cohen used his dad’s video camera to make films starring crude …
July 18, 2014

Scrub in for the Hygiene Games (video)

For workers in a hospital, preventing the spread of infections is vital. UCLA's goal is to have zero health case-associated infections. The most effective way that hospital staff can do that isn't with some high-tech disinfecting laser — just thorough handwashing. To reinforce the critical importance …
July 18, 2014

UCLA-led effort to improve medical computing gets $3M boost from public-private partnership

A group led by UCLA engineering researchers that designs high-performance, customizable computer technologies to improve health care has received a $3 million grant from a public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation and semiconductor giant Intel Corp. The award will help further …
July 17, 2014

Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments

When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient's brain that relieve mental disorders? UCLA psychology professor Michelle Craske says the honest answer is that we don't know. But, according to Craske and two colleagues, we need to find out. Mental health disorders …
July 16, 2014

UCLA-led study finds personalized approach enhances communication skills in children with autism

A UCLA-led study has found that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. The three-year study examined different approaches to improving communication abilities among …
July 15, 2014

Men with prostate cancer and depression have lower survival rates than those who aren't depressed

Depressed men with localized prostate cancer are more likely to be diagnosed with more aggressive cancer, receive less effective treatments and survive for shorter times than prostate cancer patients who are not depressed, a UCLA study has found. The study's lead author, UCLA professor Dr. Jim Hu, said …
July 15, 2014

UCLA Health System's hospitals ranked among nation's best in U.S. News' annual survey

The UCLA Health System's hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named to U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals 2014–15 Honor Roll. UCLA was ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  The annual rankings, now in their 25th year, are …
July 14, 2014

UCLA doctor to lead major trial to prevent fall-related injuries among older people

Each year, one in three adults aged 65 or older falls, and a third of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and a loss of independence. Thousands of older adults also die every year from such falls. To find effective, evidence-based strategies …
July 14, 2014

UCLA-led study shows intoxication played bigger role in suicide deaths during economic downturn

People who committed suicide during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 were more likely to have been legally intoxicated at the time than those who committed suicide during other recent years, according to research led by UCLA professor Mark Kaplan. Although one-third of all people who commit suicide …
July 11, 2014

UCLA hospitals named among 2014 'Most Wired'

UCLA hospitals have been named among the nation's "Most Wired" for the second consecutive year in a survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. As health care transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect a patient's …
July 10, 2014

Parents, coaches and doctors learn ways to prevent concussion among young football players

“Welcome to the future of high school football,” Terry O’Neil said as he greeted nearly 90 coaches, physicians, sports advocates and parents who came to Carnesale Commons July 8 to learn about what they can do to help players reduce the risk of concussion. The diverse group gathered to learn about football …
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