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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 …
November 24, 2014

Study by UCLA scientists reveals new findings about cause of lesions around jaw bone

IMPACT Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a debilitating and painful condition in which oral lesions develop in individuals taking drugs such as bisphosphonate or denosumab, which are commonly used in treatments for osteoporosis and for cancers that have spread to the bones. Although formally identified in …
November 24, 2014

UCLA researchers identify protein key to the development of blood stem cells

Led by Dr. Hanna Mikkola, a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, UCLA scientists have discovered a protein that is integral to the self-replication of hematopoietic stem cells during human development. The discovery lays the groundwork for researchers …
November 21, 2014

A Thanksgiving to remember

UCLA Dr. Jeremy M. Blumberg is assistant professor of urology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and surgical director of renal transplantation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This story appeared in U Magazine, the quarterly publication of the UCLA Health System. It was the morning of a …
November 21, 2014

To heal the human instrument

When Erik Laurence transferred in 2009 to Shanghai, China, as vice president of a software company, he thought his biggest challenge would be improving his Mandarin-language skills and learning the nuances of the Chinese business scene. But his vocal cords, not the foreign nation, turned out to be his …
November 20, 2014

A global report card: Are children better off than they were 25 years ago?

Twenty-five years ago this month, the countries that compose the United Nations reached a landmark agreement that laid the foundation for much-needed strengthening of children’s rights and protections in nearly every country around the world. Today, the Convention on the Rights of the Child remains …
November 20, 2014

Half a million Californian seniors fall repeatedly; many providers do not routinely screen for falls

More than half a million older Californians — 12.6 percent of the state’s senior population — fall more than once a year, but nearly 60 percent of them fail to seek medical attention afterward, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  The study also found that among those …
November 20, 2014

UCLA stem cell researcher pioneers gene therapy cure for children with ‘Bubble Baby’ disease

UCLA stem cell researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with a life-threatening condition called adenosine deaminase–deficient severe combined immunodeficiency, or ADA-deficient SCID. Often called Bubble Baby disease, the condition can be fatal within the first year …
November 19, 2014
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UCLA Stem Cell Researcher Pioneers Gene Therapy Cure for Children with “Bubble Baby” Disease

Game-changing treatment next to be used for sickle cell disease; clinical trials to begin in early 2015 UCLA stem cell researchers cured 18 children born without a working immune system due to life-threatening ADA-deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Breakthrough stem cell gene therapy …
November 18, 2014

New student-led project investigates healing benefits of live music

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what might a daily dose of Mozart or Thelonius Monk do for one’s health and well-being? A cross-disciplinary group of UCLA students is hoping to find out. Using a series of weekly 30-minute concerts held in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS), coupled with a …
November 18, 2014

Tech tool will support smokers' efforts to quit for good

UCLA is marking the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20 by introducing a new technology tool to help smokers who are seen in the UCLA Health System quit for good. Health care providers in the UCLA Health System will soon be able to send an “eReferral” for tobacco cessation through CareConnect, the patients’ …
November 18, 2014

UCLA biochemists build largest synthetic molecular ‘cage’ ever

UCLA biochemists have created the largest-ever protein that self-assembles into a molecular “cage.” The research could lead to synthetic vaccines that protect people from the flu, HIV and other diseases. At a size hundreds of times smaller than a human cell, it also could lead to new methods of delivering …
November 17, 2014

Suffering from constipation? Self-acupressure can help

About 19 percent of North Americans suffer from constipation, with the digestive condition being more common among women, non-whites, people older than 60, those who are not physically active and the poor. The costs are significant. Hospital costs to treat the condition were estimated at $4.25 billion …
November 16, 2014

UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative helps inspire new nationwide college program

Less than two years after UCLA launched its groundbreaking Healthy Campus Initiative, a prominent organization is introducing a national health and wellness program for colleges and universities. The Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and Michelle Obama to make …
November 14, 2014

Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva

IMPACT Current methods to screen for lung cancer mutations in plasma or blood are complicated, technique-dependent and not readily available. Electric field-induced release and measurement is a reliable method to detect tumor-causing, lung cancer mutations in saliva that would be non-invasive, cost-effective …
November 14, 2014

Statins reverse learning disabilities caused by genetic disorder

UCLA scientists have discovered that statins, a popular class of cholesterol drugs, reverse the learning disabilities caused by a genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome. Their findings were published online Nov. 10 by the journal Nature Neuroscience. The disorder, which is caused by a genetic mutation, …
November 13, 2014

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA receives unrestricted $50 million gift

An unrestricted gift of $50 million to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from the estate of Irma and Norman Switzer was announced Nov. 12 at a gathering of faculty, staff members, the school’s board of visitors and friends of the Switzer family.   “This exceptionally generous gift is an enduring …
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