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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 07, 2014
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'Walking man' joins UCLA Operation Mend at NYC Veterans Day parade

Updated Nov. 24: YouTube video of Ric Ryan and Operation Mend at the parade. A Vietnam veteran from a tiny town in California, Ric Ryan has been raising money over the past six years to support a UCLA program that helps soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Nov. 11, he will walk alongside …
October 30, 2014
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Collaborative care in a single-visit setting makes breast cancer care less stressful and overwhelming for patients at UCLA Breast Center, Santa Monica

Breast cancer patient Catherine deMille drives 50 miles to the UCLA Breast Center in Santa Monica, but it's worth it - when she arrives, she knows she'll see every doctor on her care team in one visit and that she'll leave with a treatment plan, schedule, and the number of her patient navigator in …
October 23, 2014
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UCLA Breast Cancer Surgeon Sorts Out the Facts: Is that Double Mastectomy Really Necessary?

When Angeline Vuong, 27,was diagnosed with cancer in one breast earlier this year, her first reaction was "A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. NOW. "  Turns out, she's far from alone: a recent JAMA study of 190,000 breast cancer cases in California between 1998 and 2011 found a six-fold increase in the percentage …
October 13, 2014
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Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA party reunites patients, medical staff

On Sunday, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA held a party to reunite families who have spent time at the neonatal intensive care unit taking care of their premature newborns. Watch highlights of the event, which took place at Wilson Plaza. Daily Bruin Video also interviewed one family that attended …
September 23, 2014
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UCLA Spark campaign raising funds to treat low sexual desire in female cancer survivors

Women who survive cancer face a number of long-term challenges after treatment; for many, this can include a loss of their sex drive. The reasons are varied, ranging from self-consciousness about changes to their bodies, such as scaring, or simply from the stress of battling a life-threatening disease. These …
September 04, 2014
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FDA approves new melanoma drug that turns on the immune system to fight deadly cancers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. The drug, Keytruda, was tested on more than 600 patients who had melanoma that had spread throughout their bodies. Because …
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 …
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 …
May 15, 2014
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Training Future Haitian Rheumatologist to Meet Critical Need

Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise Money for Training at UCLA Haiti has a tremendous burden of arthritis, lupus, and other rheumatic diseases. Currently there are only two rheumatologists to serve the country's entire population of over 10 million.  Without access to a well-trained specialist, many …
April 29, 2014
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Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment

 Female hormone estriol reduces relapse rate by nearly 50 percent, UCLA neurologist reports A study conducted by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a UCLA neurologist, shows that combining estriol, a female hormone, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduced the relapse …
April 25, 2014
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Heal My Heart with Art project aims to help patients with end stage heart disease using art therapy

Crowdfunding campaign to raise money for program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center For patients with end stage heart disease who need a heart transplant, the experience of an extended hospitalization while waiting for a life-saving organ and then undergoing life-saving surgery can be an emotional …
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 …
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 …
March 06, 2014
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UCLA students bring much-needed medical aid to Mexican community

In a community less than 150 miles south of UCLA, Enrique Juarez Gonzalez, his wife, Mercedes, and their children live without running water or electricity. Their sanitation system is sub-standard, and access to health care was almost nonexistent. There are many families just like them in Tijuana's …
December 11, 2013
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Former Operation Mend wounded vet continues tough trek to South Pole

Mark Wise, a former infantry platoon leader who was wounded in 2009 by an IED in Afghanistan and underwent reconstructive surgery with UCLA’s Operation Mend, is making his way in Antartica with teams of other wounded servicemen and women from four different countries to the South Pole. Despite …
December 04, 2013
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Holiday Safety Tips

As you prepare for this holiday season, here are a few simple tips to help keep you and your loved ones protected, prepared and safe. Home Safety: If you are buying Christmas lights for your home this year, look for energy-efficient LED lights that use 75 percent less energy and last years longer …
November 22, 2013
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Lockheed Martin funds new telehealth suite, enhanced recovery area for Operation Mend

Thanks to a $4 million gift from Lockheed Martin, UCLA Health System's Operation Mend now has a state-of-the-art telehealth suite, which will enable improved communication between the program's personnel, patients and partners, and a renovated recovery area for the wounded warriors who undergo surgery …
November 07, 2013
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New UCLA center to work with U.S. military on challenges of healing wounded warriors

UCLA has launched the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast, thanks to a generous donation from two sons in honor of their father, the inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald A. Katz.  The Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, …
November 07, 2013
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UCLA health care staff help treat several thousand at free clinic

A team of more than 200 UCLA health professionals helped staff a free health care clinic last week that provided vital basic medical services to approximately 3,000 uninsured and underserved people in Los Angeles. They were among the nearly 3,000 medical and general volunteers at Care Harbor's …
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