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Four-legged messengers of love

Sick children at Mattel Children's Hospital got a heartwarming visit Friday from lovable canines, dressed up in their Valentine's Day finest. They were accompanied by their owners,...

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People whose head and neck cancers test positive for the human papilloma virus are known to respond more favorably to radiation therapy than those whose cancers are HPV-negative, but...

Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function

One in 15 adults has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person’s breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep — as many as 30 times per hour. People...

Stem cell gene therapy could be key to treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA have developed a new approach...

Doctors’ reminders help keep people more engaged in their health care

Courtesy of John Mafi Dr. John Mafi A study led by Dr. John Mafi, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has found that a simple note from a primary care doctor...

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UCLA team travels to Uganda to treat patients with obstetric fistula

‘Parent coach’ helps improve the well-child checkup experience

Well-child care visits are the checkups that children receive to ensure optimal health and well-being. The appointments are intended to give pediatricians the opportunity to identify...

Computational tools could change the way sleep apnea is treated

Imagine that before performing surgery, doctors could consult software that would determine the actual effectiveness of the procedure before even lifting a scalpel. With the use of...

UCLA and Stanford researchers pinpoint origin of sighing reflex in the brain

  “You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.” Contrary to the words immortalized by the piano singer in “Casablanca,” a sigh is far more than a sigh. Heaving...

Standard method for deriving stem cells may be better for use in regenerative medicine

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have discovered an important naturally occurring process in the developing human...

Don’t use body mass index to determine whether people are healthy, UCLA-led study says

Over the past few years, body mass index, a ratio of a person’s height and weight, has effectively become a proxy for whether a person is considered healthy. Many U.S. companies use...

Q&A with UCLA psychiatrist Timothy Fong on gambling and the Super Bowl

The director of the UCLA Gambling Studies program on what makes the Super Bowl so popular for gamblers and more

New physician-assisted suicide law opens dialogue on difficult subject

After a contentious debate, California’s new physician-assisted suicide law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last October. Once it takes effect, it will give terminally ill patients...

Anti-bullying program focused on bystanders helps the students who need it the most

Many programs to reduce bullying in primary and secondary schools have proven ineffective, but a new UCLA-led study finds one that works very well. The study of more than 7,000 students...

Chemical used to replace BPA in plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system

Companies advertise BPA-free plastic as a safer version of products ranging from water bottles to sippy cups to toys. Many manufacturers stopped used bisphenol A, a chemical that is...

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Zika virus, or ZV, is spread to people by mosquitos. It recently has been spreading in South and Central America. Transmission of the virus has not occurred in the U.S., although there have been cases in returning travelers.

Electric patch holds promise for treating PTSD

An average of 30 years had passed since the traumatic events that had left them depressed, anxious, irritable, hypervigilant, unable to sleep well and prone to nightmares. But for...

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A UCLA research team has found a combination of proteins that could significantly improve clinical bone restoration. The findings may be a big step toward developing effective therapeutic...

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030: From vision to action

The world has made remarkable advances during the past decades in the fight against AIDS. When access to effective treatment is available, an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence....

New technique greatly enhances digital microscopy images

Researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have created a new technique that greatly enhances digital microscopy images. The development is significant because digital...

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