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‘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...

UCLA researchers team up with robot for solutions to debilitating knee injuries

“Why do you need such a big robot?” Bioengineering researcher Keith Markolf frequently gets this question when colleagues visiting from around the world first lay eyes on the 8-foot-tall,...

In medicine, dying doesn’t have to be a struggle

Grandma’s dying. She lived a full life, but illness is getting the best of her. Could be days, could be weeks, the doctors say — unless, that is, she tries one particular treatment....

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Two UCLA alumni help save wildlife by making stuffed toy endangered animals.

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FINDINGS Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is the first medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration that has been shown to be effective for preventing HIV infection. UCLA...

Frequent use of post-acute care associated with higher hospital readmission rates

Courtesy of Greg Sacks Dr. Greg Sacks To ensure that they receive proper care after surgery, patients are frequently referred by hospitals to inpatient facilities such as skilled...

UCLA scientists create graphene barrier to precisely control molecules for making nanoelectronics

Gardeners often use sheets of plastic with strategically placed holes to allow their plants to grow but keep weeds from taking root. Scientists from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute...

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