Media Highlights 2009

WebMD spotlights digestive disease expert
A WebMD feature in February 2009 included an extensive interview with Dr. Eric Esrailian, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases, about the cause, diagnosis and treatment of ulcerative colitis - Ulcerative Colitis 101.


Beneficial Bacteria: 7 Amazing Jobs Your Gut Bacteria Do  
Dr. Emeran A. Mayer, professor of digestive diseases, psychiatry and physiology, commented Feb. 2 , 2009  in U.S. News & World Report about beneficial bacteria in the human digestive system.


Detox, shmeetox  
Dr. Bennett Roth, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, and director of the UCLA Digestive Disease Center, commented Feb. 5, 2009 in a Time magazine article about body detoxification treatments.


CBS show The Doctors highlights gastroenterologist
The CBS Show The Doctors featured Dr. Lin Chang, professor of digestive diseases, in an Oct. 12, 2009 segment about constipation. She reviewed the types of tests available to help patients further diagnose why they might have constipation if lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise don't help relieve symptoms.


Extra! TV highlights camera pill procedure
Extra! TV on Nov. 11, 2009 featured host Mario Lopez receiving a capsule endoscopy, a screening procedure used to assess the esophagus and stomach by swallowing a pill containing a tiny camera that takes continuous photos as it travels through the digestive tract. Dr. Rome Jutabha, associate clinical professor of digestive diseases, performed the procedure and was also interviewed. View video clip


National media cover colonoscopy study
A new UCLA/VA study reported that early-morning colonoscopies yielded more polyps per patient than later cases. The findings point to the need for more research in this area to possibly improve outcomes for colonoscopy procedures. The study was reported in The New York Times on Nov. 17, 2009, the Boston Globe on Nov. 9, 2009, a Time Magazine Blog, HealthDay, WebMD and European Union News Network on Nov. 6, and KABC-TV Channel 7 on Nov. 8. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, director, UCLA/VA Center for Outcomes Research and Education and associate professor of digestive diseases, was interviewed. The HealthDay News story was picked up by websites for Forbes, Tehran Times and U.S. News & World Report. The Fallbrook Village News (CA) ran the story on Nov. 19, 2009.
1. Screening One More Reason to Get Up Early
2. Early Morning Colon Cancer Tests Work Best
3. Early Morning Colonoscopies May Find More Polyps
4. Results Vary Due to Timing of Colonoscopy Tests
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