News Archive 2020

Deccember 11, 2020

How the Pandemic Reshaped Research. When COVID-19 hit, it was necessary to dramatically scale down laboratory research to maintain social distancing. Now, with some restrictions still in place, UCLA’s scientists are returning to the labs to continue their quests for medical breakthroughs. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhDassistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at UCLA is featured. U Magazine >


December 11, 2020
Carla Janzen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, is part of a team of researchers spearheading a study to create a blood test that can more accurately predict pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, before symptoms arise. In modifying a blood test used to detect DNA-level changes that could point to fetal abnormalities, this research is the first to tie potential pregnancy complications to the presence of free-standing genetic material shed from the placenta into the mother’s blood. The team’s effort to advance knowledge about the placenta and maternal health will hopefully guide further development of tests to help diagnose pregnancy disorders earlier. UCLA Health Connect >


December 11, 2020
What to Expect mentioned Yalda Afshar, MD, PhDassistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who was interviewed about whether the COVID-19 vaccine will be safe for pregnant women and babies. 


December 4, 2020
KABC-TV featured a UCLA Health patient diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension who delivered her baby in the ICU. The broadcast included interviews with Yalda Afshar, MD, PhDassistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Shelley Shapiro, MD, clinical professor of medicine in the divisions of cardiology and pulmonary and critical care at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 


December 4, 2020
Good Morning America interviewed Rashmi Rao, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women. 


November 20, 2020
The Good Men Project highlighted PRIORITY study, which was co-led by Yalda Afshar, MD, PhDassistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 


November 20, 2020
Women’s Health interviewed Daniel Dumensic, MD, division chief and professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Health Santa Monica Medical Center, on the difficulties people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) face when trying to lose weight.


November 13, 2020
Spectrum News 1 featured the PRIORITY study, which was co-led by Yalda Afshar, MD, PhDassistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and UCSF, revealing that pregnant women experienced prolonged effects from COVID-19. The story was previously featured in the LA Times.  


November 6, 2020
Allure Magazine interviewed Misty Richards, MD, health sciences assistant clinical professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology director of perinatal psychiatry in the maternal outpatient mental health services clinic at UCLA Health, about the feelings associated with having a miscarriage and how to offer support to someone who has experienced a miscarriage.


October 30, 2020
Los Angeles Times highlighted the PRIORITY study, which was co-led by Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and UCSF, revealing that pregnant women experienced prolonged effects from COVID-19. 


October 30, 2020
Popsugar interviewed Aparna Sridhar, MD about a new birth control on the market. Phexxi is an FDA-approved, nonhormonal birth-control gel that can be used on demand to help prevent pregnancy. Phexxi is available by prescription only and comes in individually wrapped, single-dose, prefilled applicators.


October 23, 2020
Good Morning America interviewed Rashmi Rao, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about why COVID-19 may disproportionately affect pregnant women of color. The story also referenced a new study led by UCLA and UCSF on how COVID-19 affects pregnant women.  


October 19, 2020
A new national study led by UCLA and UCSF analyzed the clinical course and outcomes of 594 women who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during pregnancy.  The PRIORITY study (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY), which is the largest COVID-19 study among non-hospitalized pregnant women to date, showed that symptoms for pregnant women with COVID-19 can be prolonged, lasting two months or longer.  The study also found that the most common early symptoms for pregnant women were cough, sore throat and body aches. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at UCLA, is the lead author of the findings published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  UCLA Health Newsroom >


October 16, 2020
U.S. News & World Report and 45 other outlets highlighted a study led by UCLA and UCSF revealing that pregnant women experienced prolonged effects of COVID-19. The study’s lead author, Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in the story.


October 16, 2020
Greatist interviewed Leena Nathan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist at UCLA Health Westlake Village, about steps to take if a condom comes off in the vagina during intercourse.


October 9, 2020
Salon and 50 other outlets featured Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, on her new study revealing how pregnant women experience COVID-19 differently.


October 9, 2020
CBS Newspath interviewed Rashmi Rao, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about the causes of pregnancy loss in light of Chrissy Teigen’s miscarriage. More than 170 CBS affiliates syndicated the story.


October 9, 2020
A new study shows differences in how pregnant women experience COVID-19.  UCLA physician-scientist Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine, and researchers at UCSF found that COVID-19 has a prolonged effect for many pregnant women. UCLA Health Newsroom >


October 7, 2020
A new national study led by UCLA and UCSF analyzed the clinical course and outcomes of 594 women who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during pregnancy. The PRIORITY study. (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY), which is the largest COVID-19 study among non-hospitalized pregnant women to date, showed that symptoms for pregnant women with COVID-19 can be prolonged, lasting two months or longer. The study also found that the most common early symptoms for pregnant women were cough, sore throat and body aches. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at UCLA, is the lead author of the findings published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. | UCLA Health Newsroom >


October 2, 2020
Spectrum News 1 interviewed Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhDprofessor of obstetrics and gynecology, for a special segment on the importance of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Memarzadeh also is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.


September 15, 2020
Healthline interviewed Aparna Sridhar, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA, about the risks and benefits of various birth control options for different stages of life. 


September 15, 2020
KNX/CBS Radio interviewed Beth Karlan, MD, professor and vice chair of women’s health research in the obstetrics and gynecology department and director of cancer population genetics at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, regarding a National Cancer Institute (NCI) study aimed at helping to better understand the impact and outcomes of COVID-19 in people undergoing cancer treatment. 


August 27, 2020
Honoring Trailblazing Women: We congratulate Dr. Deborah Krakow, Chair of UCLA OBGYN, and Dr. Beth Karlan, Professor of UCLA OBGYN and Vice Chair of Women’s Health Research, for being featured in the “100 in 100: A Salute to 100 Trailblazing Women of UCLA Health.” Read more about them here >


August 27, 2020
Healthline interviewed Ilina Pluym, MD, health sciences assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on how pregnancy can be a life threatening condition, even in an industrialized nation such as the United States. 


August 27, 2020
EveryDay Health interviewed Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the signs and symptoms of adnexal masses and ovarian cancer.


August 20, 2020
WDJT-MILW (CBS) interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the risks that pregnant women face during the pandemic.


August 13, 2020
PA Live! interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about what pregnant women should know during the pandemic.


August 7, 2020
Radhika Rible, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of UCLA OBGYN, provides advice on the best ways to access breastfeeding support during the pandemic. UCLA Connect >


August 7, 2020
Science interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about why pregnant women face specific risks from COVID-19.


July 31, 2020
Yahoo! interviewed Leena Nathan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist at UCLA Health Westlake Village, about how stress from the pandemic can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle. 


July 31, 2020
Medscape and MDEdge featured comments from Rashmi Rao, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the changing COVID-19 landscape and its impact on maternal care for pregnant women.  


July 10, 2020
New York Times interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine, about UCLA and UCSF’s nationwide registry of pregnant or postpartum women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 


July 10, 2020
Aparna Sridhar, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA, was quoted in a Popular Science article about the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covers the cost of contraception. The story also was featured on MSN.com.


July 10, 2020
ProPublica interviewed Christina Han, MD, associate clinical professor of OB/GYN at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, on emerging research showing pregnant women may be at higher risk for COVID-19.


July 2, 2020
KABC-TV interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine, on emerging research showing pregnant women may be at higher risk for COVID-19


June 12, 2020
Beth Karlan, MD, professor and vice chair of women’s health research in the obstetrics and gynecology department and director of cancer population genetics at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, commented on ovarian-cancer survivors’ stories in EveryDay Health


June 12, 2020
Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD, professor of obstetrics/gynecology and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted in Pulse about how a distended belly can be a symptom of ovarian tumor. 


June 5, 2020
OncLive profiles pioneer in gynecological oncology
Beth Karlan, MD, professor and vice chair of women’s health research in the obstetrics and gynecology department and director of cancer population genetics at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was profiled by OncLive on how she is breaking down gender barriers in gynecologic oncology. Separately, EveryDay Health interviewed Dr. Karlan for an article on the importance of finding ovarian cancer early.


May 22, 2020
KABC-TV aired a segment as part of Woman’s Health Week featuring Aparna Sridhar, MD, obstetrician and associate clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology. She discussed the importance of having regular check-ups and receiving needed health care during COVID-19.


May 22, 2020
Medscape.com interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine, in a medical experts’ discussion on the potential risk for miscarriage in pregnant women with COVID-19.


May 8, 2020
Heart disease drives rise in pregnancy-related deaths
CNN interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology, division of maternal fetal medicine, about the increase in pregnancy-related deaths due to a rise in cardiovascular disease. The article appeared in 45 other outlets. 


May 8, 2020
The Miami Herald, The Oregonian and 18 other outlets syndicated a Kaiser Health News story featuring Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor-in-residence of obstetrics and gynecology, division of maternal fetal medicine, about how COVID-19 affects mothers and babies and highlights the launch of a registry led by Dr. Afshar and colleagues from UCSF tracking the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their newborns.


May 8, 2020
What you need to know about gynecologic cancer care and COVID-19
Gynecologic cancer patients and their families may have questions regarding protective measures and cancer treatment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Beth Karlan, MD, a UCLA Health cancer specialist, explains how to maintain your gynecologic cancer care during COVID-19. UCLA Health Connect >

 


May 6, 2020
The Heartbeat of Healthcare: International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
Nurses and nurse-midwives are beacons of compassion for patients worldwide, and it is appropriate — particularly at this time as we fight against the COVID-19 pandemic — that the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as a year to pay tribute to their indispensable role in supporting healthy and productive societies. UCLA Health Connect >


May 1, 2020
Beth Karlan, MD, Professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair of Women’s Health Research, has been elected as vice chair of the executive committee of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers for the 2020–21 academic year. The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, and directs the visitation process, the primary means for periodic external assessment of Harvard’s schools and departments. As a Harvard Overseer, Karlan chairs the board’s standing committee on natural and applied sciences and additionally serves on the executive committee, the committee on Schools, the College, and continuing education, and the joint committee on alumni affairs and development. She is also member of the visiting committees for both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. News release > 


April 30, 2020
KCBS Radio (San Francisco) interviewed Aparna Sridhar, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about how pregnant women can stay healthy during the pandemic. 


April 30, 2020
Kaiser Health News interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine, about how COVID-19 affects mothers and babies and highlights the launch of a registry led by Dr. Afshar and colleagues from UCSF that tracks the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their newborns.


April 29, 2020
LA’s Top Doctors 2020
Los Angeles Magazine has published its annual list of “top doctors” in Los Angeles. UCLA OBGYN congratulates physicians in our department who are listed in the 2020 guide as among the city’s best doctors. The results were based on a peer-to-peer survey that asked physicians throughout Los Angeles County to identify the doctors they considered to be at the top of their field. See the full list for UCLA OBGYN here >.


April 24, 2020
Well + Good featured Molly Quinn, MD, assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about how families seeking fertility treatments are being affected by the pandemic. 


April 24, 2020
CBS Newspath featured an initiative studying the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and newborns. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine and a registry participant were interviewed. The story ran on approximately 180 CBS, ABC and FOX television affiliates, including KCBS-TV.


April 18, 2020
The Washington Post interviewed Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about what to know about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a new national registry of pregnant women and new mothers who have tested positive or are being evaluated for COVID-19.


April 17, 2020
KNBC-TV, KABC-TV, KTTV-TV, KCBS-AM, KNX-AM, KPPC-FM, the Los Angeles Daily News and 15 other outlets syndicated a City News Service report about a national registry to study how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and their newborns. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, co-leads the registry, which is a UCLA Biodesign Initiative, with colleagues at UCSF. Additional coverage > The HospitalistPeople Magazine


April 8, 2020
National Registry Quickly Set Up to Help Doctors Understand Risks COVID-19 Poses to Pregnant Women and Newborns. A new national registry has been launched by specialists in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCLA Health and the University of California, San Francisco, to determine COVID-19's possible effects on pregnant women and newborns. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UCLA Health and a UCLA Biodesign Fellow, is co-principal investigator of the study. UCLA News Release > This story also ran on NBC Los Angeles.


April 7, 2020
Los Angeles Magazine interviewed Aparna Sridhar, MD, associate professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, about how visitor guidelines in the labor and delivery department have changed because of COVID-19.


April 2, 2020
Health interviewed Leena Nathan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist at UCLA Health Westlake Village, about having sex during the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 1, 2020
Los Angeles Times interviewed three UCLA reproductive medicine experts for an article on how COVID-19 is affecting pregnancy. Rashmi Rao, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology; Shadman Habibi, CNM, UCLA Nurse-Midwives Program; and Genevieve Colvin-Thomas, lactation and breast-feeding consultant at The Birthplace at UCLA, were interviewed.


March 30, 2020
Los Angeles Times interviewed Neil Silverman, MD, about a study finding that pregnant women can pass COVID-19 onto their babies. Dr. Silverman is a clinical professor of OB/GYN in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine.


March 30, 2020
The New York Times interviewed Christine Han, MD, an associate professor and director of the maternal fetal medicine fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about women who are considering home births because of COVID-19 fears. 


March 30, 2020
KNBC-TV interviewed Leena Nathan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist at UCLA Health Westlake Village, about having sex during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 30, 2020
National Public Radio interviewed Mya Zapata, MD, health sciences assistant clinical professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, about pregnant women’s concerns about the pandemic’s impact on labor, delivery and babies. The story was syndicated in 70 other outlets.


March 27, 2020
Aparna Sridhar, MD, associate professor UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, was interviewed by Healio about how OB/GYN health care professionals are protecting pregnant women during the pandemic.


March 27, 2020
KNBC-TV interviewed Rashmi Rao, MD, assistant clinical professor in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine, about what pregnant women should know about the novel coronavirus.


March 27, 2020
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Neil Silverman, MD, and Karin Nielsen, MD, about the anxieties facing pregnant women and new parents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Silverman is a clinical professor of OB/GYN in the division of maternal-fetal medicine, and Dr. Nielsen is a professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric infectious diseases. Both are at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. NPR also interviewed Dr. Silverman about what precautions pregnant women should take during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report was syndicated by Southern California Public Radio and more than 15 other outlets.


March 20, 2020
U.S. News & World Report and Fashion & Me featured Neil Silverman, MD, clinical professor of OB/GYN in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, on the precautions expectant mothers should take to protect themselves and their babies against COVID-19. 


March 20, 2020
TalkingFertility interviewed Rashmi Rao, MDassistant clinical professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about the risks associated with pregnant women contracting COVID-19.


March 13, 2020
Kathleen Brennan, MDHealth Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was quoted in Healthline and Everyday Health about a study suggesting that tall, thin women are at greater risk for developing endometriosis. 


January 17, 2020
Aparna Sridhar, MD, associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted by Romper about pregnancy-safe remedies for vaginal itching.


January 3, 2020
How to use emergency contraception pill, Plan B
Insider interviewed Aparna Sridhar, MD, associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, about how to properly use the emergency contraception pill, Plan B. 


January 3, 2020
Marijuana and pregnancy
Leena Nathan, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist at UCLA Health in Westlake Village, commented in a STAT News article on marijuana and pregnancy.