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25th Annual Center for Human Nutrition Ceremony
News about UCLA Health

The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition celebrates its 30th anniversary

The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA Health is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday, April 13, and will recognize the center’s achievements in nutrition research and clinical care.
April 12, 2024   |  
2 min read
Beth Karlan
Cancer

Dr. Beth Karlan named NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee Chair

In this role, Karlan, director of cancer population genetics at the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is responsible for overseeing the development, maintenance, and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines for cancer care.
April 12, 2024   |  
2 min read
Post-operative X-ray of a reverse shoulder replacement. (Image: Courtesy of Dr. Andrew Jensen)

How common is shoulder replacement surgery?

As the U.S. population ages and the technology advances, joint-replacement surgery has become an increasingly appealing option for individuals looking to reduce pain and regain function by substituting manufactured devices for frayed or otherwise damaged bones.
April 12, 2024   |  
3 min read
Patient with doctor
Science & Research

Migraine treatments: What are the latest advances?

Recent research has led to a new class of medications
April 12, 2024   |  
3 min read
Child with a nurse
Healthy Lifestyle

Why are vaccines important for kids?

The availability of vaccines has freed Americans from the fear of many diseases that once routinely caused suffering and mortality.
April 12, 2024   |  
3 min read
Dr. Matthew Rettig
Cancer,
Science & Research

Dr. Matthew Rettig recognized by VA for contributions to prostate cancer research

The award recognizes Rettig’s commitment to improving health care for veterans, as well as his scientific leadership. Along with the honor, Rettig will receive $150,000 over the next three years in research support.
April 11, 2024   |  
2 min read
New UCLA app provides tips for coping with such natural disasters as wildfires.
Science & Research

When wildfire smoke affects air quality, even healthy adults should stay indoors, UCLA Health pulmonologist says

'A big part of the danger of wildfire pollution is the intensity of the exposure,' says UCLA Health pulmonologist Dr. May-Lin Wilgus.
April 11, 2024   |  
4 min read
Breast cancer exam
Cancer,
Science & Research

Black women with breast cancer are less likely than white women to undergo preventative removal of the unaffected breast

Black women with cancer in one breast are less likely than white women to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPM), a procedure to remove the unaffected breast, which women often choose for deeply personal reasons.
April 11, 2024   |  
3 min read
Cigarette smoke
Ask the Doctors

Smokers twice as likely to develop congestive heart failure

Our mom is 76 years old, and she just learned that she has congestive heart failure. She's scared it means she's going to die soon. What happens in congestive heart failure? She was a heavy smoker for much of her life. Could that be why this is happening?
April 10, 2024   |  
3 min read
Skull model in room
News about UCLA Health
Dr. Antoni Ribas
Cancer,
Science & Research

Researchers receive $10.2 million from CIRM to advance CAR T-cell therapy for aggressive cancers

The award supports the team’s work investigating a new immunotherapy treatment using CAR T-cells to treat patients whose tumors express a protein called IL13Ra2.
April 10, 2024   |  
2 min read
person holding a phone
Science & Research

Patient portal vs. text message: Could text reminders help you stay current on your vaccines? 

A UCLA Health study aimed to determine whether receiving text reminders to receive routine influenza vaccination was more effective than patient portal reminders. However, researchers found neither text messages nor portal-based messages significantly increased influenza vaccination rates. 
April 9, 2024   |  
3 min read
High oleic acid soybean oil
Science & Research

A gene mutation associated with a rare neurological disorder and increased susceptibility to viral infections may be treatable with oleic acid

A mutation in a protein regulating natural killer (NK) cells’ function is at the root of immune deficiency in some people with a rare genetic condition characterized by cognitive and developmental delay, seizures, and other manifestations.
April 9, 2024   |  
3 min read
A man with allergies sneezes while at his work desk, covering his nose with a tissue.
Healthy Lifestyle
Stachybotrys chartarum
Ask the Doctors

Black mold should be eradicated by experts

My husband and I bought a lake cabin for our family to use in the summers. We're doing some remodeling and have learned there's black mold in the basement. What are the health risks of black mold? We have already spent a few nights there. Should we be worried?
April 8, 2024   |  
3 min read
Tractor on farm
Science & Research

This common pesticide may have a link to Parkinson’s disease, study says

Researchers from UCLA looked at patients in California’s Center Valley.
April 8, 2024   |  
2 min read
Music therapy
Ask the Doctors

Music can be therapeutic tool for those with dementia

We got an email from a medical center looking for adults with cognitive problems to be in a study about music. What would be the connection? My father-in-law has mild cognitive impairment and may be progressing to dementia. He is very interested in applying.
April 5, 2024   |  
3 min read
pancreatic cancer
Cancer,
Science & Research

AACR: Preliminary study finds immunotherapy combination before surgery improves outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer

A pilot study led by UCLA investigators suggests that for people with borderline resectable pancreatic cancer, administrating an immunotherapy drug in combination with chemotherapy before surgery is safe and may improve long-term outcomes.
April 5, 2024   |  
4 min read