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UCLA researchers have discovered a key molecular mechanism behind memory linking, the recollection of one significant memory triggering the recall of others.

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A new Supplement released today in the journal Pediatrics suggests that although we are starting to connect the dots between events and experiences early in life and later adult health challenges, we are not doing nearly enough to intervene in childhood to optimize later health outcomes.

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A new report uses national data to highlight the intersection of autism, poverty and race/ethnicity and their compounding impact on health and health care.

Doctor speaking to patient

A new study led by researchers at UCLA has shown that a specialized primary care medical home improved the care and treatment of patients with serious mental illness, resulting in better mental health-related quality of life.

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A new study led by UCLA Health scientists shows highly creative people’s brains appear to work differently from others;, with an atypical approach that makes distant connections more quickly by bypassing the “hubs” seen in non-creative brains.

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Despite their reputation as illicit drugs, psychedelics may find new, legitimate roles in treatment for anxiety, depression, stress disorders, addiction, and other mental and behavioral health problems. But ensuring they do requires developing rigorous, standardized methods to study and apply the results, according to a new report.

Visualization of the COVID 19 virus

In a new report, researchers say the challenges of treating long COVID are amplified by a critical issue: we do not know what constitutes long COVID or how to formally diagnose it, an issue that is further exacerbated by limited research data of varying quality and consistency.

Person living on the street

Researchers at UCLA Health have found that Housing First, a national program to provide housing and support for homeless persons, was effective in helping homeless veterans access housing and remain in their homes five years after it was implemented.

Hands holding prescription drugs

In 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of drug overdose deaths among Black Americans surpassed that of whites for the first time since 1999 — a sharp reversal of the situation a decade earlier, when rates were twice as high for whites as for Blacks. Native Americans/Alaska Natives experienced the highest overdose death rate in 2020 and were, along with Blacks and Latinos, among the groups with the largest increase in overdose deaths per 100,000 people over the previous year. Death rates for all four racial and ethnic groups studied, including whites, not only climbed in 2020 but climbed higher than in any single year prior. 

Docs should learn the lessons presented by computer-assisted mammography analysis, according to a new Viewpoint in the journal JAMA Health Forum.

Analyzing breast-cancer tumors with artificial intelligence has the potential to improve healthcare efficiency and outcomes, but doctors should proceed cautiously, according to a new editorial in JAMA Health Forum co-written by Dr. Joann G. Elmore of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

DNA strand and immune cells

Investigators from UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a germline biomarker signature that successfully predicts which patients will suffer serious side effects that occur in up to three in 10 patients on anti-PD1/PDL1 therapy, a promising new approach to treating cancer. 

Dr. Annalien Oosterbaan

Researchers in a multi-institution study led by UCLA Health have identified several overlooked issues affecting women with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and call for more research, customized treatments, education and support to empower women living with this disease and to address their unmet medical needs.

Graphic of androgen deprivation therapy

Results of a large study led by UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers could help guide treatment planning for patients with high-risk prostate cancer.

Dr. Kishan

A new meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials provides strong support for adding androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to definitive radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of prostate cancer, projecting that doing so would prevent one cancer from metastasizing for every 10 to 15 men treated.

Patient receiving radiotherapy

Researchers led by a team from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center used prostate cancer patients’ DNA to create a model that appears to predict who will have side effects from radiation. 

Opioid pills

A study in mice led by UCLA researchers shows that removing chemical messengers in the brain that are involved in both wakefulness and addiction may make withdrawal from opioids easier and help prevent relapse.

Doctor tests vision of girl holding ice pack to her head as her mother looks on.

A research project co-led by the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program aimed at improving the assessment and treatment of concussions in school-aged children has been awarded $10 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Axons and neurons

A UCLA study using mice reveals new insights into the wiring of a major circuit in the brain that is attacked by Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.