New & Noteworthy

Everyone enjoys a good night's sleep, yet for many of us the recommended eight hours is a rare luxury. However, UCLA sleep experts caution that being well-rested should be viewed not as a luxury but...
There is a quote from John F. Kennedy that adorns refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs and tote bags: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” It is a simple but important message. I...
UCLA physicians cure a patient with a rare disorder of the ear.
Nearly one in every two adults 50 years or older develop varicose veins, which usually appear as swollen, twisted clumps of blue or purple blood vessels near the surface of the skin in the legs or...
A Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the...
"The surgery simply allows patients to get much more benefit out of proper eating and physical activity. But it will not do the job for them." A controversial marketing campaign for the laparoscopic...
Transitioning from a pediatrician to an adult healthcare provider is not always easy, particularly for young patients who have grown up with a congenital or chronic illness. For them, finding an...
Type 2 diabetes is preventable, but its incidence is increasing nationwide — fueled in large part by the fact that a large percentage of the population is either overweight or obese. As the number of...
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not only a potential benefit for patients with wounds that won't heal due to diabetes or other causes, but it is beneficial for the treatment of other medical conditions...
A one-time vaccination for shingles, recommended for all adults, can prevent the occurrence of a painful condition that is most common in the elderly, according to UCLA experts. Shingles (herpes...
Traumatic injuries — body damage from a physical impact or accident such as a motorvehicle accident, gunshot wound, blunt force or drowning — represent the leading cause of death of children and...
While most cases of acne are mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter medications, some 20 percent of patients require a more aggressive approach to prevent or address permanent scarring that...
The goal over the last 15 years has been to better define quality by actual measures, to collect the data from hospitals and to report it publicly
Most people who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital will die within a few minutes or suffer permanent brain damage resulting from inadequate blood flow and oxygen to the brain. A...
Remarkable advances in technology have made it possible for medical teams at major centers such as UCLA to save the lives of patients who in years past would have had little to no chance for survival...
Before he was discharged from the hospital, baby Gaël Villegas received the standard panel of newborn screenings to check for genetic and metabolic diseases and hearing. The results showed a healthy...
Newborns spend most of their time sleeping during the first few months of life as they grow, learn and gain the strength necessary to practice important motor skills. Placing babies on their backs...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control now recommends the vaccination for nearly everyone 6 months or older at the beginning of each flu season. The annual flu vaccine is particularly important for...
In a country where the primary-care infrastructure is stretched to its limit and some 60-million people report that they have no regular doctor or clinic where they can go to receive medical care,...
Remarkable advances in technology have made it possible for physicians to save the lives of patients who in years past would have had limited chance for survival. But sometimes the choice of whether...
Jade Loop had the perfect pregnancy. So when she went into labor on September 26, 2012, Loop and her husband, Tomer DeVito, didn’t anticipate that the birth of their first child would be anything...
Steven Nissen, MD, discusses the controversy in the world of heart disease prevention that may affect millions of people: the one-third of all American adults who have increased risk of heart attack...
Charles Brunicardi, M.D., the chief of the General Surgery Group and vice chair for surgical services for the Department of Surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica discusses the latest...
UCLA’s lung-transplant team became the first in the country to successfully perform a “breathing-lung” transplant, using the experimental organ-preservation device.
Nearly half of all Americans take dietary supplements, but they can carry risk, including potentially adverse interactions with prescription drugs. However, a UCLA study has found that when it comes...
UCLA researchers have isolated a new population of primitive, stress-resistant human pluripotent stem cells that are easily derived from fat tissue and are able to differentiate into virtually every...
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was the world’s first hospital to introduce a remote-presence robot into its neurological intensive-care unit in 2005. Now it has introduced the RP-VITA, the first...
Scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have successfully established the foundation for using hematopoietic (blood-producing) stem cells...
More than a decade ago, UCLA researchers demonstrated that a lack of hypocretin-containing neurons in the brain contributes to narcolepsy, a disorder characterized by uncontrollable periods of deep...
The nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association projects that the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease will soar, from 5 million to 13.8 million by 2050, unless scientists develop new ways to stop...

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