New & Noteworthy

TomoTherapy is used at UCLA to treat a wide variety of cancers, but is particularly well suited for challenging cases involving large areas, or when the dose needs to be specially shaped to conform...
Physicians Identify New Ways to Manage Patients with Chronic Pain
Endometrial cancer care at UCLA is part of an environment of innovation, where the latest therapies are offered while new techniques are developed and tested to further improve patient outcomes...
Bewilderment and anxiety often shadow patients following a diagnosis of cancer.
As the Baby Boomers age, knees and hips are blowing at record rates. Surgery is a salvation for many, but in this era of cost containment, is the price tag too high?
A man rushes into the emergency room (ER) with a critical neurological emergency: He seems to be having a stroke. The specialist is not immediately available, so the ER doctor calls one of the...
“If patients are seen regularly and comply with their doctor’s instructions, the chances of going blind from glaucoma are actually very low.”
A study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement survive...
Epilepsy affects almost 3 million Americans, and between 25 and 44 percent of these patients have medically intractable seizures. Uncontrolled seizures are associated with significant emotional,...
When surgeons opened Brad Carter’s skull to perform a delicate operation to calm his tremors, they invited the public to watch at #UCLAORLive. The patient even contributed to the social-media...
The always-tricky job of caring for aging parents—even as adult children are often still raising their own children—has grown more complex and stressful than ever, mental health experts say. Health-...
Genetic mutations aren’t the only thing that can keep a protein called PTEN from doing its tumor-suppressing job. Johns Hopkins researchers have now discovered that four small chemical tags attached...
In a small study, researchers reported increased healthy tissue growth after surgical repair of damaged cartilage if they put a “hydrogel” scaffolding into the wound to support and nourish the...
Having survived the challenge of a life-threatening illness, some patients seek ways to challenge themselves in other areas of their lives.
As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the affluent population has an ever-greater role to play in shaping innovation and the quality of services offered by top institutions. We spoke with...
The ability to mine nearly limitless quantities of information will dramatically change research and the clinical practice of medicine.
New research from Johns Hopkins suggests that it may not be the steroids in spinal shots that provide relief from lower back pain, but the mere introduction of any of a number of fluids, such as...
After three years of normal Pap test results, most women can increase the screening interval from one to three years
Daylight Saving Time begins March 11 to make the most of sunlight during the warm summer months. However, springing forward one hour can disrupt our sleep patterns. As we grow older, we may notice...
Keeping track of your medications may not be a priority on your “to-do” list, but failure to properly monitor and take your medications can have serious health consequences. Adverse drug reactions...
Much of the excess cost and waste in health care can be attributed to unnecessary tests and procedures. By some estimates, as much as 30 percent of all health care spending is considered wasteful...
Many assume that the ability to pay for care insulates them from the challenges of navigating today’s healthcare system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Access to the very best medical care...
Visual changes occur with aging. Some changes lead to significant visual impairment in elderly persons that affects their ability to perform daily functions. This functional decline, in turn, results...
Falls are common among the elderly and broken hips from falls are a leading cause of death or significant functional decline in adults over age 65. As we age, health problems and the accompanying...
Urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common affliction as one ages. It is often an underreported problem because many elderly patients think urine leakage is a natural part of...
Elderly people are at highest risk for heat-related illnesses. Chronic medical conditions and physical changes that occur with aging make it more difficult for their bodies to cool in very hot...
A study by researchers at UCLA and in Japan suggests a way to predict when a woman will have her final menstrual period. The findings could help women and physicians gauge the onset of menopause-...
Rickets used to be a fairly common childhood disease due to vitamin-D deficiency and lack of sunlight exposure. It led to bone deformity, including bowed legs that are seen in some older people today...
The results of a major, multicenter clinical trial to determine the best treatment for younger patients who have strokes that are potentially due to a hole in the upper chambers of the heart have...

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