New & Noteworthy

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...
Women with severe morning sickness who take antihistamines to help them sleep are significantly more likely to experience premature births or have low-birth-weight babies, a UCLA study has found...
UCLA researchers in March 2012 reported the development of a molecular compound called CLR01 that prevents toxic proteins associated with Parkinson's disease from binding together and killing the...
Despite the devastating consequences of traumatic brain injury and the large number of athletes playing contact sports who are at risk, no method has been developed for early detection or tracking of...
In vitro fertilization (IVF) may significantly increase the risk of birth defects, particularly those of the eyes, heart, reproductive organs and urinary system, according to a UCLA study. Despite...
Sex addiction is no laughing matter. Relationships are destroyed, jobs lost, lives ruined. Yet psychiatrists have been reluctant to accept the idea of out-of-control sexual behavior as a mental-...
UCLA researchers found that older adults who regularly used a brain-fitness program played on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills.
Hospital-acquired infections are a huge public-health burden, and hospital environments play a key role in harboring potentially deadly bacteria such as E. coli, C. difficile and methicillin-...
UCLA scientists who purified stem cells derived from fat tissue and used them to grow bone discovered that the new bone formed faster and was of higher quality than bone created using traditional...
True food allergies must be distinguished from intolerances, particularly in children and teenagers, so a child is not needlessly restricted from certain foods. Food allergies are caused by a...
Following the Russian Revolution, most of the lavish jewels and enamel eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian imperial court were sold off or disappeared. Many ended up in museums and...
A UCLA study shows that heart-failure medications recommended by national guidelines are highly cost effective in saving lives and may also provide savings to the healthcare system. This study is one...
A UCLA team has, for the first time, used a technique normally employed to manage brain aneurysms to treat life-threatening irregular heart rhythms in two patients. This unique use of the method...
UCLA researchers have used a brain-imaging tool and stroke-risk assessment to identify signs of cognitive decline early on in individuals who don’t yet show symptoms of dementia. The connection...
In a Health Notification issued in October 2008 and updated in July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of...
For Wendy Schmidt, maintaining personal equilibrium also means paying attention to the balance of life systems around us. “Our personal health is linked to environmental health,” she says. “To be...
Their names grace jars of sauces, covers of cookbooks, and of course, the marquees of their four-star dining establishments. But so far, the nation’s master chefs have not lent their monikers to...
The debate over whether video games improve cognitive function or eat away at it like Pac-Man has been raging ever since Atari’s heyday. While no definite consensus has been reached, scientists at...
With the help of nanotechnology, scientists can now find the one cancerous cell in a blood sample. A new device, called the circulating tumor cell chip, or CTC, was developed at Massachusetts General...
Medicine gets a makeover by adopting a more personalized approach that enhances doctors’ ability to redict, diagnose, and treat disease

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