New & Noteworthy

A review of dozens of studies on the use of statin medications to prevent heart attacks shows that the commonly prescribed drugs pose no threat to short-term memory, and that they may even protect...
A new approach to investigating hard-to-find chromosomal abnormalities has identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear...
The field of autoimmunity is complicated and fast-moving, but innovations are changing the way we think about these diseases and, ultimately, how to stop them
Researchers using a new approach to identifying genes associated with depression have found that variants in a group of genes involved in transmission of signals by the neurotransmitter glutamate...
A new procedure, transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), enables doctors to replace damaged heart valves of patients who otherwise might not be candidates for open-heart surgery. TAVR allows...
Arthritis is a condition that affects people of all ages. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), is the most common form of arthritis in children and...
A new clinical trial is now underway at the MGH to investigate whether combining two catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most...
Critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) represent a group of life-threatening heart malformations requiring intervention within the first days or weeks after birth. Although heart abnormalities...
Bug bites and stings usually cause momentary alarm, temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. However, some bites or stings may result in serious infections that...
Assisted reproductive technology services extend beyond traditional infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, to fertility preservation and avoidance of heritable genetic and...
UCLA offers a full-service fetal-cardiology program that interfaces with multiple disciplines - including maternal fetal medicine, pediatric and adult cardiology, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery,...
When kids anticipate "going to the doctor," many become worried and apprehensive about the visit. Whether they're going for a routine exam or illness, kids are likely to have fears. If you detect...
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have identified and validated two rare gene mutations that appear to cause the common form of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that strikes after the age of...
February is “American Heart Month,” along with the month we celebrate Valentine’s’ Day, so it’s a good time to focus on heart health. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Americans,...
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted disease that is associated with several types of cancer. Parents need to make an informed decision about whether their children should be...
UCLA is among the first medical centers in Southern California — and the only one in West Los Angeles — to offer a new breast imaging technology that improves breast cancer detection rates compared...
This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different...
Chickenpox, a common illness among children, causes a blistery rash and flu-like symptoms. Since the infection is very contagious, children should stay home until the rash and fever are gone...
High-risk pregnancies occur in less than 10 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S., but the complications for mother and baby can be serious, including preeclampsia, preterm delivery, miscarriage or...
“A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director of the UCLA Children’s...
An innovative program that exchanges the kidney from an incompatible family member or friend for a compatible kidney from a stranger is giving UCLA patients hope of being freed from the constraints...
UCLA provides a full range of treatment options for stress incontinence, from individualized regimens in a physical therapy program that focuses exclusively on pelvic floor issues to the most...
Resuming activity before an evaluation and complete recovery runs the risk of a recurrence and potentially harmful long-term effects.
Kidney disease is common in many of us as we get older, but we may not even know that we have it. It is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects more than 26 million Americans – one in...
Amid a growing recognition among psychiatrists that many people with addiction disorders also suffer from another psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or attention...
A team of psychiatrists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Depression Clinical and Research Program will examine the effect of Bikram Yoga on depression, quality of life, and functioning, in...
Ultrasound, an imaging technology long used to examine fetuses in the womb and peer into patients’ organs, is gaining wider acceptance for imaging joints, muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments...
Advances in growing embryos to an advanced stage of physiologic development have made single-embryo transfer a superior procedure for many patients seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF). Recent...
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common problem after pregnancy that may be triggered when high levels of estrogen and progesterone abruptly return to normal within 24 hours after childbirth. An...
Bacterial and viral infections may have similar symptoms - runny nose, cough, fever, sore throat and difficulty sleeping - but they require different treatments.. Bacteria are single-celled...

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