UCLA Health

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...
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...
I don't need a calendar to know when late fall or early winter has arrived. I can tell by the increased complaints I hear from my patients whose arthritis symptoms are aggravated by the cooler, damp...
A heart murmur - an extra or unusual sound between heartbeats - is common in healthy children and is often benign. Children with unusually rapid heartbeats may suffer from a heart abnormality and...
About half of the men diagnosed with prostate cancerhave low-risk tumors that make them good candidates for active surveillance: regular monitoring of prostate-specific antigen (PSA); annual biopsies...
A team of UCLA expertshas introduced refinements to targeted biopsy of prostate cancer, greatly improving the ability to distinguish men who should have treatment from those who could defer. The new...
Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that develop when bile - composed of water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins and waste - stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-...
Dr. Nestor R. Gonzalez came to the United States from his conflict-torn homeland to build a career and advance the frontiers of medical knowledge. With an unusual combination of expertise in both...
“If we can eventually use ultrasound to predict whether certain treatments will work long term, we can improve treatment decision making and provide relief to patients much more quickly.”
Circumstantial evidence suggests a possible connection between the use of acetaminophen and the increasing rate of childhood asthma over the past three decades. However, two UCLA experts caution that...
Vision evaluation should be a key part of any primary-care exam. Whether it's an easily treatable problem such as cataracts or warning signs of more serious conditions such as retinal detachment, age...
What makes us happy? Family? Money? Love? How about a peptide? The neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior are largely unknown. Now though, for the first time in humans,...
"Someone has to be the quarterback, helping to decide what is necessary and making sure all aspects of the patient's health and well-being are addressed in a coordinated way."
Sleep problems are among the more common complaints I hear from my patients. They all long for the perfect night’s sleep. They want to fall asleep quickly, sleep through the night and awaken...
Many head and neck cancer patients and others requiring surgery for benign lesions of the mouth and throat — including sleep apnea patients — may be candidates for minimally invasive transoral...
Despite major advances in screening and early detection, colon cancer still accounts for about 9 percent of all cancer deaths. Rare before the age of 40, colon cancer incidence begins to increase...
October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This is a health concern that I feel particularly passionate about because it hits close to home. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast...
"Most of us experience some degree of age-related hearing loss, and the sooner we start to wear a hearing aid, the easier the adjustment is going to be."
Tobacco remains among the most addictive of all substances, but effective options are now available for the estimated 46 million Americans who smoke to help them quit. "As recently as the 1980s, the...
A good night's sleep is critical for a child's growing body and brain. A rested child learns better, remembers more and has an easier time staying focused at school. Children who get enough sleep...

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