Items Tagged ‘Dr. John Mafi’

A health calendar? Some surprising things you should be doing for your health

November 21, 2017

A health calendar? Some surprising things you should be doing for your health

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

Year-end is a great time to reflect on our health and endeavor to improve it. But aside from the typical New Year’s plans – like signing up for a gym membership or actually starting on that new diet – what should each of us be doing to put our health first? UCLA Health doctors and […]

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, Dana Hunnes, diabetes, dietitian, dr zhaoping li, Dr. Aparna Sridhar, Dr. John Mafi, dr. marilene wang, Erin Morse, health, obesity


Shift in back pain guidelines favors non-medication therapies

March 24, 2017

Shift in back pain guidelines favors non-medication therapies

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

  When the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for treating lower back pain last month it represented a big shift: instead of recommending prescription medications as the first line of treatment, as it had for years, the new recommendations favored non-invasive treatments such as exercise and heat therapy. The previous guidelines, issued in […]

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Tags: Back Pain Quality Improvement program, back pain treatment, back surgery, BPQI, chronic back pain, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. John Mafi, lower back pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs


Nurse practitioners and physicians offer similar care, study finds

June 29, 2016

Nurse practitioners and physicians offer similar care, study finds

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

Do nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide the same level of care as doctors? That’s the question to keep in mind amid a growing controversy over proposals to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in doctors’ offices due to a shortage of primary care physicians. A new study could either help provide […]

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Tags: advanced practice clinicians, antibiotics, Dr. John Mafi, low-value health services, needless tests, needless treatment, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, primary care physicians, x-rays