genetic testing

The importance of understanding your family's medical history

By uclahealth • November 25, 2019

“I really appreciate that City Hall is continuing their support for ovarian cancer awareness,” effuses 46-year-old Flower Miller, who was honored by the city of Los Angeles for her strength, determination, and awareness efforts. Flower was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in April of 2014.

“When I met

By uclahealth • September 27, 2019

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration). 

Dementia [...]

By uclahealth • May 7, 2019
Dear Doctors: I was having trouble with muscle spasms in my legs that made it hard to walk and have now been diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia. The doctors in my area don’t seem to know anything about it. What can you tell me about this disease? Where do I [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 1, 2018
I got my ears pierced on March 20. 2 days later, I was with the school nurse to have her help me clean the wounds. I felt dizzy and nauseous and the next thing I knew I was on the floor. I felt like I was asleep and I heard [...]
By saremihaniyeh • July 27, 2017
Some people suffer for years from rare neurological diseases that have no known cause and, accordingly, few clear treatment choices. Those causes could become easier to diagnose – if doctors had the right tool. Some UCLA researchers say that they already do. Using a state-of-the-art genetic test -- [...]
By Kim Irwin • April 8, 2016