Items Tagged ‘research’

Stem cell discovery may help conquer pediatric germ cell tumors

February 9, 2018

Stem cell discovery may help conquer pediatric germ cell tumors

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Cancer treatments often come with a trade-off: They beat back the disease, only to leave a host of side effects in its place. Some of those side effects – such as chemotherapy-related infertility – can be permanent and life changing. Patients with germ cell tumors know this trade-off well. Such tumors, which begin in the […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer treatment, cancer treatments, chemotherapy, childhood cancer, childrens health, germ cell tumors, germ cells, infertility, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, pediatric cancer, pediatrics


New discoveries may help researchers better treat pulmonary hypertension

December 19, 2017

New discoveries may help researchers better treat pulmonary hypertension

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

New UCLA research suggesting that the Y chromosome protects against pulmonary hypertension provides a new avenue for potential treatments for the disease. The study, published in September in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that genes on the Y chromosome reduced the likelihood that mice developed the disease. Because pulmonary hypertension has […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, christine cunningham, chromosomes, dr. soban umar, genes, mansoureh eghbali, organ donation, organ donations, organ transplant, organ transplants, perioperative medicine, pulmonary hypertension


What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

July 11, 2017

What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Early in the morning of July 3, 2017, 20 intrepid mice returned to Earth from the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California. This landing marked the completion of a 28-hour journey back to Earth – and the first time live rodents have returned to the […]

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Tags: bone density, Bone mass, experimental drug trial, international space station, nasa, osteoporosis, research, space, stem cells, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center


Experience research first-hand through a clinical trial

June 28, 2017

Experience research first-hand through a clinical trial

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

When the lab results came back from my recent annual checkup, I found I had joined a club frequented by all-too-many of my fellow Baby Boomers.  My AC1 score – a standard test used to diagnose diabetes – had crept up to the prediabetes range. I do have a sweet tooth, but I exercise regularly […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr Meghan Brennan, research, study volunteers, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Nervous system doesn't form as we thought; finding could aid nerve repair

June 7, 2017

Nervous system doesn’t form as we thought; finding could aid nerve repair

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

It’s time to rewrite the textbooks. A new study from Samantha Butler of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has overturned long-standing theory about how our nervous systems develop. Butler’s findings could lead to new medical treatments that help nerves regrow and reconnect – whether they’ve been […]

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Tags: axons, diabetes, nerve damage, nerve regeneration, nervous system, nervous system development, neurons, research, samantha butler, stem cells, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, veterans


2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

April 20, 2017

2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

By uclahealth uclahealth

The UCLA Brain Research Institute, Semel Institute, and UCLA Cannabinoid Affinity Group are proud to present: Inaugural 2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium Thu, April 20, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT Join us for a historic series of talks from visiting speakers and UCLA faculty about the science of cannabis, cannabinoids, and the endocannnabinoid […]

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Tags: Cannabidiol, cannabis, Cannabis Research, Chronic Pain, Dr. Christopher Evans, Dr. Donald Tashkin, Dr. Igor Spigelman, Dr. Michael Roth, Dr. Ravi Aysola, Dr. Shaun Hussain, Dr. Thomas Strouse, Dr. Timothy Fong


How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

March 10, 2017

How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

  Our gut bacteria affects our overall physical and mental health in ways researchers are only now starting to understand. A new study has found that air pollution may play a role in the impact of gut bacteria on our health as well – and not in a good way. UCLA researchers have found that […]

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Tags: air pollution, atherosclerosis, center for human nutrition, cholesterol, dr tzung hsiai, dr zhaoping li, fruits, gut bacteria, heart health, nutrition, research, scientific reports


How social media could help combat sexual assault

March 2, 2017

How social media could help combat sexual assault

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

The CNN analysis is disturbing. The conclusions even more so. By combing through state and federal data, by interviewing both regulators and victims, and by reviewing cases that finally went to court, two CNN reporters paint a picture of sexual assault and abuse in the nation’s nursing homes that has been largely ignored, or simply […]

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Tags: Abuse, Elder abuse, Elders, electronic health-record, Facebook, Nursing homes, research, Sean Young, Sexual abuse, sexual assault, Sexual behavior, Sexual misconduct


Blood-cancer research, patients focus of “Light The Night” walk

October 24, 2016

Blood-cancer research, patients focus of “Light The Night” walk

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

With invitations to so many worthy medical causes and events, it becomes a difficult decision to figure out how to devote your time and energy.  But a colleague who was diagnosed with a blood cancer gave me a laser focus on an upcoming event. Like my treasured co-worker, Jassmine Ahumada’s 7-year-old son, Rey, should be […]

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Tags: adult leukemia, American Society of Hematology, blood cancer, blood cells, bone marrow, cancer, cancer survivors, cancer treatment, chemotherapy, clinical trials, Dr. John Timmerman, engineered T cells


Spinal cord research highlights perils of scientific dogma 

March 31, 2016

Spinal cord research highlights perils of scientific dogma 

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

Dogma can be dangerous. Take, for example, the belief that scar tissue formed by glial cells after brain or spinal cord injury impedes regrowth of damaged nerve cells. To date, that firm belief has kept many researchers determinedly focused on trying to remove or counteract that scarring. As it turns out, that firm belief was […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Sofroniew, nerve cells, nerve fiber regeneration, research