Items Tagged ‘research’

Ask the Doctors - Is it safe to use an allergy drug as a sleep aid?

August 9, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is it safe to use an allergy drug as a sleep aid?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m leery of sleep drugs, so I’ve been taking the allergy drug diphenhydramine HCL to help me sleep. Now I read that it should be taken only for a limited time. What’s the story on this drug? Diphenhydramine HCL is a sedating antihistamine.  The medication has been used since 1946 for allergies, but […]

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Tags: allergies, antihistamine, Ask the Doctors, diphenhydramine HCL, insomnia, research, sleep aid


Clinical trials: a guide for patients

August 8, 2018

Clinical trials: a guide for patients

By uclahealth uclahealth

Clinical trials are research studies that seek to find an answer to specific questions about a condition or disease. They are highly regulated, making them a safer and faster way for researchers to prevent, diagnose and treat illness in humans. When you participate in a clinical trial, you have access to the latest accepted medicines. […]

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Tags: clinical research, clinical trials, interventional clinical trials, observational studies, prevention, research, screening trials


Ask the Doctors - Can vitamin D protect against colds and flu?

August 7, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can vitamin D protect against colds and flu?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m hearing that vitamin D can reduce the risk of colds and flu – and that more foods should be fortified with it. What’s the evidence for that? As a doctor, I’ll  confess I’m skeptical about such a broad claim.  As I wrote in a prior column, vitamin D is not so much […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, colds, Dr. Robert Ashley, flu, influenza, lung disease, research, vitamin D


Ask the Doctors - Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

June 20, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking niacin for years to lower my cholesterol.  Do you think it really helps? First, let’s look at niacin and its role in the body. Niacin is a B vitamin that the body needs to create the compounds NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), both of which are […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, C-reactive protein, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, heart attacks, niacin, research, simvastatin, statins, strokes, vitamin B3


April 11, 2018

Research data and support systems

By MaryBeth63 mhines

Dr. Mihaela Taylor has recently put together group meetings for her patients that have both rheumatology issues and fibromyalgia. In these meetings, she reviews the latest research and information to help us self-manage our disease in addition to the steps that she takes during our 1:1 appointments. The groups also get a chance to talk […]

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Tags: Dr. Alan Fogelman, Dr. Mihaela Taylor, fibromyalgia, patient stories, research, rheumatology


Ask the Doctors - What are clinical trials and how do they work?

February 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are clinical trials and how do they work?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I keep reading about new cancer drugs that have been developed in clinical trials. What exactly is a clinical trial and how does it work? A clinical trial is a scientific study that looks into whether a specific drug, medical treatment, device or approach is not only effective, but also safe. Although clinical […]

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Tags: biomedical research, cancer, cancer drugs, clinical trial, clinical trials, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, drugs, laboratory testing, new drugs, research, scientific study


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