Aging

Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

August 1st, 2017

Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Look closely at the brain scans above, and one of the first things you notice is how the ventricles – the dark, butterfly shapes in the middle of the brain — are much larger in the image labeled “old” than in the image labeled “young.” (The scans are from a 38-year-old and a 73-year-old.) You […]

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Tags: aging, brain, brain imaging study, cognition, functional MRI, menopause, MRI


When to consider cognitive testing in seniors

May 8th, 2017

When to consider cognitive testing in seniors

By uclahealth uclahealth

Are you concerned about a loved one’s memory beginning to slip? The onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be a scary and emotionally painful point in a person’s life and the lives of his or her friends and family. Catching the early signs of cognitive decline can help your loved one start […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, cognitive testing, dementia, memory, memory loss, mood changes, personality changes, poor decisions, seniors, social withdrawal, UCLA Health Memory Evaluation Program


The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

March 20th, 2017

The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Americans seem more polarized than ever when it comes to their political beliefs, a division brought into sharp relief during the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. That worries Dr. Mario Mendez, a professor in residence of neurology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA; the level of discord in Congress remains the most contentious […]

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Tags: anterior cingulate cortex, cognitive processes, conservative views, conservative-liberal spectrum, dementia, Dr. Mario Mendez, evolutionary and genetic information, extreme political ideology, frontal lobe, impulse control, neuroimaging and brain disease, neurology


How social media could help combat sexual assault

March 2nd, 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


The hardest job: Helpful tips for dementia caregivers

November 8th, 2016

The hardest job: Helpful tips for dementia caregivers

By uclahealth uclahealth

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a job nobody would choose. But with more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s a reality for many families. In honor of Family Caregiving Month, Zaldy S. Tan, MD, the medical director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program and assistant dean for […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers, dementia, dementia caregivers, Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, emotional needs, healthcare professionals, memory, support groups, UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program


UCLA doctor’s perspective: gynecologic cancer awareness month

September 19th, 2016

UCLA doctor’s perspective: gynecologic cancer awareness month

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

Written by: Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh Listen to your body and make time for your routine gynecologic exams In my practice as a gynecologic cancer surgeon over the last 13 years I have seen that women often forget to take care of themselves. They are busy being mothers, daughters, wives and career women but in many […]

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Tags: advanced ovarian cancer, BRCA1, BRCA2, breast, carboplatin chemotherapy, cervical cancer, colon cancer, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, endometrial cancer, gynecologic cancer, gynecologic oncology, HPV