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UCLA Health People

August 7, 2019

UCLA Health People

By uclahealth uclahealth

Jonathan Flint, MD Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Senior Scientist, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA As a newly inducted member of the Royal Society of London, “It’s a bit surreal and very humbling to be counted among such esteemed […]

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Tags: Dr. Jonathan Flint, genetics research, Semel Institute, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge


Ask the Doctors - How dangerous is a meningioma?

October 4, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How dangerous is a meningioma?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve recently been diagnosed with meningioma, but my doctor tells me not to worry about it. That can’t be right. What should I know? Meningiomas are the most common brain tumors within the central nervous system and, let me state this at the beginning: Most are considered benign.  As the name implies, meningiomas […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, brain tumor, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningioma


If not Alzheimer's, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

June 7, 2018

If not Alzheimer’s, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

    Alzheimer’s disease is the much-feared, most common cause of memory problems in the elderly. Sometimes, however, memory problems are caused by something else entirely, including conditions that can be treated if diagnosed, according to doctors at UCLA. Here are three treatable conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s disease symptoms: 1) Hypertension. High blood pressure […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's, cognitive health, dementia, depression, substance abuse


BrainSPORT program focuses on concussion prevention and recovery in youth athletes

June 1, 2018

BrainSPORT program focuses on concussion prevention and recovery in youth athletes

By uclahealth uclahealth

Story highlights Brain injury program provides diagnosis and treatment for all levels of athletes. Safety, performance, outreach, research and treatment (SPORT) are key program components. Staff also provide neurological assessments for military service members in the UCLA Operation Mend program. Close to 2 million Americans ages 18 and younger experience sports- or recreation-related concussions every […]

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Tags: brain health, brain injury program, BrainSPORT, Dr.Christopher Giza, Employee News, neuro-psychology, short-term cognitive behavioral therapy, sports medicine, traumatic brain injury, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, youth athletes


300 LAUSD students visit UCLA for Brain Awareness Week

March 16, 2018

300 LAUSD students visit UCLA for Brain Awareness Week

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

No doubt about it: Brains are cool. Just ask the 300 local K-12 students who visited the 10th UCLA Brain Awareness Week at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. They got a close-up look at a real human brain — as well as the brains of mice, sheep and cats – and no […]

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Tags: brain, education, neuroscience, UCLA Brain Research Institute


December 13, 2017

After a head injury, mental battle proves difficult for some student-athletes

By David Olmos davidolmos

Flickr/Richard Owens For some student-athletes who suffer concussions, the mental aspect of getting back in the game is the toughest part. Researchers at UCLA are looking closely at the psychological aspects of recovery from head injuries, such as concussions, and have recently begun a program that integrates a common type of talk therapy as part […]

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Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

November 17, 2017

Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

People get too little sleep for lots of reasons. But whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones or nursing a colicky baby, the results are the same: you’re really tired the next day. Now a new UCLA study shows that your brain cells get sleepy, too. And that can lead to some serious spacing out… with […]

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Tags: brain cells, memory, neuronal firing, sleep, sleep deprivation, visual perception


Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

September 6, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health