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Supporting LGBTQ youths

March 11, 2019

Supporting LGBTQ youths

By uclahealth uclahealth

For LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) youths, supportive environments are the best buffers against stressors. The support of family members is especially protective — being valued by family members helps kids learn to value and care for themselves. But rejection by family members is a known contributor to poor mental health. Negative health […]

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Tags: bisexual, gay, gender expression, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer, transgender, UCLA Health EMPWR Program


10 tips for raising healthy eaters

March 10, 2019

10 tips for raising healthy eaters

By uclahealth uclahealth

A healthy diet includes a variety of nutritious foods. Proper nutrition is especially important for children because it supports the rapid physical growth and brain development occurring throughout childhood. Benefits of eating healthy The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that nutrition and health are closely linked. Poor nutrition and lower levels of physical activity […]

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Tags: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating habits, healthy eating, healthy foods, healthy snacks, nutrition, obesity, vegetables


Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here's how to spot them

March 8, 2019

Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here’s how to spot them

By uclahealth uclahealth

Eating disorders can affect every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group. In youths and young adults, the incidence of eating disorders is more than 5 percent for females and 1 percent for males. You can’t tell from looking at someone that they have an eating disorder. It is important to pay attention to the subtle […]

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Tags: anorexia nervosa, ARFID, Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, binge eating, binge eating disorder, brain health, bulimia nervosa, digestive health, eating disorders, heart health, nutrition, pre-teen


February 12, 2019

Is extreme morning sickness linked to autism?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a serious condition that causes extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and affects about two percent of pregnant women. Although it is commonly called extreme morning sickness, the symptoms can attack women anytime of the day or night. In some cases, the woman must be hospitalized for treatment with intravenous fluids or […]

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4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

February 4, 2019

4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

By uclahealth uclahealth

February is American Heart Month ‒ the perfect time to prioritize heart health for your entire family, says Sheena Kamra, MD, a pediatrician at the UCLA Health Torrance – Pediatrics office. When it comes to raising heart-healthy kids, she says there are a few things parents should know: 1. Most children are born with healthy […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, American Heart Month, Dr. Sheena Kamra, heart health, pediatrics, The Checkup, Torrance, Torrance pediatrics


UCLA participates in national research study on autism

January 22, 2019

UCLA participates in national research study on autism

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Autism does not discriminate and occurs at equal rates across all ethnic groups,” says Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D, a clinical director at UCLA’s Jane and Terry Semel Institute’s Center for Autism Research & Treatment. Dr. Gulsrud adds, “We know that communities of color are not represented in research at the rate that white families are. And […]

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Tags: autism, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, Semel Institute, Spark research, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

December 19, 2018

Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

By uclahealth uclahealth

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones. A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly associated with childhood […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), children's health, eye, eye health, eye safety, toy related eye injuries, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes


Ask the Doctors - Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

October 3, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Our daughter-in-law is four months pregnant with our first grandchild. When she and our son were recently visiting for the weekend, we became aware that she’s secretly smoking. She says it’s OK because it’s just three cigarettes a day and asked us not to tell our son. Is she correct? Two future grandparents […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, healthy pregnancy, miscarriage, placental abruption, pregnancy, SIDS, smoking, sudden infant death syndrome


Understanding Headaches in Children

October 1, 2018

Understanding Headaches in Children

By uclahealth uclahealth

  Children can suffer from headaches, just like adults do. More than 90 percent of children and teens will have experienced at least one headache by the time they turn 18 years old. We label child headaches as: Primary headaches, which include tension headaches, migraines and something known as new daily persistent headaches Secondary headaches, […]

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Tags: headache, headaches in children, migrane, pediatrician, tension headache, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Ask the Doctors - Is it safe to use insect repellant on infants?

August 30, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is it safe to use insect repellant on infants?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Is it safe to use an insect repellent with DEET on my 5-month-old? Here in Tennessee, we’re approaching prime mosquito season and we want our little boy to be able to play outside without getting all bitten up. There’s nothing like the thin, high whine of a mosquito to let you know your […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, DEET, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, infants, insect repellant, insects