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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


Ask the Doctors - How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

August 29, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve suffered joint pain for years. Being prescribed 15 milligrams of Meloxicam has been wonderful. What are your thoughts on Meloxicam use? Meloxicam (Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that, like all such drugs, inhibits the formation of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This inhibition leads to a decrease in the production of […]

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Tags: arthritis, Ask the Doctors, diclofenac, Dr. Robert Ashley, joint pain, meloxicam, naproxen, NSAIDs


How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

August 28, 2018

How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

By Health Tips for Parents healthtips

Making and maintaining friendships are critical to a child’s social and emotional development. Developing healthy friendships early on can help children maintain positive influences and friendships throughout their lives. Forming friendships. “A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director […]

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Tags: Babies And Children, friendship, lifestyle, technology, teenager, teens, Togetherness


Ask the Doctors - Can animals help prevent allergies in kids?

August 28, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can animals help prevent allergies in kids?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Neither of my sisters have pets, and all of their kids have allergies. Could the fact that we have dogs, a horse, and a barn cat be the reason that my kids aren’t allergic to anything? How and why allergies develop are complex questions that have long been the subject of study. So […]

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Tags: allergies, Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, pets


Ask the Doctors - How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

August 27, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two different organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitides.  Streptococcous causes nearly 50 percent of meningitis […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bacterial meningitis, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningitis, Neisseria meningitides, Streptocooccus pneumoniae, vaccinations


With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

August 9, 2018

With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

A program that provides music therapy for patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital is expanding by adding two music therapy fellows who will assist patients and new research beginning in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over the course of a year. A $100,000 gift from The Music Man Foundation enabled UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital […]

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Tags: developing infants, infant, infants, music therapist, music therapy, NICU, pediatrics, preemies, premature infants, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital