Genetics

My girls

June 24, 2019

My girls

By Lucky7 jessicaw81jw

We had the pleasure meeting Dr. Rastogi for a Kidney meeting concerning a family genetics disorder. Dr Rastogi was able to offer us a lot of great information to help with future kidney appointments etc! While there we were told about a kidney convention with build a bears and of course my young girls wanted […]

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Tags: Dr. Rastogi, featured, genetics disorder, patient stories


June 4, 2019

New center will reveal answers to patients’ unanswered questions about rare diseases

By uclahealth uclahealth

When the California Center for Rare Diseases at UCLA opens its doors, it will become a destination of hope for patients and their families who have struggled to find a diagnosis and treatment for their uncommon genetic illnesses. The center is partly an outgrowth of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network at UCLA. UCLA is among 15 […]

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Tags: California Center for Rare Diseases, chronic diseases, clinical trials, comprehensive genetic test, Dr. M. Carrie Miceli, Dr. Melissa Spencer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, genetic counseling, genetic illnesses, genomic testing, Institute for Precision Health, National Institutes of Health


Separating breast cancer facts from fiction

October 2, 2018

Separating breast cancer facts from fiction

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Knowing the facts about breast cancer treatment and prevention is crucial in reducing your risk. However, there are a number of misconceptions about the disease that can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction. UCLA oncologist Dr. Parvin Peddi, assistant clinical professor in medicine and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, cancer, mammogram


Ask the Doctors - What can I do about hereditary spastic paraplegia?

October 1, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What can I do about hereditary spastic paraplegia?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I was having trouble with muscle spasms in my legs that made it hard to walk and have now been diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia. The doctors in my area don’t seem to know anything about it. What can you tell me about this disease? Where do I go for help? We’re very […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, genetic testing, hereditary spastic paraplegia, muscle spasms, progressive weakness, Spastic Paraplegia Foundation


Ask the Doctors - What is inclusion body myositis?

September 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What is inclusion body myositis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My brother, who is 65, was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis about five years ago and the muscles in his arms, legs and hands are deteriorating rapidly. He’s someone who loves life and this is very hard to watch. His physician says there’s no cure. What can you tell me about the disease? […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, corticosteroids, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, immune system, inclusion body myositis, inflammation


Five facts about ovarian cancer to share with friends, family

August 31, 2018

Five facts about ovarian cancer to share with friends, family

By Denise Heady deniseheady

A better way of diagnosing and treating ovarian cancer is on the horizon. Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, a UCLA professor in obstetrics and gynecology and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is convinced of it. She and her colleagues are focused on  discovering why epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most common and aggressive […]

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Tags: Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, Ovarian Cancer, ovarian cancer awareness month, stem cell research, ucla cancer center


UCLA doctor diagnoses teen's complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

July 5, 2018

UCLA doctor diagnoses teen’s complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

Rhianna Wilson spent her senior year of high school in and out of four San Diego hospitals, seeking relief for her vision loss, pain and debilitating headaches. At age 18, she was diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic disorder marked by overly stretchy connective tissue. In Wilson’s case, the disorder revealed itself in […]

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Tags: adolescent medicine, blindness, brain, Chiari malformation, Ehler-Danlos Dyndrome, joint pain, neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatrics, teenager, vision loss


Ask the Doctors - Is my love of coffee genetic?

April 23, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is my love of coffee genetic?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Everyone in my partner’s family loves coffee but I’m like the rest of my family  – we can take it or leave it. Is it possible that a love of caffeine is in their genes? According to the National Institutes of Health, caffeine is the most widely used stimulant on earth. Found in […]

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Tags: adenosine, Ask the Doctors, coffee, DNA, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko


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


Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

November 2, 2016

Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

As if the hot flashes, night sweats and dry skin caused by menopause weren’t indignity enough, a new UCLA study has found that the change of life also accelerates the body’s biological clock, increasing women’s risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death. Published July 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the results could […]

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Tags: aging, aging-related diseases, biological age, biological clock, cardiovascular disease, chronological age, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, dry skin, epigenetic clock, estrogen, genetics, hormone therapy