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Egg freezing: Preserving fertility before cancer treatment

December 11, 2018

Egg freezing: Preserving fertility before cancer treatment

By uclahealth uclahealth

Adolescents or young adults who receive a cancer diagnosis are focused on how to begin treatment quickly. For many of these individuals, childbearing is far enough in the future that they don’t think about whether cancer treatment could affect becoming a parent. Cancer treatment may cause infertility Discussing fertility preservation with a physician is an […]

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Tags: cancer treatment, childbearing, Cryogenic freezing, egg preservation, fertility preservation, IVF


Teen Vaccines: what you need to know

December 6, 2018

Teen Vaccines: what you need to know

By uclahealth uclahealth

Your teen needs fewer vaccines than when they were younger, but there are still specific vaccines they’ll need between the ages of 11 and 18. Set your adolescents up for a healthy future by ensuring they get the recommended immunizations. Teen vaccine schedule By age 7, your child should be up-to-date on the vaccines recommended […]

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Tags: flu shot, HPV vaccine, meningitis vaccine, shingles vaccine, Vaccine schedule


Coping with Childhood Cancer

December 4, 2018

Coping with Childhood Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

It can be difficult to know what to do next when your child receives a cancer diagnosis. Gathering information and asking questions is usually the first step to feeling more confident and in control. These tips can help you cope. Information is key to helping kids with cancer Part of the information-gathering process may include […]

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Tags: childhood cancer, coping with cancer, hematology, oncology, pediatric cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Health Tips for Office Workers

November 29, 2018

Health Tips for Office Workers

By uclahealth uclahealth

No matter how robust your office’s wellness program is, it still takes personal dedication to maintain a healthy lifestyle at work. These health tips can help you beat fatigue, eat better and move more during your workday. Pack a healthy lunch to fight off work fatigue When you consume healthy foods, you offer your body […]

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Tags: ergonomics, exercise, healthy lifestyle, healthy lunch, work fatigue, workplace health, Workplace wellness


Understanding PrEP: The HIV Prevention Pill

November 27, 2018

Understanding PrEP: The HIV Prevention Pill

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you’re at high risk for contracting HIV, the HIV prevention pill can help keep you safe and infection-free. PrEP is a once-daily pill that reduces your chance of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. Among injectable drug users, it reduces risk by 70 percent. What is PrEP for HIV? PrEP (pre-exposure […]

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Tags: antiviral medicines, autoimmune disease, HIV, HIV prevention, HIV prevention pill, HIV risk factor, injectable drugs, Pr-EP, UCLA CARE, UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education


Talk with Your Provider Before Undergoing IV Vitamin Therapy

November 19, 2018

Talk with Your Provider Before Undergoing IV Vitamin Therapy

By uclahealth uclahealth

You can now visit a salon or spa to receive an intravenous (IV) infusion of vitamins and minerals to help you look and feel your best. But, says Crystal Glassy, DO, MPH, a UCLA family medicine physician, “it would probably be safer, less expensive and take less time out of your day to focus on […]

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Tags: Crystal Glassy DO, infusion, intravenous vitamins, IV drip, IV vitamin therapy, medical resort, salon IV drips, UCLA Health Century City, vitamins


Advance Health Care Directives Make Decisions About Treatment Easier

November 16, 2018

Advance Health Care Directives Make Decisions About Treatment Easier

By uclahealth uclahealth

It can be unpleasant to think about a time when you can’t make your health care wishes known to family or physicians. Having an advance health care directive in place when you are healthy ensures your preferences are known and respected should you become incapacitated. What is an advance directive? An advance health care directive […]

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Tags: advance care directive, advance care planning, advance directive, healthcare decisions, life-sustaining treatment, living will, power of attorney


CDC Urges Early Vaccination for Flu

November 14, 2018

CDC Urges Early Vaccination for Flu

By uclahealth uclahealth

From fall 2017 to spring 2018, flu severity was considered high across all age groups in the United States. As of October 27, 2018, there were 185 flu-related deaths in children reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and about 80 percent of those children had not received a flu vaccine. When […]

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Tags: CDC, fever, flu, flu shot, Flu vaccine, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Genetics counselors help people understand hereditary disorders

November 8, 2018

Genetics counselors help people understand hereditary disorders

By uclahealth uclahealth

  Research on the human genome has revealed that nearly all diseases have a genetic component caused by gene mutations present at birth or the interaction between genes and the environment. This research has given rise to genetic tests that help diagnose, predict risk and guide treatment for certain hereditary conditions. At UCLA, genetic counselors […]

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Tags: amniocentesis, cancer genetics, clinical genetics, genetics, hereditary disorders, medical geneticist, non-invasive prenatal blood testin, pathology, pediatric genetics, prenatal genetic diagnosis, UCLA Cancer Genetics


Team-based care has kept one patient healthy

October 25, 2018

Team-based care has kept one patient healthy

By uclahealth uclahealth

A few years ago, Shebyon Begood, 49, was dealing with an array of health problems that kept her from enjoying her life. “I was constantly in and out of the hospital,” says Begood, who lives in Santa Monica. And these weren’t short stays, with some lasting up to three months, with only a week or […]

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Tags: breast cancer, care coordination, Dr. Sun Yoo, extensivist, kidney transplant, primary care, The Checkup, type 1 diabetes