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An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

June 17, 2019

An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

By uclahealth uclahealth

Gideon and Tara Blumstein both work in medicine: he is a surgical resident in orthopaedics at UCLA, and she is an occupational therapist at USC. Perhaps because of their careers, they understand the importance of having a relationship with their primary care physician, who serves as the leader of their health care team. When they […]

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Tags: Dr. Nathan Samras, featured, internal medicine, pediatrics, primary care, The Checkup, UCLA Health Beverly Hills


Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

June 13, 2019

Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

By uclahealth uclahealth

When it comes to helping a veteran with PTSD, families too often tend to focus the majority of their physical, emotional and mental resources into taking care of that person, inadvertently creating an imbalance that can both constrain the veteran’s healing and further stress the family. Dr. Jo Sornborger, director of psychologic health for the […]

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Tags: Dr. Jo Sornborger, mental health, Operation Mend, psychological injury, PTSD, UCLA Health Operation Mend, veterans, wounded warriors


Community-based medicine starts with primary care

June 13, 2019

Community-based medicine starts with primary care

By uclahealth uclahealth

Community healthcare works best when patients can access medical care in a location that is easy to get to and close to where they live or work. UCLA Health now has more than 170 community practices located throughout the greater Los Angeles region, and more than three dozen primary care offices.

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Tags: healthy living, preventive health, primary care, The Checkup, wellness


FDA To Update Sunscreen Regulations

May 24, 2019

FDA To Update Sunscreen Regulations

By uclahealth uclahealth

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime, but that risk can be minimized with the use of sunscreen. While sunscreen use has increased over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t updated some sunscreen requirements in decades. Now, a proposed FDA rule seeks to improve the […]

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Tags: dermatology, FDA regulations, skin care, sunscreen, sunscreen requirement, UCLA Dermatology


A Possible Link Between Diet Beverages and Stroke

May 21, 2019

A Possible Link Between Diet Beverages and Stroke

By uclahealth uclahealth

A recent study of postmenopausal women age 50 to 79 in the United States found those who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were at a higher risk for the most common type of stroke — ischemic stroke. Are Diet Drinks Bad for Your Health? The Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS) […]

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Tags: diet soda, stroke, sweetened beverages, UCLA stroke center, women's health


5 Steps to Lower Your Risk of Eye Disease

May 16, 2019

5 Steps to Lower Your Risk of Eye Disease

By uclahealth uclahealth

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During the month of May, the UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in sharing valuable information about […]

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Tags: eye disease, opthalmology, risk of eye disease, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Stein Eye Institute


Defeat Depression With A Healthy Diet

May 14, 2019

Defeat Depression With A Healthy Diet

By uclahealth uclahealth

Research over the past ten years suggests that you can prevent depression with a healthy diet. Some studies suggest a healthy diet, like a Mediterranean-style eating plan, can even treat depression once it’s been diagnosed.  Improving Brain Health Through Diet At the root of depression is an unhealthy brain. Improving your diet can increase brain […]

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Tags: brain health, depression, healthy diet, healthy foods, mental health, mood, UCLA psychiatry


Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

May 7, 2019

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration).  Dementia Genes Linked to Buildup […]

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Tags: aging, dementia, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, genes, genetic testing, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Yet Another Study Says No

May 3, 2019

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Yet Another Study Says No

By uclahealth uclahealth

We don’t yet know what causes autism, but a new study found the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not. The MMR vaccine also doesn’t trigger autism in a group of at-risk kids. No Linkage Between MMR Vaccine and Autism  A 1998 paper in The Lancet claimed the MMR vaccine caused autism, but that […]

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Tags: autism, measles, MRR, vaccines


May 1, 2019

Healthy Tips for Ramadan

By uclahealth uclahealth

Ramadan begins on Monday, May 6, 2019 and ends on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Millions of people from around the world will be recognizing this Islamic holy day through prayer and dawn to dusk fasting. Fasting can be done safely if you take the necessary precautions— especially for those with certain medical conditions. If you […]

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Tags: breastfeeding, cardiac disease, complex carbohydrates, dehydration, diabetes, fasting, fasting for adolescents, fasting for children, fasting tips, heart disease, iftar meal, low blood sugar