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What is immunotherapy?

February 11, 2019

What is immunotherapy?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Medical researchers have had breakthroughs in treating certain types of cancer by bolstering a patient’s immune system. Known as immunotherapy, or biologic therapy, it treats cancer differently than established treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant and surgery. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved immunotherapy treatments for 17 cancer […]

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Tags: blood cancer, bone marrow transplant, CAR T cell therapy, chimeric antigen receptor, engineered T cells, immune system, immunotherapy, T cell, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Medication adherence vital to good health

February 8, 2019

Medication adherence vital to good health

By uclahealth uclahealth

Patients often don’t follow instructions when taking prescription medications — nationwide, people only take drugs as prescribed about 50 percent of the time. But adhering to medication guidelines can be essential to maintaining your health. Take your medicines as prescribed Not adhering to your prescription instructions can have negative health consequences. Underusing a chronic pain […]

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Tags: medication, medication adherence, medication management, medication misuse, MyMeds, prescription cascade, prescription drugs


Calcium is key to bone health

February 6, 2019

Calcium is key to bone health

By uclahealth uclahealth

Your body needs calcium to make strong, healthy bones — but many children and adults in the United States aren’t getting the calcium they need. Because the body cannot produce this essential mineral, your bones are at risk for osteoporosis when you don’t consume enough calcium from food or supplements. Lack of calcium creates weak, […]

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Tags: blood calcium level, bone health, brittle bones, healthy bones, nutrition, osteoporosis, osteoporosis screening, vitamin D


From 'dead on the road' to healthy and active

January 17, 2019

From ‘dead on the road’ to healthy and active

By uclahealth uclahealth

On Feb. 22, 2016, Michael Bannon was taking his daily morning bike ride when tragedy struck. Somewhere along his one hour route through Santa Monica, Bannon, now 57, suffered a massive heart attack and was left “dead on the road,” he says. A passerby found him and started chest compressions; then emergency personnel resuscitated him […]

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Tags: cardiology, cholesterol, Dr. Melkon Hacobian, Dr. Peyman Benharash, LDL, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, patient story, plant-based diet, The Checkup, UCLA Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program, weight loss


Prediabetes: 5 things you need to know

January 16, 2019

Prediabetes: 5 things you need to know

By uclahealth uclahealth

About 30 million people in the United States, or 1 in 10, have diabetes. Most have Type 2 diabetes, which may be preventable and takes years to develop as blood sugar levels increase. On the path to Type 2 diabetes, many people are first diagnosed with a reversible condition called prediabetes. Risk factors for both […]

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Tags: A1c, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes, healthy living, prediabetes, preventive care, primary care, The Checkup, type 2 diabetes


How lifestyle changes can improve your health

January 14, 2019

How lifestyle changes can improve your health

By uclahealth uclahealth

We are all at risk for developing health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer in our lifetimes. In many cases, that risk increases with age alone. But other factors are also at play. Non-modifiable risk factors are things that you cannot change, such as family history, genetic profile, ethnicity and gender. Modifiable risk […]

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Tags: annual physical, exercise, Family Medicine, healthy living, internal medicine, lifestyle changes, pcp, plant-based diet, prevention, preventive care, primary care, primary care physician


Are You at Risk for Travel-Related Blood Clots?

January 11, 2019

Are You at Risk for Travel-Related Blood Clots?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Many Americans will travel over the winter months. Some of them are at a higher risk of forming a blood clot in a large vein. Known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), long periods of sitting, like when traveling, cause this dangerous condition. What you need to know about DVT You may be at an increased […]

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Tags: blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, DVT, swelling, travel-related blood clots, UCLA Gonda Venous Center


Effective Child Discipline: Advice for Parents

January 9, 2019

Effective Child Discipline: Advice for Parents

By uclahealth uclahealth

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published an updated policy statement concerning effective child discipline. The newest recommendations from the AAP encourage parents to avoid physical contact or hurtful words when addressing undesirable behavior in children. Instead, the group continues to endorse alternative forms of discipline. Discipline is different from punishment “The latest research […]

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Tags: Child discipline, children's health, parenting advice, positive parenting, punishment, Spanking, 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


Beating Holiday Stress

December 17, 2018

Beating Holiday Stress

By uclahealth uclahealth

The holiday season brings joy to many Americans, but it may also lead to heightened stress. During this busy time of year you may be adding more obligations to your already full schedule or feel pressured to spend more than your bank account allows. Effectively managing holiday stress can help you enjoy the season. Tips […]

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Tags: healthy habits, healthy holidays, holiday season, holiday stress, managing holiday stress, Stress tips