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Will your sunglasses protect you from serious eye disease?

July 20th, 2017

Will your sunglasses protect you from serious eye disease?

By uclahealth uclahealth

With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the temperature is higher and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays is greater. The UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes and the American Academy of Ophthalmology warn that excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. […]

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Tags: cornea, Doheny Eye Institutes, long-term eye problems, ophthalmologists, retina, serious eye disease, short-term eye problems, sun exposure, sunglasses, sunscreen, surgical eye care, temporary blindness


New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

July 12th, 2017

New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

When Sean Young was in graduate school, he received a visit one day from his brother. During the visit his brother became so overcome with pain that he had to be rushed to the hospital, where physicians discovered a burst intestine. The emergency surgery saved his life. The doctors told his brother, who suffered from […]

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Tags: behavior change, book, Sean Young, Stick with It, UC Institute for Prediction Technology, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, UCLA Department of Family Medicine


The facts about hepatitis C

July 12th, 2017

The facts about hepatitis C

By uclahealth uclahealth

While it’s gaining more attention among older adults, people of all ages should know about the health complications of hepatitis C, how it spreads and what treatment options are available. What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. It spreads through exposure to blood from an infected person. Hepatitis C […]

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Tags: acute hepatitis C infection, chronic hepatitis C infection, hepatitis C, hepatitis C screening, hepatology, how do people get hepatitis C, jaundice, liver, liver transplantation, testing for hepatitis C


Heat stroke: Do you know the signs?

July 10th, 2017

Heat stroke: Do you know the signs?

By uclahealth uclahealth

As you head into the hottest months of the year, be sure to stay cool. Overheating can lead to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency. Both children and adults are at risk when exposed to heat without proper hydration. Humidity only makes the problem worse. How heat stroke develops Heat stroke develops when the […]

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Tags: coping with heat, dehydration, dizziness, heat stroke. heat, high temperatures, humidity, signs of heat stroke, summer heat, sunscreen, sweating, treatment for heat stroke


First Aid: Test Your Safety Smarts

June 27th, 2017

First Aid: Test Your Safety Smarts

By uclahealth uclahealth

June is National Safety Month, so let’s see how prepared you and your family are for summertime injuries. From treating jellyfish stings to knowing how to give CPR, what would you do in these situations?   If you get stung by a jellyfish at the beach, you should remove the tentacle and: Wash with soap […]

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Tags: 911, American Heart Association, CPR, drowning, exhaustion, healthy living, jellyfish sting, muscle sprain, National Safety Month, personal preparedness, poison oak, rash


No fireworks are safe, even the innocent sparkler causes thousands of eye injuries

June 26th, 2017

No fireworks are safe, even the innocent sparkler causes thousands of eye injuries

By uclahealth uclahealth

Fireworks injuries cause approximately 10,000 visits to the emergency department each year, most of them involve children who suffer thousands of eye injuries.1 Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, most injuries are caused by legal fireworks parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles. Every year, […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), damage to the eye, eye health, eye injury, eye ointments, fireworks safety, healthy eyes, July 4th, opthalmology, pressure to the eye, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes


Mental health check

June 24th, 2017

Mental health check

By uclahealth uclahealth

Seeing a therapist for the first time can be intimidating, but you don’t want to shortchange your mental health. If you are having second thoughts about speaking with someone, it may help to remember that you are not alone: About one in four adults in the United States is diagnosed with a mental health disorder […]

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Tags: anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, coping with grief, drug abuse, humanistics, life changes, living with chronic illness, mental health, mental health check, mental health disorders, mental health issues, mental health specialist


Health benefits of essential oils

June 22nd, 2017

Health benefits of essential oils

By uclahealth uclahealth

Are you stressed out? Having trouble sleeping? Suffering from headaches? You may want to talk to an integrative doctor or therapist about using essential oils as part of your care. “Essential oils can help people find relief from a variety of symptoms,” says Maria T. Madden RN, certified integrative therapist, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, […]

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Tags: essential oils, integrative medicine, integrative therapist, Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, UCLA Health Rehabilitation Services, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, urban zen therapy


After a loved one’s diagnosis

June 13th, 2017

After a loved one’s diagnosis

By uclahealth uclahealth

Helping a friend or family member who is facing a health battle can be daunting. You may not know what to say or do. However, simply showing you care can provide someone who is sick with much needed comfort. Try these three strategies to show your support. 1. Visit regularly Seeing your loved one in […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, elderly care, emotional support, healthcare, hospital visitors, medical care, Project Angel Food, visiting in the hospital


Guard against carbon monoxide poisoning

June 9th, 2017

Guard against carbon monoxide poisoning

By uclahealth uclahealth

June is National Safety Month. Learn what you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, an invisible threat that can cause severe illness and even death. What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is produced by burning fuel such as: Gas Oil Kerosene Wood Charcoal […]

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Tags: carbon monoxide alarm, carbon monoxide poisoning, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, emergency preparedness, National Safety Month, personal preparedness, safety, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning