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Ask the Doctors - What are the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar?

August 17, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar? I hear about it on social media, but I don’t understand how vinegar can lead to weight loss or help me control my blood sugar. My mom is a big proponent of apple cider vinegar.  She likes to put it on her salads, vegetables or […]

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Tags: apple cider vinegar, Ask the Doctors, blood sugar, Dr. Robert Ashley, glycemic index, insulin


Care when you need it: Urgent care and extended hours offerings

August 16, 2018

Care when you need it: Urgent care and extended hours offerings

By uclahealth uclahealth

Imagine that it’s 5:30 pm on a weeknight, and when you pick up your daughter from daycare, you realize that she’s lethargic and her cough has gotten much worse. Or it’s a Saturday morning, and you twist your ankle when you’re out for a run and can barely hobble home. We’ve all been there. Sometimes […]

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Tags: century city, extended hours, Playa Marina, primary care, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Evaluation & Treatment, The Checkup, UCLA Health Century City, UCLA Health Culvery City, UCLA Health Santa Clarita, UCLA Health Thousand Oaks


Ask the Doctors - How much do sugar and additives impair dark chocolate's benefits?

August 16, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How much do sugar and additives impair dark chocolate’s benefits?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I have read about the health benefits of dark chocolate for the brain and the heart, but that it must contain about 80% chocolate to be effective. How much sugar or additives (nuts, fruit) can be added before chocolate loses its health benefits?  Ah, chocolate, a food that so often inspires a passionate response. […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cocoa, dark chocolate, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, flavanols, flavonoids


Ask the Doctors - Are large doses of B12 safe?

August 15, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Are large doses of B12 safe?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m almost 90 years old and always tired. I took two capsules of 2,000 mcg vitamin B12 the other night, and felt stronger and not as tired. Is it safe? My first thought is that you might have B12 deficiency, caused either by inadequate intake or by inadequate absorption of B12. Animal products […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, B12 anemia, B12 supplements, Dr. Robert Ashley, vitamins


A breakthrough for migraine sufferers

August 14, 2018

A breakthrough for migraine sufferers

By uclahealth uclahealth

Close to 100 million Americans have chronic headaches. Nearly 40 million of them have migraines. And the majority of migraine sufferers are women. In fact, the World Health Organization suggests 20 percent of all women suffer from migraines (compared to only 8 percent of men). “Migraine is the third-most common of all disorders on the […]

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Tags: brain activity, diziness, headache, migrane, migrane therapies, nausea, neck pain, UCLA Neurology


Ask the Doctors - Should I be worried about frequent headaches?

August 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I be worried about frequent headaches?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I’ve always had headaches, from the time I was a teenager. But now I get them more often – about one headache per week. Is this a warning sign of something? Headache is among the most common – and ancient – of physical complaints. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cluster headaches, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, headaches, migraines, sinus headache, tension headache


Ask the Doctors - How can I ease the pain of shingles?

August 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can I ease the pain of shingles?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m a 78-year-old woman who developed shingles in December 2014. The rash settled in the nerves on my left side, from under the breast, to the waist and around the middle of my back. Is there anything to ease the pain? Would the shot help? Shingles is a reactivation of the herpes zoster […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, capsaicin, Dr. Robert Ashley, gabapentin, herpes zoster virus, post-herpetic neuralgia, pregalbin, shingles, shingles pain, shingles vaccination


From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

August 13, 2018

From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

By uclahealth uclahealth

It was September, about three years ago, when Carl Link realized that something was seriously wrong with his health. For years, Link, then 36, had been dealing with chronic back pain that radiated out from between his shoulder blades and occasionally woke him up in the middle of the night. But recently, he had noticed […]

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Tags: Dr. Adam Cavallero, Dr. Luke Macyszyn, ependymoma, neurosurgery, patient stories, patient story, primary care, primary care physician, The Checkup, Thousand Oaks, UCLA Health Thousand Oaks


How to improve men's fertility

August 10, 2018

How to improve men’s fertility

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you are trying to become a dad, there are some easy lifestyle changes that can not only improve your physical health but also help you overcome stressors that may contribute to infertility. When needed, there are other steps your doctor may suggest as well. Lifestyle changes to promote men’s fertility One of the first […]

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Tags: fertility, healthy pregnancy, male fertility, male fertility factor, reproductive health, sperm count, UCLA Men's Health Clinic


August 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a multivitamin, just to be safe?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Do I really need to take a multivitamin? My sisters are convinced that you can’t get all of the nutrients that you need without one, but it seems to me that as long you’re eating right, you’re covered. Multivitamins are the most widely used supplements in the U.S. It is estimated that between […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, balanced diet, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, healthy diet, multivitamins, nutrition