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Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

November 17th, 2017

Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

People get too little sleep for lots of reasons. But whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones or nursing a colicky baby, the results are the same: you’re really tired the next day. Now a new UCLA study shows that your brain cells get sleepy, too. And that can lead to some serious spacing out… with […]

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Tags: brain cells, memory, neuronal firing, sleep, sleep deprivation, visual perception


Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise

November 17th, 2017

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise

By uclahealth uclahealth

In the 1940s, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like syphilis were rampant. A public awareness campaign, combined with effective antibiotics, almost eliminated syphilis and slowed the progression of other STDs. But decades later, STDs are back and reaching record highs. Symptoms often go unnoticed 2016 marked the third year in a row that STD rates have […]

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Tags: chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV, OBGYN, rashes, sex, sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, STD, syphilis


Ophthalmologists warn of five frightening risks of wearing contact lenses without a prescription

October 12th, 2017

Ophthalmologists warn of five frightening risks of wearing contact lenses without a prescription

By uclahealth uclahealth

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it […]

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Tags: contact lenses, corneal abrasion, corneal scratch, corneal transplantation, decreased vision, Halloween, keratitis, non-prescription contacts, ophthalmology, pink eye, pink eye treatment


How to tell if your child has a learning disability

October 8th, 2017

How to tell if your child has a learning disability

By uclahealth uclahealth

Learning disorders affect at least one in 10 children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Developing an awareness of the more common types of learning disorders and their symptoms can help parents ensure their children receive the help they need as soon as possible. Auditory processing disorder This is a condition […]

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Tags: auditory disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, learning ability, learning disability, learning disorders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

October 6th, 2017

Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

    It’s October, when summer heat gives way to autumn crispness and kids’ thoughts turn to costumes, candy and the other sweet-tasting goodies of Halloween. There’s one group of children, however, who can’t splurge like most others: those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The good news is that they don’t have to miss […]

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Tags: blood glucose spikes, candy, candy buyback, childhood diabetes, children with diabetes, diabetes, Dr. Steven Mittelman, Halloween, low-carb snacks, low-sugar snacks, pediatric diabetes, sugar-free candy


Do you need vitamin or mineral supplements?

October 6th, 2017

Do you need vitamin or mineral supplements?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Consistently eating a well-balanced diet – with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats – can ensure you’re meeting all of your nutritional needs. But many Americans fall short of consuming enough of the foods they need to maintain healthy levels of some important vitamins and minerals. What supplements should I consider? […]

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Tags: calcium, essential vitamins, folic acid, iron, mineral supplements, nutrition, supplements, vitamin b12, vitamin D


Pediatric cancer: What you can do to help children cope

October 3rd, 2017

Pediatric cancer: What you can do to help children cope

By uclahealth uclahealth

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer can be confusing and scary for children and their siblings. Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society on how parents can help kids cope. Supporting children with cancer For little ones up to age 3: Stay with children during tests and distract them with toys. Cuddle them often […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer in children, child life, family support, leukemia, pediatric cancer, UCLA Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How does food influence chronic inflammation?

October 1st, 2017

How does food influence chronic inflammation?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Eating the right foods can help you avoid chronic inflammation, a process in the body that can lead to health problems such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma and some forms of cancer. What is inflammation? “Inflammation is a part of our immune response,” says Zhaoping Li, MD, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. […]

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Tags: carbohydrates, chronic inflammation, clinical nutrition, healthy eating, inflammation, MD, nutrition, overconsumption, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, Zhaoping Li


The science of lasting change

September 29th, 2017

The science of lasting change

By uclahealth uclahealth

You may think that making a long-lasting change, such as eating better or exercising often, is a matter of staying motivated and inspired. But scientific data say otherwise. Motivation and inspiration “are temporary feelings,” says Sean Young, PhD, executive director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT). “We’ve been taught to think […]

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Tags: behavior, behavior change, behavioral health, captivating rewards, digital behavior, health, lasting change, neurohacks, reinforcing behavior, sean young phd, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior


Tips to Ensure Your Kids’ Eyes Are ‘Grade A’ This School Year

September 20th, 2017

Tips to Ensure Your Kids’ Eyes Are ‘Grade A’ This School Year

By uclahealth uclahealth

It’s back-to-school time and as parents tick off their long list of school to-dos, ophthalmologists are reminding moms and dads not to neglect one of the most important learning tools: their children’s eyes. Good vision and overall eye health are vital to learning. The UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes join the American Academy […]

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Tags: amblyopia, American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye doctor, eye health, eye injuries, eye surgeon, eyestrain, eyewear, goggles, healthy eyes, healthy vision, nearsightedness