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Healthy sleep habits: The natural way to get better sleep

August 11, 2019

Healthy sleep habits: The natural way to get better sleep

By uclahealth uclahealth

Sleep is essential to a healthy and high-quality life. It can help you achieve mental clarity, fight off illness and maintain a healthy weight. Unfortunately, 20 to 30 percent of people sleep poorly. Even worse, 10 percent of people have chronic insomnia — difficulty falling or staying asleep. Good sleep hygiene can thwart insomnia Chronic […]

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Tags: insomnia, sleep hygiene, sleep meditation, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center


Support for breastfeeding moms

August 8, 2019

Support for breastfeeding moms

By uclahealth uclahealth

While you may have heard “breast is best,” and that you should breastfeed your baby for at least one year post-childbirth, many new moms don’t realize how challenging this undertaking can be. Here are a few tips to help you get started. Tell others you want to breastfeed Talking to others about your breastfeeding goals […]

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Tags: baby's feeding schedule, breast pump, breastfeeding, breastfeeding goals, breastfeeding moms, lactation classes, lactation consultant, lactation program


Signs your digestive tract is unhealthy

August 7, 2019

Signs your digestive tract is unhealthy

By uclahealth uclahealth

Regular bowel movements are the top indicator of a healthy digestive tract. While every person is different, having a bowel movement daily or several times a week is typical. Abnormal bowel habits may indicate an underlying health condition. Although it can feel awkward, don’t be embarrassed to speak with your doctor if you think you […]

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Tags: anal fissures, colon cancer, constipation, fecal impaction, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases


July 21, 2019

Team coordinates medical care, translation services and more for international patients

By uclahealth uclahealth

Story Highlights International Services manages medical care for patients from more than 140 countries. Care coordinators help with translation services, appointment scheduling, and they serve as a support system for patients who are far from home Staff with international backgrounds combine their knowledge of CICARE and cultural sensitivities to bridge the gap between patientsand providers. […]

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Tags: UCLA Health International Services


UCLA Researchers Study Societal Impacts of Marijuana

July 19, 2019

UCLA Researchers Study Societal Impacts of Marijuana

By uclahealth uclahealth

The sale of recreational marijuana to adults became legal in California on January 1, 2018. Since then there has been an explosion of new cannabis (marijuana)-based products on the market. Along with them came unchecked health claims and persuasive advertisements. Lack of information exists about the implications of marijuana The U.S. federal government classifies cannabis […]

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Tags: cannabis laws, recreational marijuana, therapeutic cannabis research, UCLA Brain Research Institute, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior


Sunglasses: Your Prescription for Eye Health

July 18, 2019

Sunglasses: Your Prescription for Eye Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

Next time you step outside to enjoy the summer sun, don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses. Most people know that the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays are bad for the skin. But did you know that too much sun on unprotected eyes increases the risk of eye diseases? This summer, the UCLA Stein Eye […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataract, eye cancer, growths on the eye, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, ultraviolet rays


Athletes: At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis

July 18, 2019

Athletes: At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis

By uclahealth uclahealth

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially dangerous blood clot that forms deep in the veins of the legs, arms or pelvis. DVTs are very common and respond well to treatment when caught early. Without treatment, part of the clot can break off and travel to the lung, where it may block blood flow (called […]

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Tags: blood clot, deep vein thrombosis, Dr. John Moriarty, DVT, IVC Filter Clinic, pulmonary embolism, UCLA Interventional Radiology


Having a Primary Care Physician Can Make You Healthier

July 17, 2019

Having a Primary Care Physician Can Make You Healthier

By uclahealth uclahealth

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) involving more than 70,000 Americans found that having a primary care physician (PCP) may improve long-term health. People with a PCP were more likely to have a preventive health visit in the previous year and to take prescription medicines routinely. They reported a […]

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Tags: chronic disease, pcp, preventive medicine


Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

July 16, 2019

Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

By uclahealth uclahealth

In 2003 the e-cigarette (e-cigs or vape) was invented. E-cigs use a lithium battery (or another power source) to heat a liquid that contains flavors and nicotine. The heat creates a cloud of vapor that looks like smoke, which the user inhales from the mouthpiece. Use of e-cigarettes is a gateway to tobacco use Studies […]

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Tags: e-cigarette, e-cigs, tobacco products, vape


Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

July 15, 2019

Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

By uclahealth uclahealth

Millions of people suffer from back pain every year. The burden of back pain on a person’s daily life can be debilitating. Even routine activities such as playing with kids on the floor or taking a bike ride seem out of the question when your back hurts. Fortunately, pain relief is possible thanks to the […]

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Tags: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine surgeons, spine surgery, X-ray imaging