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Emotional challenges may accompany birth of a baby

January 16th, 2018

Emotional challenges may accompany birth of a baby

By uclahealth uclahealth

The arrival of a baby can come with a host of emotions. Sometimes, those include anxiety or sadness. The term “baby blues” is often used to describe these postpartum feelings. Baby blues are very common and are not the result of weakness or character flaws. Having the blues should never cause an individual to feel […]

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Tags: baby blues, depression in new moms, emotions, newborn, post partum depression, premenstrual syndrome, UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program


Plan ahead to beat holiday weight gain

January 14th, 2018

Plan ahead to beat holiday weight gain

By uclahealth uclahealth

Holiday time means breaking bread with loved ones and enjoying sweet gifts from well-meaning neighbors and co-workers. But those indulgences can add up. In fact, American adults will gain an average of one pound during the holiday season. One pound might not seem like much, but over the years those pounds add up, creating a […]

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Tags: diet, diet myths, exercise, healthy eating, holiday weight gain, nutrition, nutrition plan, physical activity


Mindfulness has health benefits

January 12th, 2018

Mindfulness has health benefits

By uclahealth uclahealth

How often in your week do you find yourself unaware of what you did just moments before? Do you sometimes forget stretches of driving only to find yourself at your destination without remembering the specifics of how you got there? The human mind excels at automating functions so we don’t have to think about them. […]

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Tags: ACE excercise, healthy lifestyle, meditation, mindful awareness, mindfulness, resilience, STOP exercise, stress, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


Prioritize health conversations with family members

January 10th, 2018

Prioritize health conversations with family members

By uclahealth uclahealth

Conversation around the dinner table doesn’t often include questions about personal health history. But according to UCLA genetic counselor Naghmeh Dorrani, there’s room for more family discussion about health. That’s because despite the amazing advances in genetics, “The most important tool for genetic counselors continues to be family health history,” Dorrani says. You may want […]

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Tags: advances in genetics, cancer, genetic counselor, genetics, Naghmeh Dorrani, personal health history, risk of cancer, ucla division of genetics


December 26th, 2017

How to encourage men to see the doctor

By uclahealth uclahealth

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are less likely than women to see a doctor on a regular basis. But neglecting one’s health and missing important screenings can result in bigger health problems. So how can women help make sure their male counterparts receive wellness checkups? Here are a few tips. […]

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Tags: blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, colonoscopy, men's health, preventative care, prostate exam, UCLA Men's Health Clinic, urologists at ucla, urology


Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

December 21st, 2017

Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 30 percent of sore throats among children between the ages of 5 and 15 are due to group A Streptococcus (strep), a contagious bacterial infection that causes fever, sudden onset of a sore throat, swollen tonsils and painful swallowing. With appropriate treatment, however, most symptoms completely resolve within one week. Diagnosis and treatment […]

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Tags: A Streptococcus, antibiotics, fever, hand washing, health tips for parents, infectious diseases, painful swallowing, strep throat, swollen tonsils, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How to stay healthy with a vegan diet

December 5th, 2017

How to stay healthy with a vegan diet

By uclahealth uclahealth

With New Year’s resolutions around the corner, Americans will focus increased attention on how they can retool their health. Chances are, they’ll put a spotlight on dietary changes. Experts agree that a diet low in fat and cholesterol and high in vegetables and grains is key. Sometimes, the health-conscious consider a vegan diet, which forbids […]

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Tags: balanced diet, healthy diet, healthy lifestyle changes, lifestyle changes, low fat diet, new year resolution, switching to a vegan diet, vegan diet


Red, scaly skin: Should you be concerned?

December 3rd, 2017

Red, scaly skin: Should you be concerned?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Dry, scaly skin is a common winter annoyance for many. But some people experience those symptoms year-round — with more frequency and more intensity. These individuals could be living with plaque psoriasis, a disease that forms a red, scaly rash on the body. Dermatologists believe that psoriasis is a type of autoimmune disease where the […]

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Tags: autoimmune disease, dermatology, dry skin, guttate psoriasis, itching, moisturizing, psoriasis, psoriasis triggers, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis, scalp psoriasis, scaly skin


Tips for safe sleeping during baby’s first year

December 1st, 2017

Tips for safe sleeping during baby’s first year

By uclahealth uclahealth

Exhausted parents don’t need one more thing to keep them up at night. But this alarming statistic might do just that: Each year, around 3,500 babies in the United States die from unsafe sleep situations. These unexplained deaths often occur in healthy babies under one year of age. The cause is labeled sudden infant death […]

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Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, baby safety, back-to-sleep rule, healthy babies, healthy sleep habits in babies, SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


For diabetics, blurry vision is cause for concern

November 29th, 2017

For diabetics, blurry vision is cause for concern

By uclahealth uclahealth

There are many things that can cause eye strain and blurry vision, such as spending a lot of time in front of a screen. But blurry vision is also a common warning sign for diabetes. If not caught early or properly managed, diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the retina — a layer […]

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Tags: blurry vision, cataract, diabetes, diabetes and eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, eye care, eye exam, glaucoma, healthy eyes, healthy vision, retina, retinal damage