Neurology

UCLA surgeons perform California's first deep brain stimulation for epilepsy following FDA approval

July 29, 2019

UCLA surgeons perform California’s first deep brain stimulation for epilepsy following FDA approval

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a procedure that is highly beneficial for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease to treat some patients with severe epilepsy. The procedure, deep brain stimulation (DBS), involves implantation of a “brain pacemaker” to send electrical impulses to targeted areas of the brain […]

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Tags: DBS, deep brain stimulation, Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Aria Fallah, Dr. Ausaf Bari, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, neurosurgeon, Parkinson’s disease, severe epilepsy, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center


Parents Creating Peace

May 13, 2019

Parents Creating Peace

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“We’re parents who came together to support each other and to look at how the next generation can benefit from the hospital,” says Monique Rosenthal, a member of the Parent Association Council at UCLA Health. “My daughter is a patient under the care of Neurology and Immunology for a rare autoimmune disorder. We come once […]

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Tags: featured, infusion center, Parent Association Counci, patient story, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, pediatric neurology, rare autoimmune disorder, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


March 15, 2019

Women of UCLA Health: Trailblazers in health care, medicine and science

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March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, […]

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Tags: biobehavioral sciences, Health Care Leader to Know, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Neurological Surgery, nurse practitioner, Precision Medicine, psychiatry, public health, thoracic imaging, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, women leaders in health care


November 16, 2018

Treating Total Patient

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“Dr. Jason Lerner was one of the few doctors who believed me when I said Kourtney was having absence seizures,” says Kathy Daigle, mother to 14-year-old Kourtney Daigle. Also pictured is Kourtney’s father, Ken Daigle. Kathy continues, “He’s been treating Kourtney since she was 3. He’s an amazing doctor and he takes a really holistic […]

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Tags: Adolescent Epilepsy Center, Anxiety, Dr. Jason Lerner, ketogenic diet, nutritionist, psychiatrist, seizures, teen epilepsy


Not Held Back by Seizures

November 16, 2018

Not Held Back by Seizures

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“At first I didn’t think anything of it. I thought I was just getting the chills and blanking out for a second. It wasn’t until my mom noticed that we put two and two together,” says 18-year-old Briza Garcia, who was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy at 17. “It was hard to find a pediatric […]

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Tags: Adolescent Epilepsy Center, Dr. Jason Lerner, epilepsy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, medications, pediatric neurologist, teen epilepsy


Working Together

November 16, 2018

Working Together

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“We work together as a family unit to make Steele’s life happy and as normal as possible,” says Bernadette Schaaf, mother to 14-year-old Steele Schaaf, who has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Pictured left to right: John Schaaf, Steele, Bernadette, Vaughn, Vance, and Flatr. “We had just moved from Michigan to California, […]

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Tags: Adolescent Epilepsy Center, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Orange County, recurrent seizures, seizures, teen epilepsy


Support for Seizures

November 16, 2018

Support for Seizures

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“I started having seizures when I was 6,” says 16-year-old Alfred Guilfoil, who has nocturnal tonic-clonic frontal lobe seizures. “My seizures only occur at night. Dr. Jason Lerner helped me get my seizures under control, and he’s good at finding medication that doesn’t have bad side effects. He always asks how you’re doing and if […]

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Tags: Adolescent Epilepsy, Adolescent Epilepsy Center at UCLA, Dr. Jason Lerner, featured, seizures, teen epilepsy


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 Ask the Doctors

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 Ask the Doctors

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


BrainSPORT program focuses on concussion prevention and recovery in youth athletes

June 1, 2018

BrainSPORT program focuses on concussion prevention and recovery in youth athletes

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Story highlights Brain injury program provides diagnosis and treatment for all levels of athletes. Safety, performance, outreach, research and treatment (SPORT) are key program components. Staff also provide neurological assessments for military service members in the UCLA Operation Mend program. Close to 2 million Americans ages 18 and younger experience sports- or recreation-related concussions every […]

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Tags: brain health, brain injury program, BrainSPORT, Dr.Christopher Giza, Employee News, neuro-psychology, short-term cognitive behavioral therapy, sports medicine, traumatic brain injury, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, youth athletes