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Fifty years after “Summer of Love,” drug use still going strong for some

July 18th, 2017

Fifty years after “Summer of Love,” drug use still going strong for some

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

Fifty years ago, this summer, a social phenomenon emerged in California and swept the nation.  Called the “Summer of Love,” it began with tens of thousands of “hippies” converging in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer of 1967. Many were against the Vietnam War and consumerism, and passionate about music and meditation. There was […]

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Tags: addiction, baby boomers, cannabis, Dr. Tim Fong, drug and alcohol abuse, elderly addiction, hippies, illicit drugs, marijuana, Summer of Love, UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, UCLA psychiatry


Immigrant patients get care, connection from immigrant physician

July 17th, 2017

Immigrant patients get care, connection from immigrant physician

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

California’s rural Kings County has far fewer doctors than the patient-to-doctor ratio that defines a federal “shortage” – 3,500-to-one. It also has a high percentage of immigrant farmworkers, many with customs and perceptions of health that most U.S.-born doctors wouldn’t understand. Both of these factors make Dr. Jose Javier Hernandez an important part of the […]

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Tags: immigrant, International Medical Graduate Program, Michelle Bholat


Aspiring doctors get inside look at medicine through teen summer program

July 13th, 2017

Aspiring doctors get inside look at medicine through teen summer program

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Students participating in the UCLA Health Pre-Med Summer Scholars program practice their robotic surgery skills at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology. What did you do over summer vacation? One group of teens will share their stories of watching an autopsy, practicing robotic surgery and checking out a hyperbaric chamber. The experience was […]

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Tags: community engagement, high school, learning opportunities, pre med, Regina Naanos, summer scholars, UCLA Health volunteers, volunteers


New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

July 12th, 2017

New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

When Sean Young was in graduate school, he received a visit one day from his brother. During the visit his brother became so overcome with pain that he had to be rushed to the hospital, where physicians discovered a burst intestine. The emergency surgery saved his life. The doctors told his brother, who suffered from […]

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Tags: behavior change, book, Sean Young, Stick with It, UC Institute for Prediction Technology, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, UCLA Department of Family Medicine


What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

July 11th, 2017

What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Early in the morning of July 3, 2017, 20 intrepid mice returned to Earth from the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California. This landing marked the completion of a 28-hour journey back to Earth – and the first time live rodents have returned to the […]

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Tags: bone density, Bone mass, experimental drug trial, international space station, nasa, osteoporosis, research, space, stem cells, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center


Crohn's and ulcerative colitis increase flu threat. What you should know:

July 5th, 2017

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis increase flu threat. What you should know:

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

With flu season behind us – or ahead of us, depending on your perspective – the possibility of contracting the disease is currently low. For people at high risk of complications, however, the threat of flu remains very real. That includes those with inflammatory bowel disease. Caused by the body’s inflammatory response, inflammatory bowel disease […]

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Tags: Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, Jenny Sauk, UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, ulcerative colitis


Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

July 3rd, 2017

Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

If you’re a man of a certain age, or someone who loves him, the thought of prostate cancer is never far away. After all, the disease is the most common cancer diagnosis in men, and the likelihood increases with age. That’s why researchers and physicians worldwide are working to improve diagnoses and treatments. No one […]

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Tags: diagnosis, Dr. Mark Litwin, prostate cancer, treatment, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

June 30th, 2017

How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to heat up the grill and gather with friends and family. With all that food and drink, however, the holiday can turn into a nutritional pitfall. Two dietitians at UCLA Health – Erin Morse and Dana Hunnes – share their tips on how to host a healthy […]

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Tags: alcohol, alcohol consumption, cooking, Dana Hunnes, dietician, dietitian, dietitians, Erin Morse, food, fourth of july, fruits, healthy holidays


Kindergartners create quilt of valor for Operation Mend program

June 29th, 2017

Kindergartners create quilt of valor for Operation Mend program

By Amy Albin amyalbin

On Flag Day, June 14, a group of kindergarten students from the Berkeley Hall School in Los Angeles presented a homemade “quilt of valor” to UCLA Health Operation Mend, a program that provides medical, surgical and psychological services at UCLA for wounded members of the military who have served after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist […]

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Tags: Berkeley Hall School, nursing, Operation Mend, patriotism, Patti Taylor, quilt of valor, UCLA Operation Mend, veterans, wounded warriors


A decade into the smartphone revolution, some ways it's changed our lives

June 28th, 2017

A decade into the smartphone revolution, some ways it’s changed our lives

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Smartphones, owned by 77 percent of U.S. adults, have had a profound impact on the way we socialize, pay for things, connect with people and spend our downtime. It’s been 10 years since Apple’s first iPhone was introduced in June, 2007, launching a technological revolution. To mark the mobile phone milestone, we asked three UCLA […]

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Tags: adhd, behavior, cognition, improve sleep, insomnia, interactive health technology, iPhones, new technology, poor sleep, smartphones, tablets and smartphones