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All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

March 5, 2019

All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined in the United States, yet it is estimated that 60 percent of those deaths are preventable through current screening methods. Why, then, are people so hesitant to get screened? “There’s an ‘ick’ factor when it comes to colorectal cancer screening because […]

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Tags: cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, Dr. Fola May, FIT kit


Debunking some myths about one of the most common forms of cancer

March 1, 2019

Debunking some myths about one of the most common forms of cancer

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. That’s because screening can find colon cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. And screening can prevent it from occurring at all. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in three people in the United […]

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Tags: colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, Dr. Zev Wainberg, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


February 12, 2019

Is extreme morning sickness linked to autism?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a serious condition that causes extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and affects about two percent of pregnant women. Although it is commonly called extreme morning sickness, the symptoms can attack women anytime of the day or night. In some cases, the woman must be hospitalized for treatment with intravenous fluids or […]

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The essential steps to a heart healthy lifestyle

February 1, 2019

The essential steps to a heart healthy lifestyle

By Amy Albin amyalbin

If you’ve gotten the message that you should incorporate 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity into your workday to reduce the health risks associated with inactivity, good job.  Keep taking the stairs and walking as much as possible. But don’t stop there.  Other steps are important for achieving a heart healthy lifestyle. “Diet, […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, calories, diabetes, diet, Dr. Gaurav Banka, Dr. Sheila Sahni, exercise, family history, healthy lifestyle, heart disease, heart disease risk factors, heart healthy


January 9, 2019

A suggestion for 2019 health and wellness goals: start small

By Ted Braun @TedBraunUCLASM tbraun

Every January, millions of Americans make resolutions or set goals they are unlikely to keep or accomplish. They vow to lose weight, eat healthier or start exercising, only to see those resolutions fall by their waistline. Or they may resolve to stop smoking, get more sleep or be better organized, but fail miserably with those […]

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Tags: Dr. Anuradha Seshadri, UCLA Health Century City, women's health


How one boy coped with loss of his father from cancer

January 2, 2019

How one boy coped with loss of his father from cancer

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Theo Tittle grew up knowing his dad wasn’t like everyone else. For starters, his father, Bently, battled a rare genetic form of kidney cancer that entailed three major surgeries, various cancer-fighting treatments and participation in a clinical trial. Beyond that, says Theo, his dad stood out as a “super irreverent” guy who embraced and loved […]

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Tags: cancer, Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology


December 17, 2018

Heart, lung transplant recipients and families gather to celebrate gift of life

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in September that the Hawaii resident traveled to California to celebrate his 52nd birthday at Disneyland. Before he made it to the amusement park, however, […]

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Tags: Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Joseph Lynch III, heart and lung transplantation, heart transplant, lung transplant, organ donor


Cancer survivors share laughter, tears at Celebration of Life

November 5, 2018

Cancer survivors share laughter, tears at Celebration of Life

By Amy Albin amyalbin

When Piyush Ved and his wife, Swati, took the stage at a reunion of blood cancer survivors, they talked about important dates. “Everyone has dates in their lives they remember. Birthdays, anniversaries and happy stuff!” said Swati. “But we have a few more dates.” There was the date that Piyush was diagnosed with a rare […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Celebration of LIfe, Dr. John Timmerman, Musicians on Call, Neela Patel, stem-cell transplant, UCLA bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy


October 17, 2018

Former Bruin football player tackles life following heart transplant

By Amy Albin amyalbin

A lifelong athlete, Michael Coulter shares advice on getting through a major health hurdle As a defensive back on UCLA’s 1976 Rose Bowl championship football team, Michael Coulter went on to play professionally with the Oakland Raiders. Later, after leaving football, he would rejoin his alma mater and begin a 20-year career with the UCLA […]

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Tags: atrial fibrillation, Bruin football, congestive heart failure, Dr. Eugene DePasquale, Dr. Mario Deng, exercise, heart transplant, hospitalization, surgery, UCLA Bruins


What's the deal with brown fat? This researcher is uncovering its function

October 2, 2018

What’s the deal with brown fat? This researcher is uncovering its function

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

When most people think of fat, they think of what medical experts refer to as white fat, or the fat tissue in the body that stores calories. But we all have another kind of fat, with a completely different function: brown fat. “Until somewhat recently, we thought only babies had brown fat,” says Dr. Xingxing […]

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Tags: adipose, adipose tissue, brown fat, childhood obesity, diabetes, Dr. Xingxing Kong, endocrinology, fat, metabolism, muscle, muscle growth, myostatin