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It's a popular time to go on a diet. Are you doing it right?

April 14th, 2017

It’s a popular time to go on a diet. Are you doing it right?

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The lead-up to summer is a popular time to diet. Whether you’re preparing for swimsuit season or have pledged to get in shape, springtime can renew focus on nutrition. Before you go full-speed-ahead on that new diet your friend swears by, make sure you’re doing it in a way that’s safe, healthy and effective. Dana […]

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Tags: carbohydrates, Dana Hunnes, diet, dieting, diets, Exercise, fat, food, foods, meal plan, Nutrients, Nutrition, physical activity, protein, summer


I can’t understand what you’re saying: The problem of ‘hidden’ hearing loss

April 12th, 2017

I can’t understand what you’re saying: The problem of ‘hidden’ hearing loss

By davidolmos davidolmos

When choosing a new restaurant to visit, one of my biggest considerations after the quality of the food and location is this: how noisy is it? Having lived since childhood with a significant hearing loss in one ear, I try to avoid loud restaurants where I’ll likely have to struggle to hear and understand what […]

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Tags: audiogram, audiology, concert, Dr Alison Grimes, ear, ear problems, earplug, hearing, hearing aid, hearing loss, hearing test, loud sounds, newborn hearinf screening, sound, ucla audiology


Brain imaging could offer clues to anxiety, anorexia nervosa's tangled web

April 10th, 2017

Brain imaging could offer clues to anxiety, anorexia nervosa’s tangled web

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

Anorexia nervosa or anxiety. Anxiety or anorexia nervosa. When it comes to treating people who struggle with both anxiety and anorexia nervosa, or the obsessive desire to lose weight, too many doctors focus on one condition or the other. That’s a mistake, say UCLA experts in the treatment of eating disorders. “People with eating disorders […]

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Tags: Anorexia, anorexia nervosa, Anxiety, brain imaging study, Dr Jamie Feusner, eating disorders, Michael Strober, obsessive-compulsive disoder


How to get a date—For young adults with autism, it’s not so easy

March 30th, 2017

How to get a date—For young adults with autism, it’s not so easy

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

For children with autism spectrum disorder, understanding emotions is a very difficult task. These children typically have trouble recognizing emotions, particularly social emotions conveyed through facial expressions — a frown, a smirk or a smile. This can hamper the child’s ability to communicate and socialize, sometimes leading to social isolation. And as the child with autism spectrum […]

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Tags: ASD, autism, autism expert, autism spectrum disorders, conversation skills, Elizabeth Laugeson, PEERS for Young Adults, Psychiatry, social skills, The Science of Makinf Friends, UCLA PEERS clinic, youg adults with autism


Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

March 28th, 2017

Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

Have you ever wondered why people choose to donate a kidney? And whether these donors regret their decision later? Amy Waterman first became interested in organ donation over 20 years ago when she conducted surveys of kidney donors as a graduate student in social psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. “It was amazing that […]

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Tags: education, Explore Transplant, kidney transplant, living donation, living donors, living kidney donation, Nephrology, organ donation, Transplant Research and Education Center, transplantation, TREC, United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS, White House


Maybe that upset stomach is just an upset stomach – and maybe it's not

March 27th, 2017

Maybe that upset stomach is just an upset stomach – and maybe it’s not

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

An upset stomach can’t be ignored – go ahead, try it – but that doesn’t mean you should panic either, as those of us who have spent too much time Googling our various aches and pains are wont to do. “If it lasts for a day or two, it’s usually nothing to worry about,” said Dr. […]

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Tags: alarm features, blood in the stool, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, difficulty swallowing, digestive diseases, Dr Carl Nordstrom, Dr Eric Esrailian, duodenum, esophageal problems, heartburn, persistence of symptoms, small intestine, ulcers, unusual pain, upset stomach, vascular disorder, weight loss


Shift in back pain guidelines favors non-medication therapies

March 24th, 2017

Shift in back pain guidelines favors non-medication therapies

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

  When the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for treating lower back pain last month it represented a big shift: instead of recommending prescription medications as the first line of treatment, as it had for years, the new recommendations favored non-invasive treatments such as exercise and heat therapy. The previous guidelines, issued in […]

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Tags: Back Pain Quality Improvement program, back pain treatment, back surgery, BPQI, chronic back pain, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr John Mafi, lower back pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs


We know better, but we’re still eating too much salt

March 24th, 2017

We know better, but we’re still eating too much salt

By Amy Albin amyalbin

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you know the importance of limiting your salt consumption. Too much sodium can cause excess water build up, causing blood pressure to rise and straining your heart and blood vessels. But despite this warning, a new study found that patients with high blood pressure, or hypertension, are […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr Gregg Fonarow, healthy eating, heart health, high blood pressure, hypertension, Nutrition, Salt, sodium, wellness


Some men are shy about their health, but these three went to get vasectomies together

March 23rd, 2017

Some men are shy about their health, but these three went to get vasectomies together

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

While many men shy away from discussing their health concerns with one another, three longtime friends from Los Angeles decided to take a new approach to the very personal matter of birth control. With the encouragement of their wives, Paul Diaz, John Lambrechts and Basilio Santangelo recently did something unusual for guys: they decided to […]

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Tags: birth control, Dr Jesse Mills, March Madness, men's health, NCAA basketball tournament, patient, patient care, patient story, patients, Reproductive Health, sterilization surgery, The Men's Clinic, The Men’s Clinic at UCLA, tubal ligation, UCLA Health Men's Clinic, vasectomies, vasectomy


Is medication alone a good alternative for treating appendicitis?

March 21st, 2017

Is medication alone a good alternative for treating appendicitis?

By Philip Hampton phampton

  Challenging more than a century of medical tradition, a UCLA doctor is exploring whether antibiotics can be an effective alternative to surgery for treating appendicitis. Dr. David Talan, an emergency medicine and infectious diseases specialist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is study director of a 1,500-patient, $12-million national clinic trial. […]

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Tags: Appendectomy, appendicitis, appendix, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr David Talan, emergency medicine, News Insights, surgery