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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


The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

March 20th, 2017

The neurobiology behind our place on the conservative-liberal spectrum

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Americans seem more polarized than ever when it comes to their political beliefs, a division brought into sharp relief during the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. That worries Dr. Mario Mendez, a professor in residence of neurology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA; the level of discord in Congress remains the most contentious […]

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Tags: anterior cingulate cortex, cognitive processes, conservative views, conservative-liberal spectrum, dementia, Dr Mario Mendez, evolutionary and genetic information, extreme political ideology, frontal lobe, impulse control, neuroimaging and brain disease, neurology, personality differences, political beliefs, political ideology, political views, presidential election, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, UCLA Frontotemporal Dementia Program


'Don’t use marijuana during pregnancy.' Get used to hearing that

March 10th, 2017

‘Don’t use marijuana during pregnancy.’ Get used to hearing that

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

“Don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy.” Adults – women or not, pregnant or not – know the rule by heart. The rule about not using marijuana, however, needs a better agent. A recent federal survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that almost 4% of pregnant women had used marijuana in the past month. Compare that […]

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Tags: cannabis, developing infants, Dr Leena Nathan, fetus development, Gynecology, marijuana, obstretics, pregnancy, pregnancy nausea, recreational marijuana, THC


How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

March 10th, 2017

How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

  Our gut bacteria affects our overall physical and mental health in ways researchers are only now starting to understand. A new study has found that air pollution may play a role in the impact of gut bacteria on our health as well – and not in a good way. UCLA researchers have found that […]

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Tags: air pollution, atherosclerosis, center for human nutrition, cholesterol, dr tzung hsiai, dr zhaoping li, fruits, gut bacteria, heart health, Nutrition, research, scientific reports, vegetables


Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

March 8th, 2017

Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

By Brianna Aldrich brianna_aldrich

Maintaining optimal oral health is important in all stages of life, but it’s even more important when a woman becomes pregnant. Pregnant women can experience negative, and often unexpected, changes in their oral health that have long-term repercussions. These can include an increase in cavities due to frequent snacking; heightened gum sensitivity and bleeding exacerbated […]

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Tags: children, Children's Health, dental disease, dental exam, dental radiographs, dental x-rays, Dr Salina Massei, newborns, oral health, pregnancy, prenatal care, radiation, UCLA School of Dentistry, women's health