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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


Separating breast cancer facts from fiction

October 2, 2018

Separating breast cancer facts from fiction

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Knowing the facts about breast cancer treatment and prevention is crucial in reducing your risk. However, there are a number of misconceptions about the disease that can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction. UCLA oncologist Dr. Parvin Peddi, assistant clinical professor in medicine and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, cancer, mammogram


Urologist's first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

September 21, 2018

Urologist’s first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The crowd at Dodger Stadium on a recent night received a reminder (and a reassurance) of something many prefer not to think about: prostate cancer. UCLA Urology Chair Dr. Mark Litwin threw the ceremonial first pitch at the game, a request of former Dodger star Steve Garvey. The pitch marked the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Prostate […]

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Tags: cancer treatment, Clark Urology Center, Dr. Mark Litwin, Mark Litwin, men's health, prostate cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, urology


Stem cell transplants: What you need to know

September 13, 2018

Stem cell transplants: What you need to know

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Stem cell transplants, also known as bone marrow transplants, are used successfully to treat people with life-threatening blood cancers and other rare blood diseases, giving people a second chance at life. More formally known as hematopoietic (of the blood) stem cell transplants, these procedures transfuse healthy cells into a person after his or her own […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Joshua Sasine, stem-cell transplants, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Five facts about ovarian cancer to share with friends, family

August 31, 2018

Five facts about ovarian cancer to share with friends, family

By Denise Heady deniseheady

A better way of diagnosing and treating ovarian cancer is on the horizon. Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, a UCLA professor in obstetrics and gynecology and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is convinced of it. She and her colleagues are focused on  discovering why epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most common and aggressive […]

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Tags: Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, Ovarian Cancer, ovarian cancer awareness month, stem cell research, ucla cancer center


With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

August 9, 2018

With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

A program that provides music therapy for patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital is expanding by adding two music therapy fellows who will assist patients and new research beginning in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over the course of a year. A $100,000 gift from The Music Man Foundation enabled UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital […]

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Tags: developing infants, infant, infants, music therapist, music therapy, NICU, pediatrics, preemies, premature infants, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Coping with the changes your feet undergo as you age

August 6, 2018

Coping with the changes your feet undergo as you age

By Simi Singer simisinger

Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they reach the age of 50 – the equivalent of trekking around the Earth on the equator three times. But all this walking results in significant wear and tear on our feet. “Regular foot care at every age is important,” said Dr. Joan Williams, orthopaedic […]

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Tags: arthritis, bunions, foot surgery, fungal infections, Joan Williams MD, orthopaedic surgeon, orthotics, podiatry, stress fracture, UCLA Orthopaedic Center, UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital


Worried about varicose veins? Here's what you need to know

July 27, 2018

Worried about varicose veins? Here’s what you need to know

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

On a summer day, many people like to wear shorts to get some relief in the heat. For people with varicose veins, however, the idea of wearing shorts can lead to more anxiety than comfort. Varicose veins affect about 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men in their lifetime, and there are many […]

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Tags: blood flow, circulation, compression socks, Dr. Cheryl Hoffman, radiologist, radiology, ucla varicose vein clinic, varicose veins


Riding one of those motorized scooters without a helmet is a bird-brained idea

July 26, 2018

Riding one of those motorized scooters without a helmet is a bird-brained idea

By Ted Braun @TedBraunUCLASM tbraun

  Thinking about using one of those ubiquitous motorized scooters to zip around town in Santa Monica, Westwood or another area? Before you hop aboard, you should take precautions and learn the rules of the road to prevent potentially serious injuries, says the lead emergency physician at UCLA Health’s Santa Monica campus. Dr. Wally Ghurabi, […]

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Tags: bird, commute, ER, injuries, lime, riding, scooters, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital