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Grime-Fighting Superheroes Make Surprise Visit to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

August 28, 2019

Grime-Fighting Superheroes Make Surprise Visit to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

By uclahealth uclahealth

It was a special day of “grime fighting” at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, as our pediatric patients oohed and awed as prized superheroes washed windows while descending from the hospital’s rooftop. Once the caped crusaders conquered their grimy foes, young patients and their families greeted them and posed for photos on the Chase Child Life […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Appointments and Treatments of a Different Kind for Patients and Families at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

August 28, 2019

Appointments and Treatments of a Different Kind for Patients and Families at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

By uclahealth uclahealth

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital patients were treated to a grand-slam spa experience in the first-ever BeYOUtiful Day, hosted by the BeYOUtiful Foundation. Our patients and their families received a number of spa services including haircuts, hair stylings, wig-fittings, nail services, make-up, and more. The five-star experiences were executed by celebrity stylists – including star athletes from […]

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Tags: dodgers, featured, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


UCLA surgeons perform California's first deep brain stimulation for epilepsy following FDA approval

July 29, 2019

UCLA surgeons perform California’s first deep brain stimulation for epilepsy following FDA approval

By uclahealth uclahealth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a procedure that is highly beneficial for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease to treat some patients with severe epilepsy. The procedure, deep brain stimulation (DBS), involves implantation of a “brain pacemaker” to send electrical impulses to targeted areas of the brain […]

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Tags: DBS, deep brain stimulation, Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Aria Fallah, Dr. Ausaf Bari, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, neurosurgeon, Parkinson’s disease, severe epilepsy, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center


10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Cancer

June 14, 2019

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

A cancer diagnosis is never easy for anyone. And it is especially hard for parents to watch their child go through difficult treatments, regardless of how old their child may be. There’s a sense of helplessness and disbelief that can be hard to digest. This was true for Todd Krouner when he found out his 29-year-old […]

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Tags: advice, breast cancer, cancer, featured, Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, stage 2 breast cancer


Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

June 13, 2019

Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

By uclahealth uclahealth

When it comes to helping a veteran with PTSD, families too often tend to focus the majority of their physical, emotional and mental resources into taking care of that person, inadvertently creating an imbalance that can both constrain the veteran’s healing and further stress the family. Dr. Jo Sornborger, director of psychologic health for the […]

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Tags: Dr. Jo Sornborger, mental health, Operation Mend, psychological injury, PTSD, UCLA Health Operation Mend, veterans, wounded warriors


All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

March 5, 2019

All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

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 Denise Heady

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 Amy Albin

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 Ted Braun @TedBraunUCLASM

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