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Joel Mecklenburg and his wife, Stacey, wanted very much to have a child. They tried. And tried. For 3 ½ years. Finally, they decided it was time to see their doctors. “I was a big, healthy [...]

By Kim Irwin • June 16, 2016

Getting a man to go to the doctor can be difficult – very difficult.  In fact, a 2011 health care report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that [...]

By Kim Irwin • June 15, 2016

From the age of 4, Rebecca Lopez had the odds stacked against her. She survived six years of sexual molestation by her stepfather, parenthood at age 14 and marriage to a violent abuser. But nothing could make her abandon her dream of becoming a doctor. At 27, the [...]

By Elaine Schmidt • June 14, 2016

Many physician-scientists have ideas for research that could lead to [...]

By • June 13, 2016

Mindfulness is everywhere these days, backed by science and shown to be helpful in lowering your blood pressure and beating back depression, decreasing your anxiety and increasing attention and focus, even fostering what scientists describe politely as less “emotional reactivity” and the rest of us would call fighting with [...]

By • June 7, 2016

It’s no secret that our memory worsens as we grow older. Now a new UCLA study conducted in mice reveals how aging weakens the brain’s ability [...]

By Elaine Schmidt • June 3, 2016

Sure, you can hate someone’s guts, but maybe you should go easy on what’s in those guts –microbes that could slow, or even help prevent, the progress of some types of cancer. In a study recently published in PLoS One,  researchers isolated a bacterium called Lactobacillus johnsonii 456, which is [...]

By Enrique Rivero • May 30, 2016

Generally when traveling, getting there is half the fun. This Memorial Day, getting there might be half the battle. AAA predicts that more than 38 million Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend, the second-highest Memorial Day volume on record.  All of them will seem to be going in [...]

By Tami Dennis • May 28, 2016

Whatever your opinion of the Affordable Care Act – views range from “Hallelujah!” to “Socialized medicine, here we come!” – it appears to have opened the doors to insurance for perhaps millions of low-income adults who didn’t have coverage before. Research recently published in the Annals of Internal [...]

By Enrique Rivero • May 27, 2016

  What goes into a surgeon’s decision to operate -- or to recommend an alternative treatment option? Two UCLA-led studies published online May 18 by the peer-reviewed Annals of Surgery sought to answer that question. The upshot is:  It might depend as much on how surgeons [...]

By Enrique Rivero • May 24, 2016