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My most challenging patient: A resourceful nurse reunites a confused patient with his family

August 6, 2019

My most challenging patient: A resourceful nurse reunites a confused patient with his family

By uclahealth uclahealth

Emergency Management Services brought an elderly patient to the Emergency Department after he was found wandering the streets in Santa Monica. The patient initially said his wife had dropped him off. He appeared clean and was dressed appropriately, but he was very confused and not able to tell us his date of birth. The patient […]

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No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

May 10, 2019

No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

By uclahealth uclahealth

After their life-saving liver transplants mother and daughter are happy to be home. As Mother’s Day neared, Georgina Barba wasn’t making any provisions. “I don’t really plan anymore, because then something ends up happening,” says the 36-year-old Carson, California, mother of three. “The main thing is that we will all be home.” Mother’s Days, Father’s […]

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Tags: featured, liver transplant, pediatrics, transplant


A Day in the Life: Child Life Specialists in the Operating Room

March 28, 2019

A Day in the Life: Child Life Specialists in the Operating Room

By uclahealth uclahealth

While no day is ever the same, today will be an extra-busy day for Karleen Wray, Child Life Specialist II at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital / Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Early arrival is typical for Karleen. Her commute, a quick 20 minutes, but with a 5:30 am start time, traffic is barely a concern—a […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life Program, Child Life Month, child life specialist, featured, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


March 15, 2019

Women of UCLA Health: Trailblazers in health care, medicine and science

By uclahealth uclahealth

March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, […]

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Tags: biobehavioral sciences, Health Care Leader to Know, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Neurological Surgery, nurse practitioner, Precision Medicine, psychiatry, public health, thoracic imaging, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, women leaders in health care


UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

February 28, 2019

UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

By uclahealth uclahealth

There was a time Glen Van Arsdell, MD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, wanted to be a fireman or a chicken farmer. Those were unusual choices for a boy who spent his formative years in Thailand with parents who were medical missionaries. His father, a surgeon by training, provided his patients with […]

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Tags: cardiologist, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart disease, featured, Glen Van Arsdell MD, Heart Month, pediatric cardiology


August 1, 2018

7 tips to get into an exercise groove after having a baby

By uclahealth uclahealth

Before you start training for that next half marathon or dedicate yourself to a new kettlebell routine, there’s one thing you should do first, says Philip H. Cohen, MD, a primary care sports medicine physician, and that’s to clearly define some health and fitness goals. Women who have recently given birth, are pregnant, or are […]

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Tags: Dr. Philip Cohen, Encino, exercise, healthy lifestyle, postpartum, pregnancy, primary care, sports medicine, UCLA Health Encino, working out


Mind Well Gives Students Tools to Address Their Mental Health

October 7, 2016

Mind Well Gives Students Tools to Address Their Mental Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

Written by: Dr. Robert Bilder Every week I read new studies, reports or articles letting us know what’s wrong with college students today. They’re stressed out more than ever. They’re not sleeping. They’re abusing prescription medications. They’re overweight. They’re depressed. The list goes on and on. In some ways it’s like society is normalizing these problems for students instead of giving […]

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Tags: depression, mental health, mental health awareness, mind well, mindfullness, UCLA community, UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative


'Don't "Let's Go Crazy." Please.'

April 25, 2016

‘Don’t “Let’s Go Crazy.” Please.’

By uclahealth uclahealth

As an emergency room doctor who’s no stranger to crisis – and, as a result, the media — I’m frequently asked to weigh in on news while it’s still developing, before anyone has any answers, much less all of them. To that end, I’ve now been asked several times: What’s up with Prince? The fact […]

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Tags: Anxiety, Dr. Mark Morocco, emergency department, emergency room, media


What’s a shabbat elevator?

February 22, 2016

What’s a shabbat elevator?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Rabbi Pearl Barlev, Jewish chaplain at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, wants everyone to know that the hospital’s Shabbat elevator will take you to your designated floor — no matter your faith. Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath that runs from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. During that time, many Jews traditionally follow an injunction against […]

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Tags: Rabbi Pearl Barlev, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Sabbath, Shabbat Elevator, UCLA Health Spiritual Care Department


On the frontlines with an ER nurse

February 22, 2016

On the frontlines with an ER nurse

By uclahealth uclahealth

8No day is ever the same for Kayla Vandegrift, who supervises the nursing and technical staff. It’s not even noon and Kayla Vandegrift has been on her feet for five hours already. She has seven-and-a-half more hours to go on her shift. Inside the windowless, climate-controlled emergency department (E.D.) at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Morocco, emergency department, featured, Kayla Vandegrift, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center