Research

July 20, 2019

Resnick staff sows seeds to improve mental wellness

By uclahealth uclahealth

What began as a modest investment of space and money — an unused, raised outdoor planter bed at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and $350 worth of plants, soil and gardening tools — has become a popular therapeutic tool for some of the hospital’s inpatients. And, it has produced an important piece of […]

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Tags: Magnet, Magnet status, nurses, occupational therapy, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, social worker


UCLA Researchers Study Societal Impacts of Marijuana

July 19, 2019

UCLA Researchers Study Societal Impacts of Marijuana

By uclahealth uclahealth

The sale of recreational marijuana to adults became legal in California on January 1, 2018. Since then there has been an explosion of new cannabis (marijuana)-based products on the market. Along with them came unchecked health claims and persuasive advertisements. Lack of information exists about the implications of marijuana The U.S. federal government classifies cannabis […]

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Tags: cannabis laws, recreational marijuana, therapeutic cannabis research, UCLA Brain Research Institute, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior


HIV Cure Reported in Three People

July 19, 2019

HIV Cure Reported in Three People

By uclahealth uclahealth

In 2007, a person with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was considered virtually cured of the disease. Until now, researchers were unable to duplicate the procedure, involving treatment with stem cell transplants, that resulted in the cure. Now, two more patients seem to have reached that critical milestone. Three people reach HIV remission status IciStem is […]

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Tags: blood disorders, bone marrow transplant, cancer, CCR5 mutation, chemotherapy, HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, leukemia, stem-cell transplants, UCLA Center for AIDS Research


Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

July 16, 2019

Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

By uclahealth uclahealth

In 2003 the e-cigarette (e-cigs or vape) was invented. E-cigs use a lithium battery (or another power source) to heat a liquid that contains flavors and nicotine. The heat creates a cloud of vapor that looks like smoke, which the user inhales from the mouthpiece. Use of e-cigarettes is a gateway to tobacco use Studies […]

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Tags: e-cigarette, e-cigs, tobacco products, vape


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


50+? Get Screened

March 4, 2019

50+? Get Screened

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer related death and the really unique thing is that it’s largely preventable,” says Dr. Fola May, assistant professor of medicine and physician-scientist. “You’d think people would take advantage of screening modalities to catch it early, but only 60% of the population participated in screenings, despite […]

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Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr. Fola May, featured


Life-Saving ECMO Machine

July 13, 2018

Life-Saving ECMO Machine

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We are able to deliver an advanced therapy which replaces the function of the heart and lungs in a patient whose organs are failing,” says Dr. Peyman Benharash, associate professor of surgery and bioengineering and director of the adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program at UCLA. “The ECMO machine allows the other organs to stay alive […]

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Tags: adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program, advanced therapy, Dr. Peyman Benharash, ECMO, heart and lungs, transplant


After FDA approves first drug made from marijuana, what happens next?

July 11, 2018

After FDA approves first drug made from marijuana, what happens next?

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

On June 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug made from marijuana – Epidiolex — to treat two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Dr. Shaun Hussain, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA who treats children with epilepsy, believes the medication will be a game-changer for many […]

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Making a Difference

June 13, 2018

Making a Difference

By heatherdawn hacidera

As a board member for Bruin Beans Health Club (BBHC), the Kidney Health Fair at the beach served as our main outreach event for the 2017-2018 school year. Months prior to this event, members of BBHC worked closely with Dr. Anjay Rastogi’s research office as well as the CORE Kidney team in planning this fair, […]

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Tags: Bruin Beans Health Club, CORE Kidney team, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, featured, Kidney Health Fair, patient stories


Ask the Doctors - Is my love of coffee genetic?

April 23, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is my love of coffee genetic?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Everyone in my partner’s family loves coffee but I’m like the rest of my family  – we can take it or leave it. Is it possible that a love of caffeine is in their genes? According to the National Institutes of Health, caffeine is the most widely used stimulant on earth. Found in […]

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Tags: adenosine, Ask the Doctors, coffee, DNA, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko