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Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

November 17th, 2017

Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

People get too little sleep for lots of reasons. But whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones or nursing a colicky baby, the results are the same: you’re really tired the next day. Now a new UCLA study shows that your brain cells get sleepy, too. And that can lead to some serious spacing out… with […]

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Tags: brain cells, memory, neuronal firing, sleep, sleep deprivation, visual perception


Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

November 16th, 2017

Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

The impact of HIV/AIDS on black women has received little attention over the years, which has prompted Gail Wyatt to try to do something about it. Wyatt, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, recently helped […]

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Tags: African American women, AIDS, black women, Gail Wyatt, HIV, mental health, reproductive health, Semel Institute, sexually-transmitted infections, STDs, STIs, testing


Operation Mend patients to travel to New York City for nation’s largest Veterans Day parade

November 8th, 2017

Operation Mend patients to travel to New York City for nation’s largest Veterans Day parade

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Cities around the nation will hold Veterans Day parades on Nov. 11 to honor U.S. military veterans. The biggest parade of all will be in New York City, where more than 40,000 participants, cheered on by hundreds of thousands of spectators, are expected to march along a 1.3-mile route on Fifth Avenue. And, for the […]

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Tags: intensive treatment program, physical rehabilitation, PTSD, TBI, UCLA Health Operation Mend, Veterans Day, Warrior Care Network, Wounded Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project


Flu shot tips from a nurse

October 20th, 2017

Flu shot tips from a nurse

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Feeling squeamish about getting your annual flu shot? We asked an expert for some advice in making the uncomfortable experience a little bit easier. Nurse Janet Li-Tall has given thousands of flu shots in her 11 years working at the Occupational Health department of UCLA Health. She likes giving them because it protects the staff […]

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Tags: flu shot, flu vaccination, Flu vaccine, immunization, nurse, nursing, Occupational Health, seasonal flu


Researchers testing new app to help track extreme morning sickness during pregnancy

October 10th, 2017

Researchers testing new app to help track extreme morning sickness during pregnancy

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Kate Middleton, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, recently announced that she is pregnant with her third child. And, as with her first two pregnancies she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Her story puts a spotlight on a debilitating condition that affects roughly 100,000 women per year in the United States. While ‘morning […]

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Tags: app, extreme morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, Marlena Fejzo, pregnancy, research study


September 28th, 2017

Dr. Yeh- Direct, to the point, gave me confidence

By Hope ccprops

My doctor noted something and did an ultrasound which led to a discovery of nodules. Dr. Nazemi on La Cienega did biopsies and found a cyst, a calcified nodule and one that was cancerous. I got a referral to a doctor at Cedars and one at UCLA. I chose Dr. Yeh. Dr. Yeh was prompt […]

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Tags: calcified nodule, cancer, cancer survivor, cancerous, cyst, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, endocrinology, patient stories, radiation, scar, surgery


September 27th, 2017

A World Class Surgeon makes a huge difference

By Lucky vszikszoy

In 2011 I had a total thyroidectomy for cancer. Then in March 2017 I had a second surgery but a mistake was made and the wrong part of my neck was operated on. So for my 3rd surgery I came to UCLA as Dr. Yeh had been recommended by several doctors including my endocrinologist who […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, Endocrine Center, endocrinologist, neck block, pain medication, patient stories, thyroid cancer, total thyroidectomy, UCLA Endocrine Center


It takes a village to perform a rare surgery

September 20th, 2017

It takes a village to perform a rare surgery

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Hand transplant patient reunites with large surgical team that guided rare, 18-hour procedure at UCLA UCLA patient Jonathan Koch recently underwent a surgery so rare—a hand transplant—that it has been performed fewer than three dozen times in the United States. Over the months-long course of preparing for his hand amputation and transplant surgery, Koch worked […]

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Tags: Dr. Erik Lum, Dr. Gerald Lipshutz, Dr. Kodi Azari, Dr. Ronald Busuttil, Dr. Sue McDiarmid, Erin Core, hand transplant, Johnese Spisso, nurses, nursing, One Legacy, surgery


Disgusted by your appearance? The problem may reside in your brain, not your looks

August 21st, 2017

Disgusted by your appearance? The problem may reside in your brain, not your looks

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

You hate your nose even though your friends tell you that it looks normal, even attractive. You check mirrors and feel shame for being vain. You may even suspect the problem is psychological, but you think that your best solution is to fix your nose rather than address your mental health. This is how body […]

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Tags: body dysmorphic disorder, body image, mental health, psychiatry, suicide


No need to think pink to boost breast milk, but it can't hurt

August 17th, 2017

No need to think pink to boost breast milk, but it can’t hurt

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

Breastfeeding moms, especially new ones, often worry about whether or not they’re producing enough milk to help their infants thrive. They search for, and compare notes on, any dietary edge they can find. Now some have hit upon a perhaps unusual recommendation:  The Starbucks Pink Drink. Technically, the drink is  called a Strawberry Acai Refreshers […]

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Tags: breastfeeding, Leena Nathan, Starbucks Pink Drink, tips for breastfeeding