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Rare surgery helps LAPD motorcycle officer with rare injury

January 19th, 2018

Rare surgery helps LAPD motorcycle officer with rare injury

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Phrenic nerve damaged in traffic accident made it difficult to breathe, potentially ending his career Collisions are not uncommon for motorcycle officers who spend most of their time on the road. Officer Eric Holtz of the Los Angeles Police Department knows this first-hand. In July 2014, Holtz was riding westbound on Saticoy Street towards Sepulveda […]

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Tags: breathing issues, diaphragm, Dr. Matthew Kaufman, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, phrenic nerve injury, plastic and reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, scar tissue, shortness of breath, surgery, UCLA Plastic Surgery


January 18th, 2018

Discovering the UCLA East-West Medicine Center

By LucysDad babakryan

I got sick about 4 months ago. I didn’t know what it was. I had itching sensations all over my body, but there was no rash or any other visible sign. The itching was so bad that I could not sleep at night. I was staying up all night itching myself and only pass out […]

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Tags: acupuncture, biliary duct, bilirubin level, blood tests, Dr. Lawrence Taw, Dr. Rachael Maciasz, eastern medicine, energy, ERCP, integrative medicine, itching, itching sensations


Zoe's Music Therapy Story

January 17th, 2018

Zoe’s Music Therapy Story

By Expressive Arts Therapies jennabollardmusic

Zoe Crouse is a 14 year old with a fiery, fun-loving and caring spirit. Zoe has an immense love and appreciation for music. Zoe was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and in November of 2017, she experienced a cardiac arrest and left cerebellum stroke which resulted in severe neurologic devastation and lead her to […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life, music, music sessions, music therapy, patient stories, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Hospitalized this holiday season? It’s okay to feel sad

December 11th, 2017

Hospitalized this holiday season? It’s okay to feel sad

By Amy Albin amyalbin

No one wants to be hospitalized, especially during the holidays. Separation from family and friends and missing out on traditional activities such as shopping for gifts, baking special treats and attending celebrations and religious events can make a patient feel sad. “It’s not uncommon for people to have the blues around the holiday season and […]

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Tags: blues, coping, coping mechanisms, Holiday blues, hospitalization, Rev. Karen Schnell, sadness, spiritual care


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