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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


Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

August 15th, 2017

Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

Some parents remain hesitant to get their children vaccinated for the human papilloma virus, despite assurances by medical experts that the recommended shots are both highly safe and effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine to protect females between the ages of 9 and 26 and males between the ages of 9 and […]

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Tags: adolescent cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, HPV, HPV vaccine


A college woman’s guide to feminine health

August 15th, 2017

A college woman’s guide to feminine health

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Heading off to college is an exciting time for young women moving away from home for the first time. Living with roommates, making new friends and juggling classes are all part of the experience. This new sense of independence should also include taking charge of one’s own health, says Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor […]

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Tags: birth control, bladder, campus life, college, Dr. Aparna Sridhar, feminine health, good hygiene, gynecology, HPV, HPV vaccine, LGBTQ, menstrual cycles


25 years with arthritis

August 14th, 2017

25 years with arthritis

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 14 years old,” says Carly Panchura, now 39 and an advocate for arthritis research.

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Tags: arthritis, arthritis research, featured, rheumatologist, rheumatology, US News


Always choosing UCLA

August 11th, 2017

Always choosing UCLA

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I have severe arthritis and my ability to walk and move about is declining,” says 80-year-old Will Carter, who is in the geriatric ward at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “Apparently I have a very serious infection in the heel of one foot. So they have to get some problems and infections cleared up before […]

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Tags: elderly care, featured, geriatric unit, geriatrics, ucla geriatrics, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, US News


5 North nurses

August 7th, 2017

5 North nurses

By uclahealth uclahealth

“All of our patients are really memorable,” says Hitomi Kalemkarian, pictured far left, a nurse in the geriatrics unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, for three years. Pictured left to right: Hitomi Kalemkarian, Anna Navarro, Valerie Yeo, Brena Aco, Rosia Villalpando, and Gines Bagar. Hitomi continues, “They’re elderly so they often need more assistance. […]

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Tags: 5 north wing, elderly, elderly care, featured, geriatric unit, geriatrics, ucla geriatrics, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, US News


Cataract revealed eye cancer

August 7th, 2017

Cataract revealed eye cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I have a cataract developing in my right eye, and my ophthalmologist found a shadow during my eye exam,” says Anne Burkart, who found out she had cancer in her left eye. “I was really fortunate that he sent me over to the UCLA Stein Eye Institute. It turned out I had a malignant tumor. […]

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Tags: cataract, eye, eye cancer, eye exam, featured, ophthalmologist, patient stories, radiation treatment, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, US News


Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

August 1st, 2017

Why do some people stay sharp as they age? Massive study may yield clues

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Look closely at the brain scans above, and one of the first things you notice is how the ventricles – the dark, butterfly shapes in the middle of the brain — are much larger in the image labeled “old” than in the image labeled “young.” (The scans are from a 38-year-old and a 73-year-old.) You […]

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Tags: aging, brain, brain imaging study, cognition, functional MRI, menopause, MRI


A decade into the smartphone revolution, some ways it's changed our lives

June 28th, 2017

A decade into the smartphone revolution, some ways it’s changed our lives

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Smartphones, owned by 77 percent of U.S. adults, have had a profound impact on the way we socialize, pay for things, connect with people and spend our downtime. It’s been 10 years since Apple’s first iPhone was introduced in June, 2007, launching a technological revolution. To mark the mobile phone milestone, we asked three UCLA […]

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Tags: adhd, behavior, cognition, improve sleep, insomnia, interactive health technology, iPhones, new technology, poor sleep, smartphones, tablets and smartphones