Wellness

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


Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise

November 17th, 2017

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise

By uclahealth uclahealth

In the 1940s, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like syphilis were rampant. A public awareness campaign, combined with effective antibiotics, almost eliminated syphilis and slowed the progression of other STDs. But decades later, STDs are back and reaching record highs. Symptoms often go unnoticed 2016 marked the third year in a row that STD rates have […]

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Tags: chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV, OBGYN, rashes, sex, sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, STD, syphilis


For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

November 17th, 2017

For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Almost half of her patients […]

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Tags: autism, insomnia, neurology, pediatric neurology


October 31st, 2017

Toys from the Heart

By HRHJudy judy12

Vivian Prickett was born with a complex congenital heart defect and spent the first six months of her life in the NICU. At just 10 days old she had open heart surgery.

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Tags: CHD, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart defect, featured, heart, Mark Sklansky MD, patient stories, pediatric cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How to discuss difficult news with your child

October 27th, 2017

How to discuss difficult news with your child

By uclahealth uclahealth

When children are exposed to news of violent and tragic events, such as natural disasters or mass shootings, they may start to worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. By openly discussing these events and outlining the family’s emergency preparedness plan, parents can alleviate their child’s concerns and model healthy […]

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Tags: health tips, health tips for parents, meaningful ways to cope, parent modeling, sharing difficult news with children, tragic news, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

October 25th, 2017

Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

UCLA’s 10th annual Dribble for the Cure event, a rally generating funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer, drew over 1,200 participants and $192,000 — a record on both counts compared to past years. Each year, participants gather on UCLA’s campus and dribble basketballs alongside the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams. This […]

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Tags: Dr. Theodore Bruce Moore, Dr. Theodore Moore, dribble for the cure


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


Ophthalmologists warn of five frightening risks of wearing contact lenses without a prescription

October 12th, 2017

Ophthalmologists warn of five frightening risks of wearing contact lenses without a prescription

By uclahealth uclahealth

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it […]

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Tags: contact lenses, corneal abrasion, corneal scratch, corneal transplantation, decreased vision, Halloween, keratitis, non-prescription contacts, ophthalmology, pink eye, pink eye treatment


How to tell if your child has a learning disability

October 8th, 2017

How to tell if your child has a learning disability

By uclahealth uclahealth

Learning disorders affect at least one in 10 children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Developing an awareness of the more common types of learning disorders and their symptoms can help parents ensure their children receive the help they need as soon as possible. Auditory processing disorder This is a condition […]

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Tags: auditory disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, learning ability, learning disability, learning disorders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

October 6th, 2017

Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

    It’s October, when summer heat gives way to autumn crispness and kids’ thoughts turn to costumes, candy and the other sweet-tasting goodies of Halloween. There’s one group of children, however, who can’t splurge like most others: those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The good news is that they don’t have to miss […]

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Tags: blood glucose spikes, candy, candy buyback, childhood diabetes, children with diabetes, diabetes, Dr. Steven Mittelman, Halloween, low-carb snacks, low-sugar snacks, pediatric diabetes, sugar-free candy