Wellness

Emotional challenges may accompany birth of a baby

January 16th, 2018

Emotional challenges may accompany birth of a baby

By uclahealth uclahealth

The arrival of a baby can come with a host of emotions. Sometimes, those include anxiety or sadness. The term “baby blues” is often used to describe these postpartum feelings. Baby blues are very common and are not the result of weakness or character flaws. Having the blues should never cause an individual to feel […]

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Tags: baby blues, depression in new moms, emotions, newborn, post partum depression, premenstrual syndrome, UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program


Plan ahead to beat holiday weight gain

January 14th, 2018

Plan ahead to beat holiday weight gain

By uclahealth uclahealth

Holiday time means breaking bread with loved ones and enjoying sweet gifts from well-meaning neighbors and co-workers. But those indulgences can add up. In fact, American adults will gain an average of one pound during the holiday season. One pound might not seem like much, but over the years those pounds add up, creating a […]

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Tags: diet, diet myths, exercise, healthy eating, holiday weight gain, nutrition, nutrition plan, physical activity


Mindfulness has health benefits

January 12th, 2018

Mindfulness has health benefits

By uclahealth uclahealth

How often in your week do you find yourself unaware of what you did just moments before? Do you sometimes forget stretches of driving only to find yourself at your destination without remembering the specifics of how you got there? The human mind excels at automating functions so we don’t have to think about them. […]

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Tags: ACE excercise, healthy lifestyle, meditation, mindful awareness, mindfulness, resilience, STOP exercise, stress, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


Prioritize health conversations with family members

January 10th, 2018

Prioritize health conversations with family members

By uclahealth uclahealth

Conversation around the dinner table doesn’t often include questions about personal health history. But according to UCLA genetic counselor Naghmeh Dorrani, there’s room for more family discussion about health. That’s because despite the amazing advances in genetics, “The most important tool for genetic counselors continues to be family health history,” Dorrani says. You may want […]

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Tags: advances in genetics, cancer, genetic counselor, genetics, Naghmeh Dorrani, personal health history, risk of cancer, ucla division of genetics


December 26th, 2017

How to encourage men to see the doctor

By uclahealth uclahealth

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are less likely than women to see a doctor on a regular basis. But neglecting one’s health and missing important screenings can result in bigger health problems. So how can women help make sure their male counterparts receive wellness checkups? Here are a few tips. […]

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Tags: blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, colonoscopy, men's health, preventative care, prostate exam, UCLA Men's Health Clinic, urologists at ucla, urology


A Christmas Wish Granted

December 22nd, 2017

A Christmas Wish Granted

By uclahealth uclahealth

Henry Morales had one wish. The Oncology patient at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica wanted his six-year-old daughter, London, to experience a white Christmas with him. Unable to leave the hospital because of his illness, Morales thought his wish might not come true. But his care team had a plan. With support from other departments, […]

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Tags: cancer, Christmas, featured, patient stories, snow day, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, white christmas


Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

December 21st, 2017

Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 30 percent of sore throats among children between the ages of 5 and 15 are due to group A Streptococcus (strep), a contagious bacterial infection that causes fever, sudden onset of a sore throat, swollen tonsils and painful swallowing. With appropriate treatment, however, most symptoms completely resolve within one week. Diagnosis and treatment […]

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Tags: A Streptococcus, antibiotics, fever, hand washing, health tips for parents, infectious diseases, painful swallowing, strep throat, swollen tonsils, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

December 12th, 2017

Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

By uclahealth uclahealth

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones in their lives. A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), children's health, eye, eye health, eye safety, toy related eye injuries, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes


How to stay healthy with a vegan diet

December 5th, 2017

How to stay healthy with a vegan diet

By uclahealth uclahealth

With New Year’s resolutions around the corner, Americans will focus increased attention on how they can retool their health. Chances are, they’ll put a spotlight on dietary changes. Experts agree that a diet low in fat and cholesterol and high in vegetables and grains is key. Sometimes, the health-conscious consider a vegan diet, which forbids […]

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Tags: balanced diet, healthy diet, healthy lifestyle changes, lifestyle changes, low fat diet, new year resolution, switching to a vegan diet, vegan diet


Red, scaly skin: Should you be concerned?

December 3rd, 2017

Red, scaly skin: Should you be concerned?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Dry, scaly skin is a common winter annoyance for many. But some people experience those symptoms year-round — with more frequency and more intensity. These individuals could be living with plaque psoriasis, a disease that forms a red, scaly rash on the body. Dermatologists believe that psoriasis is a type of autoimmune disease where the […]

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Tags: autoimmune disease, dermatology, dry skin, guttate psoriasis, itching, moisturizing, psoriasis, psoriasis triggers, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis, scalp psoriasis, scaly skin