Wellness

Sunglasses: Your Prescription for Eye Health

July 18, 2019

Sunglasses: Your Prescription for Eye Health

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Next time you step outside to enjoy the summer sun, don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses. Most people know that the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays are bad for the skin. But did you know that too much sun on unprotected eyes increases the risk of eye diseases? This summer, the UCLA Stein Eye […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataract, eye cancer, growths on the eye, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, ultraviolet rays


Athletes: At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis

July 18, 2019

Athletes: At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially dangerous blood clot that forms deep in the veins of the legs, arms or pelvis. DVTs are very common and respond well to treatment when caught early. Without treatment, part of the clot can break off and travel to the lung, where it may block blood flow (called […]

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Tags: blood clot, deep vein thrombosis, Dr. John Moriarty, DVT, IVC Filter Clinic, pulmonary embolism, UCLA Interventional Radiology


Having a Primary Care Physician Can Make You Healthier

July 17, 2019

Having a Primary Care Physician Can Make You Healthier

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) involving more than 70,000 Americans found that having a primary care physician (PCP) may improve long-term health. People with a PCP were more likely to have a preventive health visit in the previous year and to take prescription medicines routinely. They reported a […]

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Tags: chronic disease, pcp, preventive medicine


Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

July 16, 2019

Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

By uclahealth uclahealth

In 2003 the e-cigarette (e-cigs or vape) was invented. E-cigs use a lithium battery (or another power source) to heat a liquid that contains flavors and nicotine. The heat creates a cloud of vapor that looks like smoke, which the user inhales from the mouthpiece. Use of e-cigarettes is a gateway to tobacco use Studies […]

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Tags: e-cigarette, e-cigs, tobacco products, vape


Postpartum Depression: Early Diagnosis and Treatment are Key

July 16, 2019

Postpartum Depression: Early Diagnosis and Treatment are Key

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During the postpartum period, new moms may be emotionally sensitive or experience mood swings. This is known as the “baby blues” period, and for many new moms it will usually subside after about two weeks. But at least one in nine new moms develop a more serious condition­­, postpartum depression, which can negatively impact the […]

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Tags: baby blues, hormones, mood swings, postpartum, postpartum blues, postpartum depression, sleep deprivation


Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

July 15, 2019

Back Pain Relief: Advances in Spine Surgery

By uclahealth uclahealth

Millions of people suffer from back pain every year. The burden of back pain on a person’s daily life can be debilitating. Even routine activities such as playing with kids on the floor or taking a bike ride seem out of the question when your back hurts. Fortunately, pain relief is possible thanks to the […]

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Tags: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine surgeons, spine surgery, X-ray imaging


Mindfulness Meditation: Health Benefits and How to Start

July 11, 2019

Mindfulness Meditation: Health Benefits and How to Start

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Humans have a natural ability to live in the present. As children, we are curious and notice even small details (like the color of a bug or a pattern in the clouds). With aging, people tend to focus less on the present moment. Instead, they process things that happened in the past or anticipate something […]

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Tags: adhd, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, MARC, meditation, mental health, mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, obsessive-compulsive disorder, physical health, UCLA Mindful


Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

July 11, 2019

Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need physical activity to promote healthy growth and development. Playing outdoors fosters higher levels of physical activity than indoor play, which is vital for kids since childhood obesity rates are on the rise. Unfortunately, the average child spends less than 30 minutes of unstructured […]

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Tags: adhd, ADHD Clinic, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral health, depression, mental health, physical activity, stress levels, vitamin D


Are Electronic Devices Impacting Your Sleep?

July 11, 2019

Are Electronic Devices Impacting Your Sleep?

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you’re one of the 90 percent of people in the United States who use an electronic device before bedtime, you might not be getting the quality sleep you need. Many people think scrolling through their social media feed is relaxing. In reality, it makes it harder to fall asleep. Electronics and sleep: They don’t […]

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Tags: blue light, electronic device, sleep, sleep quality, social media, UCLA Sleep Center


10,000 Reasons to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

June 25, 2019

10,000 Reasons to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

By uclahealth uclahealth

Every year, about 10,000 people are rushed to the emergency department for fireworks injuries. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – treat thousands of patients who suffer a range of fireworks-related injuries, from cuts and bruises to damaged corneas, retinas, and ruptured eyeballs. Many people believe that consumer fireworks are safe. But […]

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Tags: eye care, eye injury, fireworks, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Stein Eye Institute