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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


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

By uclahealth uclahealth

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

By uclahealth uclahealth

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


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


Three Things Patients Should Know About Cataracts

June 22, 2019

Three Things Patients Should Know About Cataracts

By uclahealth uclahealth

Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develops with advancing age. This June, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in observing Cataract Awareness Month by sharing three things everyone should know about the condition and its treatment.  As everyone grows […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), blurry vision, cataract, eye health, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes


An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

June 17, 2019

An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

By uclahealth uclahealth

Gideon and Tara Blumstein both work in medicine: he is a surgical resident in orthopaedics at UCLA, and she is an occupational therapist at USC. Perhaps because of their careers, they understand the importance of having a relationship with their primary care physician, who serves as the leader of their health care team. When they […]

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Tags: Dr. Nathan Samras, featured, internal medicine, pediatrics, primary care, The Checkup, UCLA Health Beverly Hills


Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

June 13, 2019

Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

By uclahealth uclahealth

When it comes to helping a veteran with PTSD, families too often tend to focus the majority of their physical, emotional and mental resources into taking care of that person, inadvertently creating an imbalance that can both constrain the veteran’s healing and further stress the family. Dr. Jo Sornborger, director of psychologic health for the […]

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Tags: Dr. Jo Sornborger, mental health, Operation Mend, psychological injury, PTSD, UCLA Health Operation Mend, veterans, wounded warriors


Community-based medicine starts with primary care

June 13, 2019

Community-based medicine starts with primary care

By uclahealth uclahealth

Community healthcare works best when patients can access medical care in a location that is easy to get to and close to where they live or work. UCLA Health now has more than 170 community practices located throughout the greater Los Angeles region, and more than three dozen primary care offices.

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Tags: healthy living, preventive health, primary care, The Checkup, wellness


FDA To Update Sunscreen Regulations

May 24, 2019

FDA To Update Sunscreen Regulations

By uclahealth uclahealth

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime, but that risk can be minimized with the use of sunscreen. While sunscreen use has increased over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t updated some sunscreen requirements in decades. Now, a proposed FDA rule seeks to improve the […]

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Tags: dermatology, FDA regulations, skin care, sunscreen, sunscreen requirement, UCLA Dermatology