Women’s Health

Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

November 16th, 2017

Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

The impact of HIV/AIDS on black women has received little attention over the years, which has prompted Gail Wyatt to try to do something about it. Wyatt, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, recently helped […]

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Tags: African American women, AIDS, black women, Gail Wyatt, HIV, mental health, reproductive health, Semel Institute, sexually-transmitted infections, STDs, STIs, testing


September 27th, 2017

Someone finally sees who I am

By DivaD divadarya

It’s taken me a long time to accept myself. Twenty years ago, when I finally began the process, it was almost impossible to get insurance companies to pay for trans related care of any kind. Around 2002, I intuitively and stubbornly began to do whatever I could to confirm what I already knew about who […]

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Tags: blood pressure, breast augmentation, Dr. Amy Weimer, Dr. Jessica Bernacki, estrogen, gender health, health insurance, hormone treatment, laser hair removal, LBGTQ, patient stories, psychologist


September 27th, 2017

The UCLA Gender Health Program Rules!

By Asa asagreene

I found The Gender Health Program when I was referred by my surgeon to get a pre-op examination. I was nervous at first, because going to the doctor can be really stressful when you’re transgender. However, the program was so nice and cool! Everybody was really respectful and made sure I was comfortable, and Dr. […]

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Tags: Dr. Amy Weimer, LBGQT, LBGQT Community, patient stories, pre-op examination, surgeon, The Gender Health Program, transgender, transgender-friendly care provider


Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

September 6th, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health


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


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


Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

July 28th, 2017

Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

By David Olmos davidolmos

Bike commuting has become more prevalent in Southern California and many cities across the country, and the health benefits of pedaling to work, such as an effective calorie-burning cardiovascular workout, are obvious. But what about the potential negative impact to your health of sharing the road with cars, trucks, and buses spewing pollutants a few […]

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Tags: air pollution, cardiovascular health, environmental health hazards, exercise, heart disease, mental health, physical fitness, smog


May 26th, 2017

At risk for melanoma? Get checked annually, UCLA cancer expert says

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

As rates of skin cancer, or melanoma, rise for men and women in the United States, health experts are debating the effectiveness of annual total body examinations in helping to detect the disease in its earlier stages, since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Routine full body exams […]

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Tags: cancer, men's health, metastatic melanoma, physical examination, self-skin exams, women's health


New guidelines for peanut allergies

May 12th, 2017

New guidelines for peanut allergies

By uclahealth uclahealth

Are you concerned about your baby developing a peanut allergy? New guidelines recommend introducing peanuts before age 1 in some children. A common and severe food allergy Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the U.S. Up to 2 percent of children and adolescents are allergic to the legume — and […]

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Tags: allergy, allergy blood test, breastfeeding, choking hazards, coughing, difficulty breathing, Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, eczema, eyelid swelling, food allergies, hives, legume


Fibroids

May 10th, 2017

Fibroids

By uclahealth uclahealth

If uterine fibroids are causing you pain, heavy bleeding or other troubling symptoms, the good news is that UCLA doctors offer a variety of effective treatments to provide you with relief. What are fibroids? Fibroids are firm, compact growths that occur in or on the wall of the uterus. More than 99 percent are noncancerous, […]

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Tags: anemia, fertility, gonadotropin-releasing hormone, hysterectomy, ibuprofen, iron supplement, long menstrual periods, menopause, MR-guided focused ultrasound, myomectomy, naproxen, noncancerous