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The essential steps to a heart healthy lifestyle

February 1, 2019

The essential steps to a heart healthy lifestyle

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

If you’ve gotten the message that you should incorporate 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity into your workday to reduce the health risks associated with inactivity, good job.  Keep taking the stairs and walking as much as possible. But don’t stop there.  Other steps are important for achieving a heart healthy lifestyle. “Diet, […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, calories, diabetes, diet, Dr. Gaurav Banka, Dr. Sheila Sahni, exercise, family history, healthy lifestyle, heart disease, heart disease risk factors, heart healthy


December 17, 2018

Heart, lung transplant recipients and families gather to celebrate gift of life

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in September that the Hawaii resident traveled to California to celebrate his 52nd birthday at Disneyland. Before he made it to the amusement park, however, […]

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Tags: Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Joseph Lynch III, heart and lung transplantation, heart transplant, lung transplant, organ donor


Cancer survivors share laughter, tears at Celebration of Life

November 5, 2018

Cancer survivors share laughter, tears at Celebration of Life

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

When Piyush Ved and his wife, Swati, took the stage at a reunion of blood cancer survivors, they talked about important dates. “Everyone has dates in their lives they remember. Birthdays, anniversaries and happy stuff!” said Swati. “But we have a few more dates.” There was the date that Piyush was diagnosed with a rare […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Celebration of LIfe, Dr. John Timmerman, Musicians on Call, Neela Patel, stem-cell transplant, UCLA bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy


October 17, 2018

Former Bruin football player tackles life following heart transplant

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

A lifelong athlete, Michael Coulter shares advice on getting through a major health hurdle As a defensive back on UCLA’s 1976 Rose Bowl championship football team, Michael Coulter went on to play professionally with the Oakland Raiders. Later, after leaving football, he would rejoin his alma mater and begin a 20-year career with the UCLA […]

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Tags: atrial fibrillation, Bruin football, congestive heart failure, Dr. Eugene DePasquale, Dr. Mario Deng, exercise, heart transplant, hospitalization, surgery, UCLA Bruins


5 tips for men seeking plastic  surgery

July 17, 2018

5 tips for men seeking plastic surgery

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

More men are undergoing cosmetic surgery to improve their looks. Here’s what they need to know.   Move over women, men want their plastic surgery, too. A new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons finds more men are seeking plastic surgery to enhance their looks and boost their confidence. More than 1.3 million […]

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Tags: American Board of Plastic Surgery, body etching, body sculpting, Dr. Jason Roostaeian, eye lift, facelift, liposuction, male breast reduction, male plastic surgery, neck lift, plastic and reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery


Massive CPR Palooza trains community members on life-saving technique

June 11, 2018

Massive CPR Palooza trains community members on life-saving technique

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 global killer, but more lives can be saved if bystanders know how to help More than 700 kids and adults from around Los Angeles learned how they can help cardiac arrest victims at the first-ever CPR Palooza held at the UCLA Health Training Center: Home of the Los […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, bystander CPR, cardiac arrest, cardiology, Circle of Health, CPR, Dr. Tamara Horwich, hands-only CPR, heart health, Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA Health Training Center


Kindergarten class supports wounded veterans with homemade 'quilt of valor'

May 29, 2018

Kindergarten class supports wounded veterans with homemade ‘quilt of valor’

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

The quilt was presented to the UCLA Health Operation Mend program A kindergarten class from the Berkeley Hall School in Los Angeles presented a homemade “quilt of valor” to UCLA Health Operation Mend, a program that provides health services for wounded post 9/11 service members. Quilts of valor are given to injured military service members […]

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Tags: community, quilt of valor, UCLA Health Operation Mend, veterans, Wounded Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project


Planning ahead for your child's surgery this summer

May 11, 2018

Planning ahead for your child’s surgery this summer

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

To minimize missing school days, many kids get their elective surgery done over the summer vacation. But surgery and recovery can also mean missing out on summer fun. Knowing what to expect can help parents and kids plan ahead. Here are tips from two surgeons who perform some common types of pediatric surgeries that often […]

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Tags: ACL injury, adenoid, Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Dr. Nina Shapiro, ear, ear tubes, nose, orthopedic surgery, pediatric surgery, scoliosis, summer surgery, throat surgery


Severe morning sickness: what you need to know

May 10, 2018

Severe morning sickness: what you need to know

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

May awareness day for condition that affects 2 percent of pregnant women Morning sickness—nausea and vomiting during pregnancy—occurs in up to 90 percent of women. Even animals, including a Gorilla named Calaya, have experienced it, too. About 2 percent of pregnant women suffer a more severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, or […]

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Tags: extreme morning sickness, genes, HG, hyperemesis gravidarum, Marlena Fejzo, morning sickness, pregnancy, pregnancy nausea, pregnancy vomitting


5 facts teens should know about 'Juuling'

May 7, 2018

5 facts teens should know about ‘Juuling’

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

Ask any teenager if kids at school are “Juuling” and you’ll probably hear yes. The “Juul” is a type of e-cigarette device that dispenses a potent dose of nicotine when the user inhales. Unlike an e-cigarette, the slickly designed device resembles a small USB flash drive and creates very little smoke, so it is not […]

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Tags: addictive, adrenaline, cardiology, Dr. Holly Middlekauff, e-cigs, Juul, nicotine, physiology, vaping