Ask the Doctors answers a few of your most-asked questions this month

By Ask the Doctors • February 16, 2022

Patients often don’t follow instructions when taking prescription medications — nationwide, people only take drugs as prescribed about 50 percent of the time. But adhering to medication guidelines can be essential to maintaining your health. Take your medicines as prescribed Not adhering to your prescription instructions can have negative health consequences. Underusing [...]

By uclahealth • February 8, 2019

I was referred to Dr. Livhits by Dr. Chung. I had a 5 cm tumor on my adrenal gland and was diagnosed with possible pheochromocytoma. I came in for a consult and she made me felt safe and answered all my questions. She explained the surgery in great detail. Between [...]

By MB2828 • June 18, 2018

Dear Doctors: Our elderly father is now seeing several specialists, all of whom have prescribed medications. My brothers and I are worried about how many pills Dad has been told to take, and the fact that these doctors don't seem to be consulting with one another. How do we make [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 24, 2018

I have a weak immune system and various allergic responses to toxins and pollutants, which manifest themselves as an array of symptoms attributable to a number of causes. It was only when I was sent to UCLA Rheumatology that all my symptoms started to make sense in a systemic kind [...]

By farnoaga • September 14, 2017

“If somebody is scared of needles, we will use real medical equipment and poke them into stuffed animals so they can see what will happen and we can desensitize them to what they’re afraid of,” says Ada Bodolay, a clinical educator and child life specialist at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. [...]

By uclahealth • August 7, 2017

My story begins in my pulmonary doctors office, Dr. John Abe, when I began to cry. I explained that I felt terrible and all I got from my current primary doctor was that my tests were all within “national guidelines”. Dr. John Abe had been my pulmonary doctor for around [...]

By judy1 • January 5, 2017

Hospital patients and their loved ones often have many questions about their medical care. They want to know about tests ordered and test results, the members of their treatment teams and what their medication and treatment plans entail. While they can always ask members of their care teams [...]

By uclahealth • January 5, 2017

If winter days get you down, you’re not alone. You may have seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression triggered by the change of seasons. People with this disorder tend to feel depressed in the fall and winter, when there is less sunlight and the days are shorter. [...]

By uclahealth • November 21, 2016

Patients with intractable epilepsy have seizures that are difficult to control with medication. These uncontrolled seizures are a serious health condition that be potentially life-threatening. But there is hope for patients with intractable epilepsy. The UCLA Epilepsy Program is a unique program that offers multiple approaches for treating [...]

By uclahealth • November 16, 2016