I wish I had been able to do this earlier

I wish I had been able to do this earlie [...]

Judy's Story Total Lost: 63 pounds. . . and going* I was contemplating this surgery for 10 years. I had asked my primary doctor for…
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A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of [...]

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the…
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Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, colostomy bags and the healing power of humor

Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks col [...]

Tommy Chong has had many identities in his decades-long career: comedian (he’s half of the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong), actor,
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Sleeve Gastrectomy: The sleeve gastrectomy was the tool I needed to turn my weight loss failures into a weight loss success story

Sleeve Gastrectomy: The sleeve gastrecto [...]

Being an overweight child, an overweight teen and then an overweight twenty-something is not a fun experience.
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A long distance to travel for a special Doctor

A long distance to travel for a special [...]

6For over 21 years I've had medical issues that continue to keep doctors scratching their heads. I've had a central IV line for 21 year…
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Better than a pit crew: UCLA

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease…
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7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart

7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is important. You've probably heard plenty about the foods that you shouldn't eat to keep your heart healthy, but there are…
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On the frontlines with an ER nurse

On the frontlines with an ER nurse

8No day is ever the same for Kayla Vandegrift, who supervises the nursing and technical staff. It’s not even noon and Kayla Vandegrift has been…
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Saved My Life Twice

Saved My Life Twice

60 years ago I was a preemie baby at UCLA fighting for my life. Once again I am here to have UCLA take care of…
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