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Released: 1-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Completes 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment to Help Understand and Strengthen Its Neighborhood
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) completed the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), part of the hospital’s continual commitment to better understand the health of its primary “neighborhood” – Los Angeles County – and the people who live there. The CHNA takes a deep dive into the community’s health and social needs enabling the hospital to implement strategies to address the key areas of the report’s findings.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $8.3 Million to Study Long-Term Effects of COVID in Children
Released: 26-Jan-2022 4:00 PM EST
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $8.3 Million to Study Long-Term Effects of COVID in Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

A team of experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has received $8.3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study long-term effects of COVID-19 in children and young adults in order to determine the most effective ways to treat the serious consequences of this condition.

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Released: 30-Nov-2021 10:30 AM EST
Robots Help Nurses Get the Job Done–With Smiles and Beeps
Cedars-Sinai

You can't miss Cedars-Sinai's newest helpers: identical twin robots named Moxi.

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Released: 4-Nov-2021 10:25 AM EDT
COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Children 5 and Older
Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai's COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru is now open to children 5 and older, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective in children.

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Released: 1-Oct-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Dr. Lara Cushing Appointed to Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Lara Cushing, whose research identifies the disproportionate impacts of harmful environmental exposures on low-income populations and communities of color, has been appointed the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where Cushing is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Released: 10-Sep-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Urgent Care Moves to Updated Clinic
Cedars-Sinai

To offer a better patient experience, Cedars-Sinai is moving its Beverly Hills Urgent Care clinic to a modern, updated facility on Sept. 18. The new space—only six blocks from the current clinic—is in the same building as other Cedars-Sinai services, including Primary Care.

Released: 12-Aug-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Mountain lions moved less, downsized territory during LA’s pandemic shutdown
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

As people sheltered in place at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sightings of wildlife in urban areas helped spawn a meme, “Nature is healing,” that reflected an intuitive belief: Carnivores were stretching their legs, and their ranges, by expanding into long-lost territory.

Released: 14-Jul-2021 10:15 AM EDT
COVID-19 Uptick Triggers Concern
Cedars-Sinai

A month after the governor eased pandemic restrictions, it feels almost like a normal summer in Southern California's crowded restaurants, airplanes and beaches.

Released: 28-Jun-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Angelenos versus New Yorkers: What do they talk about online?
University of Southern California (USC)

A new novel computational social science tool detects similarities/differences of topics in online conversation

Released: 22-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
UCLA Research Suggests COVID-19-related Evictions Will put Californians’ Healthcare at Risk
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Research Suggests COVID-19-related Evictions Will put Californians’ Healthcare at Risk The team, made up of researchers from across UCLA and Cedars-Sinai, including Frederick Zimmerman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, found those who move, even if voluntarily, face reduced access to prescribed drugs and medical services

Released: 5-Jan-2021 1:50 PM EST
Due to the COVID surge, ambulances in the Los Angeles area are refusing to transfer patients with no chance of survival
Newswise

As the surge of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially across the U.S., the hospitals in the Los Angeles metro area have been particularly hit hard. There are now more than 7,600 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Ambulance crews in the area have been advised to cut back on their use of oxygen and to not bring to hospitals patients who have virtually no chance of survival in order to increase capacity and triage care to focus on the sickest patients.

Released: 18-Nov-2020 11:20 AM EST
UCLA Model Identifies Neighborhoods That Should Have Priority for Vaccine, Other COVID-19 Help
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, UCLA public health and urban planning experts have developed a predictive model that pinpoints which populations in which neighborhoods of Los Angeles County are most at risk of becoming infected.

   
Released: 8-Jan-2020 12:40 PM EST
Many in LA jails could be diverted into mental health treatment
RAND Corporation

More than 3,300 people in the mental health population of the Los Angeles County jail are appropriate candidates for diversion into programs where they would receive community-based clinical services rather than incarceration, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Released: 4-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST
Hypertension Study Based in African-American Barbershops Honored
Cedars-Sinai

The Clinical Research Forum recognized the Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute with a 2019 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award today for its study aimed at developing a blood pressure control program for African-American men in the comfortable and convenient environments of their barbershops. In just six short months, the study improved the outcomes and control of high blood pressure in more than 60 percent of participants.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST
A Pioneering Transplant Turns a Baby’s Heart Around (Literally)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) recently performed its first dextrocardia heart transplant. The child, known as Baby Ruben, was born with dextrocardia and complex heterotaxy syndrome—including a single ventricle and discontinuous pulmonary arteries, along with other defects. The child received a heart transplant at CHLA at 2 years of age.

Released: 26-Feb-2019 2:35 PM EST
New Method Uses AI to Screen for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen’s University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 6:05 PM EST
Surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in adults is effective and safe
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

FINDINGS Researchers found that more than 97 percent of the surgeries for appendicitis were laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, and most patients were discharged the same day or the next day. Only 3 percent of the procedures resulted in complications. Rates of unnecessary surgery — removing a “normal” appendix — were low (less than 4 percent), but were much higher in people without imaging studies before their operation (nearly 20 percent).

Released: 25-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Lab-grown mini tumors could help identify personalized treatments for people with rare cancers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA scientists have developed a new method to quickly screen hundreds of drugs in order to identify treatments that can target specific tumors.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
Cedars-Sinai Taps Alexa for Smart Hospital Room Pilot
Cedars-Sinai

A pilot program underway in more than 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai is allowing patients to use an Alexa-powered platform known as Aiva to interact hands-free with nurses and control their entertainment. Aiva is the world's first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals. In the pilot project, patient rooms are equipped with Amazon Echos and patients simply tell the device what they need.

Released: 21-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
Potential of Strategic Partnerships to Form a Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Recognizing the persistence of health inequities in the Americas, an emerging Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) describes its approach to promoting health equity through intersectoral partnerships in a newly released issue of Ethnicity & Disease.

   
Released: 21-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
3D-printed Tires and Shoes that Self-Repair
University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.​Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.​ Assistant Professor Qiming Wang works in the world of 3D printed materials, creating new functions for a variety of purposes, from flexible electronics to sound control. Now, working with Viterbi students Kunhao Yu, An Xin, and Haixu Du, and University of Connecticut Assistant Professor Ying Li, they have made a new material that can be manufactured quickly and is able to repair itself if it becomes fractured or punctured. This material could be game-changing for industries like shoes, tires, soft robotics,

Released: 21-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Scientists discover new type of immune cells that are essential for forming heart valves
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers have identified for the first time the origin of an immune cell that plays a critical role in the formation of healthy heart valves. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for heart valve disorders, which can be caused by congenital defects, aging or disease. Their study, led by Dr. Atsushi “Austin” Nakano, a UCLA associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, was published in the journal Developmental Cell.

19-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST
A missing gene makes a big difference in patients’ recovery from mild stroke
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA neuroscientists found that patients born without a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stroke. Published in Cell, the discovery could lead to the first pill to reverse the physical and mental aftermath of the disease.

Released: 21-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Cue-Based Feeding: How to Facilitate Positive Opportunities for Breast and Bottle Feeding
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Cue-based feeding is a broad term to describe a process by which parents and medical providers can successfully attend to developmental cues to promote optimal feeding opportunities. It is also referred to as infant-led or demand feeding. This approach may be used to heighten the quality of a baby’s feed through use of a developmentally supportive model to improve the caregiver-infant relationship during the transition to full oral feeds. When the focus of a feed is led by volume expectations, negative consequences may ensue—such as disinterest, oral aversion and reduced quality of feed—that may compromise safety of swallow.

Released: 20-Feb-2019 5:00 PM EST
Count the Nation Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Awareness and Boost Participation in the 2020 Census, Leading to an Accurate National Data Set
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The initiative brings academic researchers, Hollywood leaders, journalists and social media content creators together, encouraging full participation in the upcoming census to ensure an accurate count in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Released: 20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
Four myths about colorectal cancer debunked
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. Oncologist Zev Wainberg, MD, debunks four common myths about the disease.

Released: 20-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
CSU Student Mentors: Peer-to-Peer Power
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Peer mentoring isn't new, but more California State University campuses are ramping up these programs as a way to meet students where they're at and give them individualized guidance. In fact, 17 CSU campuses expanded their peer mentoring programs during the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Graduation Initiative 2025 progress report presented to the California legislature. Nearly 262,000 of the CSU's current students will be the first in their families to earn a degree, so the positive impacts of peer mentoring are far reaching.

18-Feb-2019 10:05 PM EST
Study Finds Way to Potentially Improve Immunotherapy for Cancer
Cedars-Sinai

EMBARGOED: A new study has identified a drug that potentially could make a common type of immunotherapy for cancer even more effective. The study in laboratory mice found that the drug dasatinib, which is FDA-approved to treat certain types of leukemia, greatly enhances responses to a form of immunotherapy that is used against a wide range of other cancers.

19-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST
Young Bone Marrow Rejuvenates Aging Mouse Brains, Study Finds
Cedars-Sinai

A new study has found that transplanting the bone marrow of young laboratory mice into old mice prevented cognitive decline in the old mice, preserving their memory and learning abilities. The findings support an emerging model that attributes cognitive decline, in part, to aging of blood cells, which are produced in bone marrow.

Released: 14-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
New tool for documenting injuries may provide better evidence for elder abuse cases
University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists have developed the first standardized framework for clinicians to document physical findings on older patients for better evidence in abuse cases

Released: 14-Feb-2019 8:45 AM EST
Triplets born early use lullaby-playing pacifier as part of a study aimed to help premature babies develop, feed
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Music therapists at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital worked with a family with triplets to test whether a pacifier device playing a lullaby recorded by parents helps premature babies learn skills vital to feeding

Released: 13-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
CSU Aims to Increase Number of Women and Minorities in Astronomy and Physics
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

To help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California (UC) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) for a program called Cal-Bridge.

   
Released: 13-Feb-2019 5:00 AM EST
Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures Illuminate the Effectiveness of New Cancer Therapies
University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

A new tool from the Keck School of Medicine of USC can improve development and effectiveness of leading-edge cancer therapies derived from patients’ immune systems.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Names Caryn Lerman as New Director
University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center names Caryn Lerman as new director to bolster interdisciplinary science and leverage the cancer center’s entrepreneurial spirit

Released: 12-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Fractures, Head Injuries Common in E-Scooter Collisions, According to UCLA Research
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers have found that people involved in electric scooter accidents are sometimes injured badly enough — from fractures, dislocated joints and head injuries — to require treatment in an emergency department. The researchers examined data from 249 people who were treated at the emergency departments of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between Sept.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
CSU Campuses Receive $17M to Train Special Education Teachers
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Seven CSU campuses received nearly $17 million from the United States Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to prepare educators, school counselors and psychologists to work collaboratively to serve the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 7:05 AM EST
Keck Medicine of USC Announces Acquisition of Los Angeles Cardiology Associates
University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

Keck Medicine of USC announces the acquisition of Los Angeles Cardiology Associates, a cardiovascular care group with eight locations across the Los Angeles region.

Released: 11-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Music Therapy Program at UCLA Aims to Help Premature Infants Develop Feeding Skills
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Music therapists at UCLA worked with families with premature infants, including a family with triplets, to study whether a lullaby device can help newborns born early develop the skills necessary for feeding

Released: 11-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
Vivian Mo, MD, named chief medical officer of USC Care Medical Group
University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

Vivian Mo, MD, named chief medical officer of USC Care Medical Group for Keck Medicine of USC

7-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST
Immunotherapy can be effective in treating people with recurrent glioblastoma
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A UCLA-led study suggests that for people with recurrent glioblastoma, administering an immunotherapy drug before surgery is more effective than using the drug afterward.

Released: 11-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
UCLA to host experts on universal health care
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The E. Richard Brown Symposium will be held on March 1st and will focus on universal health care in California.

Released: 8-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST
Shorter Course of Radiation Therapy Effective in Treating Men with Prostate Cancer
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new UCLA-led study shows that men with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer can safely undergo higher doses of radiation over a significantly shorter period of time and still have the same, successful outcomes as from a much longer course of treatment.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
CSU Says Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

By 2023, the California State University's 23 campuses will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
How Parents Can Help Teens Navigate Social Media
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Social media is a major source of stress for teens and parents sometimes feel like they are competing with smartphones to get their attention. But Dr. Arora says that families can benefit by installing guard rails around their kids' social media behavior.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 6:00 AM EST
Preemies With Most Common Heart Defect Benefit From New Procedure
Cedars-Sinai

Maxwell and Mason are twins who were born prematurely, weighing just 2 pounds and 10 ounces each, and each with a hole in his heart. At two weeks of age, the brothers underwent a nonsurgical procedure to fix their hearts - a physician guided a catheter through a vein in the leg to the heart and closed the hole. The procedure took only a few minutes. Today, Maxwell and Mason are energetic and healthy 1-year-olds with no signs of premature birth or their congenital heart condition.

5-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Patrick Lyden, MD, Receives Eminent American Stroke Association Award
Cedars-Sinai

Patrick D. Lyden, MD, a world-renowned stroke expert who played a key role in the pivotal clinical trial leading to approval of the first proven stroke therapy, will receive the American Stroke Association’s prestigious William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke.

Released: 5-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair
University of Southern California (USC)

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.

Released: 5-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Measuring Patient Steps Post Surgery Can Predict Hospital Stays
Cedars-Sinai

It's no secret that wearable, pop culture tech devices like Fitbit can aid in achieving fitness and activity goals. Now, a new study shows that using Fitbit activity monitors to measure how many steps a patient takes in the days after surgery can predict which patients leave the hospital sooner.


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