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Newswise: Team Sports Risks Go Well Beyond Injury During the Pandemic
Released: 9-Jul-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Team Sports Risks Go Well Beyond Injury During the Pandemic
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD, MPH, co-chief infection prevention officer for UCLA Health, speaks on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guide for youth sports to resume.

Newswise: UCLA: Global Study Finds Critical Gaps in Workplace Protections
7-Jul-2020 3:50 PM EDT
UCLA: Global Study Finds Critical Gaps in Workplace Protections
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A sweeping study of 193 countries by the UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center reveals critical gaps in legal protections against discrimination on the job. Nearly one in four countries continue to have no legal protection from discrimination at work based on race and ethnicity, according to the study, just published in the journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Newswise: Welcome, Robin the AI robot
Released: 7-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Welcome, Robin the AI robot
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital launched an innovative project to support the emotional needs of children through a new AI powered robot. Robin’s technology enables the robot to build what is called associative memory — it recognizes a child’s emotions by interpreting his or her facial expressions and builds responsive dialogue by replicating patterns formed from previous experiences.

Newswise: How the body regulates scar tissue growth after heart attacks
Released: 3-Jul-2020 11:35 AM EDT
How the body regulates scar tissue growth after heart attacks
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New UCLA research conducted in mice could explain why some people suffer more extensive scarring than others after a heart attack. The study, published in the journal Cell, reveals that a protein known as type 5 collagen plays a critical role in regulating the size of scar tissue in the heart.

Newswise: Study pinpoints new function for histones
Released: 2-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Study pinpoints new function for histones
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Scientists discovered that histones act as an enzyme that converts copper into a form that can be used by the cells. The finding refutes earlier theories that copper spontaneously converts in the body into a usable state.

Newswise: School HPV vaccine policies could result in higher vaccination rates, reduction in cancers
Released: 29-Jun-2020 7:35 PM EDT
School HPV vaccine policies could result in higher vaccination rates, reduction in cancers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A UCLA-led study has found that in 2 of 3 states and jurisdictions with policies that require students entering school to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine, vaccination rates among 13-to-17-year-olds were significantly higher than in surrounding states without such policies.

Newswise: UCLA survey seeks public opinion on allocating resources during COVID-19
Released: 29-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
UCLA survey seeks public opinion on allocating resources during COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

As California prepares for a potential surge of COVID-19, there is a pressing need to determine how critical care resources should be allocated, especially if there is an extreme shortage of those resources.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Supporting LGBTQ+ youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) that also identify as LGBTQ+ representation of sexual orientations and gender identities experience higher rates of social discrimination and isolation, including bullying, family rejection and a lack of social support. Here are ways that family and friends can support them.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT
States with the highest income inequality also experienced a larger number of COVID-19 deaths
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

States with the highest level of income inequality had a larger number of COVID-19-related deaths compared with states with lower income inequality. New York state, with the highest income inequality, had a mortality rate of 51.7 deaths per 100,000 vs. Utah, the state with the lowest income inequality and which had a mortality of 0.41 per 100,000.

Newswise: New technique allows scientists to measure mitochondrial respiration in frozen tissue
Released: 22-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT
New technique allows scientists to measure mitochondrial respiration in frozen tissue
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA scientists have developed a method for restoring oxygen-consumption activity to previously frozen mitochondria samples. By speeding up research, investigators hope to accelerate the diagnosis of people living with mitochondrial diseases and secondary disorders in which mitochondria play a key role, including diseases related to aging, metabolism and the heart.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 5:50 PM EDT
ACTG Studies at AIDS 2020: Virtual
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Topics include the efficacy and safety of third-line treatment regimens in resource-limited settings, viral rebound rates after treatment interruption of modern ART, and whether a standardized frailty score can improve clinicians’ ability to estimate cardiovascular risk among older people with HIV.

Newswise: Homeless people are more likely to be put on ventilators for respiratory infections than non-homeless
Released: 17-Jun-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Homeless people are more likely to be put on ventilators for respiratory infections than non-homeless
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers from UCLA, Harvard Medical School and the University of Tokyo found that during a recent six-year period, homeless people in New York state were more likely to hospitalized and treated with mechanical ventilators for respiratory infections than people who are not homeless. These findings have implications for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: UCLA receives nearly $14 million from NIH to investigate gene therapy to combat HIV
Released: 15-Jun-2020 5:10 PM EDT
UCLA receives nearly $14 million from NIH to investigate gene therapy to combat HIV
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers and colleagues have received a $13.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate and further develop an immunotherapy known as CAR T, which uses genetically modified stem cells to target and destroy HIV.

Newswise: UCLA Health’s Dr. Clara Lajonchere elected Chair of the California Precision Medicine Advisory Council
Released: 11-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT
UCLA Health’s Dr. Clara Lajonchere elected Chair of the California Precision Medicine Advisory Council
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Dr. Clara Lajonchere, deputy director of the Institute for Precision Health at UCLA Health, has been elected chair of the new California Precision Medicine Advisory Council.

Newswise: Reprogramming of Immune System Cures Child with Often-Fatal Fungal Infection
10-Jun-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Reprogramming of Immune System Cures Child with Often-Fatal Fungal Infection
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

In the June 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of UCLA physicians and scientists describes the first case of immune modulation being used to cure a severe and often fatal fungal infection. The team “retuned” a 4-year-old’s immune system so that it could fight off disseminated coccidioidomycosis.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Innovative Project Solves UCLA Health’s COVID-19 Testing Swab Shortage With 3D-Printed Swabs
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA Health has been granted permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use a 3D printed design for COVID-19 testing swabs. The effort was led by a fellow from the UCLA Biodesign program.

Newswise: Some types of prostate cancer may not be as aggressive as originally thought
Released: 4-Jun-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Some types of prostate cancer may not be as aggressive as originally thought
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed gene-expression patterns in the most aggressive prostate cancer grade group — known as Gleason grade group 5 — and found that this grade of cancer can actually be subdivided into four subtypes with distinct differences. The findings may affect how people are treated for the disease.

Newswise: Cognitive behavior therapy tops other psychotherapies in reducing inflammation
3-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Cognitive behavior therapy tops other psychotherapies in reducing inflammation
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A review of 56 randomized clinical trials finds that psychological and behavioral therapies may be effective non-drug treatments for reducing disease-causing inflammation in the body.

Newswise: Swelling of Tissues Drives Immune System Activity, UCLA Researchers Find
Released: 2-Jun-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Swelling of Tissues Drives Immune System Activity, UCLA Researchers Find
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A UCLA research team has identified a new paradigm for understanding the regulation of the immune system, potentially paving the way for new approaches to treating infections and immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes and certain cancers.

Released: 29-May-2020 11:40 PM EDT
Study finds overwhelming support for smoke-free policies among Los Angeles tenants, landlords
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Half of apartment dwellers in Los Angeles report having been exposed to unwanted secondhand smoke in their homes in the last year, and 9 in 10 of them say they favor policies banning smoking from their buildings, a new study by researchers at the Fielding School of Public Health's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals.

Released: 29-May-2020 11:30 PM EDT
UCLA AASC & FSPH launch COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub to support safety for diverse communities
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub to support safety for diverse communities; partnership develops resources for COVID-19 response

Newswise: New drug combinations help overcome resistance to immunotherapy
Released: 28-May-2020 11:55 AM EDT
New drug combinations help overcome resistance to immunotherapy
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study from researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain how disruptions in genes can lead to the resistance to one of the leading immunotherapies, PD-1 blockade, and how new drug combinations could help overcome resistance to the anti-PD-1 therapy in a mechanistically-based way.

26-May-2020 12:15 PM EDT
UCLA receives $1 million for COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A $1 million gift from the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation will support the UCLA COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, a partnership of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Released: 20-May-2020 6:05 PM EDT
$5.75M grant to help researchers study role of obesity in development of pancreatic cancer
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A team of researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and peer institutions has been awarded a $5.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the correlation between obesity, inflammation and pancreatic cancer. The scientists hope their findings may help people avoid getting this cancer.

Newswise: Scientists find evidence of link between diesel exhaust, risk of Parkinson’s
Released: 19-May-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Scientists find evidence of link between diesel exhaust, risk of Parkinson’s
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new UCLA study in zebrafish has identified the process by which air pollution can damage brain cells, potentially contributing to Parkinson’s disease.

Released: 15-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
UCLA launches clinical trial to help reduce severity of COVID-19 illness in men
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers have launched a new clinical trial that uses a hormone suppresser commonly used to treat men with prostate cancer to help improve clinical outcomes for men infected with COVID-19.

Released: 14-May-2020 2:35 PM EDT
ACTG Launches Clinical Trial Testing Treatment for COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) has initiated a clinical trial to evaluate whether the drug combination hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Released: 13-May-2020 6:05 PM EDT
UCLA establishes COVID-19 pandemic response training program
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A team at UCLA is training thousands of individuals across the state in public health techniques and strategies, including contact tracing, case investigation, and administration, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Newswise: New treatment extends lives of people with most common type of liver cancer
11-May-2020 11:20 AM EDT
New treatment extends lives of people with most common type of liver cancer
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

For the first time in over a decade, scientists have identified a first-line treatment that significantly improves survival for people with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.

Released: 12-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
The Potential of COVID-19 to Infect the Brain
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Much attention has been paid to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the lungs. But doctors are learning how the virus may affect other organs, including the brain.

Released: 12-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Health Systems Unite to Encourage Patients to Put Health First, Access Care When Needed
BetterTogether.health

LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Six of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit health systems with hospitals, clinics and care facilities across the region have come together united in a mission to encourage community members to put health first and access care when needed.

Newswise: UCLA scientists create first roadmap of human skeletal muscle development
Released: 11-May-2020 12:15 PM EDT
UCLA scientists create first roadmap of human skeletal muscle development
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has developed a first-of-its-kind roadmap of how human skeletal muscle develops, including the formation of muscle stem cells.

Released: 11-May-2020 7:15 AM EDT
FIELDING FOCUS | Public Health in a Pandemic: COVID-19 & Wellness and Healthy Living
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched FIELDING FOCUS, a webinar discussion series that has begun with weekly curated conversations addressing public health and COVID-19. In past sessions, we have explored the impact that the current pandemic is having on health care management (April 28) and vulnerable populations (May 5); in this upcoming (May 12) session, on wellness and healthy living. Additional sessions are in the planning stages.

Newswise: Paid Sick Leave a Crucial Weapon During COVID-19 Era and Beyond, UCLA Study Finds
7-May-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Paid Sick Leave a Crucial Weapon During COVID-19 Era and Beyond, UCLA Study Finds
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Note: Embargoed until 8 a.m. PDT Monday, May 11, 2020. Paid Sick Leave a Crucial Weapon During COVID-19 Era and Beyond, UCLA Study Finds. A UCLA analysis of policies in 193 countries shows that gaps in coverage for ill workers put nations’ health and economic security at risk. The research is to be published May 11 in in the journal Global Public Health.

Newswise: Stroke Doctors Establish Best Practices to Protect Against COVID-19
Released: 7-May-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Stroke Doctors Establish Best Practices to Protect Against COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

To keep patients and health-care providers safe from COVID-19, while providing urgent treatment to stroke patients, extra precautions must be taken, according to new guidelines published in the journal Stroke.

Released: 6-May-2020 1:50 PM EDT
UCLA Health #TeamLA Campaign Unites Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA Health initiative to unite Los Angeles with four key goals: raise the collective civic spirit, encourage responsible behaviors like maintaining good health, acknowledge the hardships that COVID-19 has presented and show gratitude to local MVPs and heroes.

Released: 5-May-2020 4:00 PM EDT
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health research investigates COVID-19 case rates and pandemic protection
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health research investigates COVID-19 case rates and pandemic protection: A metric for decisions to implement, continue, or relax measures.

Released: 4-May-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Will our clean air last after COVID-19? UCLA study says it’s possible
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Will our clean air last after COVID-19? UCLA study says it’s possible. Achieving net-zero emissions in California by 2050 can prevent thousands of deaths annually — in every community — researchers say

Released: 4-May-2020 8:15 AM EDT
FIELDING FOCUS | Public Health in a Pandemic: COVID-19 & Vulnerable Populations
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched FIELDING FOCUS, a webinar discussion series that has begun with weekly curated conversations addressing public health and COVID-19. During upcoming sessions, we will explore the impact that the current pandemic is having on vulnerable populations (May 5) and on wellness and healthy living (May 12). Additional sessions are in the planning stages.

Newswise: Schizophrenia drug combined with radiation shows promise in treating deadly brain tumors
Released: 1-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Schizophrenia drug combined with radiation shows promise in treating deadly brain tumors
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers found that adding a drug once commonly used to treat schizophrenia to traditional radiation therapy helped improve overall survival in mice with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest and most difficult-to-treat brain tumors.

Newswise: UCLA leads CDC-funded project to reduce COVID-19 infection among emergency room workers
Released: 1-May-2020 8:15 AM EDT
UCLA leads CDC-funded project to reduce COVID-19 infection among emergency room workers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is leading a project in collaboration with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine to study ways to reduce the risk for COVID-19 infection among emergency department workers.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 6:55 PM EDT
Can the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine prevent infection with COVID-19?
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA is one of seven sites participating in a clinical trial investigating whether hydroxychloroquine, a commonly used anti-malarial and autoimmune drug, can prevent infection with COVID-19.

24-Apr-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Public does not grasp idea of ‘futile treatment’ for critically ill patients
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new UCLA study suggests the general public does not fully grasp the meaning of the terms "futile treatment" or "potentially inappropriate treatment," although the concept is important to understand so that families can make fully informed decisions for their loved ones.

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Released: 27-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
UCLA Biodesign Fellow Focuses Surgical, Medical and Biomedical Engineering Insights on a Weak Link in COVID-19 Testing: Swabs Shortage
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

When the COVID-19 outbreak became a pandemic, and the scarcity of testing supplies became a crisis, the leaders of UCLA Biodesign saw the experience and background of Gabriel Oland, MD, as the ideal combination to help reinforce one link in the strained supply chain: the nasopharyngeal swabs used to collect patient specimens for testing.

Newswise: Researchers receive $2.8 million grant to develop blood-based test for liver transplant candidate selection
Released: 27-Apr-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Researchers receive $2.8 million grant to develop blood-based test for liver transplant candidate selection
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $2.8 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop a blood-based test to improve the selection and prioritization for patients with liver cancer who need a liver transplantation.


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