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ACTG Adds First Polyclonal Antibody to ACTIV-2 Outpatient Treatment Study for COVID-19

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the largest global HIV research network, has added SAB-185, a polyclonal antibody therapy, to the COVID-19 outpatient treatment study.
21-Apr-2021 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Stem cell therapy promotes recovery from stroke and dementia in mice

A one-time injection of an experimental stem cell therapy can repair brain damage and improve memory function in mice with conditions that replicate human strokes and dementia, a new UCLA study finds.
21-Apr-2021 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Proportion of Black physicians in U.S. has changed little in 120 years, UCLA research finds

The proportion of physicians who are Black in the U.S. has increased by only 4 percentage points over the past 120 years, and that the share of doctors who are Black men remains unchanged since 1940. The research also spotlights a significant...
16-Apr-2021 4:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Patients of women doctors more likely to be vaccinated against the flu

Elderly patients of female physicians are more likely than those of male physicians in the same outpatient practice to be vaccinated against the flu. This trend holds for all racial and ethnic groups studied and could provide insight into improving...
15-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New CAR T approach minimizes resistance, helps avoid relapse in non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma

Early results from a new, pioneering CAR T cell immunotherapy trial led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found using a bilateral attack instead of the conventional single-target approach helps minimizes treatment...
2-Apr-2021 11:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers devise more efficient, enduring CAR gene therapy to combat HIV

A UCLA research team has shown that using a truncated form of the CD4 molecule as part of a gene therapy to combat HIV yielded superior and longer-lasting results in mouse models than previous similar therapies using the CD4 molecule.
1-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Low-calorie diet and mild exercise improve survival for young people with leukemia

A study led by researchers at UCLA and CHLA has shown that a combination of modest dietary changes and exercise can dramatically improve survival outcomes for those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.
31-Mar-2021 2:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Exercise in mid-life won’t improve cognitive function in women

For middle-aged women, exercise has many health benefits, but it may not help maintain cognitive function over the long term, according to a new UCLA Health study.
30-Mar-2021 8:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA expert available to discuss colorectal cancer screening prevention, more during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

24-Feb-2021 1:55 PM EST

UCLA pancreatic cancer surgeon/expert to speak on the death of Alex Trebek

9-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST

New lung cancer treatments lead to vastly improved survival rates

UCLA Health has helped drive monumental advances in the treatment of lung cancer – increasing survival rates in the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths.
6-Nov-2020 1:45 PM EST

UCLA Health infectious disease experts tout critical role mask wearing plays in limiting spread of COVID-19

With thousands of new cases logged daily and a vaccine to fight COVID-19 still in development, UCLA Health infectious disease experts are encouraging people to continue to wear masks as the best method of protecting against virus transmission.
30-Oct-2020 6:35 PM EDT

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UCLA expert available to offer advice on how to navigate emotions on Election Day

27-Oct-2020 4:15 PM EDT

UCLA pancreatic cancer surgeon/expert to speak on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg

18-Sep-2020 8:05 PM EDT

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UCLA pulmonary expert to speak on air quality and wildfires

11-Sep-2020 6:35 PM EDT

UCLA oncologist available to comment on changing landscape of colon cancer and the death of Chadwick Boseman

31-Aug-2020 5:55 PM EDT

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