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Study shows more effective method for detecting prostate cancer

Each year, 1M men in the U.S. undergo biopsies for prostate cancer. UCLA physicians have found that a new biopsy method, which includes biopsy guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), can be used together with the traditional method to increase...
10-Jun-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center finds progress on rights of persons with disabilities, but gaps remain leaving millions behind

Twelve years after the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center finds evidence of marked progress -- but gaps remain leaving more than 160 million people behind
7-Jun-2019 11:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA researchers identify three-drug combination that helps curb the growth of deadly type of skin cancer

A UCLA-led research team has pinpointed a three-drug combination that could prove to be an effective new therapy for people with a specific type of advanced melanoma.
5-Jun-2019 12:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Traditional chemotherapy still gold standard over new targeted therapy for HER2-positive breast cancers

Results of a phase 3 clinical trial by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that women with HER2-positive breast cancer had significantly better response rates, but more severe side effects, when they were treated with...
3-Jun-2019 10:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Immunotherapy drug improves five-year survival rate of people with advanced lung cancer

In a study led by UCLA investigators, treatment with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab helped more than 15% of people with advanced non-small cell lung cancer live for at least five years — and 25% of patients whose tumor cells had a specific...
1-Jun-2019 7:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Adding ribociclib to hormone therapy extends lives of women with most common metastatic breast cancer

A UCLA-led study has found that using a drug called ribociclib in combination with a common hormone therapy may help premenopausal women with the most common type of breast cancer live longer than if they only receive the hormone therapy.
1-Jun-2019 7:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Waze users’ accident reports could cut emergency response time in half

Waze, the crowdsourced traffic application, could potentially help first responders reach a car crash in half the time it currently takes compared with reports received by the California Highway Patrol emergency personnel.
24-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Prostate Cancer Research Examines Radiation Protocol for the Whole Pelvis

In a new study published by European Urology, UCLA researchers and colleagues from ten other institutions examined the protocol for treating aggressive prostate cancer. With aggressive forms of this disease, it is often unclear if radiation therapy...
17-May-2019 4:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

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    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

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    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

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    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

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