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Researchers find adult stem cell characteristics in aggressive cancers from different tissues

UCLA researchers have discovered genetic similarities between the adult stem cells responsible for maintaining and repairing epithelial tissues — which line all of the organs and cavities inside the body — and the cells that drive aggressive...
18-Sep-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


UCLA Researchers Develop Mechanism for Characterizing Function of Rare Tumor Cells

UCLA researchers have created a quick and effective mechanism to measure how these circulating tumor cells perform functions that drive cancer.
17-Sep-2018 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Changes in the Architecture Around Cancer Cells Can Fuel Their Spread

UCLA researchers have found that an often overlooked component of a cell, the extracellular matrix, can influence how much sugar the cell consumes and its migratory behavior.
7-Sep-2018 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

UCLA-Led Team Develops Novel System to Track Brain Chemicals

Researchers at UCLA and Columbia University have developed a novel method for tracking the activity of small molecules in the brain, including the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Pairing tiny artificial receptors with semiconductor devices...
5-Sep-2018 4:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites


California’s Large Minority Population Drives State’s Relatively Low Death Rate, Study Finds

FINDINGS High poverty rates, low education and lack of insurance are all social determinants that are expected to lead to high mortality rates and negative health outcomes. Despite a 62 percent minority population with these characteristics in...
6-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital named one of nation's most innovative children's hospitals

Parents magazine has named UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital one of the most innovative children's hospitals in the United States. UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital was one of only 20 pediatric hospitals in the country to receive the distinction for...
5-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Metabolism-Focused Startup Aims to Shorten Time Between Scientific Insight and Therapies

A new “virtual” drug development startup company, Enspire Bio, will channel the knowledge and financial resources necessary to translate basic science — the bedrock of medicine — into powerful treatments. And, in a notable departure from...
5-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

UCLA’s epilepsy center offers hope to people with drug-resistant seizures

Thirty to 40 percent of people with epilepsy — more than 1 million Americans — continue to experience seizures despite taking medication. Experts at the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center at UCLA Health want to change that picture. Their message to...
5-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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What Patients Don't Know (but Should) About Prostate Cancer

This Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, urologist shares three things patients are surprised to learn
19-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT


3 things patients don't know about prostate cancer -- but should

19-Sep-2018 9:05 AM EDT


Five Facts About Ovarian Cancer Everyone Should Know

Although ovarian cancer is often considered a relatively rare cancer – accounting for only about 3 percent of all cancers in women – it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. In September, also known as...
21-Aug-2018 3:05 PM EDT


Cannabis-Derived Drug Could Be a Game-Changer for Children with Severe Epilepsy, UCLA Expert Says

25-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT


Expert Available: Family Separation at the U.S. Border – and What Research Shows

20-Jun-2018 3:25 PM EDT


Trying to Become a Dad? Avoid 'Dad Bod' — and Other Male Fertility Tips

Male infertility accounts for 40% of fertility problems in couples who have difficulty conceiving. UCLA urologist Dr. Jesse Mills explains the factors at play — and how to know whether you need to see a doctor.
14-Jun-2018 4:40 PM EDT

Grilling and Cancer: 4 Tips for Healthier Grilling

When beef, pork, fish or poultry are cooked using high-temperature methods, chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can form.
12-Jun-2018 1:05 PM EDT

Is it Alzheimer’s? Maybe not. Three treatable conditions can cause memory loss

When seniors experience memory problems, they may start worrying that they have Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of memory loss in the elderly – but sometimes an entirely different diagnosis is to blame.
8-Jun-2018 8:05 PM EDT

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    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

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    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

    Addiction, Opiods, Cannabis, Alcoholism, Psychiatry
  • Zaldy Tan

    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

    Geriatric, Geriatric Care, Alzheimber's Disease, Alzheimer's, Dementia, educational technology, Quality Improvement
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    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

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    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

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