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Low-Fat Diet Increases Cancer Survival Rate in Mice, Study Finds

Something as simple as a change in diet can potentially help to increase the cancer survival rate of obese children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, according to a new study by UCLA scientists.
25-Oct-2018 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Investigators study how a protein factor involved in making messenger RNA molecules also contributes to cancer cell migration

UCLA researchers have discovered a new protein factor that contributes to a fibroblast cell’s ability to migrate to a wound and participate in its healing process. The study’s results could help scientists prevent cancer cells from using the...
31-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Can attending a top high school reduce teens’ marijuana abuse?

Students from low-income neighborhoods who attended a high-achieving school were less likely to abuse marijuana than those who weren’t offered admission. By 11th grade, the risk of misusing the drug was cut by half in boys at top-performing...
26-Oct-2018 9:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


$5.1 Million Grant Will Fund Research to Develop a Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Blinding Eye Conditions

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and the Stein Eye Institute have been awarded a $5.1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance the development...
18-Oct-2018 4:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Childhood Trauma, Depression Linked to Higher Risk of Longer-Term Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors who experienced trauma early in life and depression after their cancer treatments are at increased risk of persistent fatigue, a new UCLA study shows. Some of the key predictors of longer-term fatigue for this group of women...
18-Oct-2018 11:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites


HIV-Positive Infants Are at High Risk for Acquiring Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection

FINDINGS Infants born to HIV-positive mothers had high rates of congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Infants who also were infected before birth by the virus that causes AIDS were especially prone to CMV infection. The researchers found that 23...
15-Oct-2018 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


UCLA researchers discover aggressive prostate and lung cancers are driven by common mechanisms

UCLA researchers have discovered a common process in the development of late-stage, small cell cancers of the prostate and lung. These shared molecular mechanisms could lead to the development of drugs to treat not just prostate and lung cancers,...
4-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


UCLA-led Health Equity Network of the Americas is created to address gaps in health, longevity

Across the Americas, there continue to be wide gaps in health and longevity between rich and poor, educated and lesser educated, and people at high or low risk of being the targets of violence. To address these gaps, the Health Equity Network of...
24-Sep-2018 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA experts available to discuss how election results may affect health policy

5-Nov-2018 6:05 PM EST

UCLA experts available to discuss how election results may affect health policy

5-Nov-2018 6:05 PM EST


4 common myths about breast cancer

UCLA oncologist Dr. Parvin Peddi, assistant clinical professor in medicine and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses four myths regarding the most common cancer in U.S. women.
2-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT


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

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    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

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    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

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    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

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