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Triplets born early use lullaby-playing pacifier as part of a study aimed to help premature babies develop, feed

Music therapists at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital worked with a family with triplets to test whether a pacifier device playing a lullaby recorded by parents helps premature babies learn skills vital to feeding
14-Feb-2019 8:45 AM EST Add to Favorites

Fractures, Head Injuries Common in E-Scooter Collisions, According to UCLA Research

UCLA researchers have found that people involved in electric scooter accidents are sometimes injured badly enough — from fractures, dislocated joints and head injuries — to require treatment in an emergency department. The researchers examined...
12-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Music Therapy Program at UCLA Aims to Help Premature Infants Develop Feeding Skills

Music therapists at UCLA worked with families with premature infants, including a family with triplets, to study whether a lullaby device can help newborns born early develop the skills necessary for feeding
11-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Immunotherapy can be effective in treating people with recurrent glioblastoma

A UCLA-led study suggests that for people with recurrent glioblastoma, administering an immunotherapy drug before surgery is more effective than using the drug afterward.
7-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

UCLA to host experts on universal health care

The E. Richard Brown Symposium will be held on March 1st and will focus on universal health care in California.
11-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites


Shorter Course of Radiation Therapy Effective in Treating Men with Prostate Cancer

A new UCLA-led study shows that men with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer can safely undergo higher doses of radiation over a significantly shorter period of time and still have the same, successful outcomes as from a much longer course of...
8-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Increasing murder rate is erasing gains in life expectancy among Mexican men, UCLA research reports

The murder rate in Mexico increased so dramatically between 2005 and 2015 that it partially offset expected gains in life expectancy among men there, according to a new study by a UCLA public health researcher.
15-Jan-2019 1:00 PM EST Add to Favorites


UCLA scientists create a renewable source of cancer-fighting T cells

A study by UCLA researchers is the first to demonstrate a technique for coaxing pluripotent stem cells — which can give rise to every cell type in the body and which can be grown indefinitely in the lab — into becoming mature T cells capable of...
17-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Our Experts on Newswise


UCLA expert available to discuss how social factors affect health

20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST


Four myths about colorectal cancer debunked

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. Oncologist Zev Wainberg, MD, debunks four common myths about the disease.
20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST


UCLA expert available to comment on disease trends, public health threats

20-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST


Mexico’s Homicide Rate: UCLA expert available to discuss why it should be addressed as public health issue

23-Jan-2019 9:05 PM EST

UCLA health expert available to comment on FDA approval of targeted cancer therapy, larotrectinib, for patients with a wide variety of cancers.

27-Nov-2018 2:40 AM EST

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

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

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