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A third of children up to age 3 exposed to Zika in-utero have neurological problems

New research suggests that 32% of children up to the age of 3 years who were exposed to the Zika virus during the mother’s pregnancy had below-average neurological development. Also, fewer than 4% of 216 children evaluated had microcephaly —a...
9-Jul-2019 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Similarities of Small Cell Cancers to Blood Cancers Could Lead to Better Treatments

An interdisciplinary team of UCLA scientists has found that small cell neuroendocrine cancers from a range of tissues have a common molecular signature and share drug sensitivities with blood cancers.
8-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Noninvasive test improves detection of aggressive prostate cancer

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Toronto have identified a new biomarker found in urine that can help detect aggressive prostate cancer, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of men each year from undergoing unnecessary...
1-Jul-2019 11:20 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Pollutants Emitted from the 2015 Aliso Canyon Methane Blowout Pose Potentially Serious Health Risks

Air quality samples collected near the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility during the 2015 blowout that led to the largest-known human-caused release of methane in U.S. history showed elevated levels of pollutants known or suspected to be...
25-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social interaction

UCLA researchers have published a Cell study showing that the brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations. The level of synchronization actually predicted how much the animals would interact.
20-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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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

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Researcher looks for ways to detect deadly cancer before it develops

Dr. Beth Karlan, the newly appointed director of cancer population genetics at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is hopeful that her research will not only help women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer at an earlier stage, but also...
28-Jun-2019 12:00 PM EDT

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ACP breast cancer screening guideline update: Breast cancer surgeon/expert available

5-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT

UCLA experts available to comment on cancer research at AACR annual meeting

27-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer – pancreatic surgeon/expert available

6-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST

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Neuroscientists explore use of ketamine to treat depression

6-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST

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UCLA expert available to discuss how social factors affect health

20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST

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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

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

20-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST

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    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

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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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