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UCLA researchers correct genetic mutation that causes IPEX, a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome

UCLA researchers led by Dr. Donald Kohn have created a method for modifying blood stem cells to reverse the genetic mutation that causes a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome called IPEX.
10-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Paramedics can safely evaluate psychiatric patients’ medical condition in the field, study finds

FINDINGS Emergency medical personnel in Alameda County, California, use a screening process for determining whether to “medically clear” patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies before transporting them. They identify patients who are at...
21-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Study identifies location of DNA that gives clues to hidden cancer mutations

A new study by UCLA scientists shows that enhancers, snippets of DNA that contribute to gene regulation, fall into the same “insulated neighborhoods” or chromatin loops as the target gene and other gene-specific regulatory elements.
14-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Two studies have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, revealing new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. The findings provide a roadmap for developing a new generation of therapies for conditions like autism, schizophrenia and...
12-Dec-2018 6:00 PM EST Add to Favorites


15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life

By age 12 to 18 months, 6.25% of children exposed to Zika during their mothers’ pregnancies had eye abnormalities, 12.2% had hearing problems, and 11.7% had severe delays in language, motor skills and/or cognitive function. In all, 14.5% had at...
5-Dec-2018 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Sprayable gel developed by UCLA-led team could help the body fight off cancer after surgery

Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease — almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery and it’s often the first line of treatment for people with...
10-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


A minority of countries offer free early childhood education, UCLA researchers report

Few governments make pre-primary education available on a tuition-free basis for two or more years, according to a new study from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.
4-Dec-2018 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites


Neuroscientists Pinpoint Genes Tied to Dementia

A UCLA-led research team has identified genetic processes involved in the neurodegeneration that occurs in dementia — an important step on the path toward developing therapies that could slow or halt the course of the disease. The findings appear...
3-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Our Experts on Newswise

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


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

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    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

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    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

    Concussion, concussion and football, traumatic brain injuries, Youth, Neuroplasticity, post-traumatic epilepsy, concussion and sports, Sports-Related Head Injury, Brain Development, helmet studies, Neuroimaging, Genetic Markers, Chronic traumatic encephalo
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    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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  • Zaldy Tan

    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

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    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

    Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

    Adenosine, X Linked Diseases, Bubble Boy Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Genetic Disease, Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Stem Cell, Stem Cell Therapy


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