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Surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in adults is effective and safe

FINDINGS Researchers found that more than 97 percent of the surgeries for appendicitis were laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, and most patients were discharged the same day or the next day. Only 3 percent of the procedures resulted in...
25-Feb-2019 6:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Lab-grown mini tumors could help identify personalized treatments for people with rare cancers

UCLA scientists have developed a new method to quickly screen hundreds of drugs in order to identify treatments that can target specific tumors.
25-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Potential of Strategic Partnerships to Form a Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA)

Recognizing the persistence of health inequities in the Americas, an emerging Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) describes its approach to promoting health equity through intersectoral partnerships in a newly released issue of Ethnicity &...
21-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Scientists discover new type of immune cells that are essential for forming heart valves

UCLA researchers have identified for the first time the origin of an immune cell that plays a critical role in the formation of healthy heart valves. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for heart valve disorders, which can be caused...
21-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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A missing gene makes a big difference in patients’ recovery from mild stroke

UCLA neuroscientists found that patients born without a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stroke. Published in Cell, the discovery could lead to the first pill to reverse the physical and mental aftermath of the disease.
19-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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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

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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


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Welcome to the UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations newsroom! The UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations team can help to identify the best sources for your stories about UCLA patient care, research and education.

UCLA's innovation, dedication, and ability to re-imagine medicine are having a profound effect on the healing arts all around the world. These scientific breakthroughs are due in large part to UCLA Health Sciences faculty, researchers, doctors, nurses and staff.

We can help you find expert comment for breaking medical, science and health policy stories. The team has access to pager numbers, cell phones and assistants to help you reach the right people when you are on tight deadlines. Media relations officers also can provide complete logistical support for broadcast and photography shoots, and serve as field producers for video or radio interviews, and for video B-roll and photographs.

Experts

  • Christopher Giza

    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

    Keywords:
    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
     
     
  • Donald Kohn

    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

    Keywords:
    Adenosine, X Linked Diseases, Bubble Boy Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Genetic Disease, Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Stem Cell, Stem Cell Therapy
     
     
  • Emmanuel Maidenberg

    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Keywords:
    Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Relationships
     
     
  • Isaac Yang

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

    Keywords:
    Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
     
     
  • Jeffrey Klausner

    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

    Keywords:
    Sexually Transmitted Disease, STI, HIV, AIDS, Public Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease
     
     
  • Larissa Mooney

    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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

    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

    Keywords:
    Geriatric, Geriatric Care, Alzheimber's Disease, Alzheimer's, Dementia, educational technology, Quality Improvement
     
     

Contacts

Brianna Aldrich
Director of Communications
dentistry, oral health

baldrich@dentistry.ucla.edu

310-206-0835

Duane Bates
Communications Director

dbates@mednet.ucla.edu

310-206-4430

Ted Braun
Marketing & Media Relations Director
UCLA / Santa Monica Campus

tbraun@mednet.ucla.edu

310-319-4567

Stephanie Cajigal
Sr. Public Relations Officer
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

communications@ph.ucla.edu

310-206-7908

Tiare Dunlap
Development and Comm Coord

tdunlap@mednet.ucla.edu

3102068367

Phil Hampton
Director, Media Relations

phampton@mednet.ucla.edu

Ryan Hatoum
Public Information Officer

rhatoum@mednet.ucla.edu

310-267-8304

Denise Heady
Media Relations Manager
Cancer

dheady@mednet.ucla.edu

310-206-2805

Nancy Jensen
Executive Director Communications

email@email.com

Nick Kasden
Broad Center

NKazden@mednet.ucla.edu

310-206-8367

Italia Nigro
Executive Assistant

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310-267-7022

David Olmos
Director, News Strategy & Editing
UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, autism, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

dolmos@mednet.ucla.edu

3102678276

Enrique Rivero
Senior Media Relations Officer
Kidney transplant; geriatrics; internal medicine; endocrinology; infectious diseases; AIDS/HIV

erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

310-267-7120

Elaine Schmidt
Senior Media Relations Officer
Neurosurgery, concussion, spinal cord injury, genetics, vision, radiology, ENT, medical education

eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu

310-267-8323

Simi Singer
Media Relations Manager
medicine

SSinger@mednet.ucla.edu

310-319-4349

Mirabai Vogt-James
Communications Manager
Broad Stem Cell Research Center

mvogt@mednet.ucla.edu

310-983-1163

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