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Women Voice Frustration Over Current Care for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Women with frequent urinary tract infections say they’re unhappy with what they perceive as their doctors’ overuse of antibiotics and with the limited treatment options available to them, according to a study led by researchers from UCLA and...
4-Aug-2021 2:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

UCLA Investigators Approved for Study on Youth Suicide Prevention

A research team from the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program at UCLA's Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has been approved to lead a $13 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute...
4-Aug-2021 8:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Text-Message ‘Nudges’ Can Encourage Holdouts to Get COVID Vaccination, Study Finds

New UCLA-led research indicates that simple text messages emphasizing the easy availability of COVID-19 vaccines successfully boosted the number of people who got the shot.
4-Aug-2021 8:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Nanotech Device Can Detect Risk for Serious Complication During Pregnancy

Researchers from UCLA and Cedars-Sinai have developed a new way to detect a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur during pregnancy. The condition, placenta accreta spectrum disorder, occurs when the placenta grows too deeply into...
2-Aug-2021 11:20 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Eliminating RNA-Binding Protein Improves Survival in Aggressive Leukemia

Removing a protein that is often overexpressed in a rare and aggressive subtype of leukemia can help to slow the cancer’s development and significantly increase the likelihood of survival, according to a study in mice led by scientists at the UCLA...
26-Jul-2021 11:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Dr. Beth Karlan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Gynecologic Oncology

Internationally renowned physician-scientist Dr. Beth Karlan, director of cancer population genetics at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Gynecologic Cancer...
28-Jul-2021 12:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Scientists Provide New Insight on How to Stop Transcription of Cancer Cells

Findings could help pave the way for cancer therapies that target TAF12, potentially stopping transcription in cancer cells and helping decrease the growth of cancerous tumors.
21-Jul-2021 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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RNA Modification May Protect Against Liver Disease and Explain Liver Fat Differences Between Sexes

A chemical modification that occurs in some RNA molecules as they carry genetic instructions from DNA to cells’ protein-making machinery may offer protection against non-alcoholic fatty liver, a condition that results from a build-up of fat in the...
18-Jul-2021 9:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Scientist Honored for Pioneering Work in Hematology Research

Dr. Elizabeta Nemeth, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Iron Disorders at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been awarded the 2021 William Dameshek Prize by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for her...
2-Jul-2021 3:05 PM EDT

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UCLA expert available to discuss colorectal cancer screening prevention, more during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

24-Feb-2021 1:55 PM EST

UCLA pancreatic cancer surgeon/expert to speak on the death of Alex Trebek

9-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST

New lung cancer treatments lead to vastly improved survival rates

UCLA Health has helped drive monumental advances in the treatment of lung cancer – increasing survival rates in the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths.
6-Nov-2020 1:45 PM EST

UCLA Health infectious disease experts tout critical role mask wearing plays in limiting spread of COVID-19

With thousands of new cases logged daily and a vaccine to fight COVID-19 still in development, UCLA Health infectious disease experts are encouraging people to continue to wear masks as the best method of protecting against virus transmission.
30-Oct-2020 6:35 PM EDT

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UCLA expert available to offer advice on how to navigate emotions on Election Day

27-Oct-2020 4:15 PM EDT

UCLA pancreatic cancer surgeon/expert to speak on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg

18-Sep-2020 8:05 PM EDT

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UCLA pulmonary expert to speak on air quality and wildfires

11-Sep-2020 6:35 PM EDT

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