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Meth use, intimate partner violence weaken immune function in HIV-positive men

Among HIV-positive black and Latino men who have sex with men, the use of methamphetamine combined with intimate partner violence may increase the risk for developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and other disorders.
3-Dec-2021 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

UCLA research shows why immune checkpoint blockade impedes but does not stop glioblastoma progression

Like locking the door but opening windows, an immune checkpoint therapy temporarily slows glioblastoma progression but fails to establish an effective anti-tumor microenvironment and appears to increase molecular interactions inhibiting long-term...
29-Nov-2021 10:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

New study shows that treating insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy can prevent major depression in older adults

A new study led by researchers at UCLA Health has found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) prevented major depression, decreasing the likelihood of depression by over 50% as compared to sleep education therapy in adults over the age of 60...
24-Nov-2021 11:35 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Is the relationship between diet, intestinal bacteria and cells key to preventing systemic inflammation?

Mice fed a diet high in fat, cholesterol and calories, akin to the Western diet, had higher measures of blood lipids associated with elevated levels of inflammation, a new UCLA study finds.
22-Nov-2021 6:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New imaging technology developed by UCLA research team may reduce need for skin biopsies

An experimental technology developed ” technology being developed by researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA uses images of suspicious-looking lesions and quickly produces a detailed,...
18-Nov-2021 12:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Californians Willing to Adhere to Safety Guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing, Study Finds

Research by UCLA Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, led by Dr. Ninez Ponce, Fielding School professor of health policy and management, found that Californians have varied their COVID-19 risk reduction based on their test...
17-Nov-2021 4:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UCLA scientists make strides toward an ‘off-the-shelf’ immune cell therapy for cancer

Now, in a study published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, UCLA researchers report a critical step forward in the development of an “off-the-shelf” cancer immunotherapy using human stem cell-derived invariant natural killer T cells, rare...
16-Nov-2021 12:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Discrimination increases risk for mental health issues in young adults

A UCLA study has found that young adults who have experienced discrimination have a higher risk for both short- and long-term behavioral and mental health problems.
4-Nov-2021 5:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA psychiatrist is available to comment on challenges that lie ahead of veterans after a historical year

1-Nov-2021 12:00 AM EDT

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Expert available to comment on Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids

26-Oct-2021 7:05 PM EDT

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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

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