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Giant inflatable colon comes to UCLA to help raise awareness on rising number of people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer

For Colon Cancer Awareness Month, experts from the UCLA Health will educate members of the community on the importance of starting colorectal cancer screening early and continuing to have it done regularly throughout their lives to prevent the...
23-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Off-the-shelf vaccine offers hope for pancreatic and colorectal cancer patients with KRAS mutations

Samara Rahman, 74, enrolled in a clinical trial at UCLA Health that was evaluating an “off-the-shelf” vaccine that is given after surgery to prevent or delay the cancer from coming back in high-risk patients.
23-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Uptake of HIV prevention medication doubles with mix of digital health interventions, study finds

A UCLA Health-led study found a combination of interventions of one-on-one telehealth coaching, peer support forums, and automated text messages more than doubled the use of the HIV prevention strategy, called PrEP, among younger, at-risk Americans,...
20-Feb-2024 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Promising target for CAR T-cell therapy leads to potent antitumor responses against cutaneous and rare melanomas

Scientists at the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have built and demonstrated the potential efficacy of a new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell-based immunotherapy specifically designed to treat patients with cutaneous and rare...
16-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

UCLA-led research results in FDA approval of 4-drug combination for frontline treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer

A four-drug chemotherapy regimen of irinotecan liposome (Onivyde) in combination with oxaliplatin, leucovorin, and fluorouracil has been approved by the FDA for the first-line treatment of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
15-Feb-2024 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Canine Cupids deliver Valentines to patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

UCLA Therapy dogs dressed in costumes deliver Valentines to pediatric patients on the unit.
15-Feb-2024 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Study finds childhood bullying linked to distrust and mental health problems in adolescence

A new study, co-led by UCLA Health and the University of Glasgow, found that young teenagers who develop a strong distrust of other people as a result of childhood bullying are substantially more likely to have significant mental health problems as...
12-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Colorectal cancer now leading cause of cancer death in men younger than 50 and second leading cause of cancer death in women under 50 – but this is a cancer that is largely preventable

Folasade May, MD, PhD, UCLA Health cancer prevention researcher and gastroenterologist, is available for interview on a variety of topics during colorectal cancer awareness month.
22-Feb-2024 3:05 PM EST

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Caring for loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer's disease during the holidays

UCLA Health dementia care specialists say caregiving and holiday festivities do not have to be mutually exclusive, but do require some adaptations to make the season enjoyable for all.
19-Dec-2023 7:05 PM EST

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