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UCLA Health team selected for international addiction research initiative

UCLA Health researchers will be co-principal investigators in the Untangling Addiction program launched this year by the nonprofit health research organization Wellcome Leap. The three-year, $50 million project includes 13 other partnering...
18-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

‘Deaths of despair’ among Black Americans surpassed those of white Americans in 2022

A new analysis by researchers at UCLA Health found that mortality rates of middle-aged Black Americans caused by the “deaths of despair” -- suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease – surpassed the rate of white Americans in 2022.
8-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A gene mutation associated with a rare neurological disorder and increased susceptibility to viral infections may be treatable with oleic acid

A mutation in a protein regulating natural killer (NK) cells’ function is at the root of immune deficiency in some people with a rare genetic condition characterized by cognitive and developmental delay, seizures, and other manifestations. The...
8-Apr-2024 8:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AACR: Preliminary study finds immunotherapy combination before surgery improves outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer

A pilot study led by UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators suggests that for people with borderline resectable pancreatic cancer, administrating an immunotherapy drug in combination with chemotherapy before surgery is safe...
3-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Feeding the lonely brain

Study finds that lonely women experienced increased activation in regions of the brain associated with food cravings.
2-Apr-2024 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Women with serious mental illness want pregnancy information, resources from mental health providers

Women with serious mental illness (SMI) who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy face gaps in information, support and resources in mental health services. The findings highlight the need to integrate pregnancy and parenting interventions,...
3-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA Health Neurologist Receives Award for Innovative Multiple Sclerosis Research

Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a professor of neurology at UCLA Health, has been awarded the 2024 John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research in recognition of her outstanding contributions to multiple sclerosis research and treatment.
2-Apr-2024 3:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

HERSTORY: Democratizing cancer genetic testing to reduce healthcare disparities

HERSTORY is focused on understanding genetic, environmental, socio-economic, and other determinants of cancer in women with a family history of the disease.
27-Mar-2024 1:05 PM EDT 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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