Is it allergies or COVID-19? Symptoms can be similar

A runny nose this time of year – during the pandemic – can be unsettling

These days, a runny nose or a tickle in your throat could signal that you’ve come down with COVID-19.

But those symptoms could also be caused by seasonal allergies.

Allergies and COVID-19 share some symptoms, but there are significant differences between the two.

  • March 31, 2022

Q&A with Dr. Gay Crooks: “5 Questions With”

In celebration of Women’s History Month and in preparation for the upcoming LA Best Bioscience Ecosystem Summit this spring, we spoke with Dr. Gay Crooks about her research at UCLA, her quest to change the way cancer is treated and her love of Los Angeles as a great ecosystem for science.

UCLA medical students celebrate first in-person Match Day in two years

About half of the new graduates will study primary care in the fall

The Class of 2022 celebrates their matches at UCLA's Match Day 2022, on March 18. (Photo by Reed Hutchinson for DGSOM)

Visitors to UCLA’s Match Day 2022 could have been forgiven for thinking they’d wandered into a time warp. It looked like 2019 all over again.

A crowd of 400 excited guests filled Irma and Norman Switzer Plaza behind Geffen Hall, and floral bouquets and warm embraces replaced masks and social distancing.

  • March 23, 2022

Match Day 2022

The Class of 2022 celebrates their matches at UCLA's Match Day 2022, on March 18. (Photo by Reed Hutchinson for DGSOM)

About half of the new graduates will study primary care in the fall.

Visitors to UCLA’s Match Day 2022 could have been forgiven for thinking they’d wandered into a time warp. It looked like 2019 all over again.

A crowd of 400 excited guests filled Irma and Norman Switzer Plaza behind Geffen Hall, and floral bouquets and warm embraces replaced masks and social distancing.

  • March 23, 2022

LGBTQ Fellowship enters fourth year at DGSOM

LGBTQ providers and fellows celebrating Dr. Saavedra’s completion of the fellowship (provided by Dr. Yen) are (back row) Dr. Cage Hall, Dr. Emery Chang, Dr. Rebecca Rada, Dr. Gladys Ng, Dr. Cal Burton, Dr. Amy Weimer (front row) Dr. Jessica Bernacki, Dr. Felipe Saavedra, Aaron Taber, Dr. Nupur Agrawal, Dr. George Yen, Dr. Gifty-Maria Ntim, Dr. Brandon Ito.

UCLA medical students celebrate first in-person Match Day in two years

About half of the new graduates will study primary care in the fall

The Class of 2022 celebrates their matches at UCLA's Match Day 2022, on March 18. (Photo by Reed Hutchinson for DGSOM)

Visitors to UCLA’s Match Day 2022 could have been forgiven for thinking they’d wandered into a time warp. It looked like 2019 all over again.

A crowd of 400 excited guests filled Irma and Norman Switzer Plaza behind Geffen Hall, and floral bouquets and warm embraces replaced masks and social distancing.

  • March 23, 2022

‘Life-changing’ LGBTQ Fellowship enters fourth year at DGSOM

“It gave me the confidence to know that I can be a competent doctor for others in my community.”

Chase Cates, DO, MPH, knew he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives since middle school. As the inaugural fellow for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA LGBTQ Fellowship, now in its fourth year, Dr. Cates says the program gave him the tools he needed to become a competent doctor for others in his community.

  • March 23, 2022

Was that yesterday or last week? The COVID-19 time warp is real

Loss of events such as holiday celebrations and birthday parties during the pandemic has led to 2 blurred years

If the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic feel kind of blurry and you have a hard time remembering if something happened three weeks ago or three months ago, there’s good reason for that.

Many of us are experiencing a kind of pandemic time warp, with 2020 and 2021 blended together.

(Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

  • March 22, 2022

Hello, Match Day IRL! (And goodbye, Zoom.)

Match Day is back

After two years during which Match Day ceremonies were held virtually due to the pandemic, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA held the event in person on March 18 — and it was bigger and better than ever. 

A crowd of 400 excited guests filled Irma and Norman Switzer Plaza behind Geffen Hall, clutching countless smartphone cameras, dozens of floral bouquets and more than a few adorable babies. The scene rippled with embraces and nervous smiles.

How dangerous is BA.2, the new COVID-19 variant?

A UCLA Health expert addresses common areas of concern about the new subvariant of Omicron

(Updates: On March 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the BA.2 omicron subvariant had become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the U.S., accounting for nearly 55% of new cases.

  • March 18, 2022

Breaking glass ceilings: Women stand tall among UCLA Health leadership

More than half of UCLA hospital executives are women, far ahead of the national trend

Johnese Spisso is president of UCLA Health, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences.

Women have long been underrepresented in health care leadership.

UCLA Health is making great strides to change that.

At UCLA Health, women make up 59% of hospital executive leadership and women are at the helm of many other departments, divisions and programs.

  • March 09, 2022

UCLA Health kidney program gives Louie Mejia a path to recovery

Former gang member turned TV news producer could have a transplant within a year

Louie Mejia’s first big break came at the age of 18 when a TV news director promoted the former gang member from sweeping floors to capturing video footage.

Mejia, now 46, went on to cover history-making events around the country, including working 20 years as a photographer and show producer for CNN.

  • March 04, 2022

UCLA Health Homeless Healthcare Collaborative joins Care Harbor clinic

200-plus volunteers from UCLA Health will staff the annual clinic, which provides medical services to underserved populations

COVID-19 has battered the health care system and economy for two years and has greatly exacerbated health inequities – putting families at risk for losing their jobs, health insurance and lives. Today, about 3.2 million Californians are uninsured.

  • March 03, 2022

A make-up White Coat Ceremony symbolized the resilience of DGSOM students

‘You are now about to then enter your clinical curriculum at a time in this country and world where healthcare is being viewed differently’

Alan Li, class vice president of The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA’s Class of 2024, understands the numerous sides to the symbolism of the White Coat Ceremony, a symbolic rite of passage for students beginning their journey into medicine.

Risk, resiliency in aging brain focus of $33.1 million grant

Susan Bookheimer, PhD, the Joaquin Fuster Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, is co-principal investigator for a newly awarded nationwide study that will investigate what keeps our brains sharp as we age, and what contributes to cognitive decline. The study will be performed by researchers from UCLA, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Minnesota.

  • February 23, 2022
  • Research News

Precision medicine meets neurology at the Clinical Neurogenomics Research Center

The Center’s mission is “to unite research and clinical care for the benefit of patients,” says co-director Brent Fogel.

Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose and treat, because the same disease may cause different symptoms in individual patients.

  • February 23, 2022