Omicron puts global equity under microscope

A worldwide effort is key to curbing new variants

The emergence of the omicron SARS-coronavirus-2 variant has world leaders, scientists and the general public bracing for another possible COVID-19 surge.

Since omicron was identified in Botswana and South Africa in late November, it has been almost exclusively linked to South Africa – where it was first identified despite uncertainty about its true origin.

  • December 08, 2021

Is there a link between childhood trauma and adult neurologic conditions?

Study by Dr. Adys Mendizabal shows neurology patients may have had more adverse childhood experiences than general population.

While it’s tempting to consider genetic testing as the future of precision medicine, the environmental factors that contribute to a patient’s situation can be equally informative.

Dr. Adys Mendizabal

  • November 23, 2021

Empowering aging Latinos through Alzheimer’s community outreach

Where language, culture and health equity intersect.

Every year on Nov. 1 and 2, in observance of Día de los Muertos, Latino and Hispanic families dust off old photos of their deceased loved ones and set up altars either in their homes or at gravesites with ofrendas (offerings) that their family members once enjoyed – such as food, beverages and memorabilia.

  • November 04, 2021

Department of Medicine gains new leadership

Endocrinologist, mentor appointed UCLA Department of Medicine chair

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, a distinguished endocrinologist with a lengthy record as a researcher and clinician and as a mentor to young scientists, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive medical director of the UCLA Health System’s Department of Medicine.

Digital hoarding – a new version of an old psychological challenge

‘People may see their behavior as excessive or disproportionate, but they still have a hard time controlling it,’ says Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA Health.

We all know people — maybe even ourselves — whose inbox contains thousands of undeleted emails or whose smartphone photo galleries strain the limits of that nebulous “cloud” we count on to save our precious moments.

  • October 19, 2021

COVID-19 has ignited our judgmental side

During uncertain times, we align with groups that seem to share similar needs and values, says psychiatry professor Emanuel Maidenberg.

If people seem particularly judgmental about all things pandemic-related, chalk it up to human nature.

  • October 14, 2021

How this DGSOM student practices ‘a physician and _____’

Christian Tejeda encourages medical schools to go ‘beyond the hospital bed’ to address health disparities.

Christian Tejeda, a third-year student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is the winner of a 2021 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship. (Handout photo)

  • October 08, 2021

A dime-size buzzer on the foot could reduce epileptic seizures

The device requires no surgery and may theoretically lower the risk of sudden death from epilepsy.

For many people with epilepsy, seizures persist despite the best available medications.

The constant, unpredictable risk of seizures sharply limits the kinds of activities a person can participate in. Ongoing seizures also can lead to an early death. Sudden Unexpected Death from EPilepsy, or SUDEP, is not fully understood, but may result from seizure damage to areas of the brain that regulate breathing or blood pressure.

  • October 01, 2021

Study reveals challenges faced by college students during COVID-19 pandemic

93% of those surveyed by Dr. Emily Hotez and her team of undergrads said they were having trouble coping with pandemic stressors.

New research published by a UCLA Health professor and her team of 14 undergrads captures some of the intense challenges college students faced last summer during a particularly tumultuous time in the pandemic.

  • September 14, 2021

UCLA Health’s Dr. Beth Karlan turned to genetics to solve the cancer conundrum

'I’m more optimistic than ever about the future for cancer patients,' says the world-renowned expert in gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Beth Karlan, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, recognized early in her medical practice that the answer to the cancer conundrum hinged on a greater understanding of a patient’s genetics.

  • September 10, 2021

Could blood test predict long-COVID-19 outcomes? $3.5 million NIH grant will help researchers find out

5-year, multicenter study will be conducted at UCLA Health and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Can a simple blood test be used to predict long-COVID-19 outcomes in high-risk populations?

White blood cells could be key in predicting long-term effects of COVID-19.

That’s the question researchers at UCLA Health are hoping to answer after receiving a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a five-year, multicenter study.

  • September 02, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

UCLA Health’s Dr. Otto Yang explains why they’re needed and how effective they may be against the Delta variant.

(Note: This article was updated Sept. 20 to reflect that an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended against approving booster shots for the general population, but supported third doses for people 65 and older and those at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19.)

  • August 20, 2021