Epilepsy specialist draws on study of philosophy to improve patient care

‘Looking-glass self’ concept led to a deeper understanding of interaction between people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

For many people, the young adult years are a time to break away from parental supervision and forge an independent identity. For young adults with drug-resistant epilepsy, however, this process is much more difficult.

  • August 17, 2021

Stem cell treatment for dementia clears major hurdle

UCLA researchers have successfully – and reproducibly – created clinical-grade transplantable brain cells in the lab.

A new stem cell-based treatment for progressive dementia just took a big step closer to the clinic.

UCLA researchers have successfully grown restorative brain cells in large batches, at high quality, suitable for transplantation in patients.

  • August 11, 2021

Sensory impairment and dementia risk: What’s the connection?

Vision loss and hearing impairment are a natural part of aging for many people. But those sensory conditions may also mean you’re more susceptible to cognitive (mental) decline, which can leave you struggling to remember, think and make decisions.

  • August 09, 2021

People who have had COVID-19 may require only single dose of two-dose vaccines

People who have previously been infected with COVID-19 may need only one dose of the two-dose mRNA vaccines to achieve maximum protection against the virus, a new UCLA study suggests. But all vaccinated individuals, whether previously infected or not, will likely require booster shots moving forward because antibodies created through both vaccines and natural infection wane at the same relatively rapid rate, the authors say.

California reopened June 15: Here’s what changed

Most mask and distancing mandates will lift as state moves toward post-pandemic normal.

Note: This article was updated after the July 15 announcement that Los Angeles County would re-instate its indoor masking guidance.

California is set to fully reopen its economy on June 15, putting an end to business capacity restrictions, most mask mandates and social-distancing requirements.

  • June 10, 2021

UCLA Health clinic helps mom heal after near-death birth experience

Resources include therapy sessions and a moms support group.

Marisa Peters, a 38-year-old mom of three, expected the delivery of her third child to be ordinary and uneventful, just like the births of her two other children. But right after her water broke at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Feb. 6, 2020, she became quickly aware that this delivery would be very different.

  • June 07, 2021

First and final embraces for DGSOM graduates at the ‘Grad Garden Gala’

Class of 2021 graduates gather for the first time in 14 months to say goodbyes

Class of 2021 graduates of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA finally meet on May 27, 2021, in person on campus with a "Grad Garden Gala" ahead of their upcoming graduation. Attendees were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

  • June 01, 2021

UCLA Grad Slam 2020 winner earns 2nd place in virtual UC-wide competition, with help from a superhero

An-Chieh Feng, a native of Taiwan, used Batman to explain complex principles of DNA.

Recent UCLA doctoral graduate An-Chieh Feng could say she owes some of her success to Batman.

Dr. Feng, who earned her PhD in molecular biology, used the caped crusader in her UCLA Grad Slam 2020 presentation, “99% Useless?” to help explain how the structure of DNA changes in the immune response in the body.

  • June 01, 2021

New treatments for the cluster headache – a pain that ‘knows no peer’

A Q&A with Brain Prize Award winner Dr. Peter Goadsby, who explains the severity of these headaches and the latest research.

Cluster headaches manifest as excruciatingly painful attacks of headache that occur periodically over the course of a year. During a cluster, a headache will develop several times a day for a period of a few weeks or months. Cluster headaches are rare, afflicting about 0.1% of the population, but they’re often described as the worst pain imaginable.

  • May 06, 2021

Improved radiation therapy for breast cancer proves an easier experience than many patients fear

‘If you want to know the main feeling, it was just gratitude,’ says Judy Gasson, former director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, who underwent treatment in 2020.

Judy Gasson, former director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, wanted to be treated just like any other patient when she underwent treatment for breast cancer at UCLA Health.

Judy Gasson is former director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • April 29, 2021

Pediatrician provides a voice for youth traumatized by family separation

rowing up in Brentwood, Dr. Elizabeth Barnert was raised to be acutely aware of two versions of Los Angeles — one of privilege and one of social injustice.

Her psychiatrist father instilled in his daughter a love of science and big-picture thinking. Her mother, who fled Castro’s Cuba alone at 15, worked as a social worker counseling troubled high-school students, many of them first-generation Americans who butted heads with their immigrant parents over issues like cultural identity and gangs.

Remote workers prepare for return to a different kind of office space as pandemic eases

The majority of us will have some difficulties in terms of social interactions,’ says UCLA Health psychiatry professor Emanuel Maidenberg.

With COVID-19 positivity rates hovering just above 1% in Los Angeles County recently, many local businesses are looking to transition away from the remote-work structure dictated by the pandemic and start bringing employees back into offices.

  • April 19, 2021

Lead exposure linked to Parkinson’s disease

New UCLA Health study unveils blood test that can measure cumulative exposure over a lifetime.

Lead is a poison that particularly affects the brain and nervous system. Exposure to lead in the environment can cause developmental and behavioral problems in young children; it’s also harmful to adults.

Lifelong exposure levels, however, can be tricky to measure.

  • April 15, 2021

S. Thomas Carmichael elected to the Association of American Physicians

Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael has been elected to the Association of American Physicians, an honor society recognizing exemplary physician-scientists who contribute to clinical medicine through the pursuit of basic science. The newly elected members for 2021 were recognized at the association’s annual meeting, which was held virtually April 8–10.