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Study identifies location of DNA that gives clues to hidden cancer mutations

A new study by UCLA scientists shows that enhancers, snippets of DNA that contribute to gene regulation, fall into the same “insulated neighborhoods” or chromatin loops as the target gene and other gene-specific regulatory elements.
14-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Two studies have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, revealing new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. The findings provide a roadmap for developing a new generation of therapies for conditions like autism, schizophrenia and...
12-Dec-2018 6:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life

By age 12 to 18 months, 6.25% of children exposed to Zika during their mothers’ pregnancies had eye abnormalities, 12.2% had hearing problems, and 11.7% had severe delays in language, motor skills and/or cognitive function. In all, 14.5% had at...
5-Dec-2018 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Sprayable gel developed by UCLA-led team could help the body fight off cancer after surgery

Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease — almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery and it’s often the first line of treatment for people with...
10-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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A minority of countries offer free early childhood education, UCLA researchers report

Few governments make pre-primary education available on a tuition-free basis for two or more years, according to a new study from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.
4-Dec-2018 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Neuroscientists Pinpoint Genes Tied to Dementia

A UCLA-led research team has identified genetic processes involved in the neurodegeneration that occurs in dementia — an important step on the path toward developing therapies that could slow or halt the course of the disease. The findings appear...
3-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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An opioid epidemic may be looming in Mexico — and the U.S. may be partly responsible

Opioid use in Mexico has been low, but national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the U.S., making this a potential joint U.S.-Mexico...
27-Nov-2018 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UCLA research suggests widely used breast cancer therapy doesn’t cause cognitive decline

UCLA researchers have found that commonly used hormone therapies for women diagnosed with breast cancer do not appear to cause significant cognitive dysfunction following the treatment.
28-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


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Our Experts on Newswise

UCLA health expert available to comment on FDA approval of targeted cancer therapy, larotrectinib, for patients with a wide variety of cancers.

27-Nov-2018 2:40 AM EST

UCLA experts available to discuss how election results may affect health policy

5-Nov-2018 6:05 PM EST

UCLA experts available to discuss how election results may affect health policy

5-Nov-2018 6:05 PM EST

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4 common myths about breast cancer

UCLA oncologist Dr. Parvin Peddi, assistant clinical professor in medicine and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses four myths regarding the most common cancer in U.S. women.
2-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT

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What Patients Don't Know (but Should) About Prostate Cancer

This Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, urologist shares three things patients are surprised to learn
19-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT

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3 things patients don't know about prostate cancer -- but should

19-Sep-2018 9:05 AM EDT

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Five Facts About Ovarian Cancer Everyone Should Know

Although ovarian cancer is often considered a relatively rare cancer – accounting for only about 3 percent of all cancers in women – it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. In September, also known as...
21-Aug-2018 3:05 PM EDT

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Cannabis-Derived Drug Could Be a Game-Changer for Children with Severe Epilepsy, UCLA Expert Says

25-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT

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Welcome to the UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations newsroom! The UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations team can help to identify the best sources for your stories about UCLA patient care, research and education.

UCLA's innovation, dedication, and ability to re-imagine medicine are having a profound effect on the healing arts all around the world. These scientific breakthroughs are due in large part to UCLA Health Sciences faculty, researchers, doctors, nurses and staff.

We can help you find expert comment for breaking medical, science and health policy stories. The team has access to pager numbers, cell phones and assistants to help you reach the right people when you are on tight deadlines. Media relations officers also can provide complete logistical support for broadcast and photography shoots, and serve as field producers for video or radio interviews, and for video B-roll and photographs.

Experts

  • Jeffrey Klausner

    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

    Keywords:
    Sexually Transmitted Disease, STI, HIV, AIDS, Public Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease
     
     
  • Christopher Giza

    Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

    Keywords:
    Concussion, concussion and football, traumatic brain injuries, Youth, Neuroplasticity, post-traumatic epilepsy, concussion and sports, Sports-Related Head Injury, Brain Development, helmet studies, Neuroimaging, Genetic Markers, Chronic traumatic encephalo
     
     
  • Emmanuel Maidenberg

    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Keywords:
    Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Relationships
     
     
  • Larissa Mooney

    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

    Keywords:
    Addiction, Opiods, Cannabis, Alcoholism, Psychiatry
     
     
  • Zaldy Tan

    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

    Keywords:
    Geriatric, Geriatric Care, Alzheimber's Disease, Alzheimer's, Dementia, educational technology, Quality Improvement
     
     
  • Isaac Yang

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

    Keywords:
    Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
     
     
  • Donald Kohn

    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

    Keywords:
    Adenosine, X Linked Diseases, Bubble Boy Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Genetic Disease, Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Stem Cell, Stem Cell Therapy
     
     

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Enrique Rivero
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