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    Why does a child with a craniofacial defect need early intervention?

    The best outcomes for children with craniofacial defects result from early intervention and teamwork. “Patients should be referred as soon as a problem is identified or suspected,” UCLA plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy, M.D., urges, emphasizing that delayed presentation can make some patients medically...Read More
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    Why is early detection of breast cancer important?

    “Early detection results in less severe treatment and a greater likelihood of surviving breast cancer,” says Anne Hoyt, M.D., medical director of the Santa Monica UCLA Women’s Imaging Center. “Many of the tumors found by screening are in an early stage and confined to the breast.” Read More
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    When should I call the doctor about my child's nosebleed?

    “A child who suffers nosebleeds so frequently that it affects his or her activities or school attendance should be evaluated by a doctor,” ShahramYazdani, MD, pediatrician at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA says. “Children who suffer frequent nosebleeds that are accompanied by other symptoms such as gum...Read More
  • UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center - Los Angeles, CA - Alternative & Complementary Medicine

    What is mindfulness?

    Paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is.
    It is a quality of attention we can apply to any moment, and it can also be trained through a mindfulness meditation practice. Read More
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    What types of support can help me quit smoking?

    Enlisting support from family and close friends can help in the effort to quit smoking, UCLA internist Mark S. McGowan, M.D., says. Smoking-cessation programs can increase the odds of success by providing social support through the process of quitting, as well as education about strategies and di...Read More
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    Should I get a mammogram if I don't have risk factors for breast cancer?

    Anne Hoyt, M.D., medical director of the Santa Monica UCLA Women’s Imaging Center, points out that women without known risk factors are still susceptible and should follow the mammography screening guidelines. "Approximately 75 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no identifiable risk,...Read More
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    How is the gallbladder removed?

    In most cases, the surgery to remove the gallbladder, known as cholecystectomy, can be performed using minimally invasive techniques and rarely has long-term side effects. Complications occur most often when the gallbladder has become acutely inflamed or gangrenous and patients need emergency treatment...Read More
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    How is the gallbladder removed?

    In most cases, the surgery to remove the gallbladder, known as cholecystectomy, can be performed using minimally invasive techniques and rarely has long-term side effects. Complications occur most often when the gallbladder has become acutely inflamed or gangrenous and patients need emergency treatment...Read More
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    How many medical students go into primary care?

    Forty-five percent of the 2011 graduating class of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA chose residencies in primary-care specialties, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Nationally, however, the trend is the opposite. "The number of U.S. medical school graduates selecting a career in family medicine,...Read More
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    When should an infant be vaccinated for whooping cough?

    Infants should be vaccinated for whooping cough when they are six weeks old. However, says UCLA pediatric infectious-disease specialist James Cherry, MD, infants are not adequately protected until the initial series of three shots is complete (at about 7 months of age). Read More
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    How long can colds last?

    Parents often look for a quick fix to their child’s cold and cough symptoms. But, according to Dennis Woo, MD, UCLA pediatrician, most colds will last seven to 10 days with or without treatment. Read More
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    When are nosebleeds in children most likely to occur?

    Many children suffer nosebleeds during dry and hot weather. “Almost all children at some point get a nosebleed,” says ShahramYazdani, MD, pediatrician at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Read More
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    What is a safe alternative to acetaminophen for children?

    Circumstantial evidence suggests a possible connection between the use of acetaminophen and the increasing rate of childhood asthma over the past three decades. However, two UCLA experts caution that there’s not enough proof of a link to advise that parents should stop giving the drug to their infants...Read More
  • UCLA Health People Animal Connection (PAC) Program - Los Angeles, CA - Alternative & Complementary Medicine

    How can owning a pet help relieve stress?

    The stress-related hormone epinephrine has been shown to be reduced in people who own a pet. Also, having a pet is known to reduce a person’s blood pressure as well as anxiety, further relieving stress. Read More
  • UCLA Health People Animal Connection (PAC) Program - Los Angeles, CA - Alternative & Complementary Medicine

    How can owning a pet improve my aging parent's mood and outlook?

    Owning a pet can improve an aging parent’s mood and outlook a great deal. Having a pet contributes to a person’s increased sense of belonging and responsibility, as well as camaraderie because the pet is like a family member who needs to be taken care of. Read More