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UCLA study shows inhibition of gene helps overcome resistance to immunotherapy

A new study from scientists at UCLA helps explain why some people with advanced cancer may not respond to one of the leading immunotherapies, PD-1 blockade, and how a new combination approach may help overcome resistance to the immunotherapy drug.
5-Dec-2019 12:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives

Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide.
5-Dec-2019 5:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Automated technique helps identify cancer cell metabolism inhibitors

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a new automated method for testing hundreds of molecules at a time to find out which ones block cancer cells from consuming glucose — the sugars they need to spread and grow.
28-Nov-2019 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Researchers identify protein that governs human blood stem cell self-renewal

UCLA scientists have discovered a link between a protein and the ability of human blood stem cells to self-renew. In a study published today in the journal Nature, the team reports that activating the protein causes blood stem cells to self-renew at...
27-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New UCLA study finds short-term visit to severely polluted city is bad for your health

UCLA study finds even a short-term visit to a severely polluted city is bad for your health
25-Nov-2019 12:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New screening method identifies inhibitors of cancer cell metabolism

A new screening system developed by scientists at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center leverages redundancy in an important component of a cell – nucleotide metabolism – to help identify new drugs that specifically and potently block...
18-Nov-2019 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Lung Cancer in Women - UCLA Health Pulmonologist describes the signs & symptoms of this deadly disease

It's Lung Cancer Awareness Month and there are few stories about women who are diagnosed with lung cancer. Here’s one story about a 42-year-old, non-smoking Mom of two who was surprised with a lung cancer diagnosis last Thanksgiving. The story...
15-Nov-2019 1:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Scientist receives $3.5 million NIH grant to study pain-relief and cannabis

Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a five-year study assessing the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, the...
13-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Q&A: A drug-free option for treating ADHD in children

UCLA researcher Sandra Loo was a principal investigator on the study that led to FDA approval of the first non-drug ADHD treatment. In this Q&A, Loo discusses the device and its potential in ADHD treatment.
7-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST

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UCLA expert available to discuss the stress, emotional trauma and psychological impact of the California wildfires

30-Oct-2019 5:05 PM EDT

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UCLA expert available for interview on wildfires' impact on air quality

30-Oct-2019 11:40 AM EDT

UCLA experts: psychological trauma, mass shootings

4-Aug-2019 5:05 PM EDT

Researcher looks for ways to detect deadly cancer before it develops

Dr. Beth Karlan, the newly appointed director of cancer population genetics at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is hopeful that her research will not only help women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer at an earlier stage, but also...
28-Jun-2019 12:00 PM EDT

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ACP breast cancer screening guideline update: Breast cancer surgeon/expert available

5-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT

UCLA experts available to comment on cancer research at AACR annual meeting

27-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer – pancreatic surgeon/expert available

6-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST

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    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology

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    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

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    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation onc

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    Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectiou

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    Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

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    Medical Director, Assistant Dean

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