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Study focuses on repair and reversal of damage caused by Huntington’s disease

A new study examining the role that star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes play in Huntington’s disease has identified a potential strategy that may halt the disease and repair some of the damage it causes.
15-Oct-2019 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UCLA opens pioneering CAR T clinical trial aimed at extending the lives of people diagnosed with the most common types of lymphoma and leukemia

This month, the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center has launched a pioneering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy trial that will attack cancer cells by simultaneously recognizing two targets – CD19 and CD20 – that are expressed on...
16-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Expert second opinion improves reliability of melanoma diagnoses

A new study led by UCLA researchers, have found that obtaining a second opinion from pathologists who are board certified or have fellowship training in dermatopathology can help improve the accuracy and reliability of diagnosing melanoma, one of...
8-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Clues from DNA could help predict growth of prostate cancer

Researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and other institutions in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore, have identified 1,178 biomarkers in men’s genomes — the complete set of genetic material inherited from...
7-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Adding Targeted Therapy Drug to Hormone Therapy Helps Women with Aggressive Breast Cancer Live Longer

A study led by UCLA researchers found that adding ribociclib, a targeted therapy drug, to standard hormone therapy has been shown to significantly improve overall survival in postmenopausal women with advanced hormone-receptor positive/HER2- breast...
29-Sep-2019 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

UCLA to Lead $25 Million Opioid Study in Rural America

Scientists from the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs will lead a $25 million National Institutes of Health study testing treatments, including the use of telemedicine, to help fight the opioid epidemic in rural America.
26-Sep-2019 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Researchers apply fat cells to deliver drug to suppress tumor growth

UCLA researchers have identified a new drug delivery pathway that may help stop tumor growth and keep cancer from coming back in mice.
23-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Engineered killer T cells could provide long-lasting immunity against cancer

In experiments with mice, UCLA researchers have shown they can harness the power of iNKT cells to attack tumor cells and treat cancer. The new method, described in the journal Cell Stem Cell, suppressed the growth of multiple types of human tumors...
23-Sep-2019 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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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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Neuroscientists explore use of ketamine to treat depression

6-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST

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UCLA expert available to discuss how social factors affect health

20-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST

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Four myths about colorectal cancer debunked

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. Oncologist Zev Wainberg, MD, debunks four common myths about the disease.
20-Feb-2019 4:05 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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