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Caregiver Training: Refusal to Bathe | UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
 
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The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Video series provides viewers with practical tools you can use in a variety of settings to create a safe, comfortable environment both for the person with dementia and the caregiver. To learn more about the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, please visit https://www.uclahealth.org/dementia/caregiver-education-videos
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Heart In A Box: Beating Heart Technology at UCLA could revolutionize field of heart transplantation
 
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'Beating heart' technology could revolutionize field of heart transplantation. Learn more at: http://transplants.ucla.edu http://uclahealth.org/AbbasArdehali http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYWmYJNg5Jw Contact us at 1-800-UCLA-MD1 or http://uclahealth.org/PRS for more information. The heart transplantation team at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical is currently leading a national, multicenter phase 2 clinical study of an experimental organ-preservation system that allows donor hearts to continue functioning in a near-physiologic state outside the body during transport. The Organ Care System (OCS), developed by medical device company TransMedics, works this way: After a heart is removed from a donor's body, it is placed in a high-tech OCS box and is immediately revived to a beating state, perfused with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, and maintained at an appropriate temperature. The device also features monitors that display how the heart is functioning during transport. The current standard of transporting donor hearts in iceboxes in a non-functioning state, which has been used for decades, requires the restarting of the heart once it has been placed inside the recipient. "The concept of transplanting a donor heart in a beating state is revolutionary," said Dr. Abbas Ardehali (http://uclahealth.org/AbbasArdehali), surgical director of the heart and lung transplantation program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and principal investigator of the OCS trial. "This promising technology may improve the function of the donor heart, because it remains in a near-physiologic state. It can also help us better assess the suitability of a potential donor, since we can test the heart in the device." Ardehali said the technology could also lead to better tissue matching between donor hearts and recipients because the box would grant the transplant team more time to test the heart for potential rejection factors. Learn more at http://transplants.ucla.edu or contact us at 1-800-UCLA-MD1 for more information.
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UCLA Performs First Breathing Lung Transplant in the U.S.
 
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First there was the "heart in a box," a revolutionary experimental technology that allows donor hearts to be delivered to transplant recipients warm and beating rather than frozen in an ice cooler. Now that same technology is being used to deliver "breathing lungs." The lung transplant team at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical successfully performed the nation's first "breathing lung" transplant in mid-November. The patient, a 57-year-old who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis — a disease in which the air sacs of the lungs are gradually replaced by scar tissue — is recuperating from the seven-hour surgery. The groundbreaking transplant involved an experimental organ-preservation device known as the Organ Care System (OCS), which keeps donor lungs functioning and "breathing" in a near-physiologic state outside the body during transport. The current standard involves transporting donor lungs in a non-functioning, non-breathing state inside an icebox. Learn more about Breathing Lung Transplants at UCLA at http://transplants.ucla.edu/lung
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Caregiver Training: Refusal to Take Medication | UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program
 
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The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Video series provides viewers with practical tools you can use in a variety of settings to create a safe, comfortable environment both for the person with dementia and the caregiver. To learn more about the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, please visit https://www.uclahealth.org/dementia/caregiver-education-videos
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Why Choose UCLA? | David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA - Shaping the Future
 
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A medical career starts with finding the program that best fits your needs. Learn more from medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. http://apply.medschool.ucla.edu.
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Breathing Meditation | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
 
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© 2014 THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, THE MINDFUL AWARENESS RESEARCH CENTER, DIANA WINSTON, AUTHOR OF ALL MEDITATIONS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Learn more about the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center http://www.marc.ucla.edu -- Additional (Optional): For an in-depth class experience of mindfulness, take one of MARC's 6-week online courses: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=112
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Dystonia Treated with Surgically Implanted Pacemaker
 
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Approximately 125,000 Americans suffer from dystonia. The condition is a result of the brain firing abnormally, sending impulses of electricity to muscles that causes them to contract constantly. The treatment Veronica's doctor, UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Antonio DeSalles, recommended was to surgically implant a pacemaker device to stop the impulses and block the transmission of electricity to the muscles. The procedure involves first implanting the electrodes and threading the wires into the patient's brain. A second operation connects the electrodes to a compact generator. The pacemaker is then programmed to battle the brain. More at http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=930
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Caregiver Training: Hallucinations | UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
 
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The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Video series provides viewers with practical tools you can use in a variety of settings to create a safe, comfortable environment both for the person with dementia and the caregiver. To learn more about the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, please visit https://www.uclahealth.org/dementia/caregiver-education-videos
Views: 63768 UCLA Health
Eye Surgery While Awake Allows Patients to Help Surgeon
 
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A minimally invasive surgical technique to correct the double vision and crossed eyes in people with strabismus — performed under topical anesthesia with the patient awake — enables a patient to gauge the results while still in the operating room so that the surgeon can make any adjustments as necessary to ensure the best outcome. The approach, pioneered for the last several years by Joseph Demer, M.D., Ph.D., ophthalmologist at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, has significantly expanded the number of people with strabismus who can benefit from surgery, not only by offering a procedure without the risks of general anesthesia, but also by facilitating surgical treatment for patients with smaller angles of strabismus than in the past. Strabismus, in which the eyes fail to line up in the same direction when focusing, is the major cause of double vision in older adults. Until now, patients with strabismus at a large enough angle have been treated with surgery under general anesthesia to manipulate the eye muscles in an effort to correct the problem. Since the result couldn't be determined until the patient was awake, a second procedure was often required in an effort to achieve the desired outcome. Patients with small-angle strabismus, or whose general health makes them poor candidates for major surgery, have used thick and cumbersome prismatic glasses to manage their symptoms. "These glasses are sometimes effective, and sometimes not," Dr. Demer notes. "But even when they do help, the ability to free patients from being dependent on prisms — especially since many have had cataract and laser surgery so that they don't need spectacles other than for their double vision — is a major benefit." The traditional surgical methods tended to "overshoot" the correction for patients with small angles of displacement, essentially giving them double vision in the other direction, Dr. Demer explains. With the minimally invasive procedure, instead of detaching the eye muscle completely, the surgeon can partially trim the tendons of the muscle, allowing the remaining tendons to stretch so that smaller angles of misalignment can be treated more reliably. All of this is done in 15-20 minutes, without the grogginess and bandages that come with general anesthesia. "It's like getting a filling at the dentist — you can go right back to your normal activities later that day." "Many adult patients with double vision have been told that surgery is not an option," Dr. Demer adds, "but with this minimally invasive approach they are now candidates." Learn more at www.uclahealth.org
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UCLA Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor Surgery
 
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Pituitary Tumor Surgery: This video will help you understand the endoscopic / endonasal approach for removal of pituitary tumors. To learn more go to www.pituitary.ucla.edu
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Teen Cancer Stories | UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program
 
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http://uclahealth.org/TYACancer Teenagers and young adults shouldn't stop enjoying their youth just because they have cancer. In an exciting and historic partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and Who Cares UCLA Health is pleased to introduce the first Teen/Young Adult Cancer program in America. The vision of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program is to ensure that every young person receives the best possible care and professional support to help them meet the physical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
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Caregiver Training: Repetitive Questions | UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program
 
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The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Video series provides viewers with practical tools you can use in a variety of settings to create a safe, comfortable environment both for the person with dementia and the caregiver. To learn more about the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, please visit https://www.uclahealth.org/dementia/caregiver-education-videos
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David Geffen Medical Scholarships | David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
 
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Learn more at http://geffenscholarship.medschool.ucla.edu The David Geffen Medical Scholarships allows recipients to pursue distinguished careers free of financial burden. The scholarships provide full financial support to outstanding students entering the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, covering 100 percent of the instate or out-of-state cost of attending medical school-a complete living stipend, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies. The scholarship covers these costs for the duration of medical school, provided scholars remain in good standing.
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Why Get a PhD in Nursing? Why Not! | UCLA School of Nursing
 
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Sharrica Miller, PhD, Class of 2017, explains why nurses should get a PhD in Nursing. A PhD in Nursing is the pinnacle of nursing excellence. It is about being an Expert. An Advocate. A Leader. An Educator. A Researcher.
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New device to treat spinal stenosis offered at UCLA
 
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Instead of permanently joining (fusing) vertebrae with metal rods and screws, and therefore restricting movement, the new procedure uses the Anatomic Facet Replacement System (AFRS) device that attaches to each of two adjacent vertebrae with a movable joint that mimics the spine's natural joint. Update: This procedure is no longer available. Please contact the UCLA Spine Center for alternative treatment options at www.spinecenter.ucla.edu or 310-319-3475
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Advances in Corneal Transplantation
 
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New techniques for corneal transplantation are associated with improved safety and more rapid visual recovery along with equal or, in some cases, better visual results, says Anthony Aldave, M.D., director of the Cornea Service at UCLAs Jules Stein Eye Institute. Corneal transplantation, which replaces a patients damaged cornea with donor corneal tissue, is the most common and most successful type of human transplant surgery; approximately 40,000 procedures are performed in the United States each year. The cornea — the clear tissue that forms the front of the eye — can become diseased, affecting vision and requiring transplantation as a result of a variety of conditions, including progressive distortion in the shape of the cornea (keratoconus), scarring secondary to infection or injury, and inherited dysfunction of the corneas inner layer, leading to corneal swelling (Fuchs dystrophy). Until recently, the procedure of choice for most of these patients was what is called a full-thickness corneal transplant, also known as a penetrating keratoplasty, in which the full thickness of the cornea is replaced, even if only a portion of the cornea is diseased. But several new procedures have emerged that are designed to remove and replace only the affected layer of the cornea. For patients whose vision is affected by swelling in the corneas inner-most layer, the Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) — which involves peeling off the diseased inner layer and replacing it with the inner-most layer from a donor cornea — avoids the astigmatism (irregular shape of the cornea, resulting in blurred vision) commonly associated with full-thickness corneal transplantation. Visual recovery is also more rapid than with a full-thickness transplant, Dr. Aldave says. By contrast, the deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) involves replacing everything but the corneas inner layer. The primary advantage of this procedure, for patients with corneal scarring or keratoconus but with a healthy endothelium (inner layer), is that it eliminates the risk of rejection and failure of the endothelial cells that are critical to keeping the cornea clear. As the patient retains his or her own corneal endothelium, the donor tissue does not need to have a healthy endothelium, and thus the requirements for the donor cornea are less stringent. The newest approach to corneal transplantation uses a femtosecond laser — the same technology employed for making flaps in LASIK surgery — to produce incisions in the cornea that enable the surgeon to exercise far more precision in what is removed, so that the transplanted tissue fits into the cornea like interlocking pieces of a puzzle. As with the DSEK, this gives us the potential to dramatically decrease postoperative astigmatism because of the precision of the laser, and it strengthens the wound site so that it is more resistant to traumatic opening in the event of eye injury following surgery, Dr. Aldave says. The news is also good for patients with diseased corneas who are not candidates for transplantation using donor tissue. Instead, some of these patients may be candidates for an artificial-cornea transplant. These are patients who had previously been told there was nothing that could be done for them, Dr. Aldave notes. With the new approaches, Dr. Aldave concludes, We can now customize corneal transplant surgery for the individual patient, resulting in better outcomes. www.jsei.org
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How the Brain Works Part 1 (UCLA)
 
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These brief videos provide an introductory appreciation of how we learn skills and information, move, think, feel, speak and remember. They are brought to you by the UCLA Brain Research Institute and by Bruce H. Dobkin, MD, who directs the neurorehabilitation program in the Department of Neurology at UCLA. The videos especially aim to reach out to students in grade school to stir their interest, and to people with disabilities in walking, using an affected upper extremity, and loss of memory from neurological diseases such as stroke, brain trauma, tumors, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinsons, and Alzheimers disease. Video 1: General organization of a real human brain. Video 2: The pathology of brain injuries and diseases. Rat versus human brain complexity. How do we reach for a ball? How do we walk? Video 3: How does practice enable us to learn and retain skills and information? Video 4: How can we drive the nervous system to adapt in ways that help restore lost skills after injury from disease? Can we reorganize the brains connections?
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Urinary Catheter Care | UCLA Urology
 
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The UCLA Division of Urology explains caring for your urinary catheter: What a urinary catheter is. Why you may need one. Cleaning and caring for a catheter. Emptying and cleaning a urine collection bag. Identifying and fixing problems. When to call the doctor. Learn more at http://urology.ucla.edu
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Shaun Hussain, MD | Pediatric Neurology - Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
 
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Dr. Shaun Hussain, Director of the Infantile Spasms Project, is a pediatric epilepsy specialist who focuses on severe childhood disorders including infantile spasms, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet Syndrome. Learn more about pediatric neurology at UCLA: http://www.uclahealth.org/mattel/pediatric-neurology/
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Meditation for Working with Difficulities | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
 
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© 2014 THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, THE MINDFUL AWARENESS RESEARCH CENTER, DIANA WINSTON, AUTHOR OF ALL MEDITATIONS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Learn more about the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center http://www.marc.ucla.edu -- Additional (Optional): For an in-depth class experience of mindfulness, take one of MARC's 6-week online courses: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=112
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Parathyroid Surgery | UCLA Endocrine Surgery
 
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Learn more about parathyroid surgery at http://endocrinesurgery.ucla.edu/
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Treatment for Children with OCD
 
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Few children are without certain worries or fears, and its normal for children to develop rituals, such as at bedtime. But for the estimated 1-2 percent of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these thoughts and behaviors become so intense they can be both greatly distressing and disruptive of the childs ability to function. UCLAs Semel Institute and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA have opened one of the nations few hospital-based intensive outpatient treatment programs for these children. The UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program provides three hours of daily individual and group treatment for children ages 8-17, along with family therapy, parent education and support, and medication management. The program is offered four days a week for a minimum of two weeks, depending on the severity of the childs disorder. The severity and types of symptoms exhibited by children with OCD vary greatly, says R. Lindsey Bergman, Ph.D., the programs director. Though OCD is often portrayed as a fear of contamination or the need for things to be orderly, there is a wide range of symptoms. Dr. Bergman explains that most people with OCD have both obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are anxiety-producing, difficult-to-control intrusive thoughts and fears, while compulsions are behaviors or rituals typically developed in an attempt to reduce the anxiety associated with the obsessive thoughts. A compulsion can also appear unrelated to an intrusive thought. For example, sometimes a behavior such as counting or touching is done repetitively until it feels right rather than because an intrusive thought triggered the behavior. In other cases, the ritual or behavior can be directly related or in response to the obsessive thought. For instance, fear of contamination can lead the child to want to avoid physical contact or public spaces. A childs concern about having the numbers and letters on schoolwork look just right can lead to constant erasing until there are holes in the paper and the work is never completed. Religious or moral obsessions, termed obsessive scrupulosity, may result in compulsive confessions or praying for forgiveness, even over the smallest incident or behavior that others would not judge as objectionable. Research has provided evidence for two effective OCD treatments, Dr. Bergman says. One is medication, most commonly in the form of prescribed selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. The other — often used in combination with the medication — is a particular form of cognitive behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention. The child is exposed to the feared thought while resisting engaging in the compulsive behavior, in a graduated fashion — practicing at first with something thats just a little bit scary, Dr. Bergman explains. A reward system is used to reinforce the childs attempts at engaging in exposure activities regardless of their success in resisting compulsions. Over time, and with follow-up at home, compulsive behaviors are extinguished as the exposures demonstrate that negative consequences do not result when the compulsive behavior or ritual is resisted. www.uclahealth.org
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Hepatitis B - Treatment and Consequences | Steven-Huy Han, MD | UCLA Digestive Diseases
 
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UCLA Mellinkoff Gastroenterology Symposium March 8, 2013 Learn more about the Division of UCLA Digestive Disease at http://www.gastro.ucla.edu
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Electromagnetic Therapy Offers Hope for Depression
 
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Although several therapies exist for people with severe clinical depression, including medication, psychotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy, they don't all work for everyone. For many patients with severe depression — characterized by an all-encompassing low mood and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities — who have tried without success to relieve their symptoms with at least one round of medication, there now is a therapy that stimulates the brain, but does so without general anesthesia or lingering aftereffects. Called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the procedure uses magnetic fields to change the activity in a specific area of the brain thought to influence mood and emotion to improve the symptoms of severe depression, explains Ian Cook, M.D., director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program. The procedure is conducted in an office setting; a patient undergoing TMS sits in a chair resembling a recliner, while a large electromagnet is precisely positioned over his or her head to emit targeted electromagnetic pulses. While the patient's head is gently secured in place, he or she is fully awake during the 45-minute sessions and is able to read, converse, watch videos or listen to music. The therapy is conducted five days a week over four to six weeks. "Some people like to take a nap. Others like to meditate. All they really experience is the sensation of a tapping on the scalp from the magnetic field, even though nothing is mechanically tapping there," Dr. Cook says. Patients wishing to undergo TMS at UCLA are reviewed by a committee, which discusses each case to ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate. Results from clinical trials have been promising, Dr. Cook points out. After six weeks, about 54 percent of patients reported improvement in their mood, and 33 percent were in remission from their depression. Learn more at www.uclahealth.org
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Neonatal ICU at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
 
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Welcome to The BirthPlace, Santa Monica, one of Southern California's most comprehensive maternity centers. The BirthPlace provides family-centered care and offers a wide range of services to make your birthing experience an event to cherish. Its highly regarded neonatal ICU provides comprehensive care for premature infants and other newborns with potentially life-threatening conditions. Learn more or take a tour at www.uclahealth.org/TheBirthPlace
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Earthquake Myths | UCLA Health Emergency Preparedness
 
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Learn more at http://uclahealth.org/emergency
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Two genes likely play key role in extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy | UCLA Health News
 
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A new study led by researchers at UCLA and published in the journal Nature Communications has identified two genes associated with hyperemesis gravidarum, whose cause has not been determined in previous studies. The genes, known as GDF15 and IGFBP7, are both involved in the development of the placenta and play important roles in early pregnancy and appetite regulation.
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Simulation Lab | UCLA School of Nursing
 
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Using real-life mannequins in the simulation lab that replicates a hospital setting, nursing students are UCLA are gaining great experience before they start working in a clinical environment seeing patients.
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Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence - Rachel's Story
 
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What is Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence? Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD) is caused by a tiny hole that develops in one of the three canals inside the ear. Healthy individuals have two holes or "mobile windows" in their dense otic capsule bone, but those with SSCD have developed a third hole. Learn more about SSCD symptoms, testing and treatment at www.headandnecksurgery.ucla.edu
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Integrated Residency Program | UCLA Plastic Surgery
 
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Learn about the UCLA Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program. For more information, visit us at https://www.uclahealth.org/plasticsurgery
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Your Nursing Future Starts at UCLA School of Nursing
 
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www.nursing.ucla.edu
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Coblation - Advanced Tonsillectomy Breakthrough
 
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UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital Offers Advanced Tonsillectomy Breakthrough Three-year-old Isabel Sandford had trouble sleeping at night. Her enlarged tonsils blocked her airway, causing her to snore and making it difficult to breathe. Her doctor recommended a tonsillectomy to remove the enlarged tonsils. However, instead of undergoing the traditional procedure, Isabel had her tonsils removed with a newer technique called Coblation tonsillectomy, offered at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital. Derived from the words "controlled ablation," Coblation uses radio frequency energy to remove tissue through a significantly cooler process than traditional electrosurgery or lasers. "The Coblation tonsillectomy is a gentle alternative that eliminates most of the pain and recovery time associated with tonsillectomies of the past," said Dr. Nina Shapiro, assistant professor of pediatric otolaryngology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "This technique gently breaks down tissue surrounding the tonsil instead of burning or cutting it out, which means less damage to the surrounding tissue and virtually no bleeding." Using the Coblation wand device, the surgeon places the tip against the base of the tonsil to remove precisely the tissue attaching the tonsil to the throat. The surgeon then uses a foot pedal to control and activate the low-temperature, radio-frequency energy and saline conductive solution from the wand tip to the area around the tonsil. This action creates a plasma field that gently breaks down the targeted tissue. The wand also contains a coagulation feature that allows the surgeon to stop any bleeding quickly. The Coblation tonsillectomy takes less than 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis in an operating room under general anesthesia. "With the traditional tonsillectomy, patients suffered sore throats, needed more pain medication and took a week or two to recuperate," Shapiro said. "Now, I'm finding that with this technique, patients can drink and eat a few hours after surgery, require less pain medication, and return to normal activity within a few days." Tonsils are oval-shaped masses of lymphatic tissue located at the back of the throat that aid the body in fighting infections. Approximately 500,000 tonsillectomies are performed on children each year, making it the second-most common childhood surgery performed in the United States. Although tonsils may need to be removed because of repeated infections, they are more likely to be taken out because they've grown too large for the child's airway. "When children sleep, the muscles of the throat relax, and if the tonsils are enlarged they can press against the throat. This obstruction causes snoring, breathing difficulties and even sleep apnea," Shapiro said. "Ultimately, sleeping problems lead to either daytime fatigue or hyperactivity, as well as other behavioral problems, because the child is sleep-deprived." The Federal Drug Administration approved Coblation for use in tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures in July 2001. Since the first Coblation tonsillectomy was performed in January 2000, physicians have performed more than 50,000 procedures worldwide. Isabel was home eating ice cream less than a few hours after her procedure and her parents said they were very pleased with the results. "Isabel's healing process went so smoothly. She had very little pain and was back to her normal self very quickly," reported her mother, Raquel Sandford. "And, the original symptoms are gone — no more runny nose or snoring — she's quiet as a mouse when she sleeps!" For more information on Coblation tonsillectomy at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital, please call (800) UCLA-MD1 or (800) 825-2631. Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents. Its mission is to provide state-of-the-art treatment for children in a compassionate atmosphere, as well as to conduct research that improves the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases. For more information, please visit www.uclahealth.org/mattel.
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What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Symptoms, Causes, Treatments | UCLA Neurosurgery
 
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Learn more about the latest treatments for trigeminal neuralgia at UCLA: http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu
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Huntington's Disease:  John Paul Jr. shares his story
 
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At one time, John Paul Jr. was among the nation's top professional race car drivers. But in 2001 he had to retire from racing when he noticed that his car would not respond the way he thought his hands and feet were telling it to while driving. He was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, a progressive neurological disorder. "It was starting to invade my racing," John Paul recalls. "I was having to actually talk my way around the track. I was having to tell myself to turn, accelerate, brake, instead of it just flowing." Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder that causes degeneration of cells in certain areas of the brain, leading to uncontrolled movements, loss of intellectual faculties and emotional disturbance. John Paul's grandmother and mother also had the disease. But the recent discovery of the Huntington gene -- a mutation of one gene that sets in motion an attack deep within the area of the brain called the basal ganglia -- offers hope for those with Huntington's disease as well as patient's with other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. "As we develop better understanding for what's causing Huntington's, then targeted approaches can be made to stop the problems from happening with the ultimate goal of trying to delay the onset of the disease or slow down the progression of the disease, to stop the damage from happening," says UCLA neurologist Yvette Bordelon, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the UCLA Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Studies. "A few years after the gene had been found, there were maybe three human clinical trials that had been done or were being conducted in Huntington's disease. Now there are 21." John Paul's hope is that new discoveries will come in time to help his own children, who, like him, may have inherited the defective gene from their parent. That, says his half-sister, AJ Paul, "would be his ultimate winning race."
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Heart in a Box: UCLA patient's life-saving donor heart arrives 'warm and beating' inside box
 
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Learn more about heart transplantation at http://www.transplants.ucla.edu Learn more about Dr. Ardehali at http://uclahealth.org/AbbasArdehali Learn more about Dr. Shemin at http://uclahealth.org/RichardShemin Contact us at 1-800-UCLA-MD1 or http://uclahealth.org/PRS for more information.
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Hospital Tour | UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
 
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UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital cares for the physical and emotional well-being of children, from newborns to young adults. With a dedicated entrance from Gayley Avenue, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is located on the third and fifth floors of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Learn more about UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital at https://uclahealth.org/mattel
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Phrenic Nerve Injury Treatment | UCLA Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 
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UCLA is only West Coast medical center to offer pioneering surgery for phrenic nerve damage. Rare condition prevents diaphragm from getting the message to breathe. David Powell could not catch his breath. The 35-year-old from San Diego got winded walking up the stairs, exercising or even just bending over to tie his shoes. His favorite pastime, hiking, became impossible. But doctors, unable to diagnose his condition, told Powell that he would just have to live with it. Frustrated, he turned to the Internet and discovered that his symptoms could be the result of phrenic nerve damage. The phrenic nerves — there is one on each side of the body — send messages from the brain to the diaphragm telling the body to breathe. Powell also learned that the damage could possibly berepaired through surgery. Learn more about this and other procedures at http://plasticsurgery.ucla.edu
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Varicose Vein Ablation | UCLA Vital Signs
 
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Nearly one in every two adults 50 years or older develop varicose veins, which usually appear as swollen, twisted clumps of blue or purple blood vessels near the surface of the skin in the legs or pelvis. The condition is most common among women and older adults, but obesity, standing on the job, personal or family history of venous disease, and hormonal changes before and after pregnancy increase the risk for developing varicose veins. Peter Lawrence, M.D., director of UCLA's Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center, notes that it is important for patients to be evaluated and treated by an expert in venous disease. "There are many new approaches to varicose veins and venous insufficiency. To prevent recurrence, a comprehensive approach is needed," he notes. "It's not just a cosmetic problem," says Cheryl Hoffman, M.D., medical director of UCLA's Imaging and Interventional Center in Manhattan Beach, who treats superficial varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. "Varicose veins can be painful." The condition occurs when valves that facilitate blood flow between the heart and the legs begin to leak and cause blood to pool in the legs. Common symptoms include leg swelling, muscle cramps, soreness, tiredness and aching in the legs, itchiness around the vein, skin discoloration and ulcers. "Once those superficial veins stop working, they really aren't needed," she says. "In most cases, we can easily close off problem veins using a catheter to direct laser or radiofrequency energy to heat the inside the blood vessels." Ultrasound is used to extensively map the vein physiology and blood flow and to guide the procedure. Unlike more invasive approaches, this technique, called endovenous thermal ablation, causes less pain, bleeding and bruising and enables patients to return to normal activities faster. Learn more at http://radiology.ucla.edu
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Lakers player Ron Artest visits UCLA patients at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
 
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Lakers player, Ron Artest, an advocate of mental health issues visited the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA on March 21, 2011. He visited with UCLA patients to share his experience with mental illness and to de-stigmatize mental health disorders. www.uclahealth.org/Resnick
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Targeted Prostate Biopsy using MR-Ultrasound Fusion
 
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Full details of fusion biopsy technique: http://casit.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=222 A new research study at UCLA aims to re-define prostate cancer significance through clinical validation of a tool which allows 3D visualization and tracking of the prostate. By fusing multi-parametric MRI (T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted imaging, dynamic contrast enhancement) with real-time ultrasound, suspicious areas seen on the MRI can be tracked and targeted during prostate biopsy. This research aims to improve currently available methods of cancer diagnosis. Investigators: Leonard Marks, M.D. (Urology, http://usrf.org/about_usrf/founder.html) Daniel Margolis, M.D. (Radiology, http://www.radnet.ucla.edu/radweb/sections/abdominal/news/prostateMRI.jsp) Jiaoti Huang, M.D., Ph.D. (Pathology, http://faculty.pathology.ucla.edu/institution/personnel?personnel_id=622586).
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Daniela's Story | Bladder Reconstruction at UCLA helps woman regain independence
 
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Daniela Schirmer was home from college and having lunch in a restaurant with a friend when she slipped in the restroom and struck her head on the wall. The force of the impact broke the 22-year-old student's neck. As a result of the accident, Daniela was left a quadriplegic, unable to use her legs and with limited use of her arms and hands. Daniela has spent the past three years fighting against her injury to regain independence. One of the major obstacles she faced was lack of bladder control and her inability to manage a normally placed catheter. "Bladder management was the one thing that was really getting in the way of my said independence," Daniela says. "I had to catheterize five times a day ... but somebody else had to do it for me. And it was just a complete invasion of privacy, and I had to time my days around when I had to go to the bathroom." To address Daniela's problem, UCLA urologist Ja-Hong Kim, M.D., performed surgery to essentially reconstruct the young woman's bladder. Using a piece of Daniela's intestines, Dr. Kim constructed a patch of living fabric to expand the bladder, giving it more capacity. She then re-purposed Daniela's pipe-shaped appendix to route the urine to the outside, in a location she could reach to catheterize. And she did something extra. "Rather than connecting the bladder and the appendix to the skin where it would be noticeable, we decided to connect it to her belly button, and hide it," Dr. Kim says. Since the surgery, Daniela can now imagine such things as returning to school, having a job, dating again, "and just have as fulfilling and normal a life as possible." "We're quite pleased with how everything worked out," Dr. Kim says. Says Daniela: "My greatest hope is to maintain my adventurous spirit. I don't want to be limited by my spinal-cord injury. I'm okay with dealing with it now. It's a difficult part of my life, but I don't want that to stop me." Learn more at http://urology.ucla.edu
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Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) - Karrie's Story | UCLA Health System
 
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Imagine if every noise your body made echoed loudly in your brain. For nine months, Karrie Aitken, 46, couldn't tolerate any sound, including her own voice. Each word vibrated in her head like she was trapped inside a barrel. Munching on chips was deafening. But hearing her heartbeat was the worst. "My heart pounded like a drum in my ear 24/7," described the Chatsworth mother of three. "It drowned out music, television and a roomful of people talking. I had to take anxiety pills to fall asleep; the noise never went away." Karrie's bizarre auditory symptoms were accompanied by hearing loss, ear pain, poor balance, vertigo and nausea. Multiple trips to the E.R. and various physicians proved fruitless. Doctors advised her to get a hearing aid and see a psychiatrist, and blamed her symptoms on sinusitis and anxiety attacks. Depression consumed Karrie's life; she lost 40 pounds and cried constantly. Finally she was examined at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by head and neck surgeon Dr. Quinton Gopen. He told her, "I know what you have." Aitken suffered from a rare disease called superior semicircular canal dehiscence, caused by a tiny hole in one of the three canals inside her left ear. A CT scan revealed that the bone separating the superior canal from the brain had thinned, opening a small pore between the two areas that broadcast sounds from Karrie's body directly into her inner ear. Gopen partnered with UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Isaac Yang to open Karrie's skull, push the brain out of the way and plug the miniscule hole in her ear canal. When Karrie awoke, the loud echoes of her heartbeat and voice had vanished. Her hearing is good as new, and she has regained her appetite and enthusiasm for life. According to Dr. Gopen, Karrie's frustrating journey toward diagnosis isn't unusual. Superior canal dehiscence wasn't identified until 1998 -- a recent enough discovery that it's just beginning to be added to textbooks and taught in medical school. As a result, Dr. Gopen says, most physicians are not familiar with the rare syndrome, which affects an estimated 1% of the population. Dr. Yang and Dr. Gopen recently published the first overview on SCD in last month's Journal of Neurological Surgery. Their goal is to educate their colleagues so other patients don't have to suffer Karrie's ordeal, and to share the best way to uncover the ear-canal hole -- typically the width of three human hairs. Learn more at http://uclahealth.org
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Nevus in the Eye – Could It Mean Cancer? - Tara McCannel, MD | UCLA Stein Eye & Doheny Eye Institute
 
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UCLA ocular surgeon Tara McCannel, MD, PhD, for a discussion on ocular melanoma, the most common primary form of eye cancer in adults. She talks about risks for developing ocular melanoma from a benign nevus or freckle, suspicious lesions, and how an ocular oncologist can help monitor, diagnose and provide treatment early on. Learn more about this condition at https://www.uclahealth.org/eye.
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UCLA Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
 
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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will create shared savings for the health system, health plans and patients. UCLA Health ACO has been recognized in the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know," which features some of the most advanced ACOs in the country. Learn more at http://uclahealth.org/ACO
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UCLA Daltrey Teen Cancer Trust
 
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Kidney Transplant Chain | UCLA Kidney Exchange Program
 
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Two altruistic donors launch rare kidney transplant chains at UCLA Learn more about kidney chains at http://transplants.ucla.edu/kidneyexchange One is a Michigan firefighter who wanted to honor the memory of his son, who died at age 24 in a tragic snowmobile accident. The other is an Air Force technical sergeant from Iowa who specializes in intelligence analysis. Besides their public service and Midwest origins, they have one other thing in common: They each donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Harry Damon, the firefighter from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nicole Lanstrum, who was born and raised in rural Iowa, initiated two kidney transplant chains last week at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that freed at least six kidney patients — four at UCLA and two in San Francisco — from lives on dialysis. And because their generosity helped initiate similar chains at other transplant centers, the lives of many others will be restored. A "donor chain" creates opportunities for endless donor-recipient pairings. It starts with an altruistic donor — someone who wants to donate a kidney out of the goodness of his or her heart. That kidney is transplanted into a recipient who had a donor willing to give a kidney but whose kidney was not a match. To keep the chain going, the incompatible donor gives a kidney to another patient, unknown to him or her, who has been identified as a match, essentially "paying it forward." A specialized computer program matches donors and recipients across the country. Because kidneys can remain outside the body for 24 to 48 hours between removal and transplant, these chains enable donors to give kidneys to strangers of various races and ethnicities across the country.
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Charlotte Rae shares her experience with pancreatic cancer
 
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Chalotte Rae, familiar to millions of TV viewers as the housemother on the '80s sitcom The Facts of Life, was diagnosed in 2009 with pancreatic cancer, an often-silent killer with few if any symptoms until it is too late. Some 40,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed each year, and by the time diagnosis is made, up to 80 percent of patients are no longer candidates for treatment. "I had no symptoms," Rae says. "I had absolutely no symptoms. None whatsoever." But Rae was, in a way, lucky. Because she had a family history of the disease - her mother, uncle and older sister all died from the disease - she underwent early screening, which detected the cancer at an early stage. "We're working hard to develop tests for earlier diagnosis," says Howard Reber, M.D., director of the UCLA Pancreatic Cancer Program. The goal is to create something similar to the PSA test now done to detect prostate cancer in its early stages, before it has had a chance to spread. "In patients where we know that there's an increased likelihood of the development of the disease, we can screen them, we can get CT scans, we can get endoscopic ultrasounds," Dr. Reber says. In Rae's case, the cancer was detected and found to be contained, but it was growing fast. Surgery was performed to remove the cancer, and now, following surgery and chemotherapy, Rae is cancer free. Learn more about pancreatic cancer at www.pancreas.ucla.edu
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Brain Cancer Research - Glioblastoma and Glioma | UCLA Neurosurgery
 
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http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu Using nano technology to attack brain cancer.
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Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia - HHT Center of Excellence at UCLA
 
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Ginger-haired and freckled, Cheyann Cooper looks like any active 11-year-old girl. She likes to fish with her dad, play sports at school, and, as the youngest girl in a blended family of five siblings, enjoys a close relationship with her mom. But Cheyann also endures daily nosebleeds so heavy that they drench her clothes in blood. They can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour. Like her mother and older brother, she suffers from a genetic disorder called hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, or HHT. Frequently misdiagnosed, HHT affects 1 in 5,000 people, and many people unknowingly pass the gene on to their children. "My uncle's cousin died from a brain hemorrhage. And that's how the family found out that we have HHT" explained Stacy Cooper, Cheyann's mother. "That's when we could finally put a name to it. I'm sure that's what my grandfather also died of. But at the time, they didn't know what it was." Due to this faulty gene, many of Cheyann's blood vessels connect abnormally. Her arterial blood surges directly into her veins without first squeezing through tiny capillaries, which normally reduce the high pressure of arterial blood flow. In Cheyann's older relatives who also have the disorder, fragile red dots called telangiectasias form on the face and fingertips, where they can rupture and spurt fountains of blood. Her own grandfather requires regular blood transfusions and iron supplements to combat the rapid blood loss, which can result in anemia, dizziness and fainting. The real danger for Cheyann lies in her larger abnormal blood vessels, called arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which may lurk silently in her brain, lungs and liver. Invisible inside the body, AVMs can burst without warning, leading to massive internal bleeding, stroke, organ failure and death. Fortunately, medicine has made great strides in treating HHT. Recently, Cheyann and her mother drove from their home in Sonora, Calif., to see Dr. Justin McWilliams, co-director of UCLA's HHT Center for Excellence, where a multidisciplinary team of specialists trained in the genetic testing, diagnosis and clinical management of the disease can help her live a normal life. Cheyann underwent an MRI scan and ultrasound exam to uncover AVMs in her brain or lungs. The screenings will enable UCLA specialists to detect and treat any AVMs they find before the lesions rupture. "Unlike many genetic diseases, HHT's medical problems can be tested for and fixed," explained Dr. McWilliams. "Early screening and genetic testing are critical, because they can save lives and prevent serious complications before they arise." With help from the center's genetic counselor, Cheyann's mother will be able to identify other family members at risk and trace HHT through past generations. Interestingly, Cheyann's twin brother did not inherit the disease. "Many health providers are unfamiliar with HHT and often dismiss repeated nosebleeds as nothing to worry about," said genetic counselor Michelle Fox. "After one family member is diagnosed with HHT, a simple blood test enables us to identify the gene mutation and monitor other affected relatives without expensive imaging studies." Unfortunately, said Stacy Cooper, the frequent nosebleeds will continue for her daughter. "It's kind of embarrassing," Cheyann said, especially when they happen in school "because I get teased. They're always asking me,'Why do you always get bloody noses?' I can't really tell them" But knowing about the AVMs and whether or not they need to be treated makes a huge difference, said her mother. "We just want to make sure that wherever they are, we get treated. "It's nice to be able to say,'HHT' and have a doctor know what it is and understand what we're going through — and care," she said. Learn more at www.hht.ucla.edu
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