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Advances from UCLA
UCLA pioneered many of the innovations now
considered the standards of care for such
conditions as vaginal and uterine prolapse, as
well as other pelvic-floor disorders. UCLA is a
leader in laparoscopic-abdominal-pelvic-floor
reconstruction, including robotically assisted
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
UCLA experts have introduced refinements to
targeted biopsy of prostate cancer, greatly
improving the ability to distinguish men who
should have treatment from those who could defer.
Fine-needle biopsy performed under ultrasound
guidance targets the highest-yield portions
of thyroid nodules and reduces the risk of a
New self-management education guidelines
represent a paradigm shift in diabetes education
from a content-driven practice to patient-centered
goals. Diabetes educators aim to help patients
adopt healthy behaviors and actively partner
with their healthcare providers.
The UCLA Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
offers specialized clinics for children and
adolescents with asthma, bronchopulmonary
dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, neuromuscular-disease
respiratory disorders, and for those who need
mechanical ventilatory support.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound provides a closer look
at joints, nerves, tendons and other structures
without exposing patients to radiation and at a
lower cost than using a CT scan or MRI. Because
it is dynamic, it can show how a tendon moves or
help guide a needle to a precise site — useful for
treating arthritis, tendonitis and other disorders.
Portable Device for
Common Kidney Tests
A lightweight and field-portable
device invented at UCLA conducts
kidney tests and transmits data
through a smartphone to the patient’s
physician, significantly reducing
the need for frequent office visits
by people with diabetes and others
with chronic kidney ailments.
uclahealth.org/kidneytests Lower-Cost Drug Substitution
A new UCLA-led study finds that
counterparts with a similar
therapeutic effect to brand-name
medications can contribute to
reducing healthcare costs.
uclahealth.org/drugsubstitutes Urinary Incontinence
UCLA provides a full range of treatment options
for stress incontinence, from individualized
regimens in a physical-therapy program that
focuses exclusively on pelvic-floor issues to
the most advanced interventional procedures.
UCLA is also at the forefront of developing
safe, effective and durable new therapies for
To download these and other clinical
advances at UCLA Health, go to:
uclahealth.org/clinicalupdates Chronicling Cancer
In the first known study of its kind,
UCLA researchers discovered that
creating a personal website to
chronicle the cancer experience and
communicate with one’s social
network can reduce depressive
symptoms, increase positive mood and
enhance appreciation for life among
women diagnosed with breast cancer.
uclahealth.org/chroniclecancer Jules Stein and Doheny Eye
Institutes Pursue Affiliation
The Jules Stein Eye Institute and the
Doheny Eye Institute announced that
they have entered into exclusive
negotiations under a signed letter
of intent for a long-term affiliation
to create the nation’s preeminent
centers for ophthalmic patient care,
vision research and education.