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Latest UCLA School of Public Health Stories

2011-02-04 08:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Identifying the way HIV is transmitted, playing a leading role in California's anti-tobacco campaign, and establishing a clear link between air pollutants and birth defects are just a few of the major public health milestones the UCLA School of Public Health celebrated during its 50th anniversary gala dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City. Created as an independent school in 1961 by the UC Regents, the...

2010-09-14 18:26:36

UCLA comparison of Mexico's federal and state health care"“delivery systems provides important insights for other developing nations Families from rural Mexico who receive health care from centralized clinics run by the federal government pay up to 30 percent less in out-of-pocket expenses and utilize preventive services more often than those families who access decentralized clinics run by states, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health. The...

2010-08-31 20:43:06

Monkeypox has increased 20-fold in Democractic Republic of Congo since 1980 In the winter of 1979, the world celebrated the end of smallpox, a highly contagious and often fatal viral infection estimated to have caused between 300 and 500 million deaths during the 20th century. The virus was eradicated through an aggressive worldwide vaccination campaign, which itself ended in 1980. After all, with no virus, there was no longer a need for a vaccine. Now,  researchers at UCLA say the...

2010-02-16 16:36:50

Finding could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of devastating disease Physicians and scientists agree: If we cannot entirely prevent cancer, the next best thing is to find it earlier to augment the chances of a successful fight. The good news is that there may soon be a new weapon in the battle against the so-called "worst" cancer "” cancer of the pancreas. A multidisciplinary group of investigators from the UCLA School of Dentistry, the David Geffen School of Medicine at...

2009-11-24 15:20:40

Success depends largely on how funds are used and who gets them Like everybody, health care professionals enjoy a pay raise for a job well done. But in some instances, financial incentives for health care performance may actually backfire. A new UCLA study shows that patient-care performance ratings for 25 medical groups across California improved significantly following the launch of a statewide pay-for-performance program in 2004 "” but not when incentives focused on doctors'...

2009-10-29 11:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The UCLA School of Public Health has received a $5.2 million gift from Kaiser Permanente to endow the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. The center, formerly known as the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, is dedicated to improving the health of underserved populations through research, community collaboration and leadership development. "This generous funding from Kaiser Permanente will enable the center to expand its ability to...

2009-04-21 12:51:58

Study finds exposure may have occurred years before symptoms appear The fertile soil of California's Central Valley has long made it famous as one of the nation's prime crop-growing regions. But it's not just the soil that allows for such productivity. Crops like potatoes, dry beans and tomatoes have long been protected from bugs and weeds by the fungicide maneb and the herbicide paraquat. Scientists know that in animal models and cell cultures, such pesticides trigger a neurodegenerative...

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2008-07-30 12:20:00

A recent study suggested that heavy cell phone use among pregnant mothers could be linked to a higher likelihood of having children with behavioral problems. Dr. Leeka Kheifets of the UCLA School of Public Health and her colleagues looked at a group of 13,159 children whose mothers were participants in the Danish National Birth Cohort study. Mothers were asked to complete a questionnaire about their children's behavior and health once they reached age 7. After the researchers adjusted for...