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UCLA experts weigh in on health issues.


Germ Warfare
Germ WarfareThere is no fail-safe way to avoid catching the colds, flu and other illnesses that lurk all around us, but we can reduce the odds.
Apr 1, 2017
Just Be There
Just Be ThereHow can you be truly helpful to a friend in need?
Jan 1, 2017
Siren Calling
Siren CallingPoliticians aren’t the only ones who can vary their vocal qualities to display their personality, arouse emotions and influence others. You can, too.
Oct 1, 2016
Secrets of a Time Master
Secrets of a Time MasterWant to put more hours in your day? Simplify your life and increase your efficiency.
Jul 1, 2016
Advice for Weekend Warriors
Advice for Weekend WarriorsIf you exercise only occasionally, or have been inactive for a long time, it's best to pace yourself.
Apr 1, 2016
Honoring Adolescence
Honoring AdolescenceBetween ages 12 and 24, the brain undergoes tremendous change and is primed for innovative thinking.
Jan 1, 2016
A Checklist for Your Checkup
A Checklist for Your CheckupA visit to your doctor will be more effective if you prepare before you go.
Oct 1, 2015
Breaking the Bad
Breaking the Bad Most people in recovery got help because someone was honest with them. But how do you approach those sensitive conversations?
Jul 1, 2015
Mental Crossfit
Mental Crossfit Does working out do your brain good? Can food choices keep us mentally alert? Does working crossword puzzles or Sudoku really help? Dr. Gary Small ’73 of the UCLA Longevity Center offers pointers for staying mentally fit.
Apr 1, 2015
Losing for Two
Losing for Two If you’ve struggled with your weight and can’t seem to stick to any workout plan, you’re not alone — and for a pair of UCLA relationship experts, that’s exactly the point that most people miss.
Dec 15, 2014
Summary Judgments
Kerri L. JohnsonKerri L. Johnson, associate professor of communication studies and psychology, offers tips on how to see each person as a unique individual.
Oct 1, 2014
Lightening The Mood: Tackling Teenage Depression
Lightening the Mood: Tackling Teenage DepressionWhen do normal adolescent doldrums become more serious?
Apr 1, 2014
Don't Stress; Live a Little
Don't Stress; Live a LittleThere's much more you can do for relief than just work out or chill out.
Jan 1, 2014
True or False: Evaluating Health Information
True or False: Evaluating Health InformationHow to sift through the large amounts of medical advice available today.
Oct 1, 2013
Healthy Vacation
healthyvacation How to avoid getting sick on the road.
Jul 1, 2013
Golden Rules
Golden Rules Tips for the baby boomer generation in caring for their elderly parents.
Apr 1, 2013
Coping Mechanism
copingmechanism Being resilient to stress enhances success and happiness.
Jan 1, 2013
Lighten Up
Lighten UpCan you feed your children a healthy diet without fighting a constant battle?
Oct 1, 2012
Remember It Well: How to Learn Better
lifesignsbooks How to imprint impressions on your brain so you don't forget.
Jul 1, 2012
Keeping Kids Cyber-Safe
Cyber SafeLearn strategies to detect and prevent Internet bullying.
Apr 1, 2012
Firming Resolve
joggingcartoonlifesignsTips to keep your New Year's resolutions.
Jan 1, 2012
Lie Detectors
Abstract faces illustrationA UCLA psychology professor shares clues on how to detect a liar.
Oct 1, 2011
Stretch Yourself
Stretching illustrationTips on the why, how and when of stretching, from a Bruin fitness expert.
Jul 1, 2011
Dropping In
Helicopter illustration"Helicopter" parents are a growing phenomenon, but not entirely healthy. A UCLA expert has tips on how to raise kids without hovering.
Apr 1, 2011
Ergonomics Made Easy
Back pain illustrationThe office may not seem like a high-risk environment, but desk-job ailments go way beyond papercuts. Avoid serious injury and make long workdays more comfortable and with tips from the UCLA Ergonomics Program.
Jan 1, 2011
Shop Till You Stop
Shop Till You StopCompulsive shopping can be an addiction as destructive as drug abuse or gambling. UCLA Dr. Timothy Fong studies it and offers these tips.
Oct 1, 2010
Skin Control
Skin ControlOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer. But with a little smart prevention, everybody can protect themselves from the harmful effects of too much summer sun. Get the latest thinking on how you can reduce your exposure.
Jul 1, 2010
Natural Nursing
Natural NursingBabies' most nutritious food is also free, but barriers from the hospital to the workplace mean not enough moms nurse. Five tips from UCLA's Breastfeeding Resource Program director to ensure breastfeeding success.
Apr 1, 2010
Suicide Watch
Suicide WatchEconomic hardship may be a factor in the rising suicide rate among a surprising age group — middle-aged adults.
Jan 1, 2010
More Perfect Unions
More Perfect UnionsNeed to work on your relationship or make a great one better? The co-directors of UCLA's Relationship Institute dish out 10 tips.
Oct 1, 2009
Weight Watching
Weight WatchingSummer BBQs and picnics mean opportunities for feasting. A UCLA obesity doctor offers tips for celebrating without overeating.
Jul 1, 2009
Vital Facts About Vitamins
Vital Facts About VitaminsFind out what you're really getting when you take those vitamin supplements.
Apr 1, 2009
Pay Attention
Pay AttentionMyth-busting ADHD: Dr. James McGough, Director of the UCLA ADHD Clinic, says there are genetic and physical brain differences in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, medication can help, and no one "catches" ADHD from bad parenting.
Jan 1, 2009
Preschool: The New Depression Era
Preschool: The New Depression EraIt's hard to even accept the idea that a toddler could suffer from a mood disorder, let alone know how to recognize and treat it. Yet as many as 3 percent of all U.S. kids are clinically depressed.
Oct 1, 2008
The Parent Trap
The Parent TrapIn millions of U.S. homes, middle-aged moms and dads bear a double burden: tending to an aging parent while still rearing their own kids.
Jul 1, 2008
Deadly Diets: The Warning Signs of Eating Disorders
Deadly Diets: The Warning Signs of Eating DisordersIf caught early, eating disorders can be treated. Here are six tips to help you identify if someone you love is at risk.
Apr 1, 2008
Navigating the ER
Navigating the ERWe all dread going to the Emergency Department. The waiting. The worrying. But UCLA Emergency Medicine Center's chief resident Dr. Adam Landman and senior resident Dr. Andrew Seefeld say a little patient knowledge can make those trips less stressful. Here are five tips to getting help when you need it the most.
Jan 1, 2008
West Meets East
David KipenThe Hammer Museum's Public Engagement brings an interpretation of Libros Schmibros, a nonprofit lending library and used-book shop in Boyle Heights to Westwood.
Oct 1, 2007
Sleepless in America
Sleepless in AmericaA good night's sleep: You want it. You need it. But if you're like most adults, you don't get anywhere near enough. Here are 10 tips from the UCLA Center for Sleep Research to help you avoid accumulating "sleep debt."
Jul 1, 2007
Don't Play Hurt
Don't Play HurtDon't play hurt. Don't be a weekend warrior. And please, take it slow. A Bruin expert offers tips for a safe and sane physical fitness program.
Apr 1, 2007
Physician, Hear Thyself
Physician, Hear ThyselfTo help patients manage their medicines, physicians need to talk about the drugs they prescribe. Too often, they don't.
Jan 1, 2007
Spit Test
Spit Test"Salivary diagnostics" has proven itself in early detection of oral cancer. But that may be just the beginning — the breakthrough may also produce quick and painless tests for breast and pancreatic cancers, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.
Oct 1, 2006
You Must Remember This
You Must Remember ThisExercise your brain. Gary Small, director of UCLA's Center on Aging, tells you why and how.
Jul 1, 2006