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COVID’s economic fallout increased risks for poor mental health

A study published today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, led by Dr. Ninez Ponce, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Fred W. and Pamela K. Wasserman professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, shows that the economic effects of COVID-19 increased the risk for poor mental health among California adults.

Ingestible sensor could help people with HIV stick to medication regimen, UCLA-led study finds

For people living with HIV, sticking to a prescribed medication regimen is a critical part of staying healthy. However, having to deal with the side effects caused by those medications —nausea and dizziness among them — can lead people to skip doses.

Now, a UCLA-led study of 130 people with HIV suggests that a tiny piece of technology could play a big role in encouraging people to take their medicine on time.

Pandemic-related disparities persist, UCLA California Health Interview Survey finds

The number of 18-to-24-year-olds in California who reported having thought about committing suicide at some point in their lives increased to 30.5% in 2021 from 23.9% in 2020 — the year COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. — according to new data published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Those figures represent a dramatic increase from just five years ago. The research center’s 2016 survey found that 14.1% of California’s young adults said they had experienced thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives.

‘Glass bubble’ nanocarrier boosts effects of combination therapy for pancreatic cancer

Over the past 30 years, progress in early detection and treatment of cancer has helped reduce the overall death rate by more than 30%. Pancreatic cancer, however, has remained difficult to treat. Only 1 in 9 people survive five years after diagnosis, in part because this cancer is protected by biological factors that help it resist treatment.

New CDC Report Shows Large Jump in Gun-related Deaths

It’s a ‘human-rights’ crisis, said Dr. Ninez Ponce, professor of health policy and management and director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, who is studying gun violence.

What are Adaptogens and the Possible Benefits of Taking Them?

Everyone is looking for a way to relieve stress, especially since nearly half of Americans — 47% — report an increase in their stress levels since the pandemic started. One growing (but not new) trend in stress relief involves taking adaptogens – herbs or plants thought to neutralize the effects of stress on the body.

Ditching Cigarettes for Smokeless Tobacco can Help cut Cardiovascular Risks, Study Finds

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Regular smokers are at heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but crushing the butts in favor of a “smokeless” alternative like chewing tobacco, snuff or tobacco lozenges may go a long way toward bringing the danger down to a more normal level, a new UCLA-led study shows.

The findings also indicate that the primary culprit in smokers’ increased risk is not nicotine but other chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products contain large quantities of nicotine.

Nearly Half of California Caregivers Experienced Financial Stress During 2020

In 2020, an estimated 6.7 million Californians provided care for a family member or friend with a serious or chronic illness or disability. According to a study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, led by Dr.

People Who Have Had COVID-19 May Require Only Single Dose of Two-dose Vaccines

People who have previously been infected with COVID-19 may need only one dose of the two-dose mRNA vaccines to achieve maximum protection against the virus, a new UCLA study suggests. But all vaccinated individuals, whether previously infected or not, will likely require booster shots moving forward because antibodies created through both vaccines and natural infection wane at the same relatively rapid rate, the authors say.

A Vision of Equity in Public Health

The early, chaotic days of the COVID-19 pandemic left us panic-stricken and confined to our homes in fear of the very air we breathed. As the crisis unfolded, the nation’s health policymakers and public health officials received a blunt, forceful warning.

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