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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.

"Is Plant-Based Protein for You? Here’s What You Need to Know"

Many people consider animals as the main source of dietary protein, but plant-based protein consumption is rising in popularity. In 2020, 28% of Americans reported eating more protein from plant sources than they did in 2019, according to the International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) 2020 Food & Health Survey.

In Memoriam: Dr. Steven P. Wallace

Dr. Steven P. Wallace, an internationally renowned scholar on aging in communities of color and immigrant health and health policy, has died. He was 63.

Wallace served as a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for 31 years and as an associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, which is housed in the Fielding School, for 25 years.

How Immigration Policies Can Harm Health: Study Sheds Light on ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Immigration policies like the Trump-era expansion of the “public charge” rule that made it harder for immigrants on public assistance to obtain legal residency can have a chilling effect on the health and well-being of immigrant communities in California, according to a new study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's 

Assessing Vulnerability Indicators and Race/Ethnicity

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