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State Health Officer Issues Risk-Based Quarantine Order to Provide Consistent Guidelines for Counties

Sacramento, California - Health care providers and travelers returning from Ebola affected regions will be individually assessed for exposure risk:

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Scientists Try Old Weapon Against Deadly New Target

San Diego, California - With the Ebola crisis ongoing, much attention is focused upon finding a drug capable of slowing - if not stopping - the infectious, deadly and terrifying virus.

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UCLA and UCI awarded $8 million grant to launch collaborative stem cell clinic

Los Angeles, California - The UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and UC Irvine Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center received a five-year $8 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the state’s stem cell agency, to establish a CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic “center of excellence” to conduct clinical trials for investigational stem cell therapies and provide critical resources and expertise in clinical research.

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South African ‘Mentor Mothers’ improve perinatal health outcomes

Los Angeles, California - The incidence of HIV infection in South Africa tops that of any nation in the world, with some 6 million of the country’s nearly 50 million residents infected. Sadly, young women - and particularly young pregnant women - suffer some of the highest rates of HIV infection. More than one-fourth of pregnant South African women are infected with the virus; in some communities, the infection rates are even higher.

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Diagnostic test helps UCLA doctors pinpoint mutations that cause rarest genetic diseases

Los Angeles, California - Audrey Lapidus adored her baby’s sunny smile and irresistible dimples. But when Calvin was 10 months old, suffering from chronic digestive problems and unable to roll over or crawl, she was worried.

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Osteoporosis screening guidelines miss many younger post-menopausal women

Los Angeles, California - To reduce the risk of bone fractures and the complications arising from them, the United States Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF) recommends that all women age 65 and older be tested and treated for low bone mineral density.

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Scientists discover protein that can accelerate cancer patients’ recovery after radiation and chemotherapy

Los Angeles, California - Scientists from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown for the first time how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury.

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Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

Berkeley, California - The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring and increasing the cost of patient care, according to a new study led by a UC Berkeley health-policy expert.

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