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Above Whispers interviewed Paul Macey, an associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, for a story about the signs and risks of sleep apnea for women.

The research of Mary Rezk-Hanna on the hard truth of hookah smoking, was featured a quick take in the current issue of UCLA Magazine.

The Los Angeles Business Journal, Healthcare Analytics News and Senior Living News reported on the announcement of FDA approval of a wireless, handheld device that can assess increased risk for pressure ulcers, co-invented by Barbara Bates-Jensen,.BBJ was quoted in the coverage.

Mary Rezk-Hanna, an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, was quoted in a story released by the American Heart Association covered by East Texas Matters and NBC affiliate KXAN  in Austin highlighted the rising popularity of hookah smoking in young adults, despite the evidence of health risks.

MedicalXpress, News-line and HealthNews Digest spotlighted research led by Dr. Jan Mentes on the conditions that could cause health problems among the elderly due to lack of hydration.

AHA released a scientific statement on Water Pipe (Hookah) Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease Risk.  Dr. Mary Rezk-Hanna is an author.

Today’s Geriatric Medicine published an article about Dr. Janet Mentes study on the health impacts, such as urinary tract infections and falls, of dehydration on seniors.

HealthNews Digest and the Medical News were among the outlets writing about an innovative and successful inpatient gardening therapy research project conducted in partnership with the UCLA School of Nursing and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and led by Dr. Huibrie Pieters. A picture of the team in the garden can be seen on the 5th floor.

Dr. Nancy Pike is a co-author of the recently published AHA Scientific Statement “Evaluation and Management of the Child and Adult with Fontan Circulation”

As part of UCLA's centennial #UCLA100 Campaign, Assistant Professor Dr. Kia Skrine Jeffers was interviewed at the Taste Of Soul in LA for her community-partnered work using art and science to promote health equity. She was also interviewed as part of panel with the Center for Racism, Social Justice & Health and Trap Medicine to talk about the importance of addressing racism in research and clinical practice.

Dr. Mary Rezk-Hanna was quoted in a story in the Daily Bruin about the risks of e-cigarettes and the proposed ban of the sale of vaping and electronic cigarette devices by the LA City Council.



HealthDay, Medical News Today, Science Daily and the Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported on a study by Mary Rezk-Hanna showing that 30 minutes of hookah smoking raises both heart rate and blood pressure.  Rezk-Hanna was quoted in all coverage.

Dean Linda Sarna discussed the recent crackdown by the FDA on e-cigarette sales to youth, what oncology nurses need to understand about e-cigarettes and how to educate patients in a wide-ranging interview for Oncology Nursing News.

A study on the dangers of hookah smoking by Dr. Mary Rezk-Hanna received widespread media coverage including BBC Health Check, National Public Radio affiliates in 16 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Sacramento’s Capitol Public Radio, KNX-AM, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Daily Mail Online, Science Daily, Health News Digest, and 150 other media outlets

Drug Target Review, Health News Digest, Innovation Report and Medical News Today reported on a potential drug strategy for Alzheimer’s disease. The study was led by Dr. Karen Gylys and Tina Bilousova.  The research was also reported by KTFX-TV in Philadelphia; WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Missouri; and WGHP-TV Greensboro, North Carolina. and The Medical News published a story about a study by Dr. MarySue Heilemann highlighting the need to develop a compelling character for a successful transmedia intervention for depression and anxiety. 

Health News Digest published a story about the research of Dr. Paul Macey highlighting ongoing studies showing that women are more impacted by sleep apnea than men.   

Science Daily, Drug, Discovery and Development, Health Canal, Medical Express, Scicasts, and Medicine News Line, reported on new research showing a promising new drug strategy to halt tau transmission to treat Alzheimer’s. Karen Gylys was quoted in the articles. Tina Bilousova was the lead scientist.

A study by Paul Macey showing the significant clinical differences in the brains of women and women with sleep apnea was featured in Psych Central,, HealthNews DigestMedical Express and Life Science Daily.