UCLA In the News January 16, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Hydration and elevation may be best weapons to fight flu | New York Times

“Certainly there is the thought that you don’t want to suppress a cough too much or dry out your nasal passages because you want to get rid of the infection,” said Dr. Tara Vijayan, an assistant clinical professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. “There’s a balance for sure. I don’t think you should suffer unnecessarily, but you need to weigh the true benefit.”

Should judges use local cases to halt national orders? | New York Times

The injunctions let judges who might have strong views impose them broadly, bypassing established tools like class-action lawsuits, said Samuel Bray, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who published an article last month advocating that federal judges no longer use nationwide injunctions. “How can a single judge decide a question for the whole country?” Mr. Bray said. (Also: Fox News)

Mudslides close part of Highway 101 | New York Times

The closures will be “extremely disruptive” because there is so little redundancy in the road network between Ventura and Santa Barbara, making it somewhat analogous to a bridge or tunnel closure, Brian D. Taylor, the director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a phone interview on Sunday. If people are traveling between those two areas, “they won’t be able to maintain anything close to the normal pattern,” he said.

A semi-living stingray may one day fix your heart | Cosmos

A team led by Ali Khademhosseni, a bioengineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, has created a semi-living “soft” robot that mimics in miniature the body shape and movement mechanics of a marine ray or skate. The tiny robot moves by flapping its side fins, which like those of rays are contiguous with its front and rear ends. (Also: News-Medical)

Ibuprofen appears to mess with male hormones | Washington Post

Jesse N. Mills, an associate clinical professor at UCLA Health, said the results that “these guys did have a pretty profound effect on their hormone levels post exposure … brought up a lot of issues.” Paradoxically, he said that previous studies have shown that ibuprofen and other compounds in the same class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can have a positive effect on measures of semen quality. “It may work like an antioxidant,” he said, referring to compounds in foods like blueberries and pomegranate that may have the ability to neutralize harmful molecules in cells.

Not too late to get flu vaccine, experts advise | Agence France-Presse

Although it has been widely reported that this year’s flu vaccine is not particularly effective, Dr. Deborah Lehman, an infectious diseases specialist and a professor of clinical pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is still urging the public to get vaccinated. “True, the current flu vaccine is not a great vaccine,” Lehman says. “But it’s a good vaccine — and it’s better than no vaccine.”

MLK Boulevard got its name because of another King | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

Today, life along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd reflects the diverse spectrum that makes up L.A.’s African-American community, said UCLA historian Brenda Stevenson. “If you walk along this street, you can see the upper-middle class in Baldwin Hills and View Park,” she said, “and you have working class people, too.”

Native Americans who can’t afford heat take desperate measures | HuffPost

While there’s no indication that suicides increase during the winter, local experts say winter’s relentless conditions can lead to feelings of despair. A 2016 study conducted through the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs found that there’s a close correlation between poverty rates and suicide rates in the U.S.

What Trump’s comments could mean for travel ban | ABC News

“The president has interjected race and ethnicity into the making of immigration policy in a way this country hasn’t seen since the 1920s,” said Hiroshi Motomura, professor at UCLA School of Law and author of two award-winning books on immigration law and policy.

Intimate partner violence in transgender community | NBC News

A 2015 report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, titled “Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse Among LGBT People,” cited previous studies that found between 30 and 50 percent of transgender people had experienced IPV in their lifetime.

Why Chinese investors love Miami | Forbes

William Yu, Ph.D., economist, Anderson Forecast at UCLA Anderson School of Management, has witnessed firsthand Chinese investment in Los Angeles. He sees strong Chinese interest continuing in Miami. “China’s upper middle class and upper class have enjoyed strong home appreciation. They have equity to invest elsewhere. Comparing prices, quality and the choices of what is available in Miami, compared to Shanghai and Beijing, Miami looks like a very good deal to Chinese investors.”

U.S. schools more segregated than in 1990s | Quartz

The share of intensely segregated schools, those that are 90% to 100% nonwhite, more than tripled to nearly 20% in 2013 from around 6% in 1988, according to analysis by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

What does $15 minimum wage do to economy? | Washington Post

A team of economists at the University of California-Los Angeles examined the effect of the hikes so far, focusing on the impact on the restaurant industry. Here’s what they estimate: “the increments in the minimum wage from 6.75 to $7.50 in 2007 and to $8 in 2008 were estimated to increase earnings in limited service restaurants slightly more than 10% but reduced employment by about 12%.”

‘Group Therapy’ compelling but confused | Los Angeles Times

Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, “Group Therapy,” which opened Thursday for a brief run at the Little Theater at Macgowan Hall, has the distinctive air of a work in progress. This is partly intentional. The piece changes each time it’s performed, with different portions of the years-long group therapy reenacted and commented upon.

Of course taxes are charity — why not deduct them? | Los Angeles Daily News

As our San Jose sister paper, the Mercury News, reports, UCLA law professor Kirk Stark is giving advice to the fraternity brothers — er, lawmakers — on the charitable-deduction plan, and points out that our state already offers similar benefits when donors to conservation easements or private school vouchers get a California tax credit and an IRS deduction for the contribution.

Scientists coax human stem cells to become sensory interneurons | News-Medical

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the first time, coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons — the cells that give us our sense of touch. The new protocol could be a step toward stem cell-based therapies to restore sensation in paralyzed people who have lost feeling in parts of their body.

Vaccine might not stop virus, but it can cut risk of serious illness | Medical Xpress

While that’s true, it’s the wrong take-home message, says Dr. Deborah Lehman, an infectious diseases specialist and a professor of clinical pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “When people hear the vaccine isn’t that effective, they assume there’s no point in getting it — and that’s very frustrating,” she says. “The vaccine may not completely prevent the flu. But it does help the body launch an immune response.”

Exercise also improves your gut bacteria | Healthline

Dr. Emeran Mayer, a gastroenterologist at the University of California Los Angeles and author of the book “The Mind-Gut Connection,” says science has only recently come to understand the importance of the gut microbiome in overall health. “They have been completely ignored until about 10 years ago. Now there has been an explosive growth of interest in this area,” he told Healthline.

Women and men military vets, childhood adversity and substance abuse | Medical Xpress

Results of a national study led by public health scientist Elizabeth Evans at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that risk for alcohol and drug use disorders among United States military veterans is increased by childhood adversity, and in ways that are different between women and men and different compared to the civilian population.

SoCal institutions are dropping entry fees for a day | KNBC-TV

So here are five of the many to consider: Fowler Museum at UCLA, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Zimmer Children’s Museum, California African American Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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