UCLA Headlines August 22, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Therapeutic Drug Substitutions
A Science Codex article Wednesday reported on research about the potential cost benefits of therapeutic drug substitutions — the use of less-expensive drugs that are not equivalent to but have a treatment effect similar to the original medication — that was led by Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, associate professor in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
Iron and Alzheimer's
Nature World News reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. George Bartzikos, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, which suggests that the accumulation of iron in the brain is a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease. Bartzikos was quoted.
 
Debate Over Pot and Cancer Risk
An AlterNet article Tuesday comparing the health effects of drinking alcohol with those of using marijuana cited research by Dr. Donald Tashkin, UCLA professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, that found that light to moderate marijuana use does not increase the risk of lung cancer.
 
Urban Agriculture in L.A.
KCRW-89.9 FM reported Wednesday on a new study by students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, who charted and mapped 1,200-plus urban farms throughout Los Angeles County in an effort to provide information for policymakers, growers and entrepreneurs.
 
Turmoil in Egypt
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Saturday about the ongoing turmoil in Egypt by Minnesota's WCCO-830 AM and for an article today in the Dakar Daily News.
 
 
 
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Madeline Brozen
Brozen, director of the Complete Streets Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about a proposal to spend $3 billion repairing thousands of miles of streets in Los Angeles.
 
W. James Popham
Popham, professor emeritus of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, was quoted Wednesday in an Education Week article about the National Assessment Governing Board voting to adopt language that will define the new "college prepared" scores in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
 
Dr. Daniel Siegel
Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-founder of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, is quoted today in a Washington Post article about charter schools in Washington, D.C., administering standardized math and reading tests for children as young as 3 years old.
 
Jason Wall
Wall, a research analyst at the UCLA Career Center, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about employment opportunities in industries like health care, social media and computer programming.
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