UCLA Headlines August 23, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Grime-Fighters Make Patients Smile
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Wednesday that window washers at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA dressed as well-known superheroes to entertain pediatric patients and their families. Kellye Carroll, director of the UCLA's Chase Child Life Program, was interviewed.
 
Drug Substitutions Mean Medicare Savings
California's Sierra Sun Times reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, associate professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that substituting generic or therapeutic alternatives for brand-name drugs could result in significant savings for Medicare patients, health plans and the government.
 
Iron May Be Culprit in Alzheimer’s
Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Thursday, and Everyday Health reports today, on a study led by Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, in which researchers used an advanced MRI technique to show that elevated iron levels in the hippocampus — sometimes the result of too much red meat — is associated with tissue damage in the brain characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Bartzokis was quoted in the coverage.
 
Race, Media and Public Perception
An article in the current issue of Los Angeles' Our Weekly about the portrayal of African-Americans in the media spotlighted the work of Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies and author of "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins," which explores the 1991 case of a 15-year-old African-American girl shot by a Korean-American shopkeeper in South Los Angeles and how that event helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Stevenson is quoted.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
An article in Thursday's Orange County Register about athletes and collision-induced chronic traumatic encephalopaythy cited a brain-imaging study led by Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, in which researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of five retired football players who had suffered one or more concussions.
 
Bradley Manning Is Chelsea Manning
An article in today's Washington Post on the announcement by Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private convicted on espionage charges, that he is transgender cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating there are approximately 700,000 self-identified transgender adults in the United States.  
 
States, Feds Could Agree on Pot Policy
The Associated Press and the Seattle Times reported Thursday on a proposal by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, that the federal government enter into contracts with the states of Washington and Colorado that would allow those states to freely operate their voter-approved legal marijuana systems in return for assurances that they will prevent interstate shipments of pot. Kleiman was quoted in the coverage.
 
Communication Breakdown in Brain
Science Codex reported Thursday on a study led by Madelaine Daianu, a researcher at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, comparing the ways in which communication between different regions of the brain gradually breaks down in normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease.
 
 
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Amander Clark
Clark, associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and a researcher at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Scientific American article about an advance in infertility treatment.
 
Keisuke Iwamoto
Iwamoto, UCLA adjunct professor of radiation oncology, was quoted Wednesday in a KPCC-89.3 FM blog article about possible radiation exposure from Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors.
 
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a Washington Post article about President Obama and immigration reform.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Thursday in a Washington Post column about tax increases and job growth in California.
 
Jerome Rabow
Rabow, UCLA professor emeritus of sociology, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the differing ways in which whites and blacks view racial progress in the United States.
 
Kent Wong
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Thursday in a Costa Mesa Daily Pilot article about the mayor Costa Mesa, Calif., suing the city's police association.
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