UCLA Headlines December 4, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Why the Elderly Get Scammed
Research by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Shelley E. Taylor and UCLA psychology graduate student Elizabeth Castle showing that a brain region involved in discerning untrustworthy faces is less active in older adults, making them more susceptible to fraud, was highlighted Monday by Fox News, Reuters, NBC News.com, Britain's Daily Mail,  Science Now, Nature and Healthline and Tuesday by the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Asian New International, Medical News Today and Prevention. Taylor and Castle were quoted in the coverage; Taylor was interviewed on Fox.
 
A Sustainability Plan for L.A.
The Los Angeles Daily News on Monday highlighted Vision 2021 LA, comprehensive eight-year environmental plan for Los Angeles developed by UCLA researchers that addresses the major impacts the city has on the environment, particularly in the areas of climate change, energy use and water use. Mark Gold, associate director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment, was quoted.  
 
Morning Sickness for Duchess of Cambridge
An article in Monday's Shopper Base blog about the severe morning sickness Kate Middleton, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, is experiencing during her pregnancy cited a study led by Dr. Marlena Fejzo, assistant professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that women with relatives who had experienced extreme morning sickness were themselves at increased risk for the condition. Fejzo was quoted. Fejzo was also quoted on the subject Monday in a Blisstree article.
 
Women, Sleep Apnea and Brain Damage
China's Xinhua News Service, Science Daily and an Examiner blog reported Monday, and PsychCentral reports today, on a study led by Paul Macey, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, that found that women suffering from sleep apnea have, on average, a higher degree of brain damage than men with the disorder. Macey was quoted in the coverage.
 
Genetic Screening of Babies Breeds Anxiety
Stefan Timmermans, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, was interviewed Monday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about how full genetic sequencing of newborns can create uncertainty and anxiety for parents whose children may test positive for risk factors for certain diseases and disorders.
 
Diabetes Drug May Help With Cancers
An article published Monday in Britain's Daily Mail about research showing that a diabetes drug may increase women's chances of surviving ovarian cancer highlighted a study by UCLA researchers indicating that middle-aged women who took the oral diabetes drug metformin were at significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer.
 
Legal Fight Over L.A.'s Rainfall Runoff
Sean Hecht, executive director of UCLA’s Environmental Law Center, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM about a U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide who in Los Angeles is responsible for polluted storm water that runs off city streets and into rivers and bays.
 
Supreme Court and Gay Marriage
Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Monday on KNX-1070 AM about the U.S. Supreme Court deciding whether to hear a case on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
 
Is Your Phone Carrier Overcharging You?
Tech Radar reported Monday on research by Chunyi Peng, a UCLA doctoral candidate in computer science, and UCLA colleagues showing that wireless carriers tend to overcharge smartphone users for the amount of data they use each month, particularly when users stream video or audio. Peng was quoted.
 
New Device Removes Stroke Clots
The website of the Radiological Society of North America reported Saturday on a device developed by UCLA researchers that removes blood clots from blocked brain arteries in patients experiencing ischemic stroke. Dr. Reza Jahan, UCLA associate professor of radiology, was quoted; Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Stroke Center, was cited.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about the benefits of a healthy diet for people suffering from heart disease.
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