UCLA Headlines February 25, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Tylenol and the Risk of ADHD
A study by researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and colleagues showing that children of mothers who take the painkiller acetaminophen during pregnancy have a higher risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues was reported today by the Toronto Star, the Irish Times, KABC-Channel 7, San Francisco's KGO-810 AM, Boston's WBZ-1030 AM and Washington, D.C.'s WNEW-99.1 FM and Monday by the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Palm Beach Post, KCAL-Channel 9, and numerous TV and radio stations nationwide. Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences and chair of the epidemiology department at the Fielding School, was interviewed on KCAL and WBZ and quoted in the L.A. Times; Zeyan Liew, a UCLA doctoral student in epidemiology, was quoted in the Toronto Star; and Dr. Daniel Kahn, UCLA assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted in the L.A. Times and the Palm Beach Post.
 
Brains, Computers and Intelligence
Today's Los Angeles Times features a profile of James Gimzewski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, highlighting his research on developing robotic systems that mimic the structure and function of the human brain. Gimzewski is quoted.
 
Cities Must Adapt to Climate Change
Monday's Los Angeles Business Journal featured an op-ed by Matthew Kahn, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment with joint appointments in the departments of economics and public policy, about how neighborhoods and cities will be impacted by climate change. Kahn's piece referenced research by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Yoram Cohen, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
 
Coping With California's Drought             
Stephanie Pincetl, director of UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities and a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed Monday on KNX-1070 AM about ways residents can conserve water during California's drought.
 
Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the possible effects of the Obama administration's proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage health plans.
 
The Developing Adolescent Brain
The Vancouver Sun reports today on "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain," a book by Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-founder of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, that explores teenage behavior and the development of the adolescent brain. Siegel is quoted.
 
Recessions Changes Outlook of Young
A CNBC article published Monday about the economic and employment challenges faced by the younger generation highlighted research by Paola Giuliano, assistant professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that those who experience a deep recession as young adults are more likely to think success is the result of luck and to believe the government should assist the poor.
 
Promising Advance in Leukemia Research
Alaska Native News reported Monday on the development by Dr. Caius Radu, UCLA associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, and Dr. David Nathanson, UCLA assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, of an experimental treatment that eradicates an acute type of leukemia in mice without any detectable toxic side effects. Radu and Nathanson were quoted.
 
Restoring Hand Movement After Paralysis
Physicians News Network reported Sunday that Dr. Daniel Lu, UCLA assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, and V. Reggie Edgerton, UCLA distinguished professor of neurobiology and of integrative biology and physiology, have been awarded $6 million by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to explore ways to restore hand function after paralyzing spinal-cord injuries. Lu was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
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 health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Fonarow was also quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about research showing that seniors who take blood pressure medications may be at higher risk for serious falls.
 
Edward Leamer
Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Saturday in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about problems facing the manufacturing industry in Southern California.
 
Alex Wang
Wang, acting professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in a Seattle Times article about China's pledge to start taking steps to combat industrial polluters.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in a Washington Times article about the Supreme Court's decision not to hear three gun-rights cases.
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