UCLA Headlines February 28, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Eating More Fish Keeps Brain 'Younger'
NBC's "Nightly News" and the New York Times reported Monday, and the Wall Street Journal, Health.com, WebMD, MedPage Today, Asian News International and My Health News Daily report today, on a study by Dr. Zaldy Tan, a member of UCLA's Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and a visiting associate professor of geriatrics, showing that lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish were associated with smaller brain volume and poorer performance on tests of mental acuity among seniors. Tan is quoted in the coverage.
 
How Pediatricians Deal With Death
Monday's Los Angeles Times featured a column by Dr. Yolanda Reid Chassiakos, UCLA assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, on how she deals with the emotions of losing young patients.
 
Homeboy Industries a Success
A column in Monday's Huffington Post about the Homegirl Café, a division of the gang rehabilitation and counseling program Homeboy Industries, cited research by Todd Franke, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at the Luskin School, examining recidivism rates among Homeboy Industry’s clients.
 
UCLA Wins Biotech Case Competition
North Carolina's Winston-Salem Journal reports today that a group of UCLA students has won first prize and $10,000 in the Biotechnology Conference and Case Competition sponsored by the Wake Forest University Schools of Business.
 
Trucking Activity Drops in U.S.
Barrons reported Saturday on recent data from the Ceridian–UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the U.S. Index co-creator Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted.
 
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on the Rise
An article published today in Utah's Standard-Examiner about the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S. cites research by Dr. Brad Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, on shortages of antibiotics.
 
Smartphone Sensor Targets E. Coli
Investor’s Business Daily reported Monday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute, and colleagues of a cell phone–based sensor that can detect the presence of the bacterium Escherichia coli in food and water.
 
 
 
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 unnecessary stent surgery for patients with heart disease.
 
B.J. Freeman
Freeman, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a public school teacher facing disciplinary action over how she dealt with an autistic student.
 
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Sunday in a Denver Post article about real estate development in the Lake Tahoe area.
 
Dr. Andre Nel
Nel, a professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health and chief of the nanomedicine division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a domain-b article about the long-term effects of nanomaterials on the digestive system.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Monday in an Michigan Live column about the occasional tension between religious freedom and the public good.
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