UCLA Headlines January 31, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Babies Can Read Our Minds
The Huffington Post and Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday on a study led by H. Clark Barrett, UCLA professor of anthropology, demonstrating that children as young as 2 years old have the ability to infer other people's emotions, mental states and desires. Barrett was quoted in the coverage.
 
Fast Foods Ads and Obesity
Domain-b reports today on study by Dr. Lenard Lesser, a former physician with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that the more outdoor fast-food ads there are in a given neighborhood, the more likely neighborhood residents are to be overweight. Lesser is quoted.
 
What Exactly Is 'Sex Addiction?'
The Times of India reported Wednesday on research by faculty members at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA suggesting that "hypersexual disorder," or sex addiction, be recognized as a mental illness by professionals.
 
Enlarged Prostate and Urinary Flow
A column published Wednesday in Canada Free Express about non-surgical treatments for enlarged prostates and obstructed urinary flow cited research on the subject by Dr. Leonard S. Marks, clinical professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
Commitment to Job and Marriage Similar
An article published today on the Careerealism blog about how to keep a job highlighted research by UCLA psychology professors Benjamin Karney and Thomas Bradbury, who co-direct the Relationship Institute at UCLA, showing how various degrees of commitment to a marriage can affect the quality of the spousal relationship.
 
Prof Talks About 'Freak-A-Zoid' Band
Scot Brown, UCLA associate professor of history, was interviewed for a recent episode of the TV One program "Unsung" exploring the history of the 1980s R&B group Midnight Star.
 
 
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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, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting that marriage reduces the risk of heart attack in both men and women.
 
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about California’s luxury housing market.
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about outpatient surgery centers billing insurance providers exorbitant amounts.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters article about gun ownership among members of the U.S. Senate committee considering gun-control legislation.
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