UCLA Headlines July 16, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Ranked One of Top Hospitals in U.S.
The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS–Los Angeles, the Westwood–Century City Patch and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune report today that the UCLA Health System's hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named to U.S. News and World Report's exclusive annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll list. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Mandela, Apartheid and South Africa
Edmond Keller, UCLA professor of political science and director of UCLA's Globalization Research Center–Africa, was interviewed Thursday on Wisconsin Public Radio about Nelson Mandela's legacy and the 50th anniversary of the raid on Liliesleaf Farm in South Africa, in which many prominent members of the African National Congress were arrested.
 
Getting Fluids in Shape
Red Orbit reported Monday that a research team led by Dino Di Carlo, UCLA associate professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a member of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute, has developed a way to control the shape of fluids flowing through pipes or conduits without using complex and time-consuming fluid-motion equations. Di Carlo was quoted.
 
Growth, Not Just Size, Matters With Aneurysms
Medscape reported Friday on a study by Dr. Pablo Villablanca, chief of diagnostic neuroradiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that a brain aneurysm’s growth rate, not just its size, predicts its likelihood of rupture. Villablanca was quoted.
 
The Mystery of Hospital Pricing
Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the significant disparities in prices charged by different hospitals for the same procedures.
 
Gender and the Trayvon Martin Case
The History News Network on Monday featured an essay by Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies and author of the forthcoming book "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the LA Riots," on the critical role played by women, including in the jury, in the George Zimmerman verdict.
 
Black, White and Trayvon Martin
Monday's Huffington Post featured a column by Robin D.G. Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Professor of United States History in the UCLA Department of History, about the Trayvon Martin case and ongoing issues of race in the United States.
 
Geology of the Southland Beach
Anthony Orme, UCLA professor emeritus of geology and geography, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM about beach sand the geological history of California's coastline.
 
Intervention for Sexual Trauma
Medical Xpress reported Monday on a UCLA study of HIV-positive women who were sexually abused as children that has found that the more severe their past trauma, the greater their improvement in an intervention program designed to ease their psychological suffering. Dorothy Chin, an associate research psychologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Segregation and Charter Schools
A blog column in Monday's Arkansas Times about school resegregation trends in Arkansas cited a 2010 study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA that found that in several Western and Southern states, white students were disproportionately represented in charter schools.
 
Doctors Fall Short With Advice on Supplements
Pro Health reports today on a study led by Dr. Derjung Tarn, assistant professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that, overall, physicians are not particularly good at conveying important information about the risks of dietary supplements to their patients. Tarn was quoted.
 
UCLA Hospitals and Patient Experience
Health Leaders reports today on steps that the UCLA Health System has taken to ensure a positive patient experience — particularly for low-income and ethnically diverse patient populations. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted.
 
Fish Oil Diet Slows Prostate Cancer Growth
Australia's Queensland Times reports today, on a 2011 study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center that found that a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements helped slow the growth of cancer cells in prostate tissue.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Joel Aberbach
Aberbach, distinguished professor of political science and public policy and director of the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, was quoted Monday in a Reuters article about the political future of former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
 
Dr. Eric Esrailian
Esrailian, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in an NBC News.com article about how aspirin may lower the risk of colon cancer in women.
 
Dr. Marla Fejzo
Fejzo, assistant professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Toronto Globe and Mail article about the health risks of severe morning sickness.
 
Jan-Christopher Horak
Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about the career of actress Charlotte Rampling.
 
Dr. Mark Morocco
Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Monday in a National Geographic article about the dangers of intense summer heat.
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