UCLA Headlines June 14, 2012

Dissonant Music Brings out Animal in Us
Research by Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Greg Bryant, UCLA assistant professor of communication studies, showing that distorted and jarring music tends to excite listeners because it mimics the distress calls of animals was highlighted today by California Watch and Wednesday by HealthDay News and Science Daily. Blumstein and Bryant were quoted in the coverage.
Multiple Causes of Woolly Mammoth Extinction
The io9 blog reported Wednesday on a study led by Glen MacDonald, director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, that found that woolly mammoths succumbed to a lethal combination of climate warming, encroaching humans and habitat change between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Hepatitis Among the Homeless
The Associated Press reported Monday on research led by Dr. Lillian Gelberg, professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that found that the rate of hepatitis C among homeless individuals in Los Angeles' skid row area is 10 times higher than among the general population and that many of them were unaware they had the disease. Gelberg and Mary Marfisee, medical director of the UCLA School of Nursing's Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission, were quoted by the AP.
Patient Celebrates Health With Bike Trip
The OC Weekly reported Wednesday that a patient successfully treated last year for severe aplastic anemia, a rare disease of the bone marrow, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will soon bike 80 miles from his home in Mission Viejo to UCLA. Dr. Ronald Paquette, clinical professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Cracking the Secret of Social Media
The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that researchers from UCLA and Hewlett Packard have developed an algorithm that can forecast the likelihood that a story or tweet will be shared and re-shared on social media.
Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis C
Today's Whittier Daily News features a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment in the U.S.
Growing Bone From Stem Cells
KTTV-Channel 11 reported Tuesday on a study led by Dr. Chia Soo, adjunct professor of orthopedic surgery and a researcher at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, that found that bone grown using stem cells from fat tissue forms faster and is of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods. Dr. Karol Watson, UCLA assistant professor of cardiology, was interviewed in the story. The International Business Times reported Wednesday on the study. Soo was quoted.
'Zoobiquity' Benefits People and Animals
Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, clinical professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, was interviewed Tuesday on ABC's “World News Now” about her research comparing physical and mental disorders in animals and humans and her book "Zoobiquity," which looks at the species-spanning nature of illness.
Getting Kids to Eat Healthy
Westside Today reported Wednesday on “Eat Your Vegetables," a new book by Dr. Natalie Digate Muth and Dr. Mary Saph Tanaka, pediatric residents at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, that provides parents with a step-by-step plan to help kids embrace fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods.
Fast Food and Childhood Obesity
A KCBS-Channel 2 report on Tuesday about fast-food restaurants and childhood obesity highlighted a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that charted childhood obesity rates in areas throughout California.
Recognizing and Managing Migraines
Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA's Headache Research and Treatment Program and a professor of neurology who holds UCLA's Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies, was interviewed Tuesday on KABC-Channel 7 about what happens in the brain during migraines and steps individuals can take to prevent them.
UCLA Health System Expanding
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal reported Wednesday on the UCLA Health System's plans to expand in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys by building several buildings for imaging, diagnostics and specialty physicians. Ann Sullivan, project director for the UCLA Department of Medicine, was quoted.
Dr. Alon Avidan
Avidan, UCLA associate professor of neurology and co-director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was quoted Wednesday in a WebMD article about research indicating a link between obesity and daytime sleepiness.
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about an increase in Southern California home sales.
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, was quoted Wednesday in an American Prospect column about a new study suggesting that children of same-sex couples are at higher risk for social, psychological and physical problems as adults.
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 the California Public Employees' Retirement System's decision to increase health care premiums for its members by almost 10 percent.
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, is quoted today in an Education Week article about changes to the Los Angeles Unified School District's high school curriculum requirements.
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in an ABCNews.com article about research suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids may not offer any protection against cognitive decline.
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