UCLA Headlines June 19, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
'Sharpshooter' Drug Targets Cancers
Canada Newswire, the Canadian Press, CTV News, the Toronto Star and the Digital Journal reported Wednesday on the development of an experimental drug by Dr. Dennis Slamon, professor of hematology–oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues that targets an enzyme involved in a number of malignancies, including breast, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Slamon was quoted in the coverage.
 
Link Between Air Pollution, Autism
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Tuesday on a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that found that babies exposed to traffic pollution in the womb have an increased risk for autism. Tracy Ann Becerra, a student researcher at the Fielding School, was quoted.
 
Get Rid of Polyps, Keep Your Colon
News Medical and Becker’s ASC Review reported Tuesday on research led by Dr. James Yoo, assistant professor of surgery and chief of the colon and rectal surgery program for the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examining the effectiveness of a new minimally invasive technique for removing large and hard-to-reach polyps from the colon without removing part of the colon itself.
 
AMA Says Obesity Is a Disease
Dr. David Baron, executive director of UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about the American Medical Association's recent classification of obesity as a chronic disease.
 
Teacher-Training Programs
The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies was referenced Tuesday in Long Beach Press-Telegram and KPCC-89.3 FM “AirTalk” stories about a report issued by a controversial policy group assessing U.S. teacher-training programs. Megan Franke, professor of education and chair of the UCLA Department of Education, was quoted in the Press-Telegram and interviewed on KPCC.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and an adviser to Washington state on marijuana regulation, was quoted Tuesday in a Huffington Post article about plans by a former Microsoft executive to create the first national brand of marijuana in the U.S.
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