UCLA Headlines May 16, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A UCLA study showing that a diet steadily high in fructose slowed the brain and hampered memory and learning in rats was highlighted today by KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, MSNBC, Asian News International, Mother Jones, Forbes, PsychCentral, Red Orbit, Britain's Daily Mail, Canada's QMI Agency, New Zealand’s Top News and the Press Trust of India and Tuesday by the Digital Journal, Gawker, Medical Xpress, Agence France-Presse, the Atlantic, Live Science, Medical Daily and numerous other media outlets around the world. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Cinco de Mayo, Born in the U.S.A.
Tuesday's Inland Valley Daily Bulletin highlighted research and a new book by David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, exploring the California origins of the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Hayes-Bautista was quoted.
 
NCAA Funds UCLA Concussion Study
BrainTrack reported Tuesday on an NCAA-funded study by scientists from the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center and colleagues examining the effects of head injuries on student-athletes over the course of their college careers and beyond. Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology and a member of the Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted.
 
Slow Growth in Coachella Valley
An article in Tuesday's Palm Springs Desert Sun about a recent conference on the economies of California's Coachella Valley and the state cited research by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg.
 
String of Robberies Near Campus
KNBC-Channel 4 reported today, and a Los Angeles Times blog reported Tuesday, on a recent series of robberies in the Westwood Village area targeting UCLA students.
 
Genes and Parkinson’s Progression
Asian News International reports today on UCLA research that may help determine which Parkinson's disease patients will experience a more rapid decline in motor function. Dr. Beate Ritz, vice chair of the epidemiology department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Shannon Rhodes, an epidemiology researcher at the Fielding School; and Dr. Jeff Bronstein, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, are quoted.
 
Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s
Dr. John Ringman, associate clinical professor of neurology and a member of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was interviewed Tuesday on KABC-Channel 7 about the ongoing effort to find a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
 
 
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Dr. Larry Baraff
Baraff, associate director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Tuesday in an ABC News.com article about a man who died from "secondary drowning" several hours after he fell in the water and pulled himself out.
 
Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about post-operative tests for heart patients who have undergone procedures to open blocked arteries. Fonarow also commented Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about a common blood clot–prevention medication going off patent and becoming more affordable for patients.
 
Dr. Stephen Marder
Marder, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and chief of the UCLA–Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, was quoted Tuesday in a WebMD article about a new test that may help predict who is at risk for schizophrenia.
 
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, commented Tuesday in a WebMD article about a paralyzed man who has regained partial movement in his hands after a spinal cord surgery.
 
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus
Rotheram-Borus, director of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, commented Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about the Food and Drug Administration considering approval of an at-home HIV test.
 
Steven Wallace
Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and chair of community health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in a Contra Costa Times article about California's ongoing budget crisis and cuts to public services.
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