UCLA Headlines May 21, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UC, UCLA Hospital Workers Go on Strike
The ongoing two-day strike by members of a patient-care workers union and another union at UCLA hospitals and other UC medical centers was highlighted Monday by KCBS-Channel 2, KABC-Channel 7, the Associated Press ( 1 | 2 ), City News Service ( 1 | 2 ), the Fresno Bee, KPCC-89.3 FM, Iran's Press TV and today by the Los Angeles Times ( 1 | 2 ), the Associated Press, an Orange Weekly blog, a KPCC-89.3 FM blog, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KTTV-Channel 11, KMEX-Channel 34, KABC-790 AM, KNX-1070 AM, KCRW-89.9 FM and other outlets. Dr. J. Thomas Rosenthal, chief medical officer for the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted and interviewed in the coverage.
 
The Science of a Great Apple Pie
UCLA's most recent "Science and Food" event — a  bake-off in which students prepared apple pies and explained the scientific principles behind their creations — was highlighted Monday in a Los Angeles Times column and an Eater blog. Organized by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, the events are presented in conjunction with her academic course "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat."
 
Thinking Twice About Prostate Cancer Treatment
KPCC-89.3 FM, News-Medical, HealthDay News and Daily Rx report today on research led by Dr. Timothy Daskivich, a urology resident and Robert Wood Johnson fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, suggesting that many older patients with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer forgo aggressive cancer treatment in order to preserve their quality of life. Daskivich is quoted in the coverage.
 
Why Some People Are Prone to Pimples
Slovakia’s JOJ News (23:00) reported Monday on a UCLA study shedding light on why some people develop acne and others don’t. Huying Li, assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed. 
 
Helping Foreign Doctors Help Local Communities
EFE News reported Monday reported on the graduation ceremony for UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Dr. Michelle Bholat, the program's executive director and vice chair of the department of family medicine, was quoted.
 
Bus Lines Produce Less Smog Than Cars
The Source reported Monday on UCLA research showing that the Orange Line and Gold Line bus services produce less smog and greenhouse gases than the average auto driven in Los Angeles County. Stephanie Pincetl, director of the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities and an adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Zoe Elizabeth, a project manager with the institute; and Juan Matute, director of the climate change initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, were quoted.
 
Preserving the Historic Watts Towers
Robert Nigbor, a research engineer at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Ertugrul Taciroglu, associate professor of environmental and civil engineering at UCLA Engineering, were interviewed Saturday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Off-Ramp" about the history of the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles and current efforts by UCLA engineers and others to prevent the landmark from deteriorating.
 
Concerns About Valley Fever
Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan,clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Monday for a Voice of America story about the spread of Valley Fever, or coccidiodomycosis, in California and Arizona. 
 
 
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Dr. Paul Chung
Chung, chief of general pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Monday in an article in Salt Lake City’s Deseret Morning News about the effect of poverty on children's health and well-being around the world.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters article about how Washington state's new recreational marijuana market could be undercut by the state's medical marijuana market.
 
Paul Thompson
Thompson, UCLA professor of neurology and member of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was quoted Monday in an article in Britain’s Daily Mail about research showing that vitamin B may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
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