UCLA Headlines May 23, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
More Kidney Stones for Americans
National Public Radio reports today on a study by researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and colleagues showing that as rates of obesity and diabetes have risen in the U.S., the incidence of kidney stones has also increased significantly.
 
New UCLA Performing Arts Season
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday on the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s new 2012–13 performing arts program, which will feature theater, dance, spoken word and musical performances. Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the center, is quoted.
 
Training Your Brain for Old Age
Tuesday's Orange County Register featured a Q&A with Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, about his book "The Alzheimer's Prevention Program," which offers tips on how individuals can keep their cognitive skills sharp as they age.
 
Early Detection of Alzheimer's
An article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal about tests that can help identify which individuals are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease highlighted the experiences of a patient seen by Dr. John Ringman, associate professor of neurology and a member of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research. Ringman was quoted.
 
Cycling and Male Reproductive Health
A study by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing showing that serious male cyclists had elevated levels of both testosterone and a form of estrogen in their blood was highlighted  Tuesday by an Examiner blog and Monday by the Environmental and Urban Economics blog. Leah FitzGerald, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was quoted in the coverage. 
 
Parents Can Set Healthy Eating Example
A column about childhood obesity published Tuesday in Vermont's Brattleboro Reformer cited a study by researchers from UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research showing that kids often tend to eat what they see their parents eating.
 
'Rare' Mutations Surprisingly Common
BioWorld reported Tuesday on a study by John Novembre, UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a member of UCLA's Interdepartmental Program in Bioinformatics, and colleagues that found that "rare" genetic variants, many of which may be linked to human diseases, are quite common. Novembre was quoted.
 
Indiana Economy Improving Slightly
An article in Tuesday's Bloomington Herald-Times about Indiana’s economy cited recent data from the Ceridian–UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the United States.
 
Ten Drone Myths Debunked
Wednesday's Huffington Post featured an op-ed co-authored by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, debunking misconceptions about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.
 
How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A UCLA study showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats — and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage — was highlighted Tuesday by Toronto Star. 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.
 
 
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Dr. Liana Apostolova
Apostolova, UCLA associate clinical professor of neurology, is quoted today in a Technology Review article about a new brain dye that helps researchers identify Alzheimer's disease.
 
Stuart Banner
Banner, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about five states that perform closed-door executions of death-penalty prisoners.
 
David Hovda
Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Wednesday in an Associated Press article about the record-setting number of military veterans applying for disability benefits.
 
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Monday in a Bakersfield Now article about whether drone aircraft are a form of protection or an invasion of privacy for American citizens.
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