UCLA Headlines May 24, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Fighting Childhood Obesity
An article in Wednesday's Los Angeles Daily News about declining obesity rates in California cited a county-by-county study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that the overall childhood obesity rate in the state fell slightly between 2005 and 2010.
 
Modern Radiological Surgeries
Wednesday's Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about cutting-edge radiological methods for draining fluid from abdominal abscesses. Dr. Barbara Kadell, professor and vice chair of radiological sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted.
 
Cutting Costs and Preserving Quality
The New York Times reports today on the UCLA Health System's efforts to reduce costs for patient care, in part by introducing innovative programs that emphasize coordinated care for chronically ill patients, healthy lifestyles and reduced emergency room visits. Dr. David Feinberg, president and CEO of the UCLA Health System, is quoted.
 
Cycling and Male Reproductive Health
A study by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing showing that serious male cyclists have elevated levels of both testosterone and a form of estrogen in their blood was highlighted  today by Asian News International and Wednesday by Britain's Daily Mail. Leah FitzGerald, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was quoted in the coverage.
 
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 today by the Philippine Star and Tuesday by National Geographic and Pacific Standard magazine. 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.
 
Doctor Treats Unusual Ear Malady
Rhode Island's WPRI-Channel 12 on Tuesday highlighted Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his treatment of a patient with superior canal dehiscence, a tiny hole in the ear canal the causes sounds from inside and outside the body to reverberate inside the brain.
 
Saving More Is All in the Mind
Fox Business reported Wednesday, and Morningstar reported Tuesday, on research by Shlomo Benartzi, professor of accounting at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and author of “Save More Tomorrow,” showing how psychology can help people save more for retirement.
 
Showers of Disease
Dr. Otto Yang, professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Wednesday on KABC-Channel 7 about “shower disease,” a respiratory infection caused by harmful bacteria that accumulate in showerheads.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
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 Wednesday in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting calcium supplements may increase older individuals' risk of heart attack.
 
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Business Journal article about a residential and commercial real estate project in downtown Santa Monica.
 
David Shulman
Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Wednesday in a U.S. News & World Report article about gridlock on economic issues in Congress.
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