UCLA Headlines November 20, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UC, UCLA Hospital Workers Go on Strike
KCBS-Channel 2, KABC-Channel 7 and KTTV-Channel 11 reported today that members of a patient care and service workers union are staging a one-day strike at UCLA Health System facilities and other University of California medical centers.
 
Debate Over New Statin Guidelines
Dr. Karol Watson, associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KTTV-Channel 11 about new guidelines she co-authored recommending that more people at risk of heart disease be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
 
When Critical Care Is 'Futile'
The Huffington Post on Tuesday highlighted a study by researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and colleagues examining the cost and frequency of critical-care patients receiving treatments that doctors feel will not save or meaningfully improve their lives. Dr. Neil Wenger, professor of general internal medicine and health services research and director of the UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center at the Geffen School, was quoted.
 
Same-Sex Marriage and the Economy
An article in today's Chicago Tribune about Illinois’ legalization of same-sex marriage cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that same-sex weddings could inject up to $103 million into the state economy in the first three years.
 
Ocean Weather and Snowfall
The Sacramento Bee reports today on a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues aimed at understanding how "atmospheric river" storms from the Pacific Ocean may help predict high snowfall levels on the West Coast that can potentially result in floods, mudslides and levee failures. Bin Guan, an assistant researcher with UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, was quoted.
 
How Important Is a Good-Looking Spouse?
An article in Tuesday's Huffington Post about research on factors that lead to satisfying marriages highlighted a study by UCLA psychology professors Benjamin Karney and Thomas Bradbury, who co-direct the Relationship Institute at UCLA, that found that men who felt they "lucked out" by marrying attractive wives were happier and more likely to care about their wives' needs — and, in turn, their wives were happier. Karney was quoted.
 
Seedier Side of 19th-Century Art
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on "Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880–1914," an upcoming exhibition at UCLA's Hammer Museum that explores representations of women — from high-society matrons to drug addicts, prostitutes and alcoholics — in turn-of-the-century French art.
 
State Audit: California University Assaults
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday that UCLA will participate in a California state audit examining various universities' policies and procedures for handling reports of sexual assaults.
 
Diversity and Admissions
KCRW-89.9 FM’s “Which Way, LA?” reported Tuesday on a video made by a group of UCLA students expressing concern about the low number of African-American male students on campus and university admissions policies.
 
Donation to UC Global Health Institute
The Los Angeles Business Journal reported on Nov. 11 that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a visiting professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, donated $4 million to the UC Global Health Institute to support new cross-campus interdisciplinary education and research. Thomas Coates, director of the Program in Global Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and holder of the Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Chair in Global AIDS, was quoted.
 
Buildings and Earthquake Safety
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Tuesday on an ongoing study by researchers from UCLA, UC Berkeley and other institutions examining the seismic safety of buildings throughout Los Angeles County.
 
Predicting Severe Flu Outbreaks
An article in today's New Yorker about disaster prediction cited a study by researchers from the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability aimed at mapping global hotspots where bird flu could combine with human flu to create a virulent super-flu pandemic.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg 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 research suggesting that taking aspirin before bed can protect against heart attacks.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Monday in a WebMD article about the renewal of certain private health insurance policies initially canceled under the Affordable Care Act.
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