UCLA Headlines November 8, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Astronomers Find 'Freakish' Asteroid
The discovery by David Jewitt, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and colleagues of an unusual asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it was highlighted Thursday by the Associated Press, China's Xinhua News Agency, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, NBC News.com, CBS News.com, Scientific American, Popular Science, Fox News.com, Space, Discovery News, Salon, Voice of America, PhysOrg, United Press International, Sky News, Universe Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., EarthSky, Business Insider and the Times of Malta and today by Time, CNN.com, an NPR blog, Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, the New Scientist, Slate, Britain's Daily Mail, Reuters, the Times of India, Asian News International, the French Tribune, Agence France-Presse and Newspoint Africa, among other outlets. Jewitt was quoted in the coverage.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
A brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of retired football players who had suffered concussions was highlighted Thursday by ABC's "World News Tonight," NBC's "Nightly News," CNN's "Situation Room," ThinkProgress, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Britain's Daily Mail and KNX-1070 AM and today by the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, CNN Wire and the Washington Post. Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed by NBC and quoted by CNN Wire.
 
UCLA Launches Military Medicine Center
News Medical reported Thursday on a donation establishing the Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast, where faculty will partner with the armed forces to address the unique challenges of healing and caring for the nation's most critically wounded warriors.
 
Pot and Cancer Risk
An article in Thursday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer about studies on the respiratory effects of smoking marijuana cited research by led by Dr. Donald Tashkin, UCLA professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, showing that cannabis use was not associated with lung-related cancers. Tashkin was quoted.
 
Chronic Stress and Inflammation
The Huffington Post reports today on a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues showing that chronic stress can alter the activity of immune cells in a way that increases inflammation in the body.
 
Dancer Presents 'Play/Pause' at Royce
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday on an upcoming Royce Hall performance by dancer and choreographer Susan Marshall, part of the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance's season.
 
B-School Programs Moving Online
A Thursday Bloomberg Businessweek article about online degree programs at business schools highlighted the UCLA Anderson School of Management's hybrid Flex program for the part-time M.B.A. degree, which combines remote and classroom learning. Carla Hayn, senior associate dean of the UCLA Anderson's executive and fully employed M.B.A. programs, was quoted.
 
A Poet-Walker in the City
A Los Angeles Times blog on Tuesday highlighted "Urban Tumbleweed: A Tanka Diary," a new book of poetry by UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen. Mullen was quoted.
 
Navigation and Reward Anticipation
Research led Dr. Mayank Mehta, UCLA professor of neurophysics in the departments of neurology, neurobiology, and physics and astronomy, in which researchers built a virtual-reality environment for rats to observe the interplay between navigation and reward anticipation as they foraged for food, was highlighted Wednesday by Neuroscience News, RedOrbit, Science News Daily, Science Daily and Before It's News and Thursday by NeuroScienceStuff. Mehta was quoted in the coverage.
 
Baby Born With Unusual Condition
Dr. Mark Sklansky,chief of the division of pediatric cardiology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Wednesday on Univision about a baby born with congenital heart disease and a condition called heterotaxy, in which the heart and stomach are abnormally positioned.
 
 
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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 Thursday in a HealthDay News article about proposed restrictions by the FDA on trans fats in processed restaurant food.
 
Dr. Clifford Ko
Ko, professor of general surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is quoted today in an IMNG Medical Media article about how hospitals are avoiding Medicare penalties for too many patient readmissions.
 
Dr. Ronald Koretz
Koretz, UCLA professor of digestive diseases and gastroenterology, was quoted Wednesday in a Catholic Online article about treating hepatitis C.
 
William Yu
Yu, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Tuesday in a Long Beach Business Journal article about the real estate market in Long Beach, Calif.
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