UCLA Headlines October 10, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA to Run Clinics for Motion Picture and Television Fund
The Los Angeles Times, the Wrap, City News Service, the Los Angeles Business Journal and KCRW-89.9 FM reported Wednesday that UCLA and the Motion Picture and Television Fund have reached an agreement that would bring the fund's six health centers under the UCLA Health System umbrella. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted in the L.A. Times.
 
100 Years of Chinese Cinema
The Los Angeles Times reports today on "A Century of Chinese Cinema," an upcoming series by UCLA's Film and Television Archive featuring 28 films from China. Shannon Kelley, the archive's head of public programming, is quoted.
 
Bombings, Boxing and Brain Disease
A column published Tuesday on PBS's Nova website hypothesizing that alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been suffering from a degenerative brain condition as a result of boxing referenced a brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of five retired football players who had suffered one or more concussions. 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 quoted.
 
Race and School Suspensions
A Syracuse Post-Standard blog reported Wednesday on an ongoing analysis of school  suspension trends in Syracuse, N.Y., by Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Losen was quoted.
 
Detecting Cancer Through Saliva
An Examiner blog reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. David Wong, the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, that identified biomarkers for pancreatic cancer in human saliva.
 
Girls and Self-Image
The Boston Globe on Wednesday highlighted a recent talk given to a group of high school girls by Kjerstin Gruys, a UCLA doctoral candidate in sociology, that addressed issues of body image and self-esteem. Gruys was quoted.
 
State High Court Case on Bar Exam Info
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday on a California Supreme Court case centered on the efforts of UCLA law professor Richard Sander to obtain racial information on bar examination applicants from the California Bar Association for use in his research on preferential admissions policies at law schools.
 
Genetics and Heart Attack Risk
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that researchers from UCLA and four other universities have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of genetic and environmental factors on sudden cardiac death risk.
 
Testing New Drug for Brain Injuries
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News reported Wednesday that UCLA has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Army to study the use of the drug Posiphen in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The article cites research by Marie-Francoise Chesselet, UCLA's Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology and chair of the UCLA Department of Neurobiology, and David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center.
 
Cocaine Users May Be More Vulnerable to HIV
Edge Boston reported Tuesday on a study led by Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that cocaine can make human immune cells that are otherwise resistant to HIV infection more susceptible to the virus. Vatakis was quoted.
 
Exercise and Cholesterol
Asian News International reports today on a study led by Christian Roberts, assistant researcher at the UCLA School of Nursing, that found that in men who don't exercise, HDL, or “good,” cholesterol has a greater tendency to be dysfunctional and less efficient than in men who exercise.
 
Affordable Care Act
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Wednesday on KNBC-Channel 4 about some Californians facing an increase in health insurance premiums with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Kominski also was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about Covered California, the state’s new health insurance marketplace.
 
Complying With HIPAA
Bloomberg BNA reported Wednesday on a recent talk given by Marti Arvin, chief compliance officer for the UCLA Health System, about new rule changes under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act concerning patient privacy. Arvin was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Stephen Oliner
Oliner, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and a senior fellow with the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, is cited today in a Los Angeles Times article about Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Reserve.
 
Laurence C. Smith
Smith, professor of geography and chair of the UCLA Department of Geography, is quoted today in a USA Today article about the effects of climate change in Alaska.
 
Katherine Stone
Stone, distinguished professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in an American Prospect blog article about the direction of the U.S. economy.
 
Yalda Uhls
Uhls, a researcher at UCLA's Children's Digital Media Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Huffington Post story about free online games for children that market unhealthy foods.
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