UCLA In the News April 11, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

UCLA ranked No. 1 best value college of 2018 | Forbes

The two schools at the top of the list are both big state research universities, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley. They were No. 2 and 1 last year, but this year they’ve switched places. UCLA edged ahead of Berkeley because its yearly net price, $14,200, is lower than Berkeley’s $17,200, and it has a greater share of students receiving federal Pell Grants, 35% versus 31% at Berkeley.

Xenophobic prejudice harms U.S.-born people of color too | Pacific Standard

The study, performed by researchers from the University of California–Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, examines data from the General Social Survey, an assessment conducted every two years to gauge American public opinion toward a range of social issues, including immigration. The researchers then compare this data with mortality rates in the chosen communities to examine whether anti-immigrant sentiments affect mortality rates among members of those communities.

Can Trump actually fire Mueller? | MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell”

“The short answer is there are probably ways he can do it, but the sort of Dershowitz line that some have been plying I think does not make it. There would be two theories: one would just be ‘I’m the president and you fire.’ It’s the so-called ‘full unitary executive.’ It’s been discredited by the Supreme Court, it’s unlikely to fly,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman. (Approx. 05:28) (Also: Daily Mail [U.K.])

How single-payer health care has divided Democrats | Los Angeles Times

The $367-billion figure Newsom used comes from a 2016 study done in part by Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy at UCLA. Kominski agrees that, in theory, additional revenue might not be necessary if all of that money spent on health care in California can be funneled to a single state health care agency.

AI brings microscopic details into smartphone images | Phys.org

“Using deep learning, we set out to bridge the gap in image quality between inexpensive mobile phone-based microscopes and gold-standard bench-top microscopes that use high-end lenses,” [UCLA’s] Aydogan Ozcan said. “We believe that our approach is broadly applicable to other low-cost microscopy systems that use, for example, inexpensive lenses or cameras, and could facilitate the replacement of high-end bench-top microscopes with cost-effective, mobile alternatives.”

What makes Alice Lloyd College special | Inside Higher Ed Opinion

The cafeteria provides basic meals (no food courts here), but those choosing to teach at Alice Lloyd agree with Alexander W. Astin, founding director of Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has stressed the importance of educating students at all levels, not just those identified by teachers and tests as smart. (He has written many books on this topic, the most recent being “Are You Smart Enough,” published by Stylus in 2016.)

Can risk of heart disease from breast cancer treatment be reduced? | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Karol Watson, director of the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine, says that heart disease seldom results solely from a single source, even chemotherapy, but rather tends to be a more cumulative process. Watson was a co-author on the AHA statement and says radiation therapy — especially in patients with breast cancer in the left breast, which sits right over the heart — can also cause damage to the heart.

Scientists discover that cells contain mitochondria specialized to build fats | Phys.org

“This is really a whole new view of mitochondria and what they can do,” said lead author Dr. Orian Shirihai, a professor of medicine in endocrinology and pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The finding, published in Cell Metabolism, may one day lead to new treatments for obesity, fatty liver and other metabolic diseases, he added.

Is there such a thing as normal aging? | Kaiser Health News

Dr. David Reuben, 65, experienced altitude sickness and jet lag for the first time in his 50s. To reduce those effects, Reuben, director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and chief of the geriatrics division at UCLA, learned to stick to a regimen — even when he travels cross-country: He tries to go to bed and wake up at the same time, no matter what time zone he’s in. (Also: News-Medical)

Female body shape gene may raise risk of type 2 diabetes | Medical Xpress

The study, which was an international collaboration with King’s College London, MRC Harwell, the University of California in Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and others, also showed that the effects of these gene variations were specific to females.

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