UCLA In the News April 13, 2018

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

Too much sitting may thin part of brain important for memory | Los Angeles Times

Even before Alzheimer’s disease steals memories, the condition begins to change the density and volume of the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex, memory-making structures that lie at the heart of the medial temporal lobe. The findings are based on interviews and tests of 35 cognitively healthy people between the ages of 45 and 75. Researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute and its Center for Cognitive Neurosciences queried the volunteers about their physical activity patterns and scanned their brains in an MRI. Then they gauged how self-reported sitting time or physical activity levels corresponded to thickness in these critical brain structures. (Also: Forbes, Medical Xpress and KCBS-TV)

The twice-transplanted kidney | The Atlantic

It was only the second transplant reusing a kidney [UCLA’s Jeffrey] Veale had ever performed; he has now done a total of three. In the entire country between 1988 and 2014, 38 kidneys were reused in transplants, along with 26 livers and three hearts, according to an ”American Journal of Transplantation” study.

UCLA team competes for Carbon X-Prize | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“Globally, if you imagine that this becomes the standard construction tomorrow, you’re talking about maybe a billion, billion and a half tons of CO2 sequestration annually,” said UCLA’s Gaurav Sant. (Audio download)

Trump weighs options for Syria gas attack response | KTTV-TV’s “Good Day LA”

“It’s very unlikely that it was the rebel forces that did it. It’s more than likely that it was the Syrian government. The Syrians have been using poison gas or have been developing poison gas as their alternative to nuclear weapons actually, ever since the 1970s. So they have the stockpiles, or had the stockpiles before they were cleaned out, and they have the capacity to do it and very likely they are the ones that actually did it,” said UCLA’s James Gelvin.

Doctors curbing first-time prescriptions for opioids | HealthDay

“Rates of accidental overdose are high and rising, and we are struggling as a country to address the problem,” said study author [UCLA’s] Dr. Joseph Ladapo. “As physicians, we have contributed to the problem, and one of the things we can do to address it is to reduce co-prescribing of benzodiazepines and opioids, and think very hard about how to effectively treat a patient’s pain while also reducing the risks the patient now faces from opioid therapy,” Ladapo said. (UCLA’s John Mafi was also cited)

California takes on Texas and Trump on health care | CalMatters

“The repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have devastating consequences for California and the nation,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The (Texas) lawsuit seems frivolous, because Congress modifies existing law all the time, but that does not invalidate the original law being modified.”

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