UCLA In the News April 24, 2018

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

‘Regifted’ kidney is giving new life to 70-year-old woman | CNN

“If someone dies after a transplant and the kidney is still functioning, there is no reason why we should discard the kidney,” said [UCLA’s] Dr. Jeffery Veale, who performed the procedure. “This was a teenage kidney — it probably has many years left…. “In the last 60 years there have been less than 50 cases of kidneys being re-transplanted. This is because the common practice is that once a kidney is transplanted, you don’t re-transplant it.”

Climate change could leave Californians with ‘weather whiplash’ | CNN

“In a place like California, we really need to be thinking about both risks [drought and flood] simultaneously,” said Daniel Swain, a University of California, Los Angeles climate scientist and lead author of the study. (Also: KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV, KPCC-FM [Audio download], KCRW-FM [Audio download], KQED-FM, USA Today, Vox) UCLA’s Alex Hall also quoted.

At college decision time, conservatives face tough choices | Christian Science Monitor

Academia itself has also grown to be overwhelmingly liberal, with the number of self-described conservative or far right professors having dropped to less than 15 percent as of 2014, according to data from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Justice Department wants to remove questions for LGBTQ teens from crime survey | NBC News

Adam Romero is the director of legal scholarship and federal policy at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. He told NBC News the survey is an important tool for collecting data on LGBTQ people, a community that suffers high rates of violence. “It’s important to note that those questions are voluntary and confidential,” Romero said of the proposed revision. “According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it’s making this move due to the potential sensitivity to 16 and 17 year olds, but those questions aren’t any more sensitive than others on the survey.”

Will Trump lawyer Cohen ‘flip’? | MSNBC’s “Deadline White House”

“The indications are [Mueller is] going to be giving a report that will have four different counts, as it were, of possible obstruction,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman. (Approx. 05:30 mark)

$110-million home sale in Malibu to be a record for L.A. County | Los Angeles Times

Sales activity indicates that while some long-term investors are bearish on the consequences of climate change, others have no issue with it, according to Paul Habibi, a professor of real estate at UCLA.

Garcetti says he would consider expanding rent control | Los Angeles Times

Soaring rents and rising home prices have left many Angelenos uneasy about their future. A recent UCLA survey found that young adults in Los Angeles County are especially anxious about the cost of housing.

How bacteria are changing your mood | BBC

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, at the University of California, Los Angeles, told me: “If we change the bacteria, can we change the way we respond?” But she says we need far bigger studies that really probe what species, and even sub-species, of bacteria may be exerting an effect on the brain and what products they are making in the gut.

George H.W. Bush’s condition hopeful | Associated Press

People in their 90s with Parkinson’s disease are often at higher risk of pneumonia and other infections because their swallowing process can be compromised, said Dr. David Reuben, professor of geriatric medicine at the UCLA medical school in Los Angeles. “And the stress of losing a loved one can weaken the immune system,” he said.

Waffle House shooter’s guns were seized but then returned | Associated Press

“Family dynamics are unusual. And here’s a situation where the family knew of his danger and still gave him a gun,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and gun industry expert.

Doctors prescribe opioids at high rates to those at increased overdose risk | Medical Xpress

Previous studies have shown that people who become addicted to opioids after being co-prescribed benzodiazepines and the pain reliever have much higher overdose rates, said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the study’s lead author.

How marijuana and meditation can lead to more mindfulness | VICE’s “Tonic”

“Mindfulness can be helpful for a variety of physical health issues, generally speaking, stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure,” says Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. “Conditions that relate to inflammation can be positively affected such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc., and it’s also has been shown to boost the immune system and promote the healing response.”

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