UCLA In the News April 5, 2017

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

Worries over deportation | New York Times

That was abundantly evident in a poll released Tuesday by the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California. The poll found that 37 percent of respondents said they were afraid that they, a family member or a friend would be deported because of their immigration status. (Also: KABC-TV, KTTV-TV, LAist, KPCC-FM, Los Angeles Daily News, KCET)

Why taking deep breaths can be so calming | New York Times

More than 25 years ago, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles first discovered a small bundle of about 3,000 interlinked neurons inside the brain stems of animals, including people, that seem to control most aspects of breathing. They dubbed these neurons the breathing pacemaker.

Is Pence’s practice sexist? | Los Angeles Times

“I believe this is gender discrimination,” said Kim Elsesser, 52, a UCLA lecturer on gender and psychology who founded a proprietary quantitative hedge fund at Morgan Stanley after graduating from Vassar and MIT. “If you don’t go out to dinner with a woman, it’s hard to have a woman be your campaign manager or your chief of staff or whoever you need to regularly meet with.”

A look at some of the people ICE has caught recently | CNN

“I think there is tension between the statement ‘we are going after those who have criminal records’ and then the actual actions of the agency, which suggests that immigration enforcement will not be focused,” UCLA School of Law professor Ingrid Eagly said.

LGBT youth are disproportionately in jail | The Advocate

“The findings support calls by policymakers and advocates for the need to pay attention to the unique needs of LGBT youth in state systems,” says Dr. Bianca D.M. Wilson, lead author on the report, released Tuesday by The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Trauma of being undocumented immigrant | KCRW-FM’s “Scheer Intelligence”

“I think MacArthur Park is very densely populated. It’s the most populated of foreign-born immigrants anywhere in Los Angeles, mostly from Central America, and people are living in fear. People are afraid to go to the shopping centers, people are afraid to go to the clinics, people are afraid to take their children to school,” said UCLA’s Victor Navarro. (Approx. 02:20 mark)

Delving into how the mind tackles time | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“There’s this paradox that we call the ‘vacation paradox,’ in which you’re engaged in a task as it’s happening. This is called prospective timing, time seems to fly by. But, and here’s a question for you, after the fact, when people finish their vacation, sometimes they look back and sometimes, it seems to be an extended time,” said UCLA’s Dean Buonomano. (Approx. 1:15 mark)

Stem cell finding kills ‘disease-causing intruders’ | International Business Times

Researchers at UCLA successfully created an artificial thymus capable of killing “disease-causing intruders” responsible for the growth of cancerous tumors. Scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research said the stem-cell research breakthrough could one day pave the way toward creating a cure for cancer.

Online toolkit offers resources to improve school nutrition | Daily Democrat

“What you eat not only impacts health, it also is strongly linked to academic achievement,” said Wendy Slusser, associate vice provost for UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, who led the GFI project. “This toolkit offers resources to help organizations provide students with equitable access to healthy food, so they can eat better and maximize their opportunities for academic success.”

In pain? Many doctors say opioids not the answer | Kaiser Health News

Finally, Dr. Chrystina Jeter, clinical instructor of pain medicine at UCLA Health, wants you to know that she and other pain docs are on your side, even if you don’t agree with their decisions to change your treatment plan. “If I tell you I have to taper your opioids or that I can no longer prescribe your opioids for you, it’s not because I want to make you hurt or that I don’t care,” she says. “My primary job is to keep you safe, and I have a lot of evidence now to suggest that the prescribing habits of 10 years ago were not in patients’ best interest in the long run.”

Alcohol use among vets with schizophrenia is troubling | Psych Central

In the new study, led by Dr. Alexander Young, a psychiatry professor at UCLA, researchers randomly selected 801 veterans receiving treatment for schizophrenia at Veterans Health Administration medical centers in California, New York, Louisiana, and Texas. Trained assessors conducted confidential interviews with the veterans to gather information about their psychiatric symptoms, any use of alcohol and illicit drugs, how well they followed their prescription regimens, overall quality of life, and use of treatment services.

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