UCLA In the News August 14, 2017

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

Leaving town at rush hour? Here’s how far you’ll get | Washington Post

Los Angeles is cornered by the ocean to the west and the mountains to the north. But L.A. is “particularly tricky,” said Madeline Brozen of the University of California at Los Angeles Institute of Transportation Studies, because it’s “a city of a thousand villages without a center.” Jobs have cropped up in the adjoining coastal towns without affordable housing in those areas, exacerbating the problem, she said.

Do short haircuts cause balding? | Wall Street Journal

[UCLA’s Dr. Carolyn] Goh says there is no solid evidence that cutting hair short will cause it to thin. In fact, frequent trims can make thinning hair appear fuller because it removes older hair and encourages growth. “The hair looks thicker, because it’s healthy, new hair, but it’s not actually thicker,” explains Dr. Goh. “That’s just part of the life cycle of the hair follicle.”

Despite strict California law, many kids aren’t vaccinated | Los Angeles Times

“That’s just totally wrong,” said Dr. James Cherry, a UCLA research professor and senior editor of the “Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.” “This idea of 20% having medical exemptions is nonsense, and certain doctors buy into that, but it’s wrong.”

The environmental impact of U.S. pets | Smithsonian

“I’m not a vegetarian, but eating meat does come at a cost,” [UCLA’s Gregory] Okin says in a statement. “Those of us in favor of eating or serving meat need to be able to have an informed conversation about our choices, and that includes the choices we make for our pets.” (Also: Boston Globe)

California communities affected by rising seas file suit | NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

“I think it's an incredibly smart and well-crafted approach to using litigation to really try to address some of the challenges of climate change,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson.

Here’s why we stopped using $1,000 bills | Marketplace.org

Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the bill was used to rapidly purchase supplies like ammunitions during the war. In the decades after, the $1,000 bill and other large-denomination currencies were mostly used in real estate deals or interbank transfers, Ohanian said. “They facilitated really, really large financial transactions that primarily were being carried out between banks or other financial intermediaries,” Ohanian said. “So it made life a little bit easier.”

ER rates soar as more toddlers ingest marijuana | HealthDay News

"We also need to think about setting limits on the doses of THC in these products as they become more commercially available," said Dr. Thomas Jacob, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. "If parents do use cannabis-related products, please keep [them] securely locked away from the reach of children at all times and away from other places where you store food and supplies, as edibles can easily be mistaken for treats," Jacob said.

Sleep biology discovery could lead to new insomnia treatments | Medical Xpress

UCLA scientists report the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation — a surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not involve getting a drug into the brain.

L.A. tests cooling pavement paint to beat heat | Agence France-Presse

Alan Barreca, an environmental science professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the pavement cooling technology could be more equitable than current methods like air conditioning. "Not everyone has the resources to use air conditioning, so there's concern that some low-income families will suffer," he said. "That bothers me on a moral dimension. The pavement would provide benefits to everyone."

Are extended juice fasts healthy? | Healthline

“Three days of just water can lead to protein catabolism (muscle loss), potentially ketosis for some individuals, which is when we start using fat and muscle for energy in the brain, and could also lead to some potential electrolyte imbalances,” [UCLA’s Dana] Hunnes told Healthline. “The only circumstance where this could be an OK idea, is if you are about to undergo a gastrointestinal surgery, and you have been expressly guided by your physician to take in nothing but certain liquids for three days.”

California cities pick up climate change mantle | KPCC-FM’s “The Mixer”

“We in California have basically been leading the nation. And most recently, a few weeks ago, cap and trade legislation was passed and signed into law by Gov. Brown. So we will have a cap and trade program in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California until 2030 at least,” said UCLA’s Mark Gold. (Approx. 1:30 mark)

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