UCLA In the News August 21, 2017

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

What to make of health claims for turmeric | Washington Post

Gregory Cole, who leads UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and has studied curcumin’s possible effects on Alzheimer’s, says that consumers should proceed with caution but that there’s still hope for researchers who have poured time and resources into curcumin. “There’s promise,” he says, “but it’s early.” Cole, who said he receives a small annual royalty for a curcumin formulation he developed, thinks it’s unlikely that curcumin will find its way into the mainstream until a government or large pharmaceutical company funds more research.

Unforeseen benefit of state’s physician-assisted death law | Los Angeles Times

But physicians across the state say the conversations that health workers are having with patients are leading to patients’ fears and needs around dying being addressed better than ever before. They say the law has improved medical care for sick patients, even those who don’t take advantage of it. “One doctor said we should be able to order the End of Life Option Act without the drugs,” said Dr. Neil Wenger, director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center. “It really has created a new standard for how we ought to be helping people at the end of life.” (UCLA’s Anne Coscarelli also quoted)

Showdown over how we define fringe views in U.S.  | New York Times

Polarized issues have two-sided information flows, as John Zaller, a political scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, has described it. Mr. Trump’s comments about Charlottesville raise the possibility of creating a two-sided issue out of racial equality.

Banning neo-Nazi websites raises free-speech issues | Los Angeles Times

Some experts argue that the risk that any but the most noxious sources will entirely lose access to the Internet is vanishingly small, thanks to the sheer multiplicity of service providers. “What makes this not terribly troubling,” says Eugene Volokh of UCLA law school and a prominent blogger on 1st Amendment issues, “is that there are a lot of domain registrars and hosting services out there, and it’s pretty easy to switch.”

Science is new enemy of white nationalists | CNN

In a recent study, researchers found white nationalists sometimes skew their view of science for their own benefit when a genetic test challenges their personal identity. The study, which is currently under review for publication, was led by Aaron Panofsky, an associate professor at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics, and sociologist Joan Donovan. “White nationalists tend to follow this ideological rule that they have,” and when they get scientific results that don’t align with that rule, they “find some way to get around it,” Panofsky said.

Why L.A. is coating its streets with gray paint | Washington Post

“Not everyone has the resources to use air conditioning, so there’s concern that some low-income families will suffer,” Alan Barreca, an environmental science professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, told Agence France-Presse. “That bothers me on a moral dimension. The pavement would provide benefits to everyone. “It can protect people who have to be outdoors,” he added.

Apple aims for footing in the saturated content market | The Wrap

Neil Landau, author of “TV Outside the Box” and head of UCLA’s Writing for Television program, told The Wrap that he sees two distinct paths for the company to follow. One would involve a “big swing,” akin to Netflix’s decision to pump $200 million into two full seasons of its first original series, “House of Cards,” featuring a big-name cast and pre-established intellectual property. A second option could involve developing smaller, niche shows and shorter-form serialized projects. “I’d wager a combination of both strategies,” Landau said. “They need their flag planted in the scripted space with a signature series. One ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ can be a game-changer. Viewers, especially younger ones, tend to be brand-agnostic. They just watch what they choose when they want to, on demand.”

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