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Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test | Associated Press

Even this many years later, a BRCA test still could reveal if they’re at risk for ovarian cancer — or at higher than usual risk for another tumor in their remaining breast tissue, explained task force member Dr. Carol Mangione of the University of California, Los Angeles. And it could alert their daughters or other relatives to a potential shared risk. “It’s important to test those people now,” Mangione said. “We need to get the word out to primary care doctors to do this assessment and to make the referrals.”

NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft will investigate Jupiter’s icy moon for signs of life | CNN

During its closest flyby of Europa in 1997, less than 93 miles above the surface, Galileo collected signatures of changes in Europa's magnetic field that the scientists didn't understand, said Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of space physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Last year, Kivelson and her colleagues took a closer look at that data. They realized that during the flyby, Galileo flew through a plume. This fortuitous happenstance is the best evidence of plumes to date, the study said.

Crazy cat lady stereotype ‘not supported by evidence’ | Press Association (U.K.)

Academics found that those who own felines did not report suffering adverse mental or social problems any more than those with dogs or no pets at all. This is despite the fact that “cats and cat owners are regularly ascribed negative personality traits,” according to the study, which was carried out at the University of California, Los Angeles and published by the Royal Society…. The study also says that Facebook has previously published an analysis which found that people who posted photos of cats are more likely to be single than those who uploaded pictures of dogs. It says that the social media platform’s research, which used data from 160,000 U.S. users, also found that people posting cat images had 26 fewer Facebook friends than those uploading images of dogs. (Also: Daily Mail [U.K.])

How medicine became the stealth family-friendly profession | New York Times

Hours — and not other factors like women’s preferences for certain specialties or employers’ preferences for whom to hire — directly influenced female doctors’ career choices, found another economist, Melanie Wasserman at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, medical residencies capped the number of hours residents could work and mandated time off. In response, more women entered specialties that had been more time-intensive, like surgery and neurology…. “If employers are serious about improving gender diversity in their work force, they might want to think seriously about how they are structuring their jobs,” she said.

CEOs say they care about customers and workers. Propaganda experts are unimpressed | Los Angeles Times Column

Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA who specializes in how companies are run, said it’s not a bad thing for business to be on the record as supporting positive change. “This is how you shape corporate culture,” he said. “I think there is a measure of sincerity here…. Today more than ever, customers are looking for businesses that share their values,” Winkler noted. But he also said this: “At the end of the day, businesses exist to make money.”

How to avoid vehicle pollution when you’re stuck in traffic | Time

“Unlike HVAC filters for indoor environments, car cabin filters don’t have ratings to show consumers which ones are really effective,” says Yifang Zhu, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

America’s most powerful CEOs say they no longer only care about shareholder value. Here’s how they can prove it | Slate Column

Just because a lobbying group got together and decided that the purpose of a corporation is to help humanity, that doesn’t make it so. “They don’t get to do that,” Stephen Bainbridge, a law professor at UCLA, told me. “The law gets to do that. And in corporate law, Delaware is the only law that matters.”

There’s a right response to recession fears — and then there’s Trump’s | Los Angeles Times Editorial

What do all these indicators mean? No one knows for sure, but UCLA’s Anderson School of Management offers a forecast that’s widely shared: The U.S. economy is likely to keep growing through 2020, just more slowly as the effects of the 2017 tax cut wear off and the costs of Trump’s trade policies add up.

Fewer disabled students enrolled at California charter schools, teachers union study says | Sacramento Bee

Charter schools’ most vocal critics say charter schools cherry-pick students who are least expensive to serve and most likely to score high on tests. But that argument paints charter schools with an overly broad brush, said John Rogers, an education policy expert at the University of California Los Angeles. Traditional schools that operate within large districts may have better and more specialized resources for disabled students than charter schools, Rogers said. That causes some parents with disabled students to choose traditional public schools for their kids, rather than charters, and could account for part of the disparity, he said.

Wary of alienating his base, Trump retreats on gun control proposals | Los Angeles Times

“Without the support of gun owners, it’s unlikely that Donald Trump would ever have been elected,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who researches politics and gun laws. “He needed those votes and he got them.”

The connection between air conditioning and student performance | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“What we find in our study is that, essentially, hotter temperatures — even hot temperatures in the vicinity of 80, 85, 90 degrees — can actually reduce the rate of learning,” said UCLA’s Jisung Park. “It’s not just a little nuisance you can shrug off and power through, but over time the cumulative influence of having more hotter days during the school year, especially for students that go to schools that don’t have modernized facilities, they actually seem to be learning less over time.” (Approx. 23:40 mark)

Trump falsely claims Google ‘manipulated’ millions of 2016 votes | CNN Online

Ramesh Srinivasan, a professor of information studies at University of California, Los Angeles, and author of the forthcoming book “Beyond the Valley,” said Epstein’s analysis did not take into account how much a voter might care about a particular subject.… And Srinivasan noted that the study did not take into account how people’s voting preferences might have been affected by other technological platforms, such as Facebook, which he said was “quite clearly gamed by third parties” in 2016.

California freeway crossing to give wildlife room to roam | Associated Press

Habitat loss has driven the populations to inbreeding that could lead to extinction within 15 years unless the big cats regularly connect with other populations to increase their diversity, according to a study published this year by the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Davis; and the National Park Service.

The CBD market is booming. What do we know about the product? | NPR Illinois

“In 2018, the 2018 farm bill was passed, which essentially legalized CBD that came from the hemp plant. Hemp is a cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC. So what that means is, essentially, cannabidiol from that plant is legal. And this is where it gets kind of complicated,” said UCLA’s Ziva Cooper. (Approx 31:40 mark)

Sweden introduced a gender-neutral pronoun that may be changing the way people think | Business Insider

Seven years after “Kivi and the Monster Dog,” Margit Tavits, a political scientist from Washington University in St. Louis, and Efrén Pérez, a political psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, devised an experiment to see if Swedes were really thinking in terms of hen.… “This word has no biological associations,” Pérez said of hen. “It’s from scratch. And it’s performing the way some proponents argued it would.”

Jeffrey Epstein signed his will 2 days before killing himself | New York Times

The operations of a trust are kept secret, unlike litigations associated with a traditional will, said Patrick D. Goodman, a probate law expert at the University of California, Los Angeles law school. “It avoids prying eyes because the trust is private,” Goodman said.

Prescription omega-3s can help some heart patients | CNN Online

“Triglycerides, there’s almost nothing that can change for the good as rapidly as with a change in diet and exercise, but there are many, many people who need something else,” said Dr. Karol Watson, a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who was not affiliated with the advisory. “This is an important report and shows the pendulum swinging back on fish oil in this very specific form for these very specific patients.”

Change is coming to voting in L.A. County. If things go wrong, he’ll get the blame | Los Angeles Times

“Dean’s the kind of guy that, if you’re in an airplane that has a problem in midair — he’s the kind of guy you would want as the pilot,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, who followed Logan’s progress before retiring as a supervisor and taking a research job at UCLA. “He’s extremely smart. He’s got an engineer’s mind with an artist’s vision. It’s really rare.”

How hot is L.A. going to get? | Curbed Los Angeles

The warming isn’t slowing down. By 2050, the number of days per year when temperatures in the Downtown area climb higher than 95 degrees could nearly triple, according to [a] UCLA study released in 2015.

Artificial intelligence could lead to more accurate breast cancer diagnoses | Science Focus

“Medical images of breast biopsies contain a great deal of complex data and interpreting them can be very subjective,” said [UCLA’s] Dr. Joann Elmore. “Sometimes, doctors do not even agree with their previous diagnosis when they are shown the same case a year later.”

California developers claim they’re scared to build in Bay Area | Curbed San Francisco

In general, the forecast is positive across California, even defying recession fears: “The positive prediction for 2022 development leapfrogs UCLA Anderson Forecast’s prediction of a very weak economy through 2020 to its prediction of faster growth thereafter. The results indicate, that although construction activity is expected to slow down over the next 18 months, developers are already gearing up for the next CRE expansionary cycle.”

Is a recession on the horizon? | Orange County Register Opinion

A similar appraisal comes from UCLA’s Anderson Forecast, which has created its own month-to-month indicator in hopes of tracking real-time effects of volatility on California, saying it “will be as current as the most current economic data.” At the moment, Anderson sees California’s historically low unemployment rate, generally a positive factor, as a potential negative because employers cannot create new jobs if there’s no one there to fill them.

Families drop health benefits over ‘public charge’ rule; clinics scramble to respond | California Health Report

A study by UCLA and UC Berkeley last year estimated that, in California alone, up to 765,000 immigrants could drop nutrition assistance and health insurance because of fear, confusion and misinformation about the rule. Almost 70 percent of those losing benefits would be children, said Riti Shimkhada, an analyst with UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research.

Parents want to regain custody of son with cancer after stopping his chemo | ABC News Online

Julie Cantor, M.D…., a faculty member at UCLA, said this case is different because Noah is actually ill. “He has an identifiable disease and he has a treatment that according to the evidence, has a very high rate of success,” Cantor told “GMA.”

New insights into what may go awry in brains of people with Alzheimer’s | Scienmag

“Nothing has worked,” said Steven Clarke, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “We’re ready for new ideas.” Now, Clarke and UCLA colleagues have reported new insights that may lead to progress in fighting the devastating disease.

New hydrogels show promise for treating bone defects | Phys.org

“This research will help us develop the next generation of hydrogel systems with high porosity and could greatly improve current bone graft materials,” said lead author Min Lee, professor of biomaterials science at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Gene may explain why women are more prone to autoimmune diseases | Medical Xpress

The UCLA study set out to determine which X chromosome genes might slip by that silencing mechanism and show increased expression in females’ immune systems, and whether those genes might be connected to women’s heightened susceptibility to autoimmune disease.