UCLA In the News August 23, 2018

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

The more you do to promote your cardiovascular health, the lower your risk of dementia | Los Angeles Times

“To achieve a lifetime of robust brain health free of dementia, it is never too early or too late to strive for attainment of ideal cardiovascular health,” Dr. Jeffrey Saver, a leader of the UCLA Stroke Center, and Dr. Mary Cushman of the University of Vermont wrote in an editorial that accompanies the study. “Given the aging population, this positive health message is important to communicate to all members of society.”

Youth suicides in Rancho Cucamonga bring new focus on mental health training | Los Angeles Times

Howard Adelman, co-director of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, said large school districts can have difficulty seeing the effect of their mental health and suicide prevention services on a large scale. “There’s a difference between having something that you would like to happen across the system and to actually have it go to scale at every school in a big district,” he said. Because of limited resources, the measures taken by schools to improve mental health are often “fragmented and piecemeal,” he said.

The human element in California’s wildfires | New York Times

Struggling to make sense of the cataclysm unfolding across California, with so many fires burning, firefighters and officials have often described what the state is facing as the “new normal.” It has been repeated so often that it has become a cliché, but experts say it actually underplays what is happening. “This is not the new normal for our high temperatures and wildfires,” said Glen MacDonald, a professor of geography at UCLA. “This is just a steppingstone.”

Gut bacteria may hold key to creating universal donor blood type | NBC News

A challenge in altering blood types is that the procedure has to be economical on a unit-by-unit basis, said Dr. Alyssa Ziman, the director of transfusion medicine at UCLA Health. In some targeted situations in which type O blood is scarce, the ability to transform one type to another could come in handy, Ziman told Live Science. But the process would necessarily be limited in how much blood could be effectively transformed. In order to decrease the risk of spreading infectious disease, donation centers never pool red blood cell donations, she said; that is, they don’t put all type A blood together, etc. So, any blood that needed to be altered would have to be altered one donation at a time, she said.

Trump facing legal assault on 2 fronts as N.Y., D.C. prosecutors take aim | Los Angeles Times

In the past, however, Trump has erupted in fury at signs that Mueller may be digging into his family business or personal life. Trump is “at his most vulnerable and tends to respond most volcanically about the period before his presidency,’’ said Harry Litman, a UCLA and UC San Diego law professor and former federal prosecutor.

With the success of ‘Asian August,’ it’s your move, Hollywood | HuffPost

They are often treated as exceptions, and as a group of UCLA researchers wrote this year after studying the entertainment industry’s “missed opportunities” on diversity, suggest that “Hollywood is leaving considerable revenue on the table.” “Audiences want to see diversity on the screen,” UCLA social psychologist Ana-Christina Ramón wrote. “Our reports have continually shown that diversity sells, but the TV and film product continues to fall short. So audiences are left starved for more representation on screen that reflects the world they see in their daily lives.”

Can mindfulness improve the lives of cancer survivors? | KPCC-FM

“It’s important to look for cancer recurrence. But we also have to worry about how are people living and surviving,” said UCLA’s Patricia Ganz. (approx. 4:50 mark)

How genetic mutation research could unlock clues to Alzheimer’s, cancer | Sacramento Bee

There is also Dr. Donald Kohn who led a team at University of California, Los Angeles, in developing a stem-cell gene therapy that has safely restored the immune systems of a number of infants born with so-called bubble baby disease. Infants who have the rare illness don’t have a crucial enzyme that helps them fight off infections, and they typically die before their first birthday.

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